WE'VE changed — for the better!
For the first time, our website and newspaper have the same name.
But while www.southwales- eveningpost.co.uk may look different, it still offers the same great news, sport and entertainment service, with more yet to come. The new site will replace thisissouthwales.co.ukCLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR NEW SITE - WWW.SOUTHWALES-EVENINGPOST.CO.UKSome of today's top stories on our new site:Granddad told he can't have his telescope to look at stars because it might invade privacyBurglars stole jewellery from Penclawdd woman's home while she was at her father's hospital bedsideHuw Jenkins: 'Swansea City do not need to sell best players'
It will offer many, many more opportunities for our audience to interact with each other as well as ourselves.
The South Wales Evening Post is always evolving as we seek to maintain our position as Wales's biggest selling newspaper.
We have a readership of more than 115,000 people each day.
It is fair to say, our success is thanks to all of you. Our commitment to the paper and its readers remains steadfast.
In print, six nights a week, we will never stop reporting the stories and features that are important to you: The Swans' Premier League success; giving a voice to people who feel they have been wronged, and; helping charitable and other organisations raise much-needed funds. Recently we asked you to help us consider the name of your newspaper — the majority of you said keep it the same, so that's what we did.
And that name also sits proudly at the top of our new website.
It is available on your PC or laptop, your tablet computer, your phone, or any other means you have to access the internet.
You can read it sat on your sofa, in a cafe, on a train — practically anywhere you want to.
As well as reading, you can share, tweet, Facebook and talk with friends and strangers.
Our digital audience has exploded in the past six months alone, with the number of unique visitors (individuals counted once when they come on to the site no matter how many stories they visit) increasing by more than 53.1 per cent in that time.
We now average 18,640 such visitors each day, an average of 380,128 per month.
The new site is a more visual experience with video and pictures becoming the benchmark of content rather than thousands of words.
Most importantly, over the next few months there will be several new elements to make the site much more interactive — not just between the audience and us but between the audience themselves, with little or no involvement from us. You will be able to post your own pictures and videos of family or community events; highlight and boast about your own activity or amateur sports club achievements; promote and report on your own societies or social occasions; write your own blogs and newsletters or features on special interest groups. It can be funny or serious, worthy or wacky. The choice will be yours!
Nothing will be too small or too niche and ALL of this information will be given access to the huge audience — local, national and international. Regular updates on these developments and the opportunities they bring will be flagged up on the site with guidelines on how to take part. It will be easy.
There will be checks on the site content but it is our intention to leave well alone where possible.
Why not wait until this is all ready? Well, with all such launches nothing is ever going to be perfect on day one and it would be arrogant to suggest it will be. That's why we have a feedback form available to give us your thoughts (try to keep the suggestions and criticisms constructive) of what we should do or not do to make your experience better.
Is the site different from the one we have currently? Most definitely. Will everyone like it straight away? Unlikely. Will there be advertising? This is a big audience and yes, advertisers will want to be part of that. We are not taxpayer-funded like the BBC.
Hopefully, by working together, this will become a much better experience in the near future. That's the aim.
The thisissouthwales.co.uk site will continue for two months or so as people get used to the new site before it is switched off.
As always, we will try the best we can. Do we always get it right? No. Do we always try to get it right? Yes. Will we correct mistakes? Yes.
We are grateful that many thousands of people still find the South Wales Evening Post part of their daily or family life.
Our new southwales- eveningpost.co.uk site and its associated mobile, Twitter, Facebook and other linked platforms is just another addition to our family.
We hope you will find it enjoyable; take part in its development and, hopefully, make it a valued part of community life.
To comment on what you'd like the site to deliver go to: www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk and follow the link from the home page. Thanks for taking an interest.