Malaysia’s No 1 news portal has been revamped with an all-new look that’s clean and easy to read.
With the new layout of The Star Online, you’ll notice that images are now much larger than before and the whole page has been given breathing room, said Philip Golingai, The Star Online editor.
“We went for a bold new look and an uncluttered design with features that will highlight stories as they develop,” he said.
Part of the new design philosophy was to make a portal that houses almost all of The Star’s content in one place, with improved sub-divisions, he said.
For example, the Kuali and ParenThots portals have been integrated into Lifestyle.
Don’t worry – your favourite recipes and places to eat from Kuali are still there, under the Food section, while ParenThots news and columns are now located in the Family section.
Bytz content now sits in Tech, where you’ll still find our latest gadget and software reviews, as well as articles from our columnists.
“We have also made it easier for our readers to share stories with their friends and family by adding links to all the popular social networking sites, namely Google+, Twitter and Facebook,” said Golingai.
“Readers can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest breaking news. We will not only keep you up to date but also look forward to interact with you,” he said.
The team responsible for building the site have been working hard to give users not just a nicer-looking website but also one that includes many features that make it more convenient and, more importantly, one that delivers news to you in a more timely manner.
News now will be updated on the site as often as every five minutes, while breaking news and trending topics will appear right at the top of the homepage, just a click away.
“We’ve tagged our stories too, so you can click on the tags and find related articles to the one you’re currently reading with just a click or two,” he said.
If you’re looking for a particular story and you can’t remember the exact title, our new and improved search engine will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.
“The powerful search feature will deliver precise results that you can further narrow by section and sort by relevance or date,” he said.
And with the new search, you aren’t just limited to stories, as you can search for videos and photos as well.
“Talking about videos, we have also made it more convenient to watch them,” he said.
When you click on any video on The Star Online, it will play right on that page, instead of opening another pop-up window or webpage.
It’s still early days yet – the redesign is just the first step and in the coming months the team will continue tweaking the site and adding more exciting features.
In the near future, our goal is to deliver even more personalised content so that every reader will see more news and reviews of interest to them, and less of the content that they don’t want to see, said Golingai.
“We want you, our reader, to be part of this new and exciting journey,” he said.