The new website features improved navigation that allows readers to easily find local news that is important and compelling to their community. In addition to being able to get to news, features, sports and editorial content by category, readers can also choose to browse news based on which stories have received the most comments or the most views.
An updated commenting system allows users to share their views and interact with the news they are reading without having to log in or create a new account. At the same time, readers who have already created an account will still be able to log in using the same username and password as the old website.
Improved integration with social media allows users to interact with and share important local stories and events with friends or interact directly with the Neighbor through social media from any page on the website.
“This is the logical next step for the Neighbor,” said Managing Editor Brian Clark. “This website allows us to expand our readership beyond our print circulation by giving readers not just an easy way to read their news, but a way to interact with the local issues that are important in their lives.”
The new website also includes a mobile website for users with smartphones. This lets readers view the news that is important to them anywhere on any Internet-connected device.
The site also adds some new features such as polls, reader submissions, photo galleries and a convenient way to purchase reprints of photos that ran in the print edition.
“While we are still dedicated to print journalism, we know that news happens every day and this improved online format will give us a better opportunity to engage with our readers daily online.” Clark said. “This is a complement to our print edition. Where our print edition informs readers, our online edition goes a step further to engage them.” Content on the new Neighbor website is updated daily with unparalleled coverage of local news, sports and community issues and events.