PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Park University Department of Athletics has a new look online. The all-new ParkAthletics.com is the third responsive site designed by SIDHelp, a division of Black Diamond Solutions, meaning the site is the same site on your mobile phone, tablet, and on your computer.
"It has been incredibly fun to see ParkAthletics.com grow as it has the last couple of years," said Park University associate athletic director for media relations and compliance, Steve Wilson. "The previous version was an NAIA Website of the Year in 2014-15, and I think this site will challenge for the same award in 2017-18. We are only the third responsive site SID Help has put together, which came with a price tag, so I have to thank our administration for having faith in us to fund this project, knowing we would put together a great product. I think our fans, student-athletes, coaches and everyone in the Pirate Nation will really enjoy our new look."
The site's biggest attraction is its responsive nature, which means the days of ParkAthletics.com Mobile are in the past. The same site that appears on a computer screen will appear on a tablet and mobile phone, and the site will respond to the size of the viewer's screen. The website also made social media links, the Pirate Sports Network, and the Become a Pirate locations more visible, at the top of the site's front page.
"Navigation was really important to us, especially with the addition of seven developmental teams and another varsity program for next year," Wilson said. "With more ground to cover, we needed to streamline even more than we had before, but do it with a design that is eye-catching. I think we accomplished all of those tasks, and I'm excited to see how the site performs with a newer, better look when we dig in to the analytics in a month or so."
ParkAthletics.com still comes with a mobile app, found in the iTunes store for Apple devices (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/park-pirates/id860776202?mt=8) and on Google Play for Android devices (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=iw&id=com.esainc.park), and as in the past, the app is free to install on both platforms.
"The new site looks great, and I think our staff did a great job getting this project done," said Park director of athletics Claude English. "Our online presence is very important to the recruitment of new student-athletes, and most of the time, it's the first impression you give to a potential constituent. This is a great first impression."
To make suggestions on how to further improve the site, email [email protected] or call (816) 584-6490.