BANGOR, Maine — Maineville.com, the Bangor Daily News’ community Web site, has completed a major redesign and will launch its new version Tuesday.
Maineville is designed to let community members post their news, photos, videos and events. It also invites anyone interested in blogging to contribute commentary, and provides local pages for 25 Maine communities, from Fort Kent to Portland. The new Maineville site will be simpler to use and has a cleaner look that also will allow pages to load faster.
“The improvements to Maineville reflect comments from our audience,” said Todd Benoit, director of new media at the Bangor Daily News. “We listened to what they said, especially about seeing more content on the town pages, and we redesigned with that in mind. So much of Maineville comes from user-generated contribu-tions, so our goal was to make the experience of being on the site and contributing to it as enjoyable as possible.”
The major technical change is the site’s center feed, where all local events, photos, video and blogs will appear. Previously, users needed to open new pages to see each of these features; now they will all appear on one page but still be separated by category.
Among the other changes:
• Instead of the “Most Read” local news stories, the new town pages will show recent reader comments on stories from that town.
• The local events calendar, one of the most popular features on the old site, is being moved to a higher position, on the upper left of the page.
• The news ticker from the Bangor Daily News also gets new prominence by being streamed across the top of all pages
• Finally, the search function will be much more powerful and also will allow for searches of bangordailynews.com.
The Bangor Daily News redesigned the site with the assistance of Chris Gann from Creative Circle Media Consulting of Providence, R.I.
An additional expansion of Maineville — a new searchable site for businesses to affordably reach local audiences — will be called Maineville Market and is planned for May.