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Memo details Web site upgrades

Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Aug. 12, 2009 • Morning report

A memo from Jeff Book, Gannett Digital's director of deployment, shows a project called GO4 Faster is under way to upgrade newspaper Web sites that use the GO4 template.

The memo says the upgrades should make the sites load faster. The project begins at five pilot sites in September and all sites in October.

Here is the memo:

GO4 Faster
Jeff Book

This message was sent with High importance.
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:14 p.m.
To: Publishers/Newspaper Operating Unit Heads (USCP Only); Editors of Gannett Daily Newspapers; Editors2 of Gannett Daily Newspapers; Advertising Executives; GCI-Market Development Directors; GannettOnlineList
Cc: Fuschetti, Steve; Doheny, Michael; Spicher, Jeff; Burns, Jonathan; Warren, Jenna; Owens, Diana; Lundquist, Peter


I would like to make sure you are aware of a project called GO4 Faster that will enhance the overall user experience and reduce perceived download time on your GO4 sites. The GO4 Faster initiative is currently underway. GMTI is producing completely new GO4 global template code for SAXOTECH Online in order to achieve these results, which are now possible due to recent upgrades to browser and web technology.

With progressive downloading, your audience will see content and page elements load faster above the scroll, with new code managing the priority in which browsers display your pages.

Global templates incorporating the new coding strategies will be deployed to pilot sites in September and to all markets during the month of October. The pilot sites are app.com, courierpostonline.comnews-press.comnewarkadvocate.com and clarionledger.com.

The level of effort on this project will be high, but will vary by market depending upon how many locally customized templates your local developers will need to update.

Executing this deployment on time will be critical as our conversion from Maven/thePlatform to Brightcove for our video network will occur immediately following the completion of the GO4 Faster project.

Progress on the GO4 Faster project has been and will continue to be reported by Steve Fuschetti in the monthly GMTI Publisher’s update. You can also access the project SharePoint via the GMTI Info site. http://info.gmti.com/go4faster

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jeff Book
Director of Deployment
Gannett Digital


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