Willamette Week Redesigns Website

Portland, Ore., newsweekly Willamette Week recently launched its new and much-improved website, debuting a far more user-friendly face for local and national readers, on Monday, Jan. 24, at wweek.com.

With a flexible new content-management system and user interface built by Wisconsin-based company Wehaa, and intuitive design created with the help of Portland-based website architect Eric Hillerns of Pinch, the new wweek.com boasts a streamlined navigation system, lets readers browse stories by subject and makes video and social media a central part of the WW experience.

“For years we’ve struggled with a clunky online presence that undermined the great work we do in print, hid the breadth of our calendar listings and was just plain ugly,” says WW Arts & Culture Editor Kelly Clarke. “We’re just now learning how to leverage all the toys on the new site, and can’t wait to start using it to create all sorts of exciting content for our readers.”

Some of the immediate website improvements include an online calendar that allows readers to search arts and entertainment listings for any date range they choose; local restaurant, market and bar databases that can be refined by category or key word; and expanded social media options on every story and blog post so you can share WW as fast as you can read it. Plus, Wehaa’s N-Paper program allows readers to view a slick PDF flip-book of each print issue of WW, as well as our award-winning special sections and city guides.

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