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Try our beta article page and tell us what you think


PhillyBetaMainIt’s live! The beta version of our new article page, designed to look great on all devices, is now open to the public. Is it perfect? Hardly—we know there are bugs and room for improvement. Articles are the most important pages on our site and have many complexities. This is our opportunity to get feedback from you and make adjustments based on your comments.

Ready to try the new article page? Start here and follow one of the links to open the beta experience on your device. You can return to the current design at any time by following the “Back to old site” button on the top of any beta article page.

We know from the comments on our stories that readers aren’t shy about sharing their opinions. So don’t disappoint us: Tell us what you like and what you hate about the design, and help us build a better Philly.com. Use the “Share your feedback” link on any new article page to send us comments, questions or bug reports.

This is the just the beginning of a redesign that will roll out across Philly.com in the coming months. For more on this effort, see our previous post on how we’re laying the groundwork for the “continuous redesign.”

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Introducing the new Philly Sports Now app for iPhone

We are proud to introduce Philly Sports Now, our brand new sports app for iPhone. With the Philly sports fan in mind, we set out to design an app that delivers the very best of our award-winning journalism in a format that ensures you never miss a post on your favorite Philly team.

The customizable home feed keeps Philly sports fans up to date with all the latest news. Detail views for individual sports provide stats, scores and more.

This first version is only the beginning. We are asking users to play with the app and share feedback using the form below. We’ll be adding functionality and new features in the coming months, and we want to know what you think of the app and how we can make it better.

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We’re teaming up with Happy Cog + SuperFriendly

We aim to offer a great news experience wherever our users are — which, increasingly, is on mobile devices. That’s a key reason why we’re setting out to redesign Philly.com: We want the site to be as complete and full-featured on your smartphone as it is on your PC. (And we’re going to make it look and work better on all devices while we’re at it.)

Redesigning a website as complex as Philly.com in a legacy-media organization such as ours is no easy task. We knew we’d need some outside help for this heavy lift, and we wanted a partner we could learn a lot from in the process.

We spoke with a number of accomplished web design firms from across the country, but in the end we found the best fit right here in our backyard. We’ve chosen to collaborate with two Philadelphia-area companies over the coming months on the redesign of Philly.com: Happy Cog, a longstanding leader in digital design, and SuperFriendly, an innovative design studio led by Dan Mall.

I’m excited to see what these two groups bring to this effort, and I promise we’ll keep you posted on our progress and give you opportunities to share feedback here at beta.philly.com. (Meanwhile, feel free to take our survey and let us know what you think about Philly.com today. And if you want to join our digital product and technology teams and contribute from the inside, check out these newly posted jobs.)

More information on our collaboration with Happy Cog and SuperFriendly is available in this press release.

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We’re looking for some tech stars

As part of our effort to build a better Philly.com, we’re recruiting for a few positions on our product and technology teams:

If you’re interested in helping to power the digital transformation of a storied Philadelphia institution*, and you meet the qualifications of one of these positions, please forward a résumé and cover letter to jobs@phillynews.com.

*Philly.com is the digital home of The Philadelphia Inquirer, with roots dating back to 1829, and the Philadelphia Daily News, founded in 1925.

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Find us at BarCamp

Welcome to beta.philly.com, where we will be talking about our ongoing efforts to improve Philly.com and seeking feedback from you. We hope you’ll let us know how we’re doing.

We’ll be at BarCamp NewsInnovation at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication on Saturday, May 2. Say hi in person, or follow us on Twitter at @phillydotcom!

Update: Thanks to all who shared ideas, insights and questions in my BarCamp session. Here are the slides I prepared. -EU