Welcome to the new-look nzherald.co.nz. We've given the website a fresh look and feel as part of a series of big changes to be rolled out through 2007.
We want to know what you think of our new design. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the changes that you're seeing on the website:
We are more than the Herald newspaper online. During the day and night we will bring you breaking news and live updates. Just look for the breaking news symbol and our Latest News listing. Each story has a time-stamp so you know if it was added since your last visit.
We know you want the news when it breaks so we are building a dedicated team to bring it straight away, backed by top reporters from the NZ Herald.
We're making it easier for you to comment on issues and discover what other readers think. Have your say on our daily poll and see the green "Your views" panel on our homepage for what topics people have got people talking.
You can also check out what are the most popular stories on our site.
And nzherald.co.nz readers will be pleased to see the popular interactive Sideswipe column is now on the homepage.
Finding your way around:
We have simplified the navigation to make it easier to find what you're looking for on the website. We have moved the navigation menu from the left-hand side to the top of the page where it's easier to read. Stories, videos and other features have also been highlighted with thumbnail images throughout the new site.
We have responded to readers who told us they want a fresh, modern site. The new website has been designed for a higher screen resolution (1024 by 768 pixels) which will give us more space for stories and photos, without all of it appearing crammed together.
If you want to change your screen resolution to view nzherald.co.nz better check out the instructions at the bottom.
To celebrate the launch of the new nzherald.co.nz site we're offering all readers a free two month trial to our premium content.
So visit our premium content section and get exclusive online access to all our top columnists and opinion leaders and discover for yourself why more and more New Zealanders are choosing nzherald.co.nz.
We've already had lots of really positive feedback from readers who love the introduction of Sideswipe - one of the Herald's most popular columns - to the home page.
We are committed to building a multimedia site. And to kick it off we've launched a new multimedia player that is used to display audio, video and image galleries. Just click on the Multimedia tab on the menu bar for a list of stories that include video, audio or photos. Also look for out for our new video, audio and photo icons next to story headlines. These mean the story has links within it to related multimedia.
We have listened to our readers who want to see more Entertainment, Lifestyle and Travel. We have broken out these sections to make it easier for you to find the depth of content on nzherald.co.nz. You'll always see the latest stories in these categories displayed in the colour panels on the right hand side of our homepage.
And here's what's happening behind the scenes...
The New Zealand Herald's assistant editor Jeremy Rees has been appointed Multimedia Editor of nzherald.co.nz. He is joined by Publisher Kristine Garcia (ex-Stuff.co.nz). Former NetGuide Editor Nigel Horrocks and former XtraMSN News Editor, Annette Lee, join the APN Digital team to enhance community programmes and entertainment offerings across APN's suite of websites, including nzherald.co.nz. We have hired new journalists and editors to bring the latest news quicker and better.
Why are we doing this?
We wanted to make nzherald.co.nz better for our users who have given us a lot of feedback and ideas on how the website should be improved. We also did extensive research and conducted a usability survey before and while the changes were made. This is just the beginning. The changes are a platform for a host of new initiatives we plan to roll out in 2007.
How to change your screen resolution:
This site has been designed for a higher screen resolution (1024 by 768 pixels.
If you want to change the resolution, you can, either:
- go to the control panel and click on display or
- right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears.
Once the display properties dialogue box appears, click on the settings tab. The Screen Resolution slide bar is what you use to change the resolution. The choices are given as 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1152 x 864. Usually it has been set to 800 x 600 (the technical meaning of this is that it means the screen displays at 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high). To change the resolution so you can see the NZ Herald site correctly, just slide the resolution bar to 1024 x 768 and then click the Apply button.
After clicking Apply your screen will resize to the new resolution and you will be presented with a dialogue box that says "confirm." Click yes and then close that box. Your screen will quickly change to the new look so you can enjoy the new look Herald site.