Relaunching The Commentator

On Saturday October 6th 2012, a new version of The Commentator was launched

by The Commentator on 6 October 2012 11:53

Readers will probably have noticed that we've changed a few things on the site today. 

We're delighted to bring you the 2012 revamp of The Commentator, which has taken a lot of hard work on our end!

Over the past 18 months, we've listened to a lot of feedback from our readers, analysed what we've been doing right and what we've been doing wrong, and we hope you'll find the new site engaging, intuitive and inviting. Make sure you save it to your favourites and tell your friends about it, too!

There are a few things to be aware of, if you're interested. The first being the fact that we've delineated our Commentary and News sections, so you can access the content you're most interested in.

On the left of the homepage, you'll naturally see all the excellent commentary you're used to seeing from us.

Down the centre, you'll note the 'Latest News' column, where we hope to bring you breaking news of interest to readers of The Commentator. We're not trying to be Reuters with this, so you're unlikely to see breaking news about major scale events that receive coverage from the world's top news outlets - but rather, we'll bring you the important news that the mainstream media often neglects to cover. This is an important development and we hope you can support our work in this area.

Finally, on the right, you'll notice 'The Tea Room'. This is a new blog format we've set up to allow you to become a contributor to The Commentator, and read shorter, funnier, punchier posts from existing and new writers. We're really excited about The Tea Room, and have set up its own Twitter account that you can follow, too! It's called 'TeaRoomTweets' and will serve the content from the blog directly to your Twitter feed!

The site looks more modern than before, we're sure you'll agree. And in line with this we've brought ourselves up to speed with other ways to serve content, too. 

Across the top of the site, you'll notice the "Hot Topics" - this will help keep you informed about the most popular items on the site and in the news cycle.

Further down the right sidebar you'll notice our new cartoonist has his own slot. Philip McMullen is a fantastic cartoonist and will be bringing you new toons several times a week. You should also make sure to follow his 'Guardianistas' toon in The Tea Room!

Across the middle of the site is a thing called 'Editor's Picks' or as we're calling it colloquially, 'the belt'. This section will draw your attention to important articles you may have missed, or older articles that have now become relevant again, according to current events.

Everything else is pretty self-explanatory. We now do a podcast, too, if you weren't yet aware. So subscribe and get ready for top quality banter with our Executive Editor Raheem Kassam and his weekly guests.

Besides that, there's not much else to say except "go and enjoy the new site!" 

It really helps when you share our articles on social media and sign up for our newsletter. Your feedback is, as ever, incredibly important to us - so please don't be a stranger.

Thanks for all your support over this past 18 months. Let's hope the next 18 are just as fruitful!

Kind regards,

Robin Shepherd (Owner/Publisher) and Raheem Kassam (Executive Editor)


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