A New Look

As you may have noticed, ROTWNEWS has a new look.  We wanted to take a moment to tell you about the changes and the reason for them.

First and foremost the ROTWNEWS.com site is now 10 years old.  In web life that’s a senior citizen and we needed to clean out the garage.   To give you an idea of the sites stats over the last 10 years.

  • Total Page views –  9.7 Million
  • Unique Visitors to the site – 1.2 Million
  • The sites database contained nearly 8000 stories and most had more then one photo image.

We have rebuilt the site from the ground up, starting with an up-to-date foundation.  The design is a “Responsive” design meaning it will adapt to what ever device the user is reading on.  It will adapt to a cell phone vs a tablet vs a laptop vs a tv screen.

This new design is also now secure using SSL encryption.  If will notice the https and padlock symbol depending on the browser you are using.

There are several reasons for this.  It protects both the viewer and the sites data during transfer.  It makes the site more difficult to attack.

The life blood of a “Free access” news site like this, that brings you news on a 24/7 basis, is advertising.  It does not have the sales revenue of a news paper for example to help pay for operating expense.   The law has also not caught up with the digital age and does not allow for legal advertising to be placed on a digital platform.  The law requires a “printed” news circulation.   The bottom line is the only way we can bring you the news is through banner advertising.  Our whole ad server has been redesigned to accommodate demand.  We ask that you support your local community by supporting our local businesses which also supports ROTWNEWS.  It makes this all possible.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be doing some adjustments to fine tune the site.  We don’t anticipate any major downtime.  We thank you for your patience as we complete our project.