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Major makeover for SteamboatToday.com launches midday Monday

Having undergone its first major overhaul since November 2009, a redesigned SteamboatToday.com will go live around midday Monday.

The website's new look emphasizes readability and ease of navigation for users.

From overall design to typeface styles and sizes to paragraph spacing, very little was left untouched, Editor Brent Boyer said.

"We believe all the changes made as part of the redesign will be to the benefit of our readers," Boyer said. "We're thrilled with the result, and we think the thousands of people in Routt County and across the globe who access our site every day will be too."

The most noticeable difference is SteamboatToday.com's homepage. A story slider is featured as the homepage's dominant design element. The slider gives readers the option of cycling through several stories, represented on the homepage with full-size photos and accompanying headlines.

The remainder of the homepage has been designed to display as much editorial content as possible. Story headlines and teases flow down the lefthand side of the page, with categorized content including videos, photo galleries, columns, editorials, letters to the editor and the events calendar occupying the righthand side of the homepage.

A Facebook widget, reader poll and popular stories widget remain in place on the redesigned SteamboatToday.com. Improved sharing options means its easier than ever for readers to share stories and photos with friends and family via email or popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Readers also will notice improved online photo galleries, and the website's popular reader comments forum also has been upgraded. Readers with free SteamboatToday.com user accounts can now give a "thumbs up" to other comments, and they can reply to existing reader comments in a new threaded format.

Boyer said the site takes advantage of the latest developments and updates to the Ellington content management system and the Django framework on which SteamboatToday.com operates.