Out with the old, in with the new
- 27 August, 2014 02:47
Welcome to the new Computerworld. Before your eyes is a completely reimagined, redesigned and re-architected website. The editors are working with an entirely new suite of content-creation tools. It's a lot of change at once, but we were due. We're very excited about the results. Let's take a quick tour of what's new.
On content-rich websites like Computerworld, readers spend most of their time on the pages that display articles. We lavished a lot of attention on the design of the article page. Improvements include larger, easier-to-read fonts, a far more sparing use of page breaks and a lot more images.
We've also compressed the top of the page, so that you see more of what you want: the content. The black bar that contains the Computerworld logo is thinner than it used to be. One of the ways we've trimmed it down is by putting the main menu under the "hamburger" menu button, appearing just to the left of the Computerworld logo. Click the button and you'll gain access to all of Computerworld's topic center pages, story-type pages (such as news, reviews, blogs), the newsletter-subscription page, Shark Tank and more.
Perhaps the single best upgrade to Computerworld.com is a vastly improved mobile user experience on both tablets and smartphones. We used responsive design techniques to make mobile devices every bit the equal of desktop computers when viewing Computerworld. Try it. You'll see what I mean.
One of our primary design goals was to show off a lot more great Computerworld articles on the home page. We had a single stream of headlines on our home page in the old design. Stories that would appeal to you as much today as yesterday were mixed in with news stories that might have a shelf-life of as little as two hours. We create a lot of content, so some of our best stuff was being pushed off the page too quickly. Our new design presents two streams of headlines on the home page, one for news the other for features, reviews and opinions. Each headline stream will run at its own pace.
As long as I have your ear, let me tell you about one more thing that's new at Computerworld. As so many other publishing companies have done, we retired our print edition this summer. Beginning in August we launched the Computerworld digital magazine, which is very similar to our print edition. It has a monthly release. We've received a lot of positive reader feedback about it. Check out the premiere issue, and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each month.