Niles Star launches updated web site

Published 8:44 am Thursday, July 16, 2009

Visitors to this week may have noticed something different – the site’s first major redesign in more than a decade.
The new incorporates better opportunities for reader interaction, an easier site-navigation system, and a look and feel that readers will find more intuitive.
“Since our original site was launched in the mid-90s, web users have come to expect more,” Leader Publications general manager Bryan Clapper said. “Our new design and functionality more closely resemble the type of experience our readers are comfortable with on other web sites they use on a daily basis.”
The new uses a platform-independent back-end, meaning it will display properly regardless of model of computer, operating system, and even on mobile devices such as BlackBerries and iPhones.
The launch of the redesigned comes on the heels of the introduction of Leader News Updates July 1, a free daily e-mail newsletter that is sent to nearly 2,000 local e-mail addresses each morning. The e-mail newsletter includes a brief rundown of the day’s news, obituaries and sports, with links to those stories online. Readers can sign up for the e-mail newsletter on
“Nearly 3,000 unique visitors each day get their local online news from, a number that’s been growing,” Clapper said. “With a completely fresh look and feel, we hope that those readers will find the experience even more enjoyable.”