The Irish Times has unveiled a new website and app as part of the most significant overhaul of its digital platforms in a decade.
The redesigned website for desktop and mobile, along with apps for iOS and Android phones, provides an enhanced experience for readers and subscribers with a clean, minimalist layout that’s consistent across all platforms.
New and revised sections include housing and planning, the climate crisis, your money, Dublin, transport and history, reflecting content areas we know are important to readers and subscribers.
A number of features have been introduced exclusively for subscribers, including a new interactive crossword available on desktop, mobile and in-app. The Crosswords and Puzzles section includes Sudoku and new and improved versions of the Simplex and Crosaire games.
Website and app users will be able to listen to an audio version of nearly every story published, including a selection read by our columnists and writers.
Users of The Irish Times app will for the first time be able to search for content from within the app, a service that was one of the most requested features by readers. The app also allows users to save articles to read for later and select the push alerts that interest them most.
The focus on new subscriber-only features reflects The Irish Times Group’s rapidly growing subscriber base.
The on-site functionality for readers to comment on selected articles has been under review and will be back in the near future for subscribers.
The changes, unveiled on Wednesday, are the culmination of a major project undertaken by The Irish Times in conjunction with digital publishing specialists Arc XP, a division of The Washington Post. As part of the project, The Irish Times installed Arc’s content management system which is used to create, manage and promote The Irish Times’ articles, videos, podcasts, photographs and graphics across all of its platforms.
Irish Times editor Paul O’Neill said the aim was to improve the user experience, in particular the range of services provided to subscribers, and to better showcase the diversity of journalism – writing , audio and video – available to readers, in particular on The Irish Times. application. âThis is the largest development and design project we have undertaken since The Irish Times expanded into digital publishing. It reflects our commitment to our digital audience and it will continue to evolve based on user feedback,â he added.
Managing Director Paul Mulvaney said: âWe are really proud of the improved user experience that is now available across all of our digital platforms. It is the culmination of listening closely to customers and innovating to meet their need to access reliable information in audio, visual and written form on several platforms.
The new Irish Times website and app – a guide
What is different? Our website and mobile apps are very different from what you are used to because they have been completely redesigned. On the desktop site, you’ll notice that the site is much wider on the screen, allowing for better visibility of more stories.
We removed many different colors and some of the clutter from the site to provide a cleaner experience that makes it easier to navigate and find the stories and features you want on the platform you choose.
Wherever you find The Irish Times, you’ll have the same experience as we’ve introduced a consistent design across all of our platforms with a layout in line with our traditional look and feel coupled with The Irish Times reputation for journalism you can trust.
At the same time, our podcasts, videos, graphics and photographs are easier to find and watch or listen to. Wherever you see a play button below a story on a section page or a play button or headphone icon in a story, you can tap it to listen to the podcast or an audio version of the article.
Navigation has been moved from the main screens and placed in a âburgerâ navigation at the top left of your screen. Tap the three horizontal lines to reveal all sections and tap the chevron icon to expand a menu item.
What’s new? A range of new and revised sections reflect the evolution of reader interest. These include a dedicated personal finance section called Your Money, a History section as well as a dedicated landing page for climate crisis news, analysis and features. We also have a new section dedicated to Dublin. Other items long associated with The Irish Times – Martyn Turner’s cartoon and Frank McNally’s renowned Irish newspaper – are now easier to find from the new homepage.
Our podcasts have a new home on the redesigned site under irishtimes.com/podcasts, while a simple list of the latest stories can be found by hitting the ‘Latest’ button in the drop-down menu if you can’t find what you’re looking for . on the home page or another section page.
Listen An audio version of almost every article we publish will be available to subscribers on desktop, mobile or The Irish Times app. Tap the headset icon on a story page to hear the article read by one of our Irish-accented AI voices. A selection of articles are read by their authors and available to Irish Times subscribers.
Crosswords and puzzles: We are introducing an improved crossword and puzzle section of The Irish Times. We’ve kept our Crosaire and Simplex crossword puzzles, but added some new features and Sudoku to enhance your enjoyment. The Crosswords & Puzzles section is a subscriber-only feature available on our site and app.
What’s different about the app? The app now includes everything content and features available on our website, as well as new features, including audio versions of articles.
Save for Later, a subscription feature, lets you bookmark an article to read again, or later when it’s convenient for you.
Now you can choose exactly the alerts that matter most to you from business, opinion, news, sports and more. You’ll find the Alerts Preference Center in the MyTimes section of the new app.
More importantly, you told us you’d love to be able to search within the app, and now you can.
The ePaper app, an exact digital replica of the newspaper, hasn’t changed, so you can continue to enjoy it by opening it normally or finding it in the App or Play Stores.
What do I have to do?
- Update your Irish Times News app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
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