NOLA.com - Now Easier to Navigate

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NOLA.com announces redesign and new features.

We wanted users to be able to quickly dive deep into the content. We achieved this by offering more search options right on the homepage.

Just in time for the Saints season, the LSU and Tulane football seasons and back-to-school, http://www.nola.com, the leading local source of real-time news, information and interactivity, has been redesigned to make its wealth of in-depth content easier to find and use. With more than 1.1 million unique users per month*, the popular Web site provides a wide range of news and information that South Louisiana residents need every day. A site this comprehensive requires an interface that streamlines navigation and provides an intuitive path to multiple levels of content.

The new design is easy on the eyes. It is a clean and attractive look that helps visitors quickly find what they want, including the latest local news, sports, weather and classifieds. Opportunities to share your comments, photos and videos are easier to find and use, making participation in the local online community effortless. The new homepage serves as a guide to the extensive information on the site. Neatly arranged, each of the homepage categories - Real-Time News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Classifieds, Interact, Business and New Orleans Life - remain in the same position, so visitors gain familiarity with the layout.

The depth of information available on NOLA.com drove the site redesign. The NOLA.com team included experts in usability, search engine optimization and Web design. "The objective was to make sure it is easy for users to find the depth of quality interactive media that the site offers," said Jon Donley, Editor-in-Chief of NOLA.com. "We wanted users to be able to quickly dive deep into the content. We achieved this by offering more search options right on the homepage."

The homepage of NOLA.com is an illustrated site index to the topical content. Sports fans can instantly select the sport and team they are interested in. A High School Sports search box allows the visitor to get right to the latest information on the school, sport, team or player they are interested in. Each section of the homepage offers this level of choice and flexibility.

There are also exciting new features. Weather, located on the upper right, provides a quick local update, several links and a search box. In the case of extreme weather the New Orleans Weather tab will turn red, immediately alerting the viewer to a storm or other hazard. The Classifieds and Entertainment sections have their own navigation, speedily guiding users to information they want and need.

NOLA.com is highly interactive and now the popular forums can be found at a glance - participants choose to see a listing of all forums or a listing of the most popular topics of the moment. Additional options to participate include a direct link from the homepage to upload videos or photos.

Affiliated with the area's leading newspaper, The Times-Picayune, NOLA.com has been a continual leader in employing the latest technology and providing more, current, local news. Mark Rose, General Manager of NOLA.com stated, "The site redesign is another example of our unique position in the market. The site is more exciting than ever as a guide and information source for our area."

*Source: Visual Sciences, January 2008
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NOLA.com, based in New Orleans, LA, is an affiliate of Advance Internet, Inc. (http://www.advanceinternet.com), a leading creator of highly interactive, online community-based news and information Web sites created in alliance with over 36 newspapers owned and operated by Advance Publications Inc., and its subsidiaries, including The Times-Picayune. In addition to NOLA.com, Advance Internet, Inc. develops and manages ten other local Web sites including syracuse.com, al.com, cleveland.com, lehighvalleylive.com, MassLive.com, MLive.com, NJ.com, OregonLive.com, PennLive.com, SILive.com, syracuse.com and two specialty Web sites, gulflive.com and MardiGras.com.

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