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Every old Echonetdaily is renewed again – the face of our online presence has had a lift as we step into 2021. With over 1.2 million unique visitors every year, and scores of unique new stories each week, the Echo site is a busy one, attracting interest from not only the local region and Australia, but from all over the world.

August 26, 2013 was the last time we had an update and the seven year itch saw us enlist the expert help of Echo electron wrangler Ewan Willis, to give the site a brush and floss.

Apart from the technical upgrade, Willis says the look and feel is fresher.

‘There are more navigation elements, with things like trending and featured stories’, he says.

‘It’s a platform change that makes it easier to do new things in terms of layout, and there will be much more variety in the site.’

Willis said that it’s always a challenge to do an upgrade on an already healthy and happy site with thousands of daily users, but it’s important to keep up-to-date with the technology and aesthetics. ‘I’ve lost track of how long it took – it’s all a delicious blur but it’s up and live. There is still a lot of work to be done, but so far, it’s great!’

Echonetdaily editor Aslan Shand said it’s been a long time coming.

‘What a journey – we have finally got the new-look online Echo up and running. But don’t worry – while it may look very modern it will still be that irreverent, challenging, voice of the people it has always been.

‘Viva la revolution!’

Readers are invited to give feedback about the new look in this feedback form.



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  1. Dear Echonet Daily, I guess I will give it a chance to “grow on me”, however first impressions of the new format are that there is, for me, way too much information on the page!!! It is a worldwide trend to pack as much information onto a news feed page as possible, including divided screens with multiple news items featuring at the same time and motion strips along the bottom edge with news flashes, weather and other stuff. All too complicated for me. I prefer the simple visuals of being focused upon what I am reading, without all of the peripheral distractions. The new format does make interlinking between articles easy enough, but makes reading more difficult ….. for me. Good luck!

  2. Please, not all changes are good,

    Before the latest changes were wrought one could see if any comments had been left while viewing Local News stories on the Local News home page. We’ve lost something helpful in this instance. Please re-instate the comments count if you don’t mind. Thanks

  3. Thanks for your feedback. The comment count on should be working again now. If there is anything else that is lacking then please do let us know either with a comment here or by completing the website feedback form which is on the bottom of the page.

    • Thanks for that, very much appreciated.

      Just one more thingI can’t seem to locate a “Contact”page with email, phone numbers, address and Facebook icon link to the echoes Facebook page, when viewing the revamped website on my Android phone?

    • And finally please see if you can’t re-instate the comments count for “Letters” from readers, that also was lost in the upgrade.

  4. Great new look – very modern and more easily navigable, although I will admit to missing the old layout, mostly due to its familiarity! Plus ca change….


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