HoldtheFrontPage is marking the 15th anniversary of its launch by unveiling a bright new look on a more mobile-friendly platform.
Our new fully-responsive site went live at lunchtime yesterday, in the week that HTFP marks 15 years since its launch in February, 2000.
The redesign, the first for nearly four years, is designed to give the homepage a more pictorial look and feel as well as greater prominence to the jobs search box which now appears on every page on the site.
The move to a responsive platform means that the web page you are viewing will change size according to the device you are using to access it.
To coincide with the move, we are cutting our job advertising rates, with the two-week rate reduced from £325 + VAT to £275 + VAT and the cost of an unlimited listing cut from £450 + VAT to £375 +VAT.
In response to feedback, we have also made the registration process for employers and jobseekers easier, with fewer required fields on the sign-up page.
Other new features include a bigger and more flexible main content zone on the homepage for the top stories, and a much-improved jobs homepage with a UK map enabling users to search jobs more easily by region.
And to help drive debate and interaction, we will also be giving users the ability to ‘like’ story comments on the site and featuring ‘top comments’ in a new ‘Talking Point’ slot on the homepage.
In keeping with our name, there is a new homepage section dedicated to showcasing the best local and regional newspaper front pages.
And we have introduced new share apps on the left hand side of each individual page to make it easier for users to post our content to Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
HoldtheFrontPage publisher Paul Linford said: “The 2011 redesign was very well-received so with this one we have aimed to evolve the look and feel of the site rather than have a total revamp.
“Over the past four years HTFP has seen strong growth with the number of jobs advertised on the site increasing from 503 in 2011 to 930 last year and revenues growing by an average of 9pc a year during the same period.
“I am confident this new platform will give us a solid foundation on which to continue this trend growth over the next few years as well as providing a better showcase for our content.
“Key to this will be growing our mobile traffic and the move to a fully-responsive platform will clearly leave us much better-placed to do this.”
While retaining the main elements of the 2011 design, including the masthead, logo and main headline font, the new site features a more streamlined colour scheme based around maroon for content and green for jobs.
The changes mean that, for the first time, the whole site is now consolidated on a single, responsive platform in WordPress.
As ever, all HTFP jobs along with our archive of 26,000-plus stories will continue to be available to be freely viewed by anyone.
However as previously, 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 here.
* The publisher would like to thank Steve Allen and Kat Wesley at our technical development provider Adaptive.co.uk for their work in building the new platform.
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