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Welcome to the new has been getting a facelift for the new year. People who view us on desktops or laptops or other larger mobile screens will notice the changes. Those using smaller devices, like iPhones, will find the mobile site largely unchanged for now. It remains a good way to get a quick, on-the-go glance at what’s new in the news.

People in the website business often say that a revamped site is “cleaner’’ or more “intuitive and user-friendly.’’

Well, maybe. I think it is just a lot more interesting. It shows more stories and photos than before. And I’m told that it adapts itself better to many of the various sizes of devices, like iPads and Surfaces and Kindles, etc., that have replaced desktops for a lot of us. retains most of its better nature, in my humble opinion. If you want to search for news by geographic region, the state map is still there to click on. Or you can select a specific region by name.

Workers in the web world are also fond of the term “taxonomy.’’ I was opposed to it the first time I heard it. I am opposed to anything with the word “tax’’ in it. But it turns out that taxonomy is the means by which editors can define a story in ways that make it easier to categorize.

Along with the new look, we have a new way for non-subscribers to access the site. They may see a survey question pop up. Take the survey, and you have access to any number of stories during your visit. (If you are a Union Leader or Sunday News print or digital subscriber, just log in to avoid the survey.)

I want to thank website director Carl Perreault and Sarah Neveu and the web team for leading the effort to make these changes. There will no doubt be some glitches along the way so please bear with us and give us your feedback. (Contact me at

One thing that has already taken place is an upgrade to the app for our electronic edition and we have heard from readers thanking us for it. Some readers like to receive the morning e-mail that signals a new edition is available. They click on the link and the paper shows up on their device.

The e-edition app is even slicker. The icon shows a “1’’ when a new edition is available. Tap the app and, presto, the front page of that morning’s paper is on your iPhone.

Creature of habit that I am, I still prefer shuffling to the front door and bringing in the print copy. But I can see where the e-version on the phone could keep someone under the covers of a cold winter’s morning.


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