Regional publisher Johnston Press has launched its first new-look website as part of its plans to revamp all its sites.
The News in Portsmouth is the first of the company’s websites to be redesigned with new sections and a new navigation to help users find their way around.
The new site also includes an improved player for videos and tweets being more prominently displayed on its homepage.
Plans to redesign all the company’s websites were announced by the company last spring when it announced that five daily titles would move to weekly publication and all 170 of its paid for titles would be relaunched.
The News’ new website was unveiled on Monday morning following research with local people about the previous version of the site.
The new website is currently just available on its desktop version but further changes will be made to the site in the coming months which will also benefit those who view it on mobile devices.
In an article about the new look, editor Mark Waldron said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer this significantly improved experience for our desktop website users.
“I really believe our new-look site will help our audience to find and enjoy our great online content and services.
“But to make sure we’re doing the best possible job we can, I’m keen for as much feedback as possible. So please do let me know what you think by commenting online or responding to our survey.”
Tweeting about the launch of the new-look site, Alex Gubbay, Johnston Press’ director of digital platforms, said: “A mix of satisfaction and relief at seeing our first Johnston Press local website relaunch go live!
“We plan to do a few more sites initially to get feedback and ensure everything working well, then roll across JP titles over next few months.”
The News’ new site includes a new What’s On section and a ‘Picks of The Day’ slot on every article as well as the homepage.
Contact details for staff at the paper are also displayed more prominently.
The website can be viewed here.