CINCINNATI - In case you haven't noticed, we've been kind of obsessed with the launch of the new WCPO.com. The redesign aims to be more user-friendly, and the responsive design of the website will make viewing our content so much easier on mobile and tablet.
We've been asking for your feedback all week, and we've gotten hundreds of emails and comments. And we're listening! Here are just a few of the improvements we've made, thanks to YOUR input:
- We've made the search bar more prominent, so it's easier for you to find
- We've made the forecast hour-by-hour, instead of showing every three hours, so you can plan your day
- We've added the traffic cameras, giving you a real-time view of what your commute will look like
- We're bringing back the horoscopes!
In case you still have questions about the new WCPO.com, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions we've been getting from our visitors this week.
Q: Why a new website?
A: The new WCPO.com is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet and desktop computer. Many of the people in our market are using different devices to access WCPO content, so we believe this will provide an improved experience.
Q: How will I find old articles and content on the site?
A: Searching on the old website was frustrating for us, too. The new site has updated our new search feature and now allows you to search by category, time and keyword. This should make it easier to find what you are looking for.
Q: Where can I find the latest forecast and other weather tools?
A: WCPO now offers a couple ways you can find the weather. Weather is now located at the very top of the homepage (above the navigation bar). An icon displaying current conditions will always be displayed. The current forecast will usually be listed on the homepage near the top of the page. Within the main navigation, you will find “weather” right alongside “traffic” and “sections.”
Q: How do I find the latest traffic reports?
A: Traffic is also built into the homepage, with alerts listed in the top right hand corner. The full traffic report is also part of the main navigation – right alongside “weather.”
Q: News websites always look bad on my mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. Will this change?
A: The new WCPO.com uses responsive design, a technique the re-sizes the website based on the size of your device screen. We hope this makes reading articles, watching videos and getting the latest Cincinnati news easier.
Q: Where can I find the latest news?
A: The latest news will be continuously updated on the homepage under the “Most Recent” section. In the hopes of making it easy to find we placed it right next to the large picture on the homepage.
Q: I’m mostly interested in local news. Has that moved?
A: You can find that by hovering your mouse over the “Sections” tab in the main navigation. Click on News, and then Local News. You will also notice a Neighborhood News section on the home page. This is located toward the bottom of the page on the right hand side. Neighborhood news covers may of our tri-state neighborhoods.
Q: Will I be able to find things like “Don’t Waste Your Money” easily?
A: Don’t worry. John Matarese’s Don’t Waste Your Money still has its own section on the homepage. If you scroll down the page, you will find it. You can find “Don’t Waste Your Money” content under “Sections” in the main navigation. Hover over “Sections” scroll down to “Money” and then you will see what you are looking for.
Q: What if I’m looking for more specific types of news that are not on the homepage?
A: Hover your mouse over the “Sections” tab at the top and you’ll be able to find the breadth of content and topics available on WCPO.com. Some of the sections are new.
Q: Does a new website mean new tablet and mobile apps?
A: Stay tuned… They are coming soon.
Q. What if I have more questions? Can I Tweet at you… or Facebook you with them?
A: You can. If you’re looking for the experts be sure to Tweet to @WCPO or write on the 9 On Your Side Facebook wall. Our Community team is ready, willing and looking forward to talking with you.
Q: I want to find a story I saw on the newscast. Is there a way to do that?
A: Easy. Just click on "Seen on 9" in the "About Us" section or go right to it by clicking on "As Seen On WCPO" in the footer on the homepage.
Do you have any other questions or comments about the new WCPO.com? We value your feedback and want to hear what you're thinking - email us, firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to hear from you!