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New Look for Defense.gov to Provide Richer Content Experience

American Forces Press Service

FORT MEADE, Md., June 30, 2014 – A richer content experience is in store soon for visitors to the Defense Department’s website, as Defense Media Activity officials here prepare for an early July launch of a new Defense.gov.

Officials said the redesign will improve visitor experience and better serve audiences by making it easier for visitors to find news and feature articles, videos, photos and other types of Web content.

“Feedback has consistently shown over the past several years that finding news about the military and the Defense Department is the top reason people have for visiting Defense.gov,” said John Valceanu, chief of the Defense.gov news content division. “But only a limited amount of news content is presented on the current front page.”

To find the bulk of Defense Department news, Valceanu explained, visitors have to click on the “News” link in the site header. To find a full listing of video content, visitors have to access the Pentagon Channel website. On the average weekday, only about 5,000 visitors may go to the news page, while 90,000 people or more may visit the Defense.gov home page, Valceanu said.

“The new design will deliver news and feature content directly where the visitors are,” said Cathy Milhoan, DMA's director of DoD Production, “providing them with a one-stop shop for news and feature information across multiple communications channels.”

The redesigned Defense.gov home page will offer a variety of new features and enhancements, including:

-- Integrated print and video news products for a more comprehensive offering of information;

-- Official DoD Facebook and Twitter feeds to allow visitors to see what’s happening on social media;

-- Selected DoD blogs that showcase different perspectives on topics important to the department; and

-- Representative feature articles offering in-depth information on various topics, as well as human-interest stories.

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