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FAQ: Boston.com & the launch of BostonGlobe.com

1. What does the launch of BostonGlobe.com mean for news and information on Boston.com?

Boston.com will still offer its readers wide-ranging news and information and serve as a comprehensive and lively guide to living in Greater Boston. It will carry the latest in breaking news, and coverage of local news (including the popular Your Town sites), arts & entertainment, business, health & wellness, politics, travel, and more. It will also carry all the Globe’s season and post-season sports coverage.

You’ll be able to read brief capsules of all Globe stories, and each day there will be five full Globe stories that the Boston.com editor chooses to publish. Time-sensitive reviews by Globe critics will also appear on Boston.com. Additionally, articles from feature sections such as Travel will appear on Boston.com one week after publication in the Globe.

Boston.com is also expanding its assortment of news feeds and wire services, including Bloomberg and Benzinga and a variety of local bloggers who will contribute content around the clock.

In addition to news, Boston.com will continue to offer readers deeply discounted local deals through BostonDeals; jobs, autos and real estate listings; a wealth of community conversations, online chats; photo galleries; and light-hearted contests and promotions.

We’re also expanding the content on Boston.com. There will be new blogs on popular topics such as food, local music, sports, health, nutrition and travel. This also includes our recently launched ‘Spotted’ feature, which shows photos from social scenes from around the city.

Boston.com will continue to be free to consumers.

2. Will I still be able to get Globe news and information on Boston.com?

Yes. You’ll still be able to read the round-the-clock breaking news from the Globe’s metro, sports, business, and arts desks on their popular blogs. Additionally, all the Globe’s season and post-season sports coverage will continue to be accessible on Boston.com. Each day there will be five full Globe stories that the Boston.com editor chooses to publish. Time-sensitive reviews by Globe critics will also appear on Boston.com. Additionally, articles from feature sections such as Travel will appear on Boston.com one week after publication in the Globe. Starting October 1st you’ll find brief capsules of all Globe stories. (During the free trial period you’ll link to the full article on BostonGlobe.com).

3. What’s happened to the “Today’s Globe” feature?

We have replaced the “Today’s Globe” feature with our new website, BostonGlobe.com. Please try it during our free trial offer which will last through September 30, 2011. Simply go toBostonGlobe.com in your web browser. You will be prompted to log in (you can use your existing Boston.com user name and password if you have one) or register. After you’ve logged in or registered you’ll have access to the full site for the free trial.

4. TheBoston.com homepage looks different, what’s changed?

We’ve slightly redesigned the bottom portion of the homepage to make your reading experience more enjoyable and to make it easier for you to find terrific Boston.com features.

5. Do you plan on charging for Boston.com?

No.

6. Where can I find the Globe columnists?

The Globe columnists have moved to our new website, BostonGlobe.com. Please try it during our free trial offer which will last through September 30, 2011. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com in your web browser. You will be prompted to log in (you can use your existingBoston.com user name and password if you have one) or register. After you’ve logged in or registered you’ll have access to the full site for the free trial.

Additionally,Boston.com will now offer new voices via our new bloggers, which have been added to our business, entertainment, lifestyle, travel, and community sections. You will also find recommendations coming from Boston staff, who live and breathe everything Boston.

7. Are you planning any new features for Boston.com?

We plan to expand our coverage even further over the weeks and months to come. We’ve added our popular Spotted photo series where we photograph the people of Boston out and about at night. We have numerous bloggers who are providing insight, recommendations, and interesting glimpses into life around Greater Boston, we’ve added more business and entertainment content, and we’ve recently teamed up with The Next Great Generation.com, which consists of Generation Y writers from Boston and beyond to provide stories and other features to Boston.com.

Boston.com has several exciting new features ahead, including a new baseball feature that will allow readers to see the sentiment of Red Sox nation about the team and players.

8. Will these changes affect the newsletters I’ve signed up for?

No. These changes do not affect the newsletters you have signed up for.

9. Sports is especially of interest to me, what is happening with sports?

Boston.com will continue to carry all the Globe’s season and post-season sports coverage, plus some original content such as blogs.