New Look for Defense
New Look for Defense.gov to
Provide Richer Content Experience
American Forces Press Service.
Fort Meade, Maryland – (AFPS)
– 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
“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
-- Integrated print and video news products for a more comprehensive offering of
-- 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.