A Spring Spruce-Up for Toms River Patch

Yes, we are looking a little different today.

No, you're not losing it! Patch looks different today. We did a quick visual nip-and-tuck to the homepage to make it even more user-friendly. And we've moved a couple pieces of furniture. For those keeping score: 

1. We tweaked some words in our navigation bar to save space (e.g., "Traffic & Gas" is now "Commute")

2. We moved the weather icon next to the Patch branding so you can find it more quickly!

3. We moved, well, YOU closer to the top! (Our "shout stream" is now front and center to show all your comments off.) 

4. And of course we prettified a few things. 

While the site might look a little different today, we still offer the same robust coverage of everything happening in your community of Toms River. That was, is, and will always be our mission.

Let us know what you think.

Mattie April 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM
OK, gave it several days now, but the 'new look' is not growing on me, at all. Don't like the home page layout. Not enough room for news stories, way too much room devoted to Events. Don't like how the readers' comments font is small, hard to read and squeezed into a very limited space between the lead news story / photo and Events area. The fact that it scrolls doesn't help that, either. Once a story disappears from the top three featured stories on the home page, it's virtually impossible to find, unless you happen to see someone's left a new comment there and it's recent enough to see on the home page. I think you've lost a reader.... and a commenter. Sorry. I just can't agree that the changes are better than the old layout.
Project Bluebeam April 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
If you think that is bad, try the Patch iphone app!
Eggs-n-Toast April 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
speaking of finding stories, I spotted this one days ago, then it disappeared. Found it now only because of the comments showing up on front page, otherwise, cant find it anywhere. There is plenty of blank space along the right side of the page below the event listings- why not put the readers comments back in that space? they were lots easier to read that way. I'm not loving the new format either. not reader friendly. And why hasn't the lead story (stories) changed in about three days?
Catherine Galioto April 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The lead story on Toms River Patch posted yesterday evening, not three days ago, and we have new lead stories daily among those lead spots; can you tell me where you are looking? Also feel free to reach out to the Help Desk at help@patch.com


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