New website designs coming to New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen

19 Aug

It’s been a long time coming. On Wednesday, a new website design will be unveiled at the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen in Torrington.NHR

The present “design” has been in place for about seven years, or three-quarters of a century in Internet years. So many things have been added to our home pages over the years that it’s hard to find anything, good photos and stories get lost and the advertising experience can feel like an arcade.

Our new design, developed by colleagues at Digital First Media and already rolled out to sister publications including the Denver Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Lowell Sun, was built around a better user experience. The home page will be far less busy and individual article pages easier to read. Photos will be displayed better, and navigation through the site more intuitive.

With the redesigned websites – and a print edition redesign launched earlier this year and last fall at the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen – comes a new content management system for reporters and editors that allows them to publish to various digital and print platforms in one place. One area in which this will be a major benefit to readers is that it makes it easier for reporters to link to other sources of information within their stories, providing a much richer and more informative experience on the web.

Keep an eye out for these changes on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and please let us know what you think.

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13 Responses to “New website designs coming to New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen”

  1. Spectator August 19, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Great, just like the Berkshire eagle site….it’s awful! It’s NOT a better user experience. Don’t change!

    • mattderienzo August 19, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      What problems do you see with the Berkshire Eagle site?

  2. Peter McArdle August 19, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I haven’t been able to log in to e-paper for 3 days. No reply to 2 e-mails either. When I click on the Sign in button all I get is a grey page with the Register banners along the top. Is this something to do with the new design?

  3. Mamie Darden August 19, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I would love to have calls or emails with issues be addressed. Page magnification need improving. Email article has not worked for > a month. Receive message I exceeded my limit. NO play to delete like you could before change, nor can you copy/paste. The calendar and index are sporadically available. If these areas can’t be corrected why have them as an option?

    • mattderienzo August 20, 2013 at 6:24 am #

      I believe you are referring to the “e-paper edition,” which is an online replica of print. What is changing is the design of our website, not e-paper. I will raise these issues, though, with the folks that manage that.

  4. Paul Bass August 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Best of luck with the new design!

  5. Bob August 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I hope it’s not as bad as the new WTNH website.

  6. Mamie Darden August 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Bob they are both BAD!!!! The only difference is WTNH is free and I pay for Register E Paper. If Wednesday’s change is not good will discontinue subscription on Monday.

  7. gobballfan August 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    It can’t be worse than the new paper version…can it? And will the new version actually have real people spell check AND grammar check? Or will articles be written like a twitter message? And what is really wrong with the current NHR set up. The important stuff is on the the front page and it’s easy to navigate.

  8. IOU August 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Please return to us – SOUND OFF at RC

  9. Brad McElhinny August 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Looks great. And may the switch run smoothly!

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