Matt Martin: Welcome to the new

Matt Martin
Erie Times-News
Matt Martin, executive editor of the Erie Times-News and

By the time the lunch crowd arrives for a midday news update on Tuesday, a new version of will greet them.

It’s been four years since the Erie community’s leading news site has had a makeover, and we were overdue for the changes that will go live Tuesday morning. What it means is a significantly better reader and subscriber experience for a number of reasons:

• Our pages load faster and consistently meet or exceed top industry standards. Photo galleries and videos also load more quickly.

• A larger type size and modern typeface make articles more readable, while bolder headlines provide a better experience on mobile.

• The GoErie home page, driven until now by traditional print sectioning, highlights content that data show is most popular with our digital readers.

• New scrolling capabilities offer a smoother, faster experience when reading headlines.

• Labels clearly mark opinion-based content as distinct from reporting, and also make clear such work as analysis, review and exclusives.

A few things won’t be evident as we launch the redesign.

First, article-page commenting isn’t supported at the moment, but developers are working to restore it. We know on-site commenting allows visitors to connect not only with us, but with each other. In the meantime, the GoErie Facebook page is the go-to destination for commenting.

Secondly, content will date back only as far as Jan. 1. In the months ahead, we will restore years worth of content that has previously been available on

Lastly, the redesign is only for the website at the moment, but new iOS and Android apps are being developed.

If you are a subscriber, you might need to sign in on your first visit. You can use the same email and password you use now. The frequency of sign-ins should decrease.

If you’re not a subscriber, or aren’t logged in, you’ll find the metered visit policy is still in place you’ll get a number of free views each month before receiving an invitation to subscribe to view additional work.

What will change is that some content will be available exclusively to subscribers, and marked as such. Your critical subscriptions allow us to continue to provide local journalism that informs, entertains and engages our community.

The content management system we use in the newsroom to power the site also is changing. That will mean quicker publication of digital articles and faster updates of developing stories, plus seamless access to the work of the 13 other newsrooms in Pennsylvania’s USA Today Network and from other Gannett newsrooms.

Please take some time to look around the new Sign up for the daily newsletter. Enable delivery of alerts for news, sports and weather. Bookmark the new link to the daily e-edition. There will be a prompt to a user guide to the site and a link inviting your comments about the new The new site will continue to evolve; please share your ideas about how it can better serve you.

Contact executive editor Matt Martin at Follow him on Twitter @etnmmartin.