Berkeleyside’s new design: Some tips and ‘secret menus’

Berkeleyside’s new front page: Our recent redesign showcases many more stories, and is mobile-friendly. Readers have mostly given it their seal of approval.

Since we launched our redesigned website last week we have heard from dozens of you telling us what you thought. (Email editors@berkeleyside.com if you still have thoughts to share.)

The majority of readers love the new look and functionality. Those of you who read our reporting on mobile devices — more than 50% of our readership and growing all the time — are particularly pleased. Berkeleyside is now fully mobile-friendly, and it’s about time.

There are still a few technical wrinkles to iron out. Some readers are having problems seeing certain site elements on particular browsers, and older versions in particular. (If you believe you are seeing glitches or errors, please email us your browser version and operating system info, along with screenshots.) And our Daily Briefing email is currently looking a little sad as it is missing photographs. We are working furiously to rectify these bugs.

Our old site was designed like a blog, with a new story “bumping down” whatever was in the top slot. Some readers have found the change to a newspaper-style layout a little difficult to get used to — specifically they are concerned they will miss new stories.


With that in mind, here are a few tips and guidance on getting the most out of your local, independent news source, and not missing a single story:

  • Pretty much all new stories appear at the top of the Berkeleyside front page — in “lead” or “top story” positions — and at the top of each category page, be it city, crime, Nosh, real estate, etc. On mobile devices it’s easy: the top story is generally the latest.
  • Bookmark the Today’s News link (where you can also look at all stories by date).
  • Sign up for our Daily Briefing to get the freshest headlines right in your inbox daily at 5 p.m. 
  • Sign up for any or all of our other newsletters — News Alerts, Nosh Weekly and Uncharted Festival news.
  • Check out monthly archives (you’ll have to update the URL once January is over) and archives for the year to get a longer view of everything we’ve published.