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Sam Sawyer, S.J.January 23, 2017

Welcome to the redesigned americamagazine.org. Our new website reflects more than a year’s worth of planning and untold person-hours of work by designers, developers and the staff at America.

The effort to launch the “new America” has not been confined to the web—at the same time as we were building this site, we have also redesigned our print magazine and made significant investments in new writers and feature pieces, to bring you the very best stories at the intersection of the church and the world. Father Matt Malone, S.J., our editor in chief, does a much better job than I would of explaining all that you’ll find in our redesigned magazine.

So I will offer just a few words of welcome and orientation to this redesigned site.

More of what you’re looking for

In addition to refreshing our visual design, one of our main goals was to make it easier for readers to browse through the America’s wealth of great content.

You’ll find the site organized by “channels” — Politics & Society, Faith and Arts & Culture. Each of these channels has its own front page, where we will be able to feature more content than we can on the main homepage.

You’ll also find that articles now have related content featured and are tagged with topics, which offer a way to explore particular themes and discover other similar content.

The new website also helps us to highlight podcasts and video, so you can see and hear what America is covering along with reading about it.

A chance to connect

We’ve also added channels for Voices, showcasing our writers, and Community, to introduce some of the many ways you can connect with America beyond the print magazine or website.

The site makes it much easier to sign up for our newsletter, so you can stay informed with updates about the new content that we’re publishing. And of course, you can also follow us via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Work in progress

Redesigning the print magazine felt something like moving into an open plot of land and building a beautiful new house. And then as soon as we sent it to the printer, we realized that we had to move to the next plot of land and start building again.

In contrast, redesigning a website feels more like building new rooms onto an existing—already very large—house. And soon after we started, we realized that in the midst of all that construction, we had to keep the water flowing and lights on, even in the parts of the house that were built before indoor plumbing and electricity were standard.

In other words: you’ll likely find some bugs. We’ve swatted the biggest ones, but if you notice anything that looks broken, please let us know at website-feedback@americamagazine.org. (That address is also open for positive feedback in addition to bug reports.)

There’s more to come. We will keep working to bring you the great content that you expect from America.

P.S. A note about logins

All the content from the previous version of the site has been migrated, including user accounts. However, we’ve shifted to employ email addresses instead of usernames for signing in. Your password, however, remains the same. But don’t worry if you don’t remember it—the site will email you a login link, so you never need to worry about keeping track of a password. If you have questions or trouble logging in, please get in touch at the website-feedback@americamagazine.org address.

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Vince Killoran
7 years 4 months ago

The new site looks great! Nice job AMERICA.

Erik Owens
7 years 3 months ago

Site looks terrific! Congrats! I have one request for change: I generally like the printfriendly app you use to generate print-friendly pages for articles, but the document that's produced omits the author name and the date. That makes it hard to use for a class, or even to circulate to colleagues. Could you add that info to all print-friendly pages?

(The "CleanPrint" extension on Chrome works like printfriendly -- allowing you to delete paragraphs or images that are extraneous or advertising -- but has an additional feature that allows you to view the unedited document and add name/date/paragraphs that it automatically excluded. Perhaps printfriendly has a similar feature that's not visible now?)

Sam Sawyer, S.J.
7 years 3 months ago

Thanks for reporting this — we'll add it to the list to work on!

Bruce Snowden
7 years 3 months ago

Father Sawyer, may I ask why only at my site the opportunity to EDIT appears? That's new. That opportunity used to be offered at all sights. Just curious.

Bruce Snowden
7 years 3 months ago

Good Job! I see nothing to complain about. For the updated format of AMERICA online I say congratulations to everyone responsible!

The new format in retrospect reminds me of a visiting a very familiar place, having travelled its well-known streets, seen its well-known sights, (sites) now going there again and noting the same familiar streets but better paved and more travel friendly, and the same familiar sights, (sites) even more enjoyable and interesting than before! Every visit an adventure. Thanks, I like that!

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