With the decision this year to revamp The Star Online, and starting to charge for full access to it, readers will soon find added benefits in subscribing and that the online version will supplement the printed one.
The decision will mean that updates in between issues won’t be stealing any thunder from the printed newspaper, just preluding it, so there is added incentive to get news online faster.
In addition, readers will find a few new features to the site we launched in February, which at present does not require a subscription, but will soon.
Some features of this new site you may have missed:
We think this new site will be much easier to use, both for readers and for us. A few features worth mentioning:
• Each section is tabbed at the top of the page for easy navigation. Several stories appear on the home page, too, but clicking on them leads you to the story in the section that contains them.
• In addition, the five most viewed and most commented-on articles are listed in the right-hand column of the home page.
• Also, if you like, after you open each story, you can click on the PDF link at the upper right hand corner to see a digital copy of the actual print newspaper on your screen.
• Within stories, certain words and phrases may be highlighted in blue, indicating there is more about it in other stories on the site. Clicking on those highlighted words will take you to a list of those stories.
• Finally, a "Current Issue" link is found at the top right of each current story preview. Clicking on that will list all the stories in the current issue.
— Scott Hunter
editor and publisher