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Tip #2 – Reading on a smartphone

This is one of a series of tips provided to assist readers in getting the most of what has to offer. Click here to view all the tips.

Back when was launched (as at the time), more than 50% of readers were using small-screen devices, like smartphones, to read the news stories and other pages like the community calendar, weather, traffic and jobs board. Since then, the percentage of “mobile” readers has increased to over 85%.

While is easy to read and navigate on a big-screen desktop computer, significant effort has gone into ensuring the same or better experience for readers using small screen devices like smartphones.

Here are some examples of ways to get the most of while viewing on small screen.


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Small screen device view of the navigation menu and search buttons.

Looking at the screen image above, note the 3 red lines stacked like a hamburger at the top-left corner. This is the menu button. Tapping it will open a detailed menu of links to all other parts of the website.

mfn menu open on mobile menu open on a small screen device.

Tapping any of the menu choices will take the reader to the menu item’s page enabling easy navigation of the entire website.


Clicking the red magnifying glass icon at the top-right (when viewed on a small screen device) will open a window that will accept your search terms. Readers can search for any terms and results will include any news stories, calendar events and job postings that include the search terms. Frequently used terms (e.g. “sighting”) will result in a lot of results whereas searches for less-frequently used terms (e.g. “bear sighting”) will result in more accurate results.


Do you see a white bell in a red circle at the bottom-right of your screen (like what is appearing in the screen captures above)? Congratulations if you do! It means your device and browser are able to accept real-time notifications when news stories are published on To enable the notifications, simply tap the bell icon and opt-in for notifications (see example below). To opt-out, simply tap the bell again and choose to opt-out.

mfn notification opt in scncap story notifications opt-in dialog.

Click here to read more about the notifications feature.

Contact us with any questions or requests for other options.

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Joe Beaulaurier
Joe Beaulaurier
Beaulaurier is the founder of My Ferndale News. As a Ferndale resident, he hopes to empower the community with free access to news that matters and makes a difference in the day-to-day challenges faced while we work and live in the Ferndale area.

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