Larger and higher quality images, a quicker video player and faster loading of pages are among the new features introduced by a regional publisher to its titles’ websites.
Johnston Press has unveiled the initial stage of a “planned roll-out” of improvements to its sites over the course of 2015, undertaken by the company’s digital product team.
Under the first phase of the series of improvements, journalists now have the option to add YouTube videos, embedded tweets, pull-quotes and article summaries to their web stories.
The upgrade offers the ability to display multiple images within the same online article, and promises better links across sites with “clearer onward journeys”.
A new html5 video player, ensuring videos are loaded and played much quicker on mobile and tablet devices, also features.
Readers on mobile devices are also given clearer tools for sharing articles on social media, with a toolbar pinned as they scroll down the content.
A spokeswoman for Johnston Press said: “These changes are part of a planned roll-out of improvements which will improve the user experience and we’ll be unveiling some additional improvements throughout the year.”
Wednesday’s ABC figures revealed a total of 950,679 unique daily users visited Johnston Press websites, a percentage increase of 32.7pc, during the second half of July 2014.