We've been working on designing a new web home for several months and we're ready to test the new site with the public. We're excited about the changes and feel it'll be a huge step forward for the Post. Here's a few of the upgrades:
* More features and a more efficient organization to streamline our operation and allow us to offer more content while retaining the look of our original site.Before you visit the new site, it's admittedly it's still in rough shape. We're not regularly updating the content and we have a few more pieces to add before we make the switch. (For example, we need to test our RSS, email and Twitter feeds before changing the site.)
* User registration will allow us to manage comments, offer community forums and unveil "community builder" features that will allow readers to connect through RacinePost.
* A sophisticated advertising system that will give our advertisers real-time data on their ad's performance.
* Room for growth. The new site allows RacinePost to evolve from being a "blog" into a professional news site.
But we're at the point where we need your help. If you have a minute, please visit:
and kick the tires on the site. We need to test if the new design is stable and can handle reader traffic. We love all reader feedback, but we're especially interested in things that don't work. So if you come across a problem, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, just a note about website redesigns: It's a huge undertaking. Pete and I have cobbled together the current RacinePost using a variety of free websites and basic HTML that are user-friendly and economical, but not advanced enough for where we hope to take the site. The new website is quite advanced, but that's required a huge learning curve for how to operate a piece of software used by newspapers around the world to create their web homes. We're still amateurs, at best, at web programming so please bear with us as we wrestle with computer code.
Lastly, while we're going public with the redesign today, we're a ways away from making the permanent switch. That gives us time to make needed changes to avoid a major disruption in our work. So look around, send us a note and wish us luck as we move on to the next stage in this online news adventure.