Expect sparkle, speed from redesign of The Modesto Bee website

jkieta@modbee.comJune 15, 2013 

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A preview of the new-look Modbee.com, which debuts on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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— Welcome to the next generation of The Modesto Bee: a redesigned modbee.com that offers a far more dynamic user experience.

Brian Clark, senior editor/digital, and Jim Silva, digital content producer, worked tirelessly with a team from McClatchy Interactive, the online arm of our parent company, to create a site that's clean, elegant and adaptable to the news of the day.

Here's what you'll notice:

• The clutter is gone. The new design clearly and simply displays stories, photos, video and other content. The old site was adapted over time and became overloaded with links and other doodads that became obsolete. Users will not have to hunt for the most important content.

• The display of photography is dazzling. There will be no more need to squint to see who's in a photo; the new design allows them to be properly displayed for maximum impact and enjoyment.

• It's blazing fast. A re-engineering of the software that runs the site results in a much faster load time.

• The content lineup has been rearranged and simplified, eliminating sections that were rarely accessed. Brian and his team cut through hundreds of pages.

Once the new website is up and running, you'll be able to tell us what you think by using our feedback form, which will be available at www.modbee.com/customer-service.

The customer service form also will give you an opportunity to sign up for our Reader Panel, in which you could be contacted to give us feedback on upcoming improvements to the site.

We hope you like the many changes.

However, one thing won't change — The Bee's dedication to providing you with the latest and strongest local news reports — in print, online, and on your smart phone and tablet.

Joe Kieta is Editor of The Bee.