“We’re very excited about the launch of our new website,” Tribune Publisher Kevin Hook said. “The news and information business is evolving — and, in order to remain relevant in our community, we need to evolve as well. We’re very fortunate to work for a company that understands that and is willing to provide the resources to help us do so.”
Tribune Web/IT Manager Don Rogers said the launch will take place throughout the day. You may have to change or update your browser bookmarks to www.grandhaventribune.com only, removing anything after .com.
The new website, he said, will be a lot faster than the Tribune’s current website, will have less down time, and there will also be a cleaner user interface that allows for more interaction.
Readers will also find that website content will be updated throughout the day, as opposed to once in the late morning.
“There will be more of a reason to come back all of the time,” Rogers said.
A feature of the new site is the ability for readers to post comments on stories.
The visual presentation will also be enhanced, with the addition of photo galleries that can highlight stories and events in the community.
“There’s going to be a lot more photos than in the past,” Rogers said.
Rogers said videos will also play a more prominent role on the site, as they will be embedded in stories. There will also be a separate page to look at an archive of previous videos.
The new site will also have links to a couple of related sites: photo site Squink, auction site Boocoo and the Tribune Real Estate Guide.
It will feature the return of weather information and classifieds that are easier to search, as well as the popular HarborCam.
Future plans call for an e-edition, in which a subscriber can download the day’s complete Tribune for a fee.
“We are committed to working hard and staying informed on the latest technology to provide our readers with a pleasant experience,” Hook said. “As we move through this process, I encourage people to share with us your feedback so we can improve. After all, satisfying our customers is what it’s all about.”