Thedp.com: our website redesign
If you've taken a stroll over at thedp.com in the last 24 hours, you'll notice that it is, in the words of Online Managing Editor Jared McDonald, new, fresh, and shiny.
We're particularly proud of this current reincarnation of our online home and after months and months of planning and design, we hope you like it a lot too. The best way to learn about the new site and all of its shiny, fresh new features is to go and play around. But to aid you, I've made a little guided tour specifically for sports readers to help you best access our content. We're still working out a few kinks — let us know if you find anything broken. As always, we appreciate your readership and input.
As an aside, you can also get breaking news and other updates by following us on twitter (@dailypennsports), as well as by liking us on our new facebook page (facebook.com/dailypennsports). These are great ways to interact with us (the editors) and other Penn sports fans.
- In the very top navbar, you can find a quick link to DP family sites, including our blog The Buzz.
- Below the flag you can find section links, including "Sports" which will take you to all of our content from the Paper, as well as sports related multimedia (videos, photo galleries, interactive graphics, etc).
- Then below that is our top content from the day. Generally the top sports news will be featured here.
- In the bottom right corner of the area pictured, you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter.
Above that, you can find the most popular articles on the website today, as well.
Scroll down a little further, and on the left side of the page you'll find our sports container on the homepage. Here you'll find the newest sports stories, as well as that nifty little Buzz ticker which displays the 10 most recent items posted here on The Buzz.
Today's stories for the welcome back issue include preseason honors for M. Soccer, the young new faces of Penn Volleyball, and a column by yours truly that tries (emphasis on tries) to compare this years Penn football squad to one of my favorite sports movies of all time, Major League.
At the bottom of the page you can find featured content — stuff we like so much that we're going to leave it up there for a little while. Right now you can find profiles of M. Basketball players Dau Jok and Tyler Bernardini.
If the news isn't quite your thing and you just want to know what's going on in Penn sports, you can head directly to thedp.com/sports to see our daily content.
There, you'll see our top articles highlighted at the top around our centerpiece image. Below that you can find our featured multimedia in the black "belt" midway through the page.
In an effort to clean up the look of the site, we've gotten rid of the "dropdown" bar that used to pop up when you hovered over the link to the sports page. This used to contain links to sports-specific pages, such as "M. Hoops, W. Lax, or Football." Now you can find this sports-specific content just below the multimedia belt.
We're hoping to also have a poll functionality up on the sports page in the near future, so you can interact and see what other readers think about questions the editors pose related to Penn Sports.
At the bottom of every page you'll also be able to find links to sports-specific pages (in the black footer area), as well as a link to download a PDF of the print version of the DP — where you can see all the great work our design staff does on a daily basis.