Welcome to the Daily Trojan Beta site! Â We’re hard at work creating the next generation Daily Trojan website. Â We’re glad you could join us. Â Below, you’ll find an ongoing list of the new features and improvements we’ve made, or are soon to make, on this, our test website.
Please let us know your thoughts and ideas!
- Featured Stories.
- Categories. Sub-categories exist under every section, so if you want to see just the football stories, or just Roundup, now you can.
- New Design. More photos, more stories visible. Â More styling and layout changes are on the way, too.
- Polls. Simpler, better. See the bottom of the front page. (more styling still to come)
- Archives. We’re working on adding things from before May, but the implementation is in place now. Â See the bottom of the front page for now. Now includes a calendar display. (more to come on this)
- Search. Smoother implementation — available on the top left or on the bottom of the front page. Now with smoother buttons and fields! (improved 5/28)
- Fancy Zoom: Click any photo (in an article) to have it automagically zoom up to full size.
- Nice punctuation. Curly quotes, properÂ apostrophes, em dashes and more. Â Automatically.
- Email Article: You can now email an article to a friend! Â Try it — it’s very nice. Â (styling and button response improved 5/28)
- Most Emailed Articles. In the top left. (added 5/26)
- Email headlines subscription — just temporary for now, through Feedburner, but you’re welcome to test it
- Rate Articles: You can now rate articles from one to five stars, You can now recommend an article, and the highest-rated most-recommended articles will appear on the top left column (changed to recommendations 6/24)
- RSS Feeds: For the whole paper and for every individual section. Â See the top right corner of the page or the bottom of the front page.
- Tag Cloud: See and explore the most-used tags on the site. Â Now on the bottom of the front page, the tabber on the top of the front page, and the bottom of every story (improved 5/27 — more coming)
- Flickr integration. Samples from the Daily Trojan flickr pool are shown. (more improvements to come on this)
- Comments. Spam filtering, avatar support. (more improvements to come on this)
- Recent Comments List.
- Recently Added List.
- Site Map. Not very interesting, but provides for better SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
- Image Gallery. Available from the nav bar on top of any page. (improved 5/27)
- Related Posts: The system automatically analyzes the titles, content, categories, and tags to come up with related articles at the bottom of each story. Â Don’t see the listing? Â Nothing is related enough yet. (added 5/28)
- Rotating featured stories on the top center of front page. (added 8/14; modified 8/18)
- Favicon: The DT now has a favicon (a little icon that shows up in the browser’s URL bar, bookmarks, etc.) (added 8/18)
- Twitter updates: The latest twitter posts on various feeds can now be shown on the front page, sidebars, etc. (added 8/17)
- Bylines on each story -- sorry! Â They’ll be implemented soon
- Exerpts from stories in the listings on front page, “more news” sections — right now it’s producing a lot of caption mess. Â Will be fixed soon.
- Better category layout on bottom of front page.
- Better text styling (fixing line spacing, bullet layout)
- Advertising slots
- Static Information pages
- Social media links (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
- Full headline emails
- Breaking news alerts
- Breaking news banners
- Podcast listing
Later this year
- Pre-2009 Archives access