Daily Courier launches new website
In the coming days, The Daily Courier will launch a new website for its readers.
Over the last six months, The Daily Courier has been working with Zope Corporation, based out of Virginia, to build a new website, from scratch.
Daily Courier Editor Matthew Clark said that the launch will enhance reader experience on www.thedigitalcourier.com.
"We wanted to find a look at was functional for our readers and still provided as much content as possible," Clark said. "With the new site, we believe we have found just that."
The new website will be a complete change from The Daily Courier's previous website.
It will include new news and sports categories, breaking down news by each town in Rutherford County and sports by individual teams covered by The Daily Courier staff. Both news and sports will also contain sections for state and national information.
"People want to be able to find the information they are searching for easily on a website," Clark said.
The new Daily Courier website will also integrate its Twitter feed (@FCDCourier) as well as provide other reader interactions such as polls and commenting on each story.
"We want to make the readers feel a part of the newspaper and its experiences," Clark said. "By allowing access to our Twitter feed, voting in reader polls and allowing commenting on stories, we believe that allows readers to become more involved with the newspaper."
Navigation on the site will be easier, Clark said, with a combination of top and bottom page navigation to each of The Daily Courier's website sections.
In addition, readers will be able to see larger graphics and photos on the website which will be prominently displayed. Stories will also have the ability to have related content or, stories and other content that might be related to the story, easily accessible to readers.
"The overall goal was to create a website that was, like the newspaper itself, more reader friendly," Clark said. "Once the site is active, we encourage readers to play around inside the site and see how the navigation and different aspects have changed and, of course, provide any feedback to us."
Clark added that the archiving process will still take some time with the transition and archives will not be readily accessible. However, if there are any questions or issues with the new site, he said readers can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Previous user names and passwords used for the old site will no longer work and the site will be open to all until January 2013. However, in order to comment on a particular story, readers will have to sign up, using the commenting widget located at the bottom of each story.
In January 2013, content created by The Daily Courier will be premium and readers will have to subscribe to the print or online edition to gain access. Current online only subscribers will receive a two-month credit to their current subscription.
Clark said that the launch date for the new site will be between today and Thursday.