New Taxonomy, New Navigation and Editor’s View

Updates to the website’s categories, tags and navigation and a new editor’s view widget on the home page.

There have been a few changes at the Atlantic Sentinel lately.

If you look between the title and content of an article, you will notice the author name is now preceded by the type of post: usually analysis, news or opinion; in this case, info. In WordPress-speak, these are our categories.

At the bottom of the article, you’ll find the tags. These are usually countries or individuals, for example, France and Emmanuel Macron.

Between those two levels, there are certain transnational issues we keep coming back to. Europe’s blue-red culture war is one. The future of social democracy is another. I’ve chosen to put these in the navigation bar at the top of the website. These are the topics I want the Atlantic Sentinel to be about and putting them front and center signals that to the reader and is also a reminder to myself of which stories to cover and which to leave to others.

The list is not set in stone. I left out geopolitics, for example, and polarization, which are two other topics we often write about. I may occasionally replace items in the menu depending on what’s in the news.

One thing left on my to-do list is making the navigation mobile-friendly. When the screen gets too small, I would like the links to wrap behind a toggle menu. Give me a few days to learn how to do this.

Another update is the addition of an editor’s view post to the home page. Below the list of authors, you will now find my most recent op-ed.

I hope these changes — together with the clean new layout and sidebar I added a few months ago — will enhance the site’s identity and make browsing even more intuitive.

I’d be delighted to receive your feedback! Please share yours comment below or email me at nick.ottens@atlanticsentinel.com.

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