The New Republic's website has a new, new look
The New Republic, which redesigned its website early last year as part of a broader publication re-launch, has rolled out some layout changes in response to user feedback.
One of the most maligned features of the website's design was the placement of massive headlines over the top photos on article pages. Striking in theory, it was often difficult to manage in practice, rendering the photo meaningless and making the text harder to read.
Also, advertisements no longer appear within the body text of articles; instead, they inhabit the right rail of each article page.
The site has also been given back-end upgrades that will speed up page-load time, especially on mobile devices.
The updates, which rolled out Thursday, give the site "a more flexible architectural foundation that allows us to more easily introduce new features," T.N.R. director of product and engineering Justen Fox told Capital in a phone interview.
Fox said that user input played a role in the upgrades, and that he's seen a "very positive" response to the changes.
The upgrades, Fox said, do not amount to a "redesign," but rather put T.N.R.'s web staff "in a better place to improve the site."
"We're much more agile, and we can move much more quickly with the site we have now," he said.
In announcing the changes on Twitter, T.N.R.'s official feed made sure that some of the previous layout's detractors were aware that their complaints were heard.
Addressing The Atlantic's Derek Thompson and Reuters media critic Jack Shafer, @tnr wrote: "Just for you, a revamped article page."