Well hello there. Thanks for stopping by. Like what we’ve done to the place? Pull up a chair, would ya? They’re nice and comfy—brand new. Bounce up and down. See? Take a look around. Scroll a bit. Like what you see?
Well before the Browns traded up to wreck the league with Johnny Manziel and LeBron James penned an essay Cleveland fans will never forget, the team here at WFNY set out to make the reader experience better than it has ever been. We liked our old digs—we really did. It was customized for us, allowing original content to be promoted while giving you all the quick-hitting stuff that everyone else was talking about, be it at the water cooler or on Twitter. We went to one sidebar (remember that old two-sidebar layout?), keeping ads as far down as possible. We added separate sections for our content, realizing that not every post was created equal.
But something was missing.
Those of you who visit us on a daily basis while at work or home, we couldn’t be happier to have you be a part of this endeavor. You take your shoes off and stick around for a while—the average time spent on WFNY is well over two minutes per visit with more than two-thirds of you being returning customers. I think they call that “loyalty” or something. We call it “awesome.” But nevertheless, those of you who hang out either through Windows or Mac represent only half of those who pay visit to this very establishment with forty-nine percent of our readers attempting to absorb our material through mobile operating systems. This is right in line with the changing landscape of media consumption, but one we were not aligned for on our end. We had a “mobile” site, but it was clunky, only worked on occasion, and, quite frankly, took away from the whole WFNY experience. Today, and going forward, WFNY’s new responsive design will allow for the same, improved experience to all readers, regardless of operating system or device. Even you, Windows Phone guy.
Are you reading us on an iPad right now? Turn that bad boy into landscape mode. Sitting at a computer? Try shrinking your browser window a bit. Pretty cool, right? Everything rearranges and resizes for you; there’s no side scrolling involved.
So what else is new? Oh, where to start…
Let’s start with the home page. You’re obviously not there right now, but we do hope you’ll head back there as soon as we finish our little tour. When you’re there, depending on what device you’re using, you’ll see a high resolution quilt of sorts that will provide you with the six pieces that we wish to feature at a given time. At the old digs, if there was a breaking news item or a video we thought you would enjoy, you’d have to search for it a bit in it’s given section. Now, we can put it right there, front and center, awaiting your click and comment.
If you’re on a mobile device, including tablets, you have a few home page options at your disposal. You can slap your thumb against the left corner of that menu bar at the top, leading you to a drop-down—go nuts from there. Otherwise, you can scroll to each of our six featured posts, layered for your visual enjoyment, and then directly down through our original content. Looking for our latest podcasts? First, subscribe to our iTunes feed; secondly, scroll down to the footer where the last 10 installments of Craig’s dulcet tones are awaiting your arrival. Your welcome, ears.
If you’re on a desktop, buckle up. You’re seeing a slightly different layout than your buddy over there reading this on his iPhone, starting with the menus at the very top of the screen. Hover over any of the team names above and you’ll be presented with a team-specific drop-down menu, providing you with the latest and greatest we have to offer on said organization. Below these, you’ll find the same six featured posts are above the fold, allowing for scroll-free options, complete with comment count so you know who’s talking about what. But if you want to see what else we have to offer, give that mouse wheel a little tug would ya? Yeah, check that out—content galore. You’ll see down on the left hand side of your screen, the most recent edition of While We’re Waiting…. Rather than having this buried amonst the news items, we decided to give it its own in-law suite. Down there on the right, we present you the latest installment of our award-winning podcast. Did I mention that you should subscribe on iTunes? A little bit above that, we have what can best be classified as our other stuff. Here, you’re provided more options on how you wish to view—you can go with “What’s Hot,” a server-based list of what’s being read and talked about the most, or you can go with “Most Recent,” which…yeah, you get it. In between all of this resides our original content—stories, features, analysis, you name it. It’s there for the having.
Now about the individual posts. The first thing you’ll likely notice is our real estate. At the old digs, we were often sequestered within a 600-pixel maximum, leaving plenty of unused space on newer, more modern wide-screen monitors. Alas, we blew the walls out of this joint, adding 27 percent more space to the individual posts. Our high-resolution images can shine, but more importantly, our text can be that much bigger, allowing you all to be able to read our wisdom without having to do that reverse finger-pinching move on your phones or blow up the resolution on your desktop. WFNY cares about your eye sight. Still not big enough? If you’re mobile, you’ll see little A- and A+ icons to the top right. Click on those to reach your desired size.
Below the title of the posts, you’ll find updated share functions. Clicking and executing these help us more than you guys know. Before, it was entirely too cumbersome for the readers to share pieces they enjoy with the rest of their like-minded friends. This isn’t the case any longer. Please share away and help spread the good word.
For desktop and landscape tablet readers, you’ll see a customized sidebar made specifically for in-post pages, leading once again with the “What’s Hot” or “Most Recent” options. Just because something isn’t on the front page any longer doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be talking about it. This allows us to do just that.
And finally, the comments. We here at WFNY continue to have lengthy discussions about the future of comments—many sites have discontinued them, others have gone to Facebook to provide the conversation fields. Some hang on to them, but they’re largely unused. While we see all sides of the discussion, we feel that most of you add to the site in a way that would be dearly missed if we altered this function of the site. Thus, the community will go unchanged—all of you returning, loyal, awesome folks will get your chance to talk shop, share your GIFs and discuss just how much you miss Lawrence Vickers.
The best news? This is only the beginning. We hope to have some even better news for you in the coming weeks, news that will only serve to further add to your experience here at WFNY. If we missed anything, please let us know in the comments—as with any changes we make here, whether its new paint on the walls or a completely new addition, we want your feedback.
So go ahead. Take a look at the place. Open the drawers, try out the faucets. Use our decorative soaps—we don’t mind. Stay as long as you wish and continue to come back for more. It’s shaping up to be a fun couple of months here in Cleveland, and we just want to make sure you get to take it all in with us in the best, most effective ways possible.