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All About Jazz Redesign Project Concludes with Improved Home Page and New Media Section

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It took us a full nine months to retool our six websites, implementing new technologies, improving navigation, and modernizing our appearance
The All About Jazz website conversion project—which included the redesign of Jazz Near You, Jazz News Central, the Jazz Musician Database, and the Jazz Gallery—concluded with the relaunching of All About Jazz and the launching of Jazz Media Central, the home to thousands of free jazz MP3s.

“It took us a full nine months to retool our six websites, implementing new technologies, improving navigation, and modernizing our appearance," stated Michael Ricci, All About Jazz and Jazz Near You Founder. “The website appears less daunting to a new reader and our regulars should find it much easier to navigate. We've also optimized our website for our sponsors, better integrating banner ads with content as well as introducing new options like the big bopper—our largest ad space, sized at a whopping 2000x600 pixels. The resultant upgrade should improve everyone's experience across the board."

Improved! Home Page

Though not a significant departure from the previous version, the latest incarnation includes a new header and footer which is identical to the header and footer found at the other five websites. Navigation, flow and integration have all improved.

We've increased the number of featured stories from five to seven, and though the new transition between the stories is faster, it can be stopped by mousing over a photo.

An advanced article search option was added to the “Articles" box (under the “Search" tab).

A random iTunes album discovery player was added as part of the improved Showcase advertising service.

The new big bopper ad appears after the main content section. Click here for rates and specs.

A Photo of the Day section was added to the bottom and the community section was restylized.

New! Media Central

Located at media.allaboutjazz.com, Media Central is the new home for our Download of the Day archive and our sponsored Video of the Day feature (coming soon). Images are also presented.

This story appears courtesy of All About Jazz Publicity.
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