BCR launches redesigned website

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 3:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 3:36 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — In its effort to continually increase its service to readers, the Bureau County Republican has launched a redesigned website.

On Monday, Publisher Sam Fisher said the new website will provide readers with a better user experience on a desktop, smartphone or tablet. As always, the emphasis will continue to be on providing readers with a solid coverage of local news, events and special features on area residents.

“We’ve seen an explosion of traffic to the site from mobile devices, the new design allows mobile readers the same functionality as the desktop version,” he said.

With its focus on local news, the new website will help readers to find the news that’s important to them through the use of better visual cues, Fisher said. The website’s responsive design ensures that readers will see the same important stories and headlines, regardless of the device they are using to visit bcrnews.com. The BCR website still features more local news, photographs and events from the Bureau County area than any other website, he said.

Looking at specifics of the new design, Fisher said navigation across the top of the homepage has been improved to better guide readers through the website, and story pages now include more opportunities for readers to access the top news on bcrnews.com without having to hit the back button.

Also, bcrnews.com has made improvements to story commenting on the website, Fisher said. The new features allow story commenters to respond directly to a comment in a thread and allow for better self-policing of the comments section. Users can flag comments as offensive, off-topic or spam. If a comment is flagged enough times, it becomes hidden to users and subject to review. Commenters also can “like” a comment similar to “liking” a post on Facebook.

Rules for posting on bcrnews.com have not changed, Fisher said. Repeat offenders are subject to expulsion. Livefyre offers commenters the opportunity to register and create a profile with an existing social media account, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Readers without such an account will need to register and create a profile with Livefyre to participate in story commenting. That registration is different from any registration you might already have done through bcrnews.com.

Readers do not need to register to view comments, Fisher said.

Comment on this story at www.bcrnews.com.

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