The Guardian completes website redesign has completed its global switch to a redesigned website.

The launch of the site followed an ongoing transition period. The latest version has been available in a beta (testing) phase for a year and the site has already been relaunched in the US and Australia. It is now live for UK users too.

This change sees the switching off of The Guardian’s smartphone version of the website. Instead users will see the same version whether reading from a mobile or desktop.

Extra features have been introduced including colour-coding and different page formats for different types of content, picture galleries which open within story pages, video which can be embedded on other websites, and football pages which now include live blogs, previews and match reports on one page, rather having different URLs.

The redesign is the first for The Guardian website since 2007. The process has involved a complete rebuild of the computer code that the site is built on, including new content-creation tools for journalists.

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