You may have noticed a drastic change in The Record’s mobile site over the past 24 hours. Gone is the basic white background and article-only format.
We replaced our original mobile site, built in 2009, with a new version on Tuesday.
From a user standpoint, the new site is more appealing, easier to use and – best of all – includes more of the content you find daily on recordnet.com.
The above screenshot is of the front page, as viewed on an iPhone. It displays the top story of the day from recordnet.com with an image and the lead paragraph.
You’ll also notice the little key icon next to the story. That indicates the article requires a subscription to recordnet.com to read.
A status bar on the front page also tells readers how many clicks they’ve used during a month of their limits (3 if you are a non subscriber and not registered).
When you log in, the name associated with your recordnet.com account will appear on top.
You’ll notice a little “+” icon at the top. It’s a new navigation menu that includes a place to check the weather, search the archives, sign up for text alerts and also login to recordnet.com using your subscription account.
A new weather screen pulls up the current conditions, the overall forecast for the day and allows you to search for weather forecasts for other locations as well.
Also new are the way articles are displayed. The sectioning on the mobile site is much more distinct. Before all news-related articles were gathered together under the same heading.
Now, local news is listed first. Categories for “national and world” and “state” news will appear also if we have items fitting those descriptions posted to recordnet.com.
The “+” icon will expand the lists to see other headlines for the day.
In addition to articles, which have always been included on our mobile site, the move to the new format allows us to also post photo galleries and video avaliable on recordnet.com.
Both categories are listed near the bottom of the news lists, underneath the articles.
The galleries will list similar to the articles, but also include the number of photos you’ll be able to see.
Clicking on a gallery will take you into a new screen where you can scan through images using the “prev” and “next” buttons. You’ll also noticed new social media functionality that allows for sharing of the photos on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and through email.
While viewing photos, you’ll also see a button saying “more photo galleries” where you can view more recent galleries.
Our new video setup is very similar.
Our videos will play in YouTube on your smartphone or other mobile device.
Overall, the bottom line is an easier to use, more attractive site.
The new mobile site will prompt you to download it as you browse. The icon will appear on your phone’s screen to give you one-click access to recordnet.com.
Of course, if you prefer to view the whole site on your phone, we also still have that option. In both the top drop down navigation and the bottom bar, there’s an option to use “full site.”
We’d like to know what you think of the new mobile site. Leave us a comment here or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.