Our development team is excited to share an image of the redesigned roanoke.com homepage. Keep in mind it’s not functional, but it will give you a preview of the design and a sense of our priorities as we continue work on the new site. (It’s best viewed when you double click on the image).
You may notice the image in the center of the page is large much larger than photos on the current roanoke.com. You will see greater emphasis on photos throughout the new site. There will be more galleries and none of our photos will be displayed in Flash, so they will be viewable from tablets and mobile devices.
Another new feature is a blog called Times Square, located about midway down the homepage. This blog is intended to be like an information concierge, pointing out new features of the site, and highlighting what stories are being talked about either on our site or in social media.
You will also see all of our blogs are easier to find on this homepage (listed down the left side of the page). You will find the blogs in this same spot throughout the other pages of the site. You’ll also see social media buttons and tools for sharing news and photos throughout the site, making it easy to share content. One of our primary goals with the redesign has been to make the site more engaging and to highlight people, and these areas of the gateway are some examples of how we’ve done that.
Take a look at the page and give us your thoughts. If you missed the previous post on the new navigation, check it out, and you will see the navigation bar in better context here on this homepage.
Your feedback is important to us as we continue development of the site and prepare it for beta.