UPDATED: Feedback wanted on Tribune Web sites

Published 7:38 am Friday, September 12, 2008

The Ironton Tribune has redesigned its existing Web site and launched an entirely new site dedicated to photographs from the entire Tri-State.

A new version of irontontribune.com went live Thursday night with a variety of changes and new features. A complementary Web site, tri-statescene.com also launched, giving the community the chance to view and share photos from the region.

“We feel these latest changes continue our ongoing mission to serve the communities of Lawrence County in new and exciting ways,” said publisher Michael Caldwell. “This project really grew out of the work we were doing on the current site that we began working on in 2007 and launched in January. It became apparent even then that we needed to take full control of our site and begin looking toward the future.”

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Irontontribune.com showcases many of the things that the most recent web site featured including reader comments, more opinion content and increased coverage of the local communities. It also includes an organizational structure that allows stories and photos to be tailored to pages specific to communities, area high schools, local colleges and sports teams.

The biggest addition is tri-statescene.com. The site offers a comprehensive photo gallery that features snapshots by Tribune staff and community submitted items.

“By far, the most popular addition to our current site was the galleries. So we looked for ways to make that feature even more dominant,” Caldwell said. “This really is a huge improvement, but we need the community’s support. Upload your photos! It really isn’t difficult and just takes a few minutes to share.”

Emphasizing that the Web site will continue to evolve and be improved upon, Caldwell urged online readers to take the time to learn the new sites and offer feedback.

“We understand that change can take some time to get used to but we know these sites allow us better serve our readers,” he said. “Let us know what works and what doesn’t and we will continue to improve.”

Users who wish to make comments will have to re-register on the site since none of the existing accounts were moved over.

Feedback can be posted to this article or sent to feedback@irontontribune.com.