Watch for changes to the Clarion this week

  • Saturday, January 7, 2017 5:25pm
  • Opinion

Readers and online users of the Peninsula Clarion will see some changes coming to the paper and website this week.

The most visible change will be a redesign of our website, www.peninsulaclarion.com. The reasons behind the changes involve changes to the software we use to manage publication of stories to our print edition and our website. From a technical standpoint, the new content management system (that’s the fancy name for it) streamlines the process of posting stories online. The software we’ve been using still operates around a print edition schedule (online users may notice that most stories are posted at night, after the print edition has gone to press). The new software allows us to move stories to the web independent of when the print edition goes to press, which means readers will see new stories being posted throughout the day.

We’re excited to unveil the new website, which — if everything goes according to plan — will happen Tuesday morning. Website functions won’t be too different. Website users will still see a menu and search bar at the top of the page, with stories arranged below. Those of you who view the Clarion website on a smart phone or tablet will be especially pleased to see that the new site will display much better on mobile devices — which might be the biggest benefit of the switch.

As for the print edition, it won’t change, though with the new software, there may be some subtle differences.

Our technical support folks have been working very hard for several months to ensure a smooth transition, but even the best laid plans can sometimes need a little tweaking. So, if you spot something amiss, or if the new website doesn’t respond the way you think it should, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do to fix the problem.

Likewise, if like what you see when you log on Tuesday, we’d love to hear that, too.

As always, we welcome and appreciate feedback. You can email Clarion editor Will Morrow at will.morrow@peninsulaclarion.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaclarion/, give us a call at 907-283-7551, or even contact us the old fashioned way — our mailing address is P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611.

Whether you visit the Clarion online, or pick up the print edition on a regular basis, thanks for reading.

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