Since the site’s inception, the majority of its viewers have been folks from out of our immediate area. Feedback we’ve received indicates that many of those readers are former residents of Trigg County or have family and other connections to people still in the area.
The site has served those readers well, but they have historically only received a portion of the content that goes in the paper each week. Initially, that model will not change. We will still only upload a portion of our materials each week.
However, part of our plan is to institute an online subscription option that will allow web site viewers to see the paper in its entirety each week. That option will be extended, in some form, to those who currently subscribe to our print edition. More details on that later.
For now, here are the big things you need to know:
– Same URL. If you’re looking for us online, you still need to go to cadizrecord.com.
– If you have any page of our current site bookmarked, you’ll need to reestablish those bookmarks. Once the new site goes live, the old one will be gone.
– When will all of this take place? Chances are, it will vary from computer to computer. For reasons I will be unable to adequately explain or even understand (technology!), some computers will be able to access the new site before others. Regardless, the gap in time will not be big at all, and most of you will likely not even experience any loss of access to our site.
– Interactivity. Based on what we’ve seen of the new site design, it will be much easier for us to introduce more interactive elements to our site.
For some stories, we’ll open up a comments list that will allow readers to respond directly to stories, rather than on our previous message board. We’ll be able to attach reader polls to individual stories, as well.
Among other new features will be interactive forms for submitting story items/ideas as well as information for wedding, engagement, anniversary and birth announcements. Rather than printing the form and filling it in by hand, readers will be able to type all information to a form directly on the site, which I imagine will be much more convenient.
We’re also kicking around a few ideas for web-only content, and as always, we’ll post important breaking news on the site when necessary.
It’s been my experience that folks around here aren’t big on change. To me, though, this is a situation where we’re changing things without changing too much, and anything that is changed will be for the better.
So, be on the lookout for the new site, and join our Facebook group for more updates.
Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.