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Herald-Mail Media to launch new website

It will include all the local content from www.herald-mail.com and HMTV6.com

September 09, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

Herald-Mail Media this week is launching a new website that combines the content of The Herald-Mail newspaper and HMTV6 Cable Channel 6, according to Digital Media Director Liz Thompson.

The new website at www.heraldmailmedia.com will include all the local content people could have found at www.herald-mail.com or at HMTV6.com, Thompson said. 

Regular users of the newspaper’s website should find the transition to the new site to be fairly seamless, she said.

Those who have bookmarked certain sections, such as sports or obituaries, will be redirected to the new website sections, Thompson said. Specific stories that have been bookmarked might not be redirected, but those stories can be found by searching the site, she said.

“The navigation bar across the top is a little more detailed than the previous one,” Thompson said. When users click on “News,” “Sports” or other sections, the drop-down bar will, in most cases, offer more choices, she said.

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In addition, she said: “We think it will be a faster load for website users, and the comment process will be better and faster.”

People who want to post comments or photographs can create new accounts by clicking the “sign-up” link at the top left of every Web page, Thompson said. The account will have a profile page on which users can include as much or as little information as they choose, and upload avatars.

HMTV6 Cable Channel 6 newscasts and forecasts are uploaded throughout the day, so users will be able to access those on www.heraldmailmedia.com along with many of the channel’s features, such as “Paws for Thought” and “The Starting Five,” she said.

The user names and passwords of current digital subscribers will be transferred to the new site so they will not have to create a new account, according to Thompson.

“The website is still a subscription-based site,” Thompson said. “So, for complete access anytime to view as much as you like, you’ll need a digital subscription.”

The Herald-Mail is a metered site, with nonsubscribers able to access up to 10 premium pages during a 30-day period, Thompson said. Premium pages contain news and feature stories beyond stories labeled as breaking news.

Breaking news will remain available to all users, regardless of whether they have exceeded the limit, Thompson said. The Calendar and classified ads are also free for anyone to view, she said.

The website is hosted on BLOX Content Management System from TownNews.com, a company that has provided website hosting services since 1989, according to Thompson.

The 16 newspapers of Schurz Communications Inc., the parent company of Herald-Mail Media, are moving their websites to the BLOX system, and Schurz’s broadcast companies and radio groups also are launching new websites, she said.

Those with questions or comments about the website can contact Thompson at lizt@herald-mail.com, or email webmaster@herald-mail.com.

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