Joyce Terhaar

The Bee debuts a redesigned, faster website

Sample homepage of the new SacBee.com
Sample homepage of the new SacBee.com The Sacramento Bee

Welcome to Sacbee.com’s new redesign, which will make it easier for you to find the best of what Sacramento Bee journalists provide: local, political and investigative coverage you can’t find elsewhere.

It’s The Bee’s first major website redesign since 2008. You’ll notice less clutter – the design is clean and the navigation clear. The site will load faster and publish our news more quickly. Perhaps best of all, the site is “responsive,” which means it will tailor itself to the screen size of any device you use, from the smallest smartphone to the biggest desktop.

We’ve organized the site navigation to emphasize coverage readers consistently return to, and topics that readers tell us are important to this region.

You can see those topics in the blue navigation bar at the top of your computer screen, with basic headers such as News or Sports. (On mobile devices, access the menu by touching the bars at the top left.) By hovering over each topic, such as News, you will find an expanded listing of topics, columnists, special features such as popular databases, latest headlines and the day’s featured story. This expanded navigation will help you preview a section so you can find the stories you want more quickly.

Regular readers will notice changes to the topics listed in the navigation bar. Here’s the breakdown to help you find stories:

▪ All news except politics is under “News.” We no longer break out local news separately but will continue to emphasize it under News.

▪ Our Capitol and California coverage is under “Politics” so even first-time readers unfamiliar with our branding can find California political coverage. You can find election coverage and campaign contribution data here, along with special features like Pick Your Candidate, which helps you find the candidate who matches your views.

▪ Our deepest reporting – major investigations, our Data Tracker, The Public Eye column and compilations of special reports on drought, water and other issues – all can be found in our new Investigations section. Look for more special report topics to be added in coming weeks. Our Data Tracker replaces the Data Center and offers a more engaging visual approach to data journalism. We still are building out this section. With our launch you will find some of our most recent and most popular databases. We’ll be adding dozens more over the next couple of weeks.

▪ Sports will emphasize the teams that readers here follow, from the San Francisco 49ers and Giants to the Sacramento Kings and local high schools.

▪ We are breaking out Food as a separate section given regional interest in the slow food movement, our significant agriculture economy and the growing wine and craft beer industries. Dining reviews, cooking, edible gardening, food science and other subjects are here.

▪ Entertainment will lead you to a variety of things to do, from movie and theater reviews to gardening to travel. We also are launching a new tool for our calendar of events to help you plan your free time.

▪ The Opinion preview helps you quickly find our editorials, letters to the editor, a favorite columnist or editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman. Our November election endorsements are here as well.

▪ The Obituaries header will take you to news obits as well as the paid notices published by The Bee. You can search for an obituary directly from the navigation.

We’ve kept enough basics to help you feel at home on the site. For instance, the “Home” button under News will give you top stories and latest news, just like the previous site. Scroll down and you can find videos, photo galleries, favorite blogs and columns, a calendar of events and Editor’s Picks.

Let us know what you think, or whether you find something that doesn’t work, by emailing us at online@sacbee.com. We consider this launch just the beginning of improved digital news delivery at Sacbee.com.

Call Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar, (916) 321-1004. Follow her on Twitter @jterhaar.

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