Star-Telegram debuts redesigned website that looks better, loads faster

Question: What looks more modern, automatically adjusts to fit the screen of any device you access it on, features bigger type to make it easier to read and makes it easier to find what you’re looking for?

Answer: The Star-Telegram’s redesigned website, star-telegram.com.

If you access us online — and we certainly hope you do several times a day! — by the time you read this we’ll have pushed the button to activate a redesigned website that is the first new look for us in five years.

The first thing you’ll notice is a much more dramatic presentation of the news, with bigger headlines and more readable type. The photos are bigger, too, so you can see more detail.

But even though it looks so much better, the best thing about the new site is that it will load pages much more quickly and is “responsive” — it will automatically adjust to fit the screen of any device you’re using, from the largest desktop to the smallest tablet or phone.

We’ve also improved navigation to make it more intuitive so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.

You can still scroll down the home page to see what interests you, but the easiest way to quickly find things is to click on the gray navigation bar that runs along the top of the page if you’re on a desktop computer. If you’re on a mobile device, click on the bars at the top left of the page to access the menu.

If you click on “news,” for instance, you have multiple choices to find exactly what you’re interested in, whether it’s local, state or national.

You can also pick news from a few of our local cities there, but if you want to get even more specific, you can scroll down the page (right under the Top Photos area), and click on “News from your Community’’ to pick a local city or area you want to read about.

I live in Keller, for instance, so to read about what’s going on there I would use that tab.

Click on any of the other tabs in the menu bar — Sports, Business, Living, Entertainment, Opinion, Obituaries, Local Deals and Classifieds — and you can likely find exactly what you are looking for.

But if not, please use our search function (upper right on the page).

One small caveat: If you click on anything in the Entertainment tab, you will be taken to our sister site, dfw.com, where that content resides, and the look and functionality has not changed there yet. The same is true for dfwVarsity.com, our high school sports site.

You can also use the site to access content from any of the weekly newspapers we produce — Keller, the Alliance area, Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Weatherford, Mansfield and Arlington — as well as the monthly magazine we produce for Keller and our monthly luxury magazine, Indulge. You can also get to the website of our Spanish-language weekly, La Estrella.

The journalists in our newsroom are also getting new tools that will enable us to do a better job of highlighting stories on the website and adding videos, photos and graphics to make our storytelling more dynamic. We’re also able to publish it quicker than we could on our old site.

Like anything new, it will probably take some of you a while to get used to the new site and find the columnists, blogs and other things you like to read on a regular basis, but we’re confident that once you do you’ll appreciate Star-Telegram.com even more.

Other papers in the McClatchy chain that owns the Star-Telegram, such as Sacramento, Kansas City and Miami, all reported greater user satisfaction when they went to this new look.

We’d like to hear your thoughts. Let us know what you think using the form on our customer service page.

Jim Witt is executive editor of the Star-Telegram.


Twitter: @jimelvis