Quartz redesigns its website
Quartz unveiled a new version of its site on Aug. 1 that’s aimed at increasing newsletter subscribers, keeping readers on site longer and delivering advertising through private programmatic marketplaces, reports Max Willens of Digiday.
Willens reports, “The redesign, the site’s fifth in six years, will also make it easier to implement a paywall or other product features required when Quartz begins to go after subscription revenue, a priority of Quartz’s new owner, Japanese media company Uzabase.
“‘We wanted to adopt a new, more modern tech stack to put us in better position for the next six years,’ said Zach Seward, Quartz’s chief product officer. ‘Once we knew we were going to rewrite the site from scratch on the engineering side, that presented the opportunity to revisit everything else.’
“As with many other recent publisher redesigns, improving site speed was a top priority. Quartz’s page-load speed already ranks in the top third of websites, according to Google’s page-speed test, but Seward said he wanted the experience of navigating Quartz’s site, particularly in moving from one page to another, to feel faster.
“Quartz dumped infinite scroll from its mobile site two years ago, and the forthcoming version won’t have it on the desktop version either. In its stead, Quartz will run three tests aimed at growing user time on site. An article-recommendation widget will show either a trending story, an article that is closely aligned to the topic or a story that deals with one of Quartz’s core editorial coverage areas.”
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