Welcome to our new website

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 08:27 AM

We have been as excited as a kid on Christmas morning about our new website.

We launched it early last week and hoped against hope that our subscribers would like it as much as we do. It is neater, cleaner, and easier to navigate than our old site.  It takes a little exploring to fully appreciate all that it has to offer, but there is so much more.

It allows us to display the photographs that illustrate our stories in a much larger format and to easily create slide shows of photos of events like football games, parades and other news events. We are proud of that because we have a pair of award winning photographers — Rick Crider and Ed Cottingham — and our new website will allow our readers to better appreciate their excellent work.

You can scroll down the homepage and see the latest offerings in news, features, sports and opinion or you can use the pull down menu at the top of the page to go to specific content pages that interest you like Garden, Food, NASCAR, Wingate University sports and much more.

But our site is still under construction so there are a few features that are not yet full operational. Our archives have not yet been transferred from our previous vendor, but they soon will be. And the comment feature that allows you to speak to us or to other readers directly is not yet working the way we would like.

So when we put up the poll — another new feature that will help up keep our finger on the pulse of the community and let you tell us what you think — we held our breath waiting to hear what you had to say.

And what you said was “I love it.”  Well, at least that is what 126 of the 161 respondents said. Another 19 said they “like” the new site. Only seven did not like it, and eight said they “hate” it. We wish we could please everyone but enthusiastically favorable reviews from nine out of ten readers more than validates our efforts.

We still care about those who are unhappy with the new site. Drop us a line, send an email or call and tell us what you don’t like about the new presentation. If it is something we can fix, we will.

If you have a subscription to The Enquirer-Journal, access to our website is part of the deal.  So, please, visit our website and see what we have done, and then tell us what you think. 

Actually, we have taken down our pay wall so anyone can take a look at what we have done without charge.  If you like what you see, we hope you will stay with us when the pay wall goes back up in a few weeks.

But for now, we are happy that our readers are so pleased with our new product.  Thanks for your support and know that we will continue to make improvements that will get news to you as quickly, accurately and thoroughly as possible.