Over the last several years, Voice of OC has established itself as the go-to news source for investigative and public policy news in Orange County.
Given the essential role the web plays in how readers access our content, it’s important we make our website experience as seamless as possible.
We’re excited to have launched our new website today, which we expect will provide a more engaging experience for our readers.
The new site – our first redesign since launching in 2010 – should be easier to read and enhance your ability to share our content with others.
It should also work well on mobile devices, which are an increasingly popular way to access news.
It will give us much greater creative options, like incorporating more visuals and interactive content, along with clearer opportunities for readers to support our mission by donating.
While the new site officially went live on Monday, some readers could still be seeing the current site for up to 48 hours.
We plan to keep both sites updated so your access to our content isn’t interrupted.
After months of prep work, we’re hoping for a transition that is as smooth as possible. But with complex web projects like this, there will likely be some kinks to work out.
If you see any problems with the site, please contact our Engagement Editor Nick Gerda at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll work to fix any issues as soon as possible.
And if you have general feedback or comments on the new site, feel free to let Nick know about those as well.
Lastly, the transition to the new website is expected to cost us about $20,000.
The bulk of that cost was to ensure that the roughly 4,000 articles, 1,500 photos and 400 documents we’ve published are properly transferred from a proprietary system to an open-source platform that gives us far greater flexibility.
To help us defray the cost of our website, you can donate by clicking here.
We got a great deal on the whole package, thanks to our friends at Cornershop Creative, an organization that specializes in mission-driven nonprofits like ourselves looking to build stable, cost-effective websites.
Thanks as always for your support.
Norberto Santana, Editor-in-Chief
David Washburn, Managing Editor
Voice of OC