The Soft Launch of The New WNYMedia

30 Aug

Today, we unveil yet another version of WNYMedia…we’ll consider it a “soft launch”.  We’ve still got a few things to work out, but we’ll be working on them through the course of the day.  The site design is based on feedback from nearly 1000 readers that we’ve received through various surveys we’ve done over the past six months.

Our plan is for WNYMedia to become a distribution point for what’s happening right now in our region.  We plan to introduce new features including live feeds, streaming video, podcasts, streaming radio, twitter/facebook integration and a consolidated feed of articles from our bevy of writers.  Our focus is on usability and ease of navigation, which were issues in the previous design.  Including our partners (Artvoice, WECK1230 and YNN), we’re creating upwards of 40-50 pieces of content each day, but we weren’t making it very easy to find or share.  We’ll have better tools for finding recent stories and an ability to track how they develop.

We’re adding all sorts of new functionality, but most importantly, this is a massive reorganization of content.  A reorganization of how we create, display, share and comment on the various articles we write everyday.

Previously, we created content which was published to an individual blog where everyone would read, share, or comment on the article.  We then aggregated links to the stories to the front page of wnymedia.net.

That’s changing.

Now, we will all be creating content on the front page of wnymedia.net.  You’ll see the excerpts of the articles along with the photo of the author who wrote it.  You’ll click the title to read, share or comment on it.  We’ll also aggregate the articles from each writer on their own author page, which you can access by clicking their name.

For now, poke around, tell us what’s broken, tell us what you like and what you don’t like, etc.

We’re just hoping this goes better than the Digg relaunch from last week

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12 Responses to “The Soft Launch of The New WNYMedia”

  1. Alan Bedenko August 30, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Sharing may be sexy, but the little tag that says so annoys me.  Got any men’s shirts for men? 

  2. AL August 30, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    The new site design looks great guys, keep up the good work.

  3. Jack McDeegan August 30, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    When you guys launch a new sitem I’ve come to expect a trainwreck of terrible design and incompetent technical skills. Looks like you’ve figured out how not to horribly embarass yourselves. Hooray for you.

  4. Jim August 30, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Looking forward to more live streaming stuff. Also, the mobile version looks a lot like your old mobile version, i.e. it sucks.

  5. Jennifer August 30, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    I like it so far, Congrats on the new design.

  6. Michael August 30, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Looks good

  7. lefty August 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    WordPress rocks.

    WNYmedia should try and host a WordCamp in Buffalo.

  8. Mike In WNY August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I have no use for the mobile version. Luckily, Dolphin Browser HD toggles easily between mobile and desktop modes.

  9. Tom Dolina August 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    What an attractive bunch of bloggers…er…

  10. BobbyCat August 31, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    A small suggestion: Put the bylines in BOLD type. You guys know each from the photos, but many readers don’t.

  11. Gabe August 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    Yay my mug is all over the front page!

  12. Pauldub September 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Eric has turned in to a 404. Did he bail or just broken?
    And the photos are pretty snappy

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