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You may have already noticed, but our website is undergoing some changes — both inside and out.

We have redesigned our site for optimal viewing across all platforms, and we have switched to a larger Web hosting service to improve speed.

The most obvious change is our new look. We redesigned the site as a so-called responsive website. It is called “responsive” because the website automatically adjusts to your device — tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop — for optimal viewing. We flipped the switch on the new design today, but it may take a day or two for you to experience it.

Why did we change? We initially looked at creating apps for different mobile devices, but ultimately settled on a responsive website after researching industry trends and reviewing our options.

More and more readers are coming to our site through mobile devices — a trend that is certain to accelerate in the future. In a blog post titled “Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design,” Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, discusses the shift from personal computers to mobile devices. As he writes, “A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build for all of them.” The obvious solution is to build a single website that adjusts to all devices.

We think our new design looks great on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. We hope you agree, but if you have any questions or comments, please send them to us at editor@factcheck.org.

— Eugene Kiely