So how do you like the new NOLA.com homepage?

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For the first time since 2012, NOLA.com has a new homepage design.

Readers are creatures of habit, and homepage makeovers can be disorienting at first. But we think you'll grow to love the new, modern layout that combines top stories curated by our editors; a chronological feed of the latest headlines from our staff and wire services; and the most popular stories of the day as determined by site traffic.

In addition to the mix of local and national articles, photos, videos and sponsor content in the Top Stories section, the homepage also has dedicated sections for News, Sports and Life & Culture headlines.

Readers who want news and only news can click on a tab at the top of the homepage that jumps to that section. The same is true for Sports and Life & Culture, home to our popular Where NOLA Eats offerings, entertainment features, vintage slideshows and more.

The page is responsive and adaptive to mobile devices, tablets and widescreen desktop monitors. Videos are clearly labeled with the running time and a play button that allows you to watch without leaving the homepage. Galleries are also labeled and include the number of photos displayed.

Another design innovation is the preview feature for articles. Click on the "+" sign next to the headline and you'll see three bullet points summarizing key points in the story. If you want to know more, there's a "Read Full Story" link that takes you to the full-length article.

The preview summaries are produced algorithmically, an experimental use of artificial intelligence that has proven popular at other Advance Local sites that introduced the new homepage earlier this summer.

Mark Lorando is editor of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and vice president of content for NOLA Media Group.

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