Local/National Home Pages
As many of you know, back in July, we launched our local and national home pages to allow us to better serve the two distinct audiences we get on the site. We use the Zip code you have given us to determine which page you receive, If you're interested in seeing which page you are getting, click on the Change Profile link up to the right of the washingtonpost.com logo and then click on Home Page Setting. If you would prefer to switch the page you are receiving, you can make the change right there.
Many of you have asked why we have not provided a link on the home page to allow users to easily move back and forth. The reason we have not done this is because the pages are not designed to be totally different experiences, but pages with a different emphasis. So the major national and international stories of the day will appear on both the local and national home pages; thus for Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, both pages looked extremely similar since it was the world's dominant news story at that time. Because of that, we felt encouraging readers to toggle back and forth would not provide them with a strong experience.
On most days, however, we will feature the major local stories of the day on our local home page, and also provide increased promotion for our live traffic cameras, weather and other local tools. For major local stories like the controversy over AU President Benjamin Ladner, we will lead with local news.
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