New website coming Monday for mccookgazette.com

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It was not that long ago, it seems, that businesses and organizations were debuting their first websites in a nod to the changing times and widespread availability of Internet access.

Too many websites are zombies, living on in web surfers' browsers despite being devoid of content rarely if ever being updated.

That's not the case with mccookgazette.com, where news, photos and advertising are updated daily if not more often as the site serves as a community connection for current and former Southwest Nebraskans.

Even active websites can get stale, however, and the time has come for ours to be refreshed.

Online readers will notice a new look starting Monday, March 13, when mccookgazette.com adapts to changing times.

Nearly two-thirds of the Gazette's online readers do so with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and the new site will take that into account.

We've had a good mobile site with limited offerings at m.mccookgazette.com, but the new site will adapt to its readers' devices, whether a desktop computer, cell phone or iPad.

The site may appear sparse, at first, to desktop readers, but a little exploration will reveal all the features they're used to, news, sports, columns, blogs, classifieds, opinion, polls, community calendar and many others.

Like the slogan in that old spaghetti sauce commercial, "It's in there!"

The same will be true on your iPhone or iPad, and readers on all types of devices will notice that a blue navigation bar will follow as they scroll through the single page, making it easy to jump to the feature they want.

All readers will continue to have free access to the headlines, but non-subscribers are limited to a set number of complete articles per month. If you're a print subscriber who has not yet set up an online password, contact us at circulation@mccookgazette.com or (308) 345-4500 ext. 102.

You can get a preview of the new site here http://bit.ly/2lYx633 while continuing to enjoy the current site in the meantime.

Check it out; we're sure you will enjoy keeping up with your family, friends and home community no matter where you are.

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