Feb. 21, 2018 at 4:36 p.m.
With apologies to the Disney movie "Aladdin," we've been getting used to a whole new world at your hometown newspaper.
It's been quite a juggling act to learn a new content management system at the same time we still have to publish our daily paper and website, but we think the stress will be well worth it. Starting Monday, you will see the results of this work at VictoriaAdvocate.com. Our site will have an entirely new look and feel, plus additional features.
This move jumps our technology forward a decade, giving us the latest tools available in print and online publishing. The change in print will be mainly under the hood -- we'll use InDesign for creating pages. Faithful newspaper readers won't notice much of any change in our award-winning page layouts.
The big changes will be online because our new system is digital first. That means reporters and photographers will be able to post their stories, images and other content directly to the website from anywhere they have an internet connection. The net result for readers is stories will get to our website faster and better than ever.
Other new online features include Associated Press stories updated 24/7; more consistent linking to related content for in-depth reading; maps with most stories and calendar event items; and easier ways for readers to submit stories, photos and video to us.
We anticipate learning more about the system after we go live Monday and expect we'll encounter more than a few glitches to iron out. That's just how it is with technology -- you never feel totally comfortable with something new for a while.
After we go live Monday, we encourage you to kick the tires of the new site and report any issues you find to digital editor Thomas Martinez or me. It will feel for a time that we're in a whole new world, but we expect it will be a better one before long.
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