I was traveling over the weekend, without access to a computer. (OK, I still had the dang Blackberry –- but no laptop!) So I didn’t see the changes on Bradenton.com until early Monday morning. I did a bit of a double-take, and bet you did, too. Here’s some insight.
These “tweaks” are the first in a series of changes to make our site easier to navigate. Every change is meant to make Bradenton.com more user-friendly, handy for both quick viewing and longer visits, and a clear snapshot of breaking news, top local and national stories, and any information you need about our community.
As our publisher, Will Fleet, puts it, “It is all about the user.”
The changes are being instituted by Jackie Luper, the Herald’s vice president of interactive media. “All of the changes have the same end goal in mind: to make the site the best place to find community information and to make the site easy to use and interact with,” Jackie notes. “We won’t make changes just because they look good.”
The most significant change right now is that the navigational tool bar has moved. It truly is a “bar” now, with the menu across the top of the page for easy viewing. It used to be down the left side of the site, a clunky arrangement. We eventually will have menus that drop down when you hover on the tabs. Right now, you can click on each for deeper content.
As you move through the pages, we hope you’ll find a lot fewer traffic jams with content spread more evenly. There are a few glitches (no Weather page yet, for instance -– and with storms on the horizon, we’re working quickly to fix that!) and we want to hear about those from you. Please send an email to Jackie or me
Or comment here on our Editors' Blog.
New content we have planned in coming weeks includes community sites and more videos –- from you as well as our reporters.