JOHN DAY, Oregon — The news hasn’t changed, but the Blue Mountain Eagle website has, as of April 17.
The EO Media Group is excited to announce the redesign of the Blue Mountain Eagle website. This redesign is a big step in our continuing digital advancement. It will allow Blue Mountain Eagle the flexibility in how they deliver the news, information and advertising. The goal with the new site design is to give Blue Mountain Eagle readers a cleaner and less cluttered view of their offerings by improving the readability and attractiveness. The new site will also provide Blue Mountain Eagle with a better foundation from which new features and ideas can be added to the site in the future, which will benefit their readers and advertisers as well.
The Blue Mountain Eagle staff, EO Media Group Digital and Design Teams have been hard at work for months with specialists from NewsCycle Solutions to create the new Blue Mountain Eagle site. Frequent readers of the site will notice some changes.
Implementing a responsive design was one of the main benefits in upgrading our site. Responsive design means that pages of our site is optimized for mobile and tablet browsing. The site will automatically resize to fit all computer and mobile-device screens. Because one unified site will fit all the different platforms, mobile readers will for the first time have access to all the same content available on the desktop site. Only selected stories in each section were displayed on the previous mobile site, making it hard for readers to find the content they were looking for.
Advertising and classifieds
The site redesign provided an opportunity to refine the placement of advertising on the site and allowing for larger ad sizes. The responsive design also allowed for adapting ad sizes presented on different screen sizes.
Another big change is in the look and feel of the classifieds. This section is also built in responsive design allowing readers the flexibility to navigate the listings on the go. The previous site’s classifieds were not mobile friendly.
Digital replicas of the Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper is available on desktop, as well as Apple and Android phone and tablet apps. The eEdition provides a page-by-page replica of the main Blue Mountain Eagle, as well as special sections.
Print newspaper subscribers receive full access to the digital eEdition included with their subscription. The eEdition app can be set up to automatically download each week’s newspaper for viewing even when not connected to the Internet. The apps are free to download through iTunes, Google Play and the Kindle App store, but a subscription is required to view the eEditions.
Any design takes some getting used to. A team will be monitoring the new site during the launch phase and doing our best to fix any glitches or problems that arise. Try the new design for a few days and tell us what you think, what we’ve missed and what you like at firstname.lastname@example.org. The site will continue to evolve as small changes are made and the site is fine-tuned. It is an ongoing process of designing, gathering feedback and refining.