The student-run entertainment magazine, The Edge, has today (24.11.14) launched a brand new website.

The magazine – which was originally an insert into fellow publication the Wessex Scene – has received a digital facelift by Online Manager Emily Mitchell, meaning that the website is more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing for the thousands of readers who visit each month.

Editor of The Edge, Rebecca James explained: “The idea of a web redesign has been a long time coming – my two predecessors had it as a priority, but due to various problems, plans never quite came to fruition, not for lack of trying.

“This redesign started in earnest just before the summer break when Emily came on board as our new Online Manager, when we sat down and talked about what we wanted from a new website. Over the summer she has been working on it, and after working meetings throughout this term it has become the product that you see now.”

Talking about the website itself, Rebecca – who was elected into the position in May after a successful year as Culture Editor – explained the committee wanted to get rid of the original website in favour of a more polished product to suit the high quality articles which they publish daily.

She continued: “It’s sleeker, more professional, and fits far more coherently with the magazine redesign which happened last year. In most practical terms it has functionality which the old website never had – you can now look back through articles in all of the sections no matter when they was written, we have related posts at the bottom of each article which means that you can keep browsing through things that are relevant to your interests, you can search for authors of articles rather than just topics, we have integrated all of our social media with the website including our Instagram and have new rolling headline articles, amongst many other things. It’s all very exciting, and it feels like a website that people could browse on for hours.”

Now that the publication’s website has been updated, Rebecca – a postgraduate student reading Eighteenth Century Studies – said they are keen to continue to bring in new student writers, and teased an exciting collaboration with the Wessex Scene in the coming months.

Rebecca added: “We want to really build up the writing team. We want to give our writers the opportunity to be featured in these exciting platforms, and want to give them the skills to be able to showcase their writing through workshops and training, so we can have the highest quality journalism possible.

“Beyond that, its all about solidifying our brand identity on social media, building our profile with local and national PR companies, and making each issue of the magazine the best it can be. More immediately, we’re working with the Wessex Scene on a special issue, and planning for the next four issues of the magazine to come.”

To check out the redesigned website, click here.

Students can get involved with The Edge magazine by joining the publication’s student writers group, here.

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