Sometime between 4pm and 8pm yesterday the new site went up and it certainly looks more user friendly. They’ve transferred over all the old stories as far as I can tell although the Your Say section is still gone (though given the slowness of the new site maybe it’s not surprising they decided to ditch that part). They’ve also kept the local news up the top of the front page, although it still is being updated with the same regularity (11am Saturday morning and today’s stories STILL aren’t up). And their search works! A simple search for “twins” in the full text of stories during the past year brought me 44 results where when I’ve tried it before I got zilch.
Still not many pictures, which is disappointing given the Bay Post has been able to use the new format to bring more colour to their site.
Interesting to note that Rural Press seems to be using the old Fairfax website model, now that Fairfax has moved on from it (see here for example).