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Goboxers website gets revamped

Kathleen Rohde

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The Boxer athletics website has been completely revamped. goboxers.com launched March 16 with a whole new look.
“The new design is very fresh, edgy and makes great use of our vast library of action photos for every sport,” said Sports Information Director, Blake Timm.
“The look is very unique when compared to other Northwest Conference schools. There is a definite ‘wow factor’ when one sees the site,” he said.
Since its last revamp in 2005, the site was redone with the intent of having a fresher visual appeal and making updates easier for Sports Information.
One of the goals with the website was to better use new technologies to provide a vivid website.
Changes include a lot of visual additions such as new links and a new layout. On every team’s homepage there are more photos of the specific sport, a story attached to each photo and a video player to show highlights of games.
The teams’ schedules will have links to live stats and webcasts.
On the homepage is a new link called Boxers In The News, which allows visitors access stories the media has written involving Pacific’s athletics.
Throughout the site, there is space for advertising. Partners and local businesses can advertise with a better chance of hits.
A feature called Boxer Bytes has been added which lists facts about the athletic program and Pacific. Visitors can also find stories about Pacific Olympians.
This six-month process is complete with the work of Timm, his assistant Sara Mouw and the Sports Information Office work-study student Chelsey Chamberlain. But help with the redesign came from all over campus. Tammy Spencer and Cecily Sakrison from marketing and communications gave the Sport Information team feedback on the use of the Boxer “dragon head” logo and spirit lines since those designs were not shown on the old site. University Information Services also helped, as Brandon Browning moved the domain name and sett up space for the live stats.
Another positive from behind the scenes of the website is the Sports Information team no longer has to set up every page by hand. The ability to update and maintain the site is easier, said Timm.
“The two major benefits are the look and the ease of maintenance,” said Timm. “Rather than building the majority of the pages by hand, we can work through our provider’s web interface to easier update every aspect of the site.”
The response to the new site from visitors has been great, said Timm. Current athletes have been impressed with the changes as have coaches.
“Our coaches are excited about how the look of the site and some of the new features are going to positively impact recruiting,” said Timm.
With the Internet being a primary source for potential students, the new goboxers.com will be instrumental in attracting new athletes, said Timm.
He said the functionality and edgy look will help Pacific with recruiting.
Information from the old site is still being added, this process will be finished by the end of spring.
Pages will also continue to be built out. Timm said all glitches with the provider have been worked out and goboxers.com is running smoothly.

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