The Cecil Whig unveiled a completely re-envisioned and redesigned mobile site this week.
The site, a web app accessible from Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, features improved navigation, a cleaner, sleeker interface and access to multimedia coverage.
“We believe the new app will provide a dramatically improved browsing experience for our readers,” Executive Editor Jacob Owens said. “More and more people are using phones and tablets to access the Internet, so the app is just another way for the Whig to keep readers informed about what’s going on in Cecil County.”
In addition to including all the news, sports, features and opinion articles featured in the newspaper and on the regular website, the new mobile site allows readers to flip through photo galleries and watch videos produced by Whig staffers.
“In today’s society, news is so much more that the just the printed word; technology allows us to use video and photos to bring events alive and let readers experience the action for themselves,” Digital Editor Josh Shannon said. “Thanks to the new app, that multimedia content is available literally with a swipe of your finger.”
Another significant change is that the new platform allows the Whig to give mobile readers 15 free article views before they are asked to purchase a subscription. Visitors to the regular website have always gotten the free views, but the old mobile site did not support such metering.
“This has been one of the most-requested features, and we’re glad to finally be able to provide it our readers,” Shannon said.
The new site was built as a mobile app, meaning that it looks and functions like a traditional iPhone or Android app, but does not need to be downloaded from an app store or installed on the phone/tablet.
Instead, readers access it simply by typing www.cecildaily.com into their mobile browser. For added convenience, readers can also create a shortcut to the site on the main screen of their mobile device.
In addition, when readers are on a mobile device, clicking on a link to a Whig article from a social media site or elsewhere will automatically open the story in the app.
Whig staffers will continue to work to tweak the app and add new features in the coming weeks.
“We look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions,” Shannon said.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to download the app?
No. While it mimics the look and feel of a traditional app, there’s nothing to download or install. To get there, simply point your browser to cecildaily.com. Upon getting to the page, the app will direct you how to add a shortcut to your home screen, if you so desire.
Is the app free?
Accessing the app is absolutely free. After you view five articles, we ask you to register, a process that is free and takes just minutes. After you view 15 articles in a 30-day period, we ask you to subscribe. We offer several different subscription packages, the cheapest of which equates to only 19 cents per day. To subscribe, call 410-398-3311 or sign up at cecildaily.com.
I already subscribe to the paper and/or website. Do I have to pay extra for the app?
No. Current subscribers can enjoy unlimited use of the app.
How do I log in?
Subscribers can log in by clicking on the circular button at the top right of the app.
Can I still access the regular version of the site on my phone or tablet?
Yes. If you prefer the look of the regular site, simply scroll to the bottom of the app and click “Full Site.” The site will now display as it does on a desktop computer.
Who can I contact if I have a problem with the app?
For questions regarding your account or buying a subscription, call our circulation department at 410-398-3311. For questions reguarding using the app or suggestions for additional features, call Digital Editor Josh Shannon at 443-245-5039 or email him at email@example.com.