This year, we've been working on three major initiatives.

The first two launched in March: we introduced our redesigned paper edition, and we moved our office downtown.

This past week, we quietly rolled out our third big change.

As of last week Thursday, is speedier, more robust and, frankly, much more appealing.

We think you’re going to love it.

In some ways, the site isn’t any different than what we’ve offered in the past. We still will feature the news, sports, obituaries and more that we’ve offered at in the past.

But it also offers so much more now in depth of services.

Let me take you on a tour.

First of all, we have many, many more bells and whistles for presenting news to you. We’ve been limited in the past to two general designs on a story page — now the options are virtually unlimited, with many, many more options for adding multimedia content as well. Viewing stories now will be a far richer experience.

Yet the real strength of the new is not just viewing the news, but in the new tools the site provides for following the news.

Love reading articles by reporter Jonathan Bailey? Now you can “follow” him on our website.

Found a story you like, or don’t have time to read it just yet? Save it for later with a single click.

Would you prefer to have news delivered to your inbox? We now have more newsletter options than ever.

Choose options such as Daily Headlines, Local Obituaries, Local Weather and News Alerts, the latter of which offers breaking news as it occurs. And this fall, when we (finally! hopefully?) have sports return to local fields, we’ll be adding a Local Sports newsletter as well.

With these fresh newsletter options, the news will come to you more often and more easily than ever.

Other goodies? The site includes a moderated community calendar on which the community can submit local events. Classified ads also can be submitted and managed on-site in ways never before available on

We’ll also be hosting future videos right on the site, simplifying the viewing process. Still want to see an oldie but goodie? They’re still available on our YouTube channel, accessible right at the top of our homepage next to links to our other social media sites.

And, of course, the site has changed in simpler ways I appreciate as well. It’s cleaner, more visually appealing and (best of all) much, much faster to load.

For the first time ever, it’s also mobile-responsive, meaning that its format changes to make it easy to read whether you’re on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The search function even works far better than ever, too.

Simply put, we hope this makes the reading experience more enjoyable for you overall.

Need more than that? Just wait: we have a few more tricks up our sleeve we’ll be unveiling down the road as well.

Happy reading!

Ian Stepleton is the editor of the Ripon Commonwealth Press, and been with the paper since September 2000. Starting with fall 2016, he also is an adjunct professor of journalism at Ripon College, and advisor to the college's newspaper, the College Days.

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