The big day is here – we’re ready to give you an early peek at the new roanoke.com as we build out its final stages. But before you click the link, we’d like to remind you that you’ll be checking out a beta version of our new website.
What’s beta mean exactly? Well, you’ll be looking at a site in development. Think of it as house being built before your eyes – we’ve framed it out and are hanging drywall, moving in appliances and bringing in furniture every day.
It’s a work in progress, so please pardon our dust as you come across sections shy on new content or tools that don’t quite work yet. In some cases, you’ll click through to the old site as we convert our content to the new format.
We’ll update this post with what we’re working on and encourage you to check back often to see our progress.
As we go, we hope you’ll continue to provide feedback – a conversation we began a year ago on the RefreshRT blog.
We now have new interactive feedback tool where you can not only share your comments but rate those made by others.
We’ve also produced a short video to give you a sense of what was important to us as we rebuilt the site.
On behalf of the many Roanoke Times/roanoke.com employees hard at work on this project, I’d like to thank you for contributing your ideas and helping the new site grow into an important community resource.
What we’re working on* today includes:
- Browser compatibility (Advice for iPad/iPhone users)
- Story-sharing tools
- RSS feeds
- Story archive prior to Feb. 4, 2013
Embedded video(see http://beta.roanoke.com/multimedia/video/)
Design of weather info in right rail
- Caching issues (Advice for “Service unavailable” message)
- Commenting on select stories
*Items on our punch list may not be working or may change in appearance as developers test them. Thanks for your patience!