The online home of UK regional journalism news and jobs is boasting a brand new look today after the first makeover in its eleven-year history.
A year after celebrating its 10th birthday, HoldtheFrontPage has undergone a radical revamp in design and functionality designed to provide an even better service to readers and advertisers.
Improved job search is key to the new-look platform with all jobs now searchable by region, keyword and sector as well as category at our new jobs board, HTFPJobs.
And we have also built a dedicated social networking and blogging platform, HTFPConnect, where journalists will be able to link up with old colleagues and college mates, and write their own blogs for the site.
The entire archive of 20,000-plus HoldtheFrontPage stories has been migrated across to the new WordPress-powered site, which is packed with new features.
Each story has now been tagged with the names of the newspapers, organisations and people mentioned in it, showing up as ‘Related Topics’ on each individual story page.
As part of the changeover, CV listings on the site, previously £18 a year, will now be available free of charge to all jobseekers.
And as a special three-month introductory offer to the new site, we are also cutting our ad rates, with all jobs inside and outside the regional press now starting at £175+VAT for a week and guaranteed discounts for longer bookings.
Other new features include:
- A bright new design which utilises the full width of modern computer screens, allowing more space on the homepage for both news and jobs.
- Giving jobseekers the ability to apply for jobs online directly via the site.
- New homepage slots for each of the main news channels, in the left-hand column under ‘Latest News by Category’
- Editor’s choice, a round-up of journalism news and views from other media outlets and blogs.
- New journalism forums on HTFPConnect where users will be able to debate the latest developments in the industry.
- Take Five, a new weekly feature in which a leading industry figure answers five questions about his or her career.
HoldtheFrontPage publisher Paul Linford said: “The original version of HTFP which went live in February 2000 certainly stood the test of time but in the fast-changing world of digital publishing a redesign was long overdue.
“What we set out to deliver was a platform that provides a better showcase for our content, offers an improved service to jobseekers and employers, and introduces a new element of social networking and interactivity, and I hope we have managed to do that.
“Despite the contraction of the industry over the past ten years, HoldtheFrontPage has managed to grow both its audience and its revenues and I believe this new version of the site will enable us to continue to build on that success.
“However as is the case with any IT project, there will inevitably be teething problems, so if you spot anything wrong, or just want to give your feedback, please get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Among the biggest changes is the consolidation of information about daily newspapers and their companion websites into a single UK Media Directory.
The searchable databases containing static information about weekly and daily newspapers have gone, with this content now appearing on dedicated pages for each title alongside all the stories we have written about them.
The navigation menu has been reorganised into themes – news, jobs, features, training, awards, directory and resources – but most of the old top-level navigation menu items can still be found in the first or second level
In addition, some of the old nav menu items can be found in the ‘On this site’ links list in the right-hand column, while links to the About Us and Contact Us pages are now above our new-look masthead.
All of the news stories, story ideas and journalism course listings have been migrated to the new platform, but some of the little-used older content, including the database of website reviews and the ‘jargon-buster’, have been quietly laid to rest.
However the old site has been preserved as part of the National Web Archive so some of the old content is still visible there.
As ever, all HTFP news and jobs will continue to be available to be viewed by anyone, but in order to upload a job, post a CV, get job alerts, apply for a job online or search CVs, you will need to login or register with the Jobs platform.
It is also necessary to register in order to use the HTFPConnect platform, which is specfically aimed at building an online community around the site.
- The publisher would like to take this opportunity to thank publicly the following present and former Northcliffe Digital personnel who each played a part in bringing the new site to fruition: Robert Hardie, Julian Boardman, Darren Holden, Mary Harmon, Ste Ashworth, Ed Bates, Daniel Renshaw and, pre-eminently, Simon Delaney.