New-look website is a big hit

The new website
The new website

Our new-look website has gone down well with readers.

That’s the overwhelming message from our online survey completed by more than 140 people so far.

The poll shows 81 per cent of you like the new design and 70 per cent think overall it is an improvement on the old site. launched a new design and navigation two weeks ago, including new features such as a larger carousel, more stories and Twitter feed on the home page and links to our new what’s on service WOW247.

Editor Colin Channon said: “I want to thank all the readers who took the time to feed back what they thought of the new site either in the survey, in comments, on Twitter or by email.

“We are excited by it and it seems our readers are too. We know there is a lot more to do and we will be working to improve the site on a continuing basis.”

The Johnston Press digital product team has already taken on board early feedback and have worked to reduce page load times and fix some minor bugs.

One reader said: “I found the site much more appealing to look at, so easy to navigate and I’ll definitely visit the site more often now. Well done to all concerned!”

While another said: “Quite an attractive and bright website. Best to continue as it is for now, and await more customer feedback before ‘tweaking’ it.”

Some readers said they were reserving judgement on the new site until they got used to it.

The site has already seen major growth in traffic to different areas of the site, such as the what’s on service and daily deals, while 91 per cent of survey respondents said they felt confident where to go on the site to search for a job, find local houses for sale or read local family announcements.

And 87 per cent of readers said the new website made better use of video and pictures.

The next steps are to prioritise enhancements identified by reader research. The site launch will act as a blueprint for the roll-out of the new site design and structure across the 205 websites operated by the Observer’s parent group Johnston Press.

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