Drum roll please…
After months of top-level meetings with pie charts, turkey wraps and consultants using internet phrases I never knew existed, today we are happy to announce we have re-designed the 360° page.
I've given it a few test runs and it seems very user friendly. My mom still can’t figure it out, but I think just about everyone else will find the new design much better. I invite you to check it out. Look at it. Touch it. Smell it. Whatever.
We got rid of that blue background that used to fill the screen. (Cyber Consultants say blue "pops". I always thought “popping” was a good thing, but what do I know?)
One of the biggest improvements is with our blogs. Before the redesign, it could be tough trying to find the blog you were interested in reading. Now, we've streamlined the categories, and organized the posts according to topic and blogger. If you're interested in reading up on a Keeping Them Honest entry, scroll to that headline and click on the link.
Yes, it's that easy! (I know, I’ve been watching too many infomercials for miracle cleaners.)
Crowd pleasers like The Shot and Beat 360° are on the right and much more visible.
We've also added a ton of video from the show, our correspondents and beyond.
As always, send us your feedback. Let me know what you think.
Here's a guide from our digital producer David Reisner:
See you on 360°...
David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer
We promised you more interactivity since we last updated the blog – and this year has seen some great new additions; the 360° webcam, our nightly 'live blog', Beat 360°, Behind-the-Scenes Vlogs and more… We'll we're at it again! So let’s see what’s under the hood, shall we?
First cool bit of news: We've shortened the URL for the site...AC360.com – yep, that’s all... AC360.com. Tell your friends, tell your family (yes even grandma). This will be your one-stop shopping for all things 360°; both the homepage and the blog. CNN.com/360 and CNN.com/360blog will still get you there too.... but we wanted to be a friend and save you 2-6 keystrokes. Your fingers will thank you.
We heard you guys loud and clear and we've made our homepage content easier to read, see, and navigate. But before we get you behind the wheel, I wanted to let you know where everything is on the page... let me give you the grand tour from top to bottom! ...no, literally
At the very top you see 3 tabs:
Below the tabs you'll see something we like to call ‘the news flipper’. It’s a really cool module that shows you the latest headlines from CNN.com. Scroll through a ton of stories, land on the one that interests you, and click the headline for more info.
"From the Blog"_______________________________________________________________
Next up we have our section on the blog we call "From the blog". This will be home to all the most recent blogs. You will often see one blog featured at the top – something we really feel you should check out. It can be anything from the latest insight from David Gergen to Anderson blogging from the field.
In the left column of “From the Blog” you’ll find all the most recent blog posts. As a new blog is posted – boom! You’ll know instantly. We give you a few lines previewing the blog allowing you to see more posts than before
The second column of “From the Blogs” is organized by the themes we live by at 360°: Raw Politics, Keeping Them Honest, Crime & Punishment. And we’ve added new categories to cover themes that are popular on the blog:
At the bottom of row two you’ll find a list of blog contributors and categories. Click on any one of the reporters or topics that interest you and receive a customized blog devoted to only posts from that person, or posts only on that subject.
Ok, one more time everybody ... back to the top!
The third column of the homepage will be the new home for all the daily segments you watch.
…So there you have it! We've got a lot more great features in store, but we were just too excited to hold this back any longer. You guys have really been great embracing and evolving the blog… So let’s keep the dialogue going and let the blogs begin!