ABCNews.com Improves Design, Navigation, Search

By Jonathan Dube

May 20, 2009 8:13pm

We are delighted to introduce a number of improvements to ABCNews.com designed to create a more compelling, user-friendly online news experience. We’ve simplified our navigation, made video more prominent, developed a better site search tool, and created a more readable, visually stunning design. Major improvements include: VIDEO FRONT AND CENTER We set out to showcase our video in a unique way and our new rotating video strip does just that. You’ll find more than a dozen videos at the top of our home page and other sections. We have also added a direct link to our video player at the top right of the site, and a new box on the home page featuring full episodes of all of our primetime programs.IMPROVED NAVIGATION We’ve simplified our navigation to make it much easier to find your way around ABCNews.com. Rather than having separate navigations for our topical sections and our shows, we’ve moved them to one, easy-to-read row — and added a second row underneath with handy quick links. Mouse over the headings and you’ll find more useful links related to each topic or show, enabling you to navigate directly to some of our best content with just one click. We’ve also added useful links at the top right of the site — to our video player, blogs, newsletters, mobile products, ABC.com and sports news on ESPN.com.IMPROVED SITE SEARCH We’ve built a new site search engine from scratch that delivers results that are much more relevant. In addition, search results are now categorized by type (stories, blog posts, videos, photos and recipes), date, show and section. After you get your search results, click on any of the links in the left column to refine your search results even more by any of these categories. We’re also adding quick links to hot topics above the search box at the top of the site. We will continue to improve the search experience. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to find the content you want.VISUALLY STUNNING DESIGN We’re using larger images to create more visual impact, and shifting to 16×9 widescreen images to create a more modern look, reflective of the move toward widescreen televisions and computer monitors.MORE READABLE FONTS We’ve changed our fonts sizes, styles and colors across our site to make our headlines and stories more readable.GOOD MORNING AMERICA RECIPES You can search our exclusive GMA recipes database and find quick links to popular recipes and chefs directly from our Recipes widget on our homepage. And you can even embed it on your iGoogle or Facebook pages, or on your personal website or blog. (More about our new Recipes section, which we launched last month, here.) EXCLUSIVE CONTENT You’ll find new boxes on our homepage highlighting exclusive content from Good Morning America, the Blotter and Investigative Team, our exceptional politics team that includes George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper, and our original web-only video series, the Quick Fix. We’ve been gradually rolling out these new features over the past month and fine-tuning them — and we will continue to improve upon them as we move forward. We also have more enhancements planned, so stay tuned! Our team at ABCNews.com is dedicated to bringing you the best news experience online. We hope you enjoy the improvements! – Jonathan Dube
Vice President, ABCNews.com

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