RNS Website Redesign

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I rebuilt and redesigned the entire ReligionNews.com frontend. ReligionNews.com gets over 2 million page views a month, so we needed a fast, highly SEO optimized site. The new frontend’s page speed is 2x faster than the previous site and SEO has been improved 15% — helping to double our page ranking. The new site also has many UX improvements.

rns mobile home page

Desktop home page

rns desktop home page

Post page

rns post page

Category page

rns category page

Photo gallery

rns gallery

New Features

  • Reading progress - a sidebar widget that counts how many of today's popular posts a user a read.
  • Dynamic lazy loading based on device.
  • Trending topic area - when there are important news events, a trending topic area appears on the home page.
  • RNS Photo galleries - large, beautiful, and fully customizable galleries for photo based stories.
  • An analytics backend tool to calculate e-commerce order averages.
  • Crop featured image functionality to re-position thumbnails.
  • Featured video on posts.
  • A pop-up video modal for sponsored posts.
  • Google Page View Insights score on average improved from 10-25 point range to 50-90 point range.
  • RNS Forms to accept payments, create subscriptions, make posts, generate downloads, and sign users up for newsletters.
  • And many other small UX improvements.