COLUMBUS, OH, August 06, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The website of The Columbus Dispatch -- dispatch.com, which earlier this year was named the state's best website by the Associated Press Society of Ohio -- has re-launched with a fresh, new look and a wealth of improvements and features.
"We understand that people have a lot of options when looking for information online," said Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison. "The changes we've implemented on dispatch.com will make it easier for people to find the information they seek as well as discover information that they didn't realize existed. The new tools and design will make for a much richer experience for those who visit dispatch.com."
What's In It for You? Here's a quick look at some of the features visitors to the all-new dispatch.com will find:
- Better organization and navigation. Visitors will be able to find what they need easier and faster.
- More -- and better -- social media tools. The commenting and feedback tools will be much improved, and it will be easier to integrate dispatch.com with Facebook, Twitter and other sites, including the ability to log in to dispatch.com with your accounts from these top social-media sites.
- A "Today's Paper" feature, which presents links to stories as they were organized in the print edition.
- Better access to features, like our exclusive investigative series and special reports, event calendars and Weekender.
- Better access to our many blogs, and easier ways to interact with bloggers and other readers.
- A better multimedia experience. Video players, slideshows and other graphic elements have been reengineered for improved playback.
- Faster loading and better overall performance, even over mobile, including functionality on touch devices.
- More than 50 topical section fronts that offer the latest news on a variety of popular topics.
- Better integration with our classified products. Visitors can search for cars, real estate, jobs or anything listed on OHGetIt.com, your free local classifieds from The Dispatch and ThisWeek Community Newspapers, while on any dispatch.com page.
- Better presentation of the many ways to access our content (such as mobile, apps and e-edition).
- Easier signup for e-newsletters, which also have been redesigned.
- More ways to follow and interact with Dispatch editors and beat writers, including prominent Twitter and Facebook links, email and, coming soon, bios and news feeds.
"The new dispatch.com has been built to afford our customers with the best user-experience possible," said Phil Pikelny, Vice President, Dispatch Digital. "Our designers have utilized the most modern web technology and techniques. The new dispatch.com will be easier to navigate, and content will be easier to find. That's a major win for our website visitors."