Exchange to rollout new website

Staff report

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Exchange plans to unveil a faster, cleaner website next week.

The new, which will debut on Monday, will be quicker to load and will feature more logical organization than the previous design.

“With the redesign, the goal was to make every view on our website a better experience for our visitors. With better load speeds and a cleaner design in particular, visitors should find navigating easier than ever,” said Rick Thomason, publisher for The Laurinburg Exchange.

Readers can still find top stories and the latest news updates at the top of the homepage, but more news, sports, features and opinion content will be visible as soon as the reader arrives at

“Also with the new design, you will see a fairly simple layout compared to most of the web. That simplicity also means there is less back-end clutter that can cause browser crashes and freezes,” Thomason said.

The new design features more photos than The Exchange’s current website and makes it easier for readers to share articles on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Reddit.

“We know many of our hottest stories are shared via social media, particularly Facebook,” Thomason said. “We appreciate that our most avid readers share frequently and hope that they find the new design’s social media features several steps better and less cumbersome.”

The new design has already been deployed at some of Civitas Media’s other properties around the country. The Exchange’s sister papers in Lumberton, Richmond, Bladen and Anson counties will also make the switch.

It is’s first redesign since 2014.

“This should be a markedly better user experience for our readers and website visitors. If you experience problems with the site, please let us know. This design has been rolled out at sister properties for a couple of months and vetted there for functionality issues, but if you find bugs, please do not hesitate to shout,” Thomason said.

Staff report

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