On Sunday, VTDigger flips switch on new website; site will be under maintenance from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22


VTDigger is flipping the switch on a new web design this weekend. The site will be under maintenance from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 while we work on the backend to bring the new site live.

We appreciate your patience.

We hope you find the new site easier to navigate and more pleasing to the eye. The new site has all the old standbys — commentaries, press releases, comments, forms for tips and error reports — plus many new features, including color-coded category sections, a weekly archive, larger cartoons, a share rail, Twitter feed and quote of the day.

Most importantly, VTDigger’s hard-hitting stories will be in a more accessible format.

Instead of developing an app for VTDigger, we have created a “responsive design” site that automatically resizes to fit whatever screen you’re using — iPhone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. If you want ready access to VTDigger on your phone or tablet or computer, you’ll be able to download an icon to your desktop that links to our site.

In keeping with our approach to innovation here at VTDigger, the website is in beta form. Expect to see more improvements over time as we launch our data reporting page, a multi-media section and landing pages for health care, energy, politics and business. We also plan to make a major projects section available for our reporting on special topics, including EB-5, mental health, the health care exchange and human services.

The redesign wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation and the expertise of our web developer, Stacey Peters, who honed her skills in the cutthroat environment of New York City’s interactive media world before she moved to central Vermont.

Check out our sneak preview of the design in the Document Cloud image below.

Anne Galloway

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  • constance blizzard

    Can’t wait.

  • Clicking on a comment on the previous version of this site would scroll one to that particular comment. Now clicking on a comment just takes one to the page and leaves one having to scroll down to find the comment of interest.

    This is no problem if only a few comments are posted, but some of your stories garner a lot of conversation and feed back – it quickly becomes extremely cumbersome.

    Can you bring back the original functionality where clicking on a comment will bring one to that specific comment?

  • Wally Roberts

    I visit a lot of different websites every day and this new design is better than 95% of them

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