TheAtlantic.com, Reloaded

By Bob Cohn

The Web can be an awfully messy place. Starting, we'll admit, right here. With stories from the monthly magazine, posts from our staff Voices, more posts from our outside bloggers, regular online dispatches, and a generous serving of videos, podcasts, and interactive graphics, our site has grown faster than we can tend it. It got to the point where there was so much stuff on our pages that it was hard for users to find it all.

So this redesign has been a long time coming. And it's more than fresh coat of paint - it's a fresh start. Beginning with the new navigation you'll see on every page. The site is now organized by channel - along with old standbys like Politics, Business, and Food, you'll find new ones like Culture, International, National, and Science/Tech. All content on the site now resides in one of these seven channels, or on Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish. We hope this makes it easier for you to reach the stories you're looking for - and to discover pieces on your favorite subjects that you didn't know you were looking for. In the meantime, even as you navigate by channel you can also move through the site via your favorite Atlantic Voices: Sullivan, Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Clive Crook, James Fallows, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Megan McArdle.

You probably noticed that the home page looks different - new layout, new colors, new typefaces, new features. We're putting the most compelling stories of the day - our best news and analysis - in our new rotating carousel at the upper left of the page and in the stream of stories beneath it. In the center of the page, we're giving prominent placement to stories from The Atlantic Wire, our sister site dedicated to curating and aggregating the most provocative opinion journalism in the blogosphere, on the op-ed pages, and on cable TV. Over on the right, check out Other Works of Genius, where we point to photos, stories, lists, and ideas from around the Web - stuff we wish we'd thought of. (Take our product tour.)

Finally, we've done a lot of work to upgrade the site for users. A powerful new commenting technology will enhance our community. Better search, improved integration of social media, a new configuration of our servers - all this should make the site smoother and faster.

Our programmers, producers, and editors have done terrific work, but no doubt there are some bugs on the site. If you find something hinky, please send a note to techtrouble@theatlantic.com. We appreciate your help as we tidy up our corner of the Internet.

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