Lots of Bells, Whistles: Try Our New Web Site — You'll Like It
This is the first in a series of columns by Hunter Chase, online editor of The Pilot.
A lot of words can be used to describe the Internet, but static probably isn't one that jumps to the fore.
Along with the roll-out of the new version of thepilot.com back in January came a -commitment to -deliver the people of Moore County a -constantly evolving Web site.
Several changes have happened to the Web site since that January debut, with most of them being minor tweaks that stemmed from -feedback from you, the users.
Responding to -suggestions and -fine-tuning the Web site are a given, part of our determination to make the Web site ever more user-friendly. Our focus has been and always will be not only to provide a user-friendly environment, but also to build a site that entices users to become more involved in the community.
Mark Bamberry is the wizard behind the technical aspects of the site, the man who constantly primes the engine behind the pages that -populate thepilot.com.
In the last week or so, he has created several additions to the Web site, including the ability for a member of the community to submit an event to be placed on the calendar. He's rather proud of that addition, as he should be. It is in keeping with the goal of the site: to allow the user to get information out to fellow members of the community.
It's pretty simple to get your event listed. Simply go to the site's navigation bar, scroll over to "Your News" and wait for the drop-down bar to appear. You'll see a section that says "Submit an Event." Click on it. Then follow the instructions and in a short time your event will become part of the calendar.
Another interesting addition Bamberry has created involves high school sports. The user now has the ability to drill down to a specific team at a specific school. You want to read all the stories pertaining to Pinecrest baseball? Well, you can. If you're more interested in North Moore's softball team, you can do that also.
Right now it's a work in progress, as baseball, softball and soccer are the only sports broken out by school. But eventually it will include all the sports that are played at the local high schools.
To take advantage of this feature, go to the navigation bar, scroll over to sports and when the drop-down bar appears click on "High School Sports."
That will take you to a page where you will see all the stories related to high school sports. Those stories line the left side, while over on the right side of the page are three headings: baseball, softball and soccer. Under those headings you will see the high schools listed. For example, if you want to read all the stories related to Pinecrest baseball, then you click on Pinecrest. That will take you to a page where every story written about the Patriots season will pop up chronologically.
Another recent Bamberry creation appears on the drop-down bar for "Your News." It involves discussions that are whirling around stories that populate the site. Click on discussions and you will get a detailed tracking of the latest comments, right down to the minute. Be warned, this can take on a Wild West flavor, so strap on your thick skin when you go there.
Perhaps the best thing for a user to do is to use thepilot.com.
Go to the site, wander around awhile, click here, click there, get a feel for the place.
Although the site isn't going to remain static, with change a constant, rest assured that responding to -suggestions and feedback is one thing that will never change at thepilot.com.
Let us know what you think.
Contact Hunter Chase at hchase@ thepilot.com.
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