Redesign of Mormon Channel Website and App Increases Usability

  Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events

  • 15 December 2011

Main features of the Mormon Channel redesign include the search function and the ability to create playlists and download material.

Article Highlights

  • The new “Search for a topic” feature filters Mormon Channel-exclusive content by search term.
  • Also new is the ability to create an audio and video playlist on a computer or mobile device.
  • The website now allows individuals to download material directly to their computers. The same capability will be available for mobile devices in January.

Early in December, Mormon Channel—a media channel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—enhanced features of both its website, mormonchannel.org, and its free mobile app, increasing usability and visual appeal.

The new design is meant to be more intuitive and user-friendly and now features the ability to search, create a playlist on a computer or mobile device, and download material.

The new “Search for a topic” feature filters Mormon Channel-exclusive content by search term. For example, entering the term “Christmas” yields archived radio programs discussing holiday events and experiences, several Mormon Messages, and a dramatized version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Also new is the ability to create an audio and video playlist on a computer or mobile device. By clicking or tapping the purple circle icon with a “p” in the middle, users can personalize their playlists to include items such as audio recordings of certain scriptures or magazine articles, as well as regular programming.

With the redesign, the website now features a red circle with an arrow in it that allows individuals to download material directly to their computers, ensuring access to inspiring material even without an Internet connection.

Beginning in January, app users will also be able to download any audio or video program from Mormon Channel to their mobile device.

Mormon Channel will continue to broadcast radio programming, videos, and other features 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The updated Mormon Channel app is available for iOS- and Android-enabled devices. The previous Mormon Channel app will continue to serve Blackberry and Palm phones.

Mormon Channel content and social media is also available on iTunes, YouTube, Roku, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.