Two Johnston Press regional dailies have unveiled new-look websites as the roll-out across the regional publisher continues.
Sheffield’s The Star and the Blackpool Gazette both launched their redesigned sites on Monday, which aim to be easier to navigate for users.
The websites features an improved player for videos, a new What’s On section, a “Picks of The Day” slot on every article and their Twitter feeds are now on their homepages to give them more prominence.
The titles have relaunched their sites as part of the roll-out across Johnston Press, which began with Portsmouth’s The News in March and also saw the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and the Northants Telegraph unveil their sites last week.
“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.”
The sites also display contact information for the papers more prominently and further enhancements are set to be made in the coming months, including for their mobile sites.
The Star’s article on its relaunched site said: “The Star’s popular web site gets a brand new improved look today to enhance our paper experience online – check it out and let us know what you think.
“About 600,000 people a month already visit thestar.co.uk and our users view more than a million pages a week.
“Now we have given it a great new look, making it even easier to navigate. All your favourite content will still be available and existing registered users will be able to use their current log-in for commenting.
“But you will find three distinct editorial sections, bringing everything together – news, sport and what’s on.”