Oxford Mail website gets a fresh, updated look

The new-look Oxford Mail website

The new-look Oxford Mail website

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THE Oxford Mail’s website has been overhauled to give it a clean new look.

The update for our site – oxfordmail.co.uk – went live yesterday and our new homepage has been designed to make it simpler and easier to navigate, as well as offering new sections and more stories.

Pictures play a far greater part in the presentation on the home page, while we have also expanded the number of news and sports stories readers can see at a glance.

Entries for travel news – essential for commuters – and events are now listed side-by-side instead of obscuring each other as they did under the old design.

Oxford Mail assistant editor Jason Collie said the site is ‘deeper’ and less cluttered, with readers able to find more sections than before by scrolling down the page. That will work well particularly for people using tablets such as the iPad, he added.

We have also introduced a new section called What Is Trending in the UK, which displays the best stories from our sister papers across the country.

Mr Collie said: “The new lay-out has really freshened up and modernised the look of oxfordmail.co.uk and made it far more visually appealing.

“But at the end of the day, what is really important are the stories and other content.

“Readers can be reassured that whilst we have redesigned the appearance of the website, there will be no change in the best breaking and local news and sport being available online.

“One of the criticisms of the old design is that the page was very cluttered.

“What our designers have managed to do is increase what is on the homepage but clean up the layout and sweep away that perception of clutter.

“We have seen huge numbers of new readers coming to oxfordmail.co.uk over the past two years and we hope the site’s new layout will help continue that growth.”

It is the latest move in what has been an exciting 12 months for the Mail’s digital platforms.

WHAT ELSE WE OFFER

  • Follow us on Twitter. Our main Twitter account is @TheOxfordMail and we have a dedicated Oxford United account @OxfordMailOUFC. While that brings you all the latest U’s news during the week, you can also follow Oxford United matches ‘live’ with updates
  • We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/oxfordmail so give us a Like
  • You can also get news and sports alerts sent directly to your mobile. We’re the first British newspaper to use the messaging service WhatsApp. Simply text your name and NEWS, SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT depending on which service you want to 07767 417704, and save the number in your phone’s contacts and you’re good to go
  • Our features team and photographers are also on Twitter. Features staff Tim Hughes and Katherine MacAlister are on @OxMailTimHughes and @OxMailMacky, while our photographers Ed Nix, Richard Cave, Jon Lewis and Damian Halliwell are posting their images on their accounts @OxMailEdNix, @OxMailRichCave, @OxMailJonLews and @OxMailHalliwell
  • We are also covering the events of the First World War in ‘real time’ in our innovative Twitter account @OxfordMailWW1. We are tweeting both events from the front and also how the conflict is impacting back here on people in Oxfordshire as if it was 100 years ago
  • And you can read your paper on your iPad, Android tablet, Kindle Fire or iPhone or Android phone every morning with the Oxford Mail app. It is available by searching Oxford Mail at the App Store, Google Play or on Amazon.

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1:30pm Wed 27 Aug 14

matthamm says...

Such a shame that the new website design for Witney Gazette and Oxford Mail is not a responsive design. http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Responsive_
web_design

The layout is broken a certain screen sizes.

#behindthetimes
Such a shame that the new website design for Witney Gazette and Oxford Mail is not a responsive design. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Responsive_ web_design The layout is broken a certain screen sizes. #behindthetimes matthamm
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1:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Pianissimo says...

I don't think the new design is any better than the previous one(s). I suggested that comments on a letter should go directly under the letter they refer to, instead of being separated by several letters and photos - but apparently nobody listened.

Earlier this month, I emailed the chap in charge of the website with a problem I was having, but no response.

I value the website but it would be helpful if its designers were more responsive to us users.
I don't think the new design is any better than the previous one(s). I suggested that comments on a letter should go directly under the letter they refer to, instead of being separated by several letters and photos - but apparently nobody listened. Earlier this month, I emailed the chap in charge of the website with a problem I was having, but no response. I value the website but it would be helpful if its designers were more responsive to us users. Pianissimo
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

remove all the bloomin ad's
remove all the bloomin ad's yabbadabbadoo256
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3:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Peter Pigeon says...

Pianissimo wrote:
I don't think the new design is any better than the previous one(s). I suggested that comments on a letter should go directly under the letter they refer to, instead of being separated by several letters and photos - but apparently nobody listened. Earlier this month, I emailed the chap in charge of the website with a problem I was having, but no response. I value the website but it would be helpful if its designers were more responsive to us users.
Yes, comments at the bottom of the page rather than under the article are very annoying.
[quote][p][bold]Pianissimo[/bold] wrote: I don't think the new design is any better than the previous one(s). I suggested that comments on a letter should go directly under the letter they refer to, instead of being separated by several letters and photos - but apparently nobody listened. Earlier this month, I emailed the chap in charge of the website with a problem I was having, but no response. I value the website but it would be helpful if its designers were more responsive to us users.[/p][/quote]Yes, comments at the bottom of the page rather than under the article are very annoying. Peter Pigeon
  • Score: 5

4:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Putting Readers Comments after all the bloomin adverts and other articles means that Comments don't naturally flow with the Article - which sort of defeats the object of having online comment? As for adverts, I suppose the 'bean counters' will probably see the gap between the article and Comments as being additional revenue-earning exposure - even if online, people can just fast-scroll past them! Maybe we should just be thankful that Oxford Mail doesn't at the moment put adverts between each paragraph in the article itself - saving on punctuation!
Putting Readers Comments after all the bloomin adverts and other articles means that Comments don't naturally flow with the Article - which sort of defeats the object of having online comment? As for adverts, I suppose the 'bean counters' will probably see the gap between the article and Comments as being additional revenue-earning exposure - even if online, people can just fast-scroll past them! Maybe we should just be thankful that Oxford Mail doesn't at the moment put adverts between each paragraph in the article itself - saving on punctuation! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 1

4:27pm Wed 27 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

100% agree with the comments about putting yuor views to news items and having to scroll throuhg adverts and other news. Do they rerally think we readers are that thick that we will not jsut scroll all the way down and ignore everything else? aprt from that it is very annoying and if I see only one reply I don't usually bother to read it, its not worth the hassle.
Also any chance of getting a new photo of another ambulance.
100% agree with the comments about putting yuor views to news items and having to scroll throuhg adverts and other news. Do they rerally think we readers are that thick that we will not jsut scroll all the way down and ignore everything else? aprt from that it is very annoying and if I see only one reply I don't usually bother to read it, its not worth the hassle. Also any chance of getting a new photo of another ambulance. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Has nobody else heard of Adblock plus? All I get between the story and the comments, is people who read this story, also read :)
Has nobody else heard of Adblock plus? All I get between the story and the comments, is people who read this story, also read :) Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

2:28am Sat 30 Aug 14

Dr Martin says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
100% agree with the comments about putting yuor views to news items and having to scroll throuhg adverts and other news. Do they rerally think we readers are that thick that we will not jsut scroll all the way down and ignore everything else? aprt from that it is very annoying and if I see only one reply I don't usually bother to read it, its not worth the hassle.
Also any chance of getting a new photo of another ambulance.
Are you Alf Garnett in disguise?
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: 100% agree with the comments about putting yuor views to news items and having to scroll throuhg adverts and other news. Do they rerally think we readers are that thick that we will not jsut scroll all the way down and ignore everything else? aprt from that it is very annoying and if I see only one reply I don't usually bother to read it, its not worth the hassle. Also any chance of getting a new photo of another ambulance.[/p][/quote]Are you Alf Garnett in disguise? Dr Martin
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