Welcome to our new website.
There’s a few things you might have already noticed about this latest and most powerful version of greaterlongisland.com:
- The load times are lightning fast.
- It’s easier to read, with amazing typography all around.
- We’ve taken this opportunity to launch GreaterHuntington, GreaterFarmingdale and GreaterRonkonkoma, all though the new platform. (Simply click on “Our Towns” in the menu bar.)
“We’re looking to build a skyscraper of a regional news organization for all Long Islanders — and with this website we finally have the proper foundation in place to do just that,” said Greater Long Island Media Group’s founder and publisher, Michael White.
The new greaterlongisland.com was custom built by Driven Digital of Bohemia, a digital marketing and design firm. The project started in the fall of 2020.
“We view Greater Long Island as a logical alternative to Facebook and Instagram for local businesses. GLI has the attention of hyper-local consumers,” said Andrew Hart, owner of Driven Digital.
“Mike and the team have a very unique thing going on,” he continued, “and we saw enormous potential in solving technical issues that will allow for a better user experience, and allow Greater Long Island to scale.”
One major issue was load time, especially considering that on May 1, Google will be using load time as a major factor for ranking search results, Hart noted.
“That was something we were able to solve,” he said.
But there’s more work to be done.
In the coming weeks, content from the legacy sites, such as greaterpatchogue.com and greaterbayshore.com, will be migrated over to the new format. In the meantime, those sites remain live.
Once migrated, each of the new town sites will be tailored with colors, logos, coding and content that will reflect that coverage area — and still feel like its own experience for locals.
For instance, for GreaterSayville.com fans, everything will operate the same — but faster and cleaner — at greaterlongisland.com/greater-sayville. In that sense, nothing is changing for the town sites but a URL.
Greater Long Island will also be looking to hire more reporters, photographers and videographers in the coming months to best cover both Suffolk and Nassau counties as we grow our coverage areas and advertising base.
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