Irish Times launches newly designed website
Cleaner, more modern visual style, will improve user experience on mobile devices
The new site is being launched as part of a significant investment by The Irish Times in an integrated content management system for all digital and print production. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times
The Irish Times today became the first Irish media organisation to launch a website using full responsive design.
The site, at irishtimes.com, has been redesigned and restructured, with a particular focus on the growing demand for the best possible user experience on mobile devices. The new site is optimised to reconfigure appropriately to the screen size of any device, from a desktop PC to a tablet or smartphone.
The website also features a cleaner, more modern visual style, with colour-coded sections and improved display of pictures, galleries and video across all articles, along with increased use of dynamic online tools such as liveblogs and livestreams.
The new site is being launched as part of a significant investment by The Irish Times in an integrated content management system for all digital and print production, designed to enrich its quality journalism for both online users and print readers.
New online features include a debate section, bringing the best columnists and opinion writers together, along with other new sections on subjects of particular public interest such as politics, crime and social issues.
The editor of The Irish Times, Kevin O'Sullivan, said today that quality journalism and strong writing were at the core of The Irish Times. The new site made it much easier to find and follow individual journalists and their work, and to engage with them via social media.
"The Irish Times has always been at the cutting edge of digital innovation since becoming one of the first newspapers to go online almost two decades ago," Mr O'Sullivan said.
"I'm delighted that we're continuing that tradition with this groundbreaking responsive redesign, which recognises the dramatic shift to mobile consumption which is taking place in Ireland right now.
"By investing in an integrated content management system, The Irish Times has positioned itself as a modern, multi-platform organisation ready to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing media environment.
As the new system rolls out over the next week, readers will see the full benefit of these developments across irishtimes.com"