Welcome to the new version of The Kings Herald! If you look around you will notice a few new changes to the site.
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We wanted to streamline the layout a little more for everyone, beginning with the header.
All of the header buttons are now within the top banner to give a more cohesive feel. You will also notice a new feature in the header: a search function. You can now search for players and news in our archive. You will also see a new button for Podcasts that links to a page where all of our past podcasts are housed. On mobile the menu is now a drop down.
Oh, and hey, look at that, we have a breaking news banner!
At the top of the homepage you will notice we have a highlight section for the top five stories on the site. We also now have the ability to move past stories into one of those top five slots so if a story has a lot of comments from you all we may move it back up to the top of the site.
Moving down the homepage, you will notice that the rest of the stories are formatted in a more “archive” layout rather than the stacked boxes in the old layout. This allows you to scroll through more reading options quickly. On the right column (on desktop and at the bottom of the mobile version) there is a sign up for our newsletter (sign up if you haven’t!) as well as our latest featured video.
And underneath this you will see a new feature we are really excited about. Our Top Comments section will allow you to see which of your comments got the most votes, which comment threads are the most active, which articles got the most comments and which users are the most active (it is based on the previous week).
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and notice the footer has been redesigned also.
We also have added two new user badges. One is for those of you who publish an article on the site (you can submit story ideas on the Reader Submissions tab.)
The other badge is a thank you to all who registered on the day we launched in April. So, if you did, you should have this badge now next to your name in the comments.
Speaking of April, we just surpassed our sixth-month anniversary last week and we couldn’t be more thankful for how this community has come together (again) and helped us build our new home. To our Patrons – a huge thank you! We are able to make updates like these, and a few we made on the admin side as part of this new rollout, because of your support. And as we have said before, changes and additions will continue to happen to make sure you have a good experience on the site.
Thank you all for the support and for reading.
Oh, and we have a few other surprises in store over the next couple of weeks we are looking forward to rolling out so stay tuned!