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New site 10 years in the making
August 5, 2010 - Art Smith
Ten years ago this month The Marietta Times went online for the first time. This week MariettaTimes.com underwent a major overall that adds a lot of features to the site to increase options available to the readers that depend on the site everyday.
The website of 2000 was clunky by today's standards. It replaced an "online" edition that was even more cumbersome.
About 120 readers in 2000 had signed up to receive a fax edition of The Times. Sent from a computer, the faxes frequently took more than an hour to dial and send the one page report to area businesses and organizations.
The Times was owned by news giant Gannett back then, the company had decided that the 21 smallest newspapers needed websites. The company used the Times and two other newspapers to test a digital production center in Washington. The Times, and the other newspapers sent electronic copies of the newspaper pages to the center. About an hour later the site would be updated. Posting anything at another time required various degrees of pleading with the “producers” that were busy updating the other sites.
The first month the site had 18,000 users; at the time we thought that was a huge number of visitors. Today hundred of thousands of users look at nearly a million pages a month.
A year after the site launched The Times became part of Ogden Newspapers, a few months after that we adopted a new site design that allowed the local production of the site.
Since then the site has undergone three major redesigns. The site implemented Thursday takes the site to a new level in terms of how readers can interact with the content with the site as well as how we can customize the content to tell a story in the best way possible.
There are even more unique features that will be added in the coming months, all designed to deliver news to you when and where you expect it.
MariettaTimes.com in 2000