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Ten frequently-asked questions about the new NewsOK.com

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NewsOK's redesign launched Tuesday
NewsOK's redesign launched Tuesday

We introduced a new design for NewsOK.com on Tuesday, May 15, inviting all of our users to create a log-in for our enhanced features.

If you create a log in for NewsOK Pro, you will get two months free when we start charging for the enhanced features and premium content. Our hope and expectation is that you will find value in the features while helping to support local journalism. You can start by creating an account here.

Since we launched the website, we have received plenty of feedback and questions.

Here are the top 10:

No. 10: Where is the navigation?

Find the button in the top left corner to expose the navigation.
Find the button in the top left corner to expose the navigation.

Some people wondered why they can't see a News page or a Sports page or a Business page.

It's all in our navigation. You just have to click to open the navigation.

When you first load the home page, the navigation is closed. When it's open, it will stay open on subsequent visits to NewsOK until you close it.

If you like the navigation open, then keep it open. If you like it closed, you can keep it closed.

No. 9: Is NewsOK going to charge for using the site

NewsOK users can subscriber to NewsOK Pro. The Oklahoman subscribers can get all the same benefits.
NewsOK users can subscriber to NewsOK Pro. The Oklahoman subscribers can get all the same benefits.

Yes and No.  

The yes part? That's what the 'PRO' aspect of NewsOK Pro is all about. So yes, we will be charging users for enhanced features like customization of all the sub-topics we have available -- including other news sources, Twitter users and AP stories. And if you purchase an elevated tier, you can browse the site in an ad-free environment. 

The no part? NewsOK will continue to operate for free users. Much of the content on the site will be available to all users. The section fronts will still be available.

No. 8: Where is the Print Replica?

The Print Replica can be found in the main navigation.
The Print Replica can be found in the main navigation.

The Print Replica is still available for subscribers of The Oklahoman. Just open the navigation to find it. It's packaged next to other premium web experiences for subscribers -- it's below the link to Oklahoman.com and above the link to The Oklahoman's Archives.

We are proud of our digital Print Replica. It's a great experience that our subscribers love.

No. 7: Where are the Obits and Death Listings?

Find the obits in the navigation under the News section.
Find the obits in the navigation under the News section.

The link is still available. It's currently in the navigation under the main News link. 

No. 6: Do I have to log in to read comments?

Comments require a NewsOK Pro subscription..
Comments require a NewsOK Pro subscription..

We are now requiring a NewsOK Pro subscription to read and make comments on NewsOK. 

We made that change with this redesign. Anybody can join the conversation -- a NewsOK Pro or Oklahoman subscription at any level is the only prerequisite.

No. 5: Why did you change the site?

The NewsOK site is upgraded on multiple levels.
The NewsOK site is upgraded on multiple levels.

We needed to update the design for NewsOK.

We needed to upgrade the technology that powers the site.

We needed to clean up the navigation.

We needed to make the site faster and responsive to mobile devices in a better way.

But none of those reasons are the primary motivation for the redesign.

We redesigned NewsOK because we want to give our NewsOK audience an opportunity to support local journalism with a product that is much different than The Oklahoman's current digital subscription offers.

Now, NewsOK users can subscribe to only the topics they want to pay for. Maybe they are an OKC Thunder fan who likes reading The Oklahoman's political coverage? If so, they can subscribe and pay for customization features around OKC Thunder and Politics. They don't have to subscribe to the other topics.

Oklahoman.com and The Oklahoman's mobile apps work great, but NewsOK users want to support NewsOK's fast-paced and ever-changing news environment.

That's why we created the NewsOK Pro topics and customization options.

And we took that opportunity to build NewsOK from the ground up with a fresh design, faster code and a responsive template. 

No. 4: Are there more ads on the site?

There are fewer ads on one screen than in the previous design.
There are fewer ads on one screen than in the previous design.

The truth is, there are fewer ads on the screen than there was with our previous site. But we display new ads as you scroll, so it might seem like there are more ads. 

We've worked hard to improve our ad-delivery mechanisms for the advertising networks we contract with. 

The ads on the site are the primary way we support the work we do and the journalists who do it. 

No. 3: What does it mean to go ad-free

Ad-free promotions for subscribers.
Ad-free promotions for subscribers.

We are allowing subscribers to The Oklahoman to see the ad-free browsing experience. That's why we encourage subscribers to log in and get access to all of the benefits of their subscription. 

NewsOK Pro subscribers can earn that experience, as well. The highest tier for NewsOK Pro will include ad-free browsing.  

No. 2: How do you chose what's on the home page?

Scroll down to see more content on the home page.
Scroll down to see more content on the home page.

The home page is a countinuous scroll. Some have wondered how they can find specific content. Well, that's in the navigation.

The home page is meant to show the main stories that the editors at NewsOK want to feature, plus a mixture of a lot of other recent stories that have been published recently.

We expect it to be a good mixture of top stories and recent stories from a wide variety of topics. If you are looking for something specific, however, please scroll back up to No. 10.

No. 1: Where is the weather page?

The Weather page is available from every section front page and in the navigation.
The Weather page is available from every section front page and in the navigation.

The weather page still exists -- and it's easier than ever to get to.

At the top of every page, just click on the temperature (or the city name). 

You can also open the navigation and click on 'Weather' in the navigation. 

We aren't getting rid of weather. I promise. It's just in the navigation or at the top of every page on the site. 

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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