Beginning Thursday, readers of MariettaTimes.com got a revamped, more dynamic, more reader-focused site when they turned to the online version of The Marietta Times for their daily dose of news.
For the last several years the site has grown to become the premiere site for news and information on the Marietta area. Each day thousands of readers use the site to read both current and archived stories, to share their comments with other readers, to express their opinion in polls, to search for employment and to upload photos to CU, the photo-sharing portion of the site. Readers look at nearly a million pages on the site each month. There are currently more than 21,000 pages of stories on the site.
Our new site builds on the site it replaced while adding some exciting new features.
With the change comes a new modern look. When readers explore the new site they will find a score of enhanced feature that include:
Better calendars. The new site design allows more calendars to be displayed at more locations. Calendars display differently on the site, with the information about the next upcoming event displaying at different locations through the site.
Less clutter. Readers will noticed a stronger presentation of stories, with more relevant links through out the site.
User comments and forums. Users were free to comment on most stories they read on the old site. This important interactive feature continues. We have added reader forums to the site to give readers an additional place to comment on what ever topic they choose. The forums are an additional way that readers can share their views with others. Added to the comments is the ability of readers to agree or disagree with other reader comments. More than 78,000 comments have been left on the site since January 2008.
Search and Find. An improved search feature allows readers to not only search our archive to look up past stories but to also search the community itself to find goods and services at area businesses.
Blogs. The blogs on the site have an improved presentation allowing the reader to quickly know when there is a new post on the site.
Read the news when and where you want. The site now has an improved mobile edition that features more stories that you can access via you cell phone, making it easier for you to read, and share stories anywhere.
Advertising options have also have been improved on the site. Local businesses now have more options to get their messages across, including more, and larger ad sizes.
"The changes implemented Thursday on our site will make it easier for us to communicate with our readers that depended on us for the very latest news and information both in the newspaper and online," said Art Smith, online manager for The Times.
The original MariettaTimes.com launched in August of 2000. The site implemented today represents the fifth version of the site.