Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – An updated design for the home page of the WorkersCompensation.com News Center was rolled out on Friday afternoon. While there were some feature changes with the new template, the primary intent was to present more immediate content options to readers of the site. The CompNewsNetwork Pulse Poll has been discontinued, and a new “Featured Events” section has been added in its place. Featured Events will consist of select conferences, seminars and webinars that are contained within the WorkersCompensation.com National Event Calendar system.
The Workers' Comp News Center consists of 5 primary Topic Areas; Featured News (original content), Experts' View (opinion/editorial columns), Current News (press releases, wire stories, state announcements and updates, etc.), From Bobs' Cluttered Desk (proprietary blog) and the WC Blogwire (a compendium of industry blogs). There is also an Event Calendar and a Most Popular section that displays the most read stories of the day.
The other major change with this update is the way articles in each Topic Area are displayed. The former layout presented an overview of the most recently posted story. To view more current stories in each section, visitors had to use arrows in the title section to toggle between the top 5 stories in each area. To view more than the top 5 stories, they could click a link taking them to all of the stories in that topic area.
Research by WorkersCompensation.com revealed that some readers were not aware that more stories were accessible via the arrow links. The decision was made to remove that navigation requirement and change the way each topic area displayed the five most recent articles. In the new format, a brief recap of the first story is presented, and that is followed by direct links to the next four stories in line. Across the multiple specialized Topic Areas this format presents many more story opportunities at a single glance than the prior one did.
This change should also decrease the time it takes for the new page to load, since summaries for all current stories are no longer required to be loaded in the background.
As before, access to the Featured News and Experts' View area requires a members account, which is free. Those interested in having full access to all the articles in the WorkersCompensation.com News Center are encouraged to register here.