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Voice launches new website

Mountain View's news and information website debuts new look, new bloggers

The Mountain View community's primary online source for local news and discussion is undergoing a facelift designed to make the site more readable and the content more accessible.

The new look introduces new "section" fronts for news, art & entertainment and bloggers, as well as improved presentation of the Town Square reader forum.

"We have sought to organize the presentation of vast amounts of content in a way that is clean and simple," according to Voice publisher Tom Gibboney.

"Like anything different, it will take time to get familiar with the new layout," Gibboney said, emphasizing that additional changes and improvements will be added in the weeks ahead.

Readers are encouraged to provide their feedback and suggestions, as well as report any bugs or problems. Comments can be emailed to [email protected]

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Voice launches new website

Mountain View's news and information website debuts new look, new bloggers

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Aug 15, 2013, 12:47 pm

The Mountain View community's primary online source for local news and discussion is undergoing a facelift designed to make the site more readable and the content more accessible.

The new look introduces new "section" fronts for news, art & entertainment and bloggers, as well as improved presentation of the Town Square reader forum.

"We have sought to organize the presentation of vast amounts of content in a way that is clean and simple," according to Voice publisher Tom Gibboney.

"Like anything different, it will take time to get familiar with the new layout," Gibboney said, emphasizing that additional changes and improvements will be added in the weeks ahead.

Readers are encouraged to provide their feedback and suggestions, as well as report any bugs or problems. Comments can be emailed to [email protected]

In addition to the new design, the site will feature a number of local blogs, with more to be added in the future.

Comments

David Speakman
Sylvan Park
on Aug 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm
David Speakman, Sylvan Park
on Aug 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm
3 people like this

Nice, clean look.

Kudos to you.


GSB
Rex Manor
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm
GSB, Rex Manor
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm
3 people like this

Looks much cleaner.

However, Town Square is a glitchy. When I tried to access this article from it, all it did was refresh Town Square. When I clicked on the comment link from Town Square, said "article not found".


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm
3 people like this

Thanks! That error in TownSquare should be fixed now.


Martin Omander
Rex Manor
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Martin Omander, Rex Manor
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm
3 people like this

Nice and clean layout, definitely an improvement! I find the default text too small for comfortable reading, but I see that on many websites and I've got used to using command+ to make it bigger.


Alice
Monta Loma
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Alice, Monta Loma
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm
3 people like this

Re: M.L. Stedman event at Books Inc in Palo alto. The map next to the announcement sure isn't Palo Alto. Also, "admission" only has one "d".


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm
3 people like this

@Martin - Thanks for the compliments. Type size is a hard thing work with online. So you know, it's bigger than it was before and we hope with the additional white space it's easier to read overall.

@Alice - Thanks for seeing the misspelling. That's embarrassing, but is fix. Also the address for Books Inc. was wrong on the listing, so the map showed it in Ohio(!). That has been updated as well.


Don Frances
another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Don Frances, another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm
3 people like this

I like it too guys! (Frank, can't somebody code out those �'s in the movie widget?)


Don Frances
another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Don Frances, another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm
3 people like this

By which I mean, the quotation marks which turn themselves into little diamonds with question marks in them (and which code themselves back into quotes here in the comments!)...


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm
3 people like this

@Don - Thanks for stopping by, former Mountain View Voice Editor, Don Frances! We've fixed those "diamond-question marks" in the movies.


T. George
another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm
T. George, another community
on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm
3 people like this

The site is organized much better now. Easier to navigate and cleaner. Keep up the good work.


USA
Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm
USA, Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm
3 people like this

Good job guys.


karen K from Rock 4Street
Monta Loma
on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm
karen K from Rock 4Street, Monta Loma
on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm
3 people like this

I don't like the new format, it does not give me enough of where to open it. I really liked the old style , the places one wanted to go was on the left side.

wish it never had changed. the format is difficult to get around in. thinking of canceling the whole thing since the change. it is more difficult to find what I want.


John C
Stierlin Estates
on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm
John C, Stierlin Estates
on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm
3 people like this

1. I selected Stierlin Estates, but my neighborhood is the super block bounded by Shoreline, W Middlefield, Moffett and Central Ave which is not listed and is where 2000 or so people live. It seems that anything that contains apartments, mobile homes, some condos, some townhomes are excluded as being neighborhoods or parts of neighborhoods. Can you fix this?
2. Having to enter the verification code from a graphic is not assessable to blind people who want to comment. There are alternate forms of verification that provides a way for the v.i. to verify themselves. Can you use one of these instead?


Interested Observer
another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:35 am
Interested Observer, another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:35 am
3 people like this

This is important since referencing old article URLs is critical when citing references in new comments. Plus there's a NEW BUG: wouldn't let me enter two URLs to the Mountain View Voice so the pseudo-URLs below should have the proper prefix added before using them.

Question: will the URLs we've used to reference old articles continue to be valid and able to be used in new, future comments?

For example (note these are truncated URLs because of the NEW BUG):

An article to which I posted a comment yesterday was at this (pseudo)URL:

.../news/show_story.php?id=7242

but today the same article is at this (pseudo)URL:

.../news/2013/08/12/dont-throw-that-away

If the old URLs won't continue to function, then a big misteak (sic) has been made because the loss of the capability to reference prior articles will thwart research and other endeavors.

Another NEW BUG is that you wiped out my comment here which had only the two full URLs when I clicked [SUBMIT] and you issued the "error message" too many URLs. The old limit was four URLs -- will that be restored?


Not a fan.
Stierlin Estates
on Aug 16, 2013 at 4:40 am
Not a fan., Stierlin Estates
on Aug 16, 2013 at 4:40 am
3 people like this

Not a fan.


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 16, 2013 at 6:00 am
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 16, 2013 at 6:00 am
3 people like this

@JohnC - We'll look at adding your neighborhood to the drop down. We are constantly adding and modifying the information.
As for the verification code, that's a good point about screen readers. I know we had considered that at one point, but don't remember what issues we ran into. We'll take a look and see what we can come up with.

@InterestedObserver - The URL checking got messed up for some reason, but should again let you post up to four links in a comment. Thanks for pointing it out!
The old URLs will continue to work. We wanted to make sure old content will continue to be found. The URLs Web Link and Web Link will take you to the same place. There may be some older generic site links that don't work, but we're getting all those to work as well.


looks cleaner
another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
looks cleaner, another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
3 people like this

Will this be rolled out to the other sites in the family (Palo Alto, Menlo Park?)


resident
Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 am
resident, Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 am
3 people like this

New color scheme (or lack thereof) is too hard on my eyes.


resident
Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
resident, Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
3 people like this

Or maybe the problem is low quality fonts? Either way, the new web site seems much harder to read than the old one.


tom gibboney
another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
tom gibboney, another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
3 people like this

Resident: We're sorry our colors do not appeal to you, but hope you will grow to like them as time goes on. TG


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 am
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 am
3 people like this

@LooksCleaner - Yes. The new look will be rolled out to all of the Voice sister sites over the next several weeks.


Paul Lynch
Cuesta Park
on Aug 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Paul Lynch, Cuesta Park
on Aug 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
3 people like this

Love it - really clean and classy
Regards
Paul
www.ayru.net


Lost
Cuernavaca
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Lost, Cuernavaca
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm
3 people like this

Where are the tabs that use to take you to the sister papers: Palo Alto Weekly and Almanac? It's all so white too. I liked the green backgrounds, so I could see the comment section, the movie reviews, etc.


AllYouCanEat
Old Mountain View
on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:57 am
AllYouCanEat, Old Mountain View
on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:57 am
3 people like this

Put the bloggers and their photos on a single link, ie give the group their own page


Chick-fil-haay!!!
The Crossings
on Aug 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm
Chick-fil-haay!!!, The Crossings
on Aug 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm
3 people like this

You guys must have used the same web designer as the Mercury News.
Going with the asylum white on white. is too straining on the eyes. Change it back.


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm
3 people like this

@PaulLynch - Thank you!

@Lost - The links to the sister papers appear at the bottom of each page (for now). The main navigation is in a period of flux, so they may move up to the top, but it's yet to be decided.

@AllYouCanEast - There is a page for the bloggers here: Web Link Is this what you mean?

@Chick-fil-haay - Actually, we didn't. The design was done in house by our design director, Shannon Corey.


Eyes Wandering
Blossom Valley
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:37 am
Eyes Wandering, Blossom Valley
on Aug 21, 2013 at 6:37 am
3 people like this

I don't see a "flow" to the page. My eyes seem to dart all over the page looking for where to read the news. Its "cleaner" because content seems to be more hidden now behind generic links. Lots of blogs easily found, but between the harsh white back ground, and lack of any logical "eye flow", its a frustrating user experience (for me) I find myself moving over to the Palo Alto page more. If I hear of a local story, I'll probably check the Voice, but more likely now, SJ Mercury.The Auto scrolling pictures, if not changed daily, make the page look stale. Better to loose the scroll if fresh daily content cannot be added.
Definitely some tweeks are needed made for improvement, but this is a start.


palo alto resident
another community
on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm
palo alto resident, another community
on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm
3 people like this

If I use the link in Palo Alto Online to access the new site, none of the links to individual articles open, it just loops back to the original list of topics. Using Google to search for an article name works with the associated links. On a Mac, tried it using Safari and Firefox, neither worked.

I like the clean new look!


Frank Bravo
Registered user
Mountain View Voice Webmaster
on Aug 22, 2013 at 8:02 am
Frank Bravo, Mountain View Voice Webmaster
Registered user
on Aug 22, 2013 at 8:02 am
3 people like this

@PaloAltoResident - If you can, can you send an email to me at webmaster [at] mv-voice.com with an example? Thanks!


Flava Dave
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 am
Flava Dave, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 am
3 people like this

Looks good


Flava Dave
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:06 am
Flava Dave, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:06 am
3 people like this

BTW, your "removed for using multiple names" posts. OK sometimes it's probably just someone spamming comments with the same opinion..but you are aware lots of people share the same wifi....at a cafe, at HOME, etc....

But if it's obviously the same person...or likely the same person...that's how it goes I suppose. "Without laws there is no freedom"


David R
another community
on Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm
David R, another community
on Sep 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm
3 people like this

There's no category selection for the forums. For example I can't keep track of school only postings in the forums. everything is lumped together.


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