Citizen announces new online home at theCantonCitizen.com

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Note: Welcome to our new home! Please read the section in bold below.

The Canton Citizen, the town of Canton’s leading source for news and information, is pleased to announce the opening of its brand-new online home at www.theCantonCitizen.com.

Featuring a completely redesigned layout and a fresh new look, the new site delivers the same high-quality content as its predecessor, CantonCitizenOnline.com, but in a more efficient and easier-to-use format.

Along with the new site, the Citizen has created three new email addresses that will immediately replace the existing cancitizen@aol.com. Effective Thursday, February 24, all submissions and general mail should be addressed to submissions@thecantoncitizen.com, while all advertising inquiries should go to ads@thecantoncitizen.com. Also, new subscribers can submit their requests to subscribe@thecantoncitizen.com, or they can go directly to the website and complete the form under the “subscribe” section that appears in the main menu on the home page.

Designed by Citizen staff members Jay Turner and Mike Barucci, theCantonCitizen.com resembles the front page of a newspaper, with a “top stories” section displaying the latest news and a “featured columns” sidebar displaying links to the most recent columns by Joe DeFelice and Joan Schottenfeld, as well as an assortment of guest writers.

Scrolling down “below the fold,” visitors will encounter an interactive “slider” with links to various photo galleries, followed by sections for news, sports, features, and business. In addition, the home page offers a user-friendly search box for quick and painless retrieval of archived content.

The site was built using WordPress — a popular, open-source software program used by millions of websites around the world — and as a result, everything is categorized and never more than a few clicks away. Users can also click on the byline of any writer to pull up a complete archive of his or her work, organized in reverse chronological order.

In addition to a weekly sampling of Citizen articles and columns, theCantonCitizen.com offers several brand-new features, including an online datebook, professional and service directories with links to local businesses, and an obituaries page with links to individual notices. There is also a new comments feature available at the end of most articles and columns, as well as a feedback page that offers a new online poll every month.

While certainly more comprehensive in scope than the previous site, the new online home of the Citizen will still function primarily as a promotional and informational tool for potential subscribers and advertisers. The limited selection of stories may also appeal to current subscribers or longtime residents who travel away from the community but still want to keep in touch with what is happening in their hometown.

The amount of content available online will vary from week to week, and although free to use, the site was not intended to serve as a substitute for the newspaper itself. Furthermore, the Citizen has always been a weekly newspaper and intends to remain that way, so in most instances the site will be updated every Thursday — the same day that the print edition hits the newsstands. However, the Citizen will gladly relay breaking news and other important updates — such as school closings — seven days a week, as soon as the information becomes available.

For this reason, users are encouraged to bookmark the site and visit as often as they’d like — even if it’s just to sift through the archives or sample some of the Citizen Classics that are posted under “features” at the top of the home page.

Lastly, subscribers are encouraged to go to the registration page and sign up to become a registered user. Registration is free of charge and requires only a user name and a valid email address. And as always, the Citizen welcomes suggestions and comments from its readers, so if there are ways to enhance the site or make it more user-friendly, please let us know at feedback@thecantoncitizen.com.

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