Blade Web site gets restyled to look more like a newspaper


The Blade’s Web site looks different today.

The home page of the newspaper’s Web site has a new design, one that looks more like a newspaper and that provides more breaking news and prime news stories at a quick glance.

“Our goal was to give the audience more points of entry — from breaking news and sports to expanded headlines on local stories and newsmakers,” said Kurt Franck, executive editor and vice president of The Blade.

“The Blade is the No. 1 source for news and information in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan 24 hours a day online and in print. Please leave us your comments on our new home-page format.”

The appearance of the home page is cleaner and easier to navigate than the previous one. The inside sections of News, Sports, Arts & Entertainment, Business, and Opinion maintain the same look they have had. And the top stories on those sections remain visible at a quick glance by hovering the mouse over the section’s name in the main navigation bar on the home page.

The site shows a list of primary stories in the left column, and a list of other top news headlines underneath it, from Blade reporters and from news services. Also in this column is a feature providing access to The Blade’s two microsites, and

Down a middle column on the home page are snippets of breaking news stories, which will change constantly throughout the day.

Under those is a list of the latest Blade columns and blogs, with a newly visible description of the opinion postings. One click will take you to the full posts.

In the right column is the day’s featured obituary news story, the day’s top editorial, and Blade photo galleries and videos, with a clickable button to purchase photos.

Across the bottom on the new home page are different ways to connect to The Blade, in print or to reach an electronic newspaper edition, or on mobile devices.