The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald launched redesigned websites this week, and we hope you’ll check them out — especially if you use a smartphone or tablet for your South Florida news and information.
Just two years ago, only one-third of our audience came from mobile devices. Now, more than half of our digital audience reads us this way — using a handheld device to pull up a Herald story or photo gallery while in line at the grocery store, or during a break in a meeting, or sitting on the couch with a tablet in the evening.
To better serve this trend in news consumption, MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com now feature what the techies call “responsive design,’’ an architecture that enables the news site to adapt to the type of device you are using.
In scanning the redesigned MiamiHerald.com, you’ll notice it has a cleaner look, organization and some new features. It’s the latest evolution of digital strategy since we first launched our website in May 1996 — then called HeraldLink. We’ve had name changes and several major redesigns as the site added emphasis on video and photo galleries and interactive content. The biggest changes now are how it works for all the ways people get digital news. We hope you’ll notice that:
▪ The site loads faster.
▪ The typeface is larger for better readability, and the homepage stories, videos, photos and blogs are presented in a more compact format.
▪ The navigation across the top of the homepage — in the blue menu bar — makes it easy to find stories, blogs and your favorite columnists. When you hover over a topic in the main menu bar, you’ll find an expanded selection of related topics, columns and latest headlines. You can also find your favorite columnists and bloggers at the bottom of the homepage.
Along with the improvements to our website, we also recently improved our tablet and smartphone apps for iOS and Android in the last week. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to update to the latest versions, with improved design and navigation.
We know it may take a few days to get used to new locations for your favorite topics, columnists or blogs. You’ll find links to el Nuevo Herald, to subscribe, for customer service and for various classified ads across the top navigation. For the Miami Herald digital edition, events, subscribing to newsletters and for links to other Herald websites, just hover over the Home button on the top of the menu bar, wherever you are on the site .
The sign-in information for your Miami Herald Press+ account hasn’t changed — your user name and password will carry over to the new site. You can log in using the “Sign In” link in the top left corner of the homepage.
If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, the site will look best if you have upgraded your web browser — Firefox 21 and above, Internet Explorer 8 and above, Chrome 27 and above and Safari 6.05 and above.
The new website will continue to evolve and improve. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us a note using the feedback form on the Customer Service page and we’ll let you know where to look. And we want feedback on how the site is working for you. Let us know what you think.
We want to hear from you
Rick Hirsch, managing editor, can be reached at 305-376-3504 or rhirsch@MiamiHerald.com. The mailing address is 3511 NW 91st Ave., Miami, FL 33172.
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