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September 13, 2010 @ 1:00 am
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Welcome To The Evolution Of PewterReport.com

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The launch of the re-designed PewterReport.com is just the beginning of the site's evolution. Aside from bigger pictures and a sleeker look, PewterReport.com has added new features, including an instant chat system similar to Facebook, and user profile pages that give visitors and subscribers more control over their accounts. More features will be added throughout the Bucs 2010 season.
Welcome to the evolution of PewterReport.com. We have begun the process of updating the look and usability of PewterReport.com and upgrading the site with new features. Some of those new features that are debuting with the re-launch of the website are:

• An individual account database where users (both subscribers and non-subscribers) can take control over their user profiles. Whether you are a premium subscriber or just a visitor to PewterReport.com, everyone is encouraged to sign up for a FREE account profile. This is required to post on the message boards and to participate in article commenting. Users will have the ability to change their usernames and passwords online without calling the Pewter Report subscriptions department. Pewter Insider premium subscribers will also have the convenience to renew their subscriptions online through the account manager and keep their existing username and password. This was unfortunately not available on the old PewterReport.com platform and one of the reasons for revamping the site.

• An instant messaging system throughout PewterReport.com. This is found at the bottom of your web browser and is similar to Facebook and other social media networks in the fact that you can do live, instant messaging with fellow PewterReport.com users that you have designated as friends. Your chat session will remain open as you move throughout the site. This is a FREE service available to all PewterReport.com users.

• An Around The Web page that will be your one-stop place for all Buccaneers news. This FREE service is available to all PewterReport.com users and pulls the most recent RSS feeds from over 20 different sources of Bucs news from local newspaper coverage, to national sites like ProFootballTalk.com, NFL.com and the ESPN South Blog to information on NFC South opponents from local newspapers. Be sure to bookmark this page and visit it often throughout the day to be the most informed Bucs fan around.

• An improved search feature. Now finding PewterReport.com stories and columns will be much easier than it was on the former website. Each story also has a related article section that will direct users to more stories centered around the topic of that particular story.

• A revamped digital magazine. Pewter Insider premium subscribers will see a new Season Kickoff digital issue format with the first of many new layouts that will be coming later during football season.

• An improved video and podcast player. PewterReport.com has upgraded its video and podcast player, making it easier and more enjoyable to view our videos and podcasts. The shortcomings of our previous site hindered the ability to post videos and podcasts and Pewter Report published very little as a result. Now that the new website has launched, the editorial staff will be increasing the number of videos and podcasts it produces throughout football season.

From a feature and usability standpoint, PewterReport.com publisher Scott Reynolds is excited about the launch of the new website.

“This is not the final website revision for PewterReport.com. It’s just the beginning of the process,” Reynolds said. “This has been a massive undertaking from a planning, developing and database merging and converging standpoint, and we appreciate your patience with any bugs or issues that have slipped past the beta testing process. What you see before you is the first step in the evolution of PewterReport.com. Our vision for the site is so grandiose that it would take an entire year or more to roll out the finished product, so we have decided to launch the new PewterReport.com in waves with even more new features debuting over the coming months.”

Among the other features that will be debuting this fall include:

• Weekly pre-game videos

• Regularly updated photo galleries

• Messaging alert system to notify users of breaking news and published stories

• Ignore feature for message boards

• Bucs wallpapers

• Pick ‘Em Contests

• Enhanced Bucs draft coverage

The Pewter Report staff is excited to launch a much more feature-rich site that the users will enjoy.

“I know that some people get used to comfortable surroundings and may initially reject change just because the newness of it, but the Pewter Report team believes that once our visitors and subscribers get used to the new features within the site and the message boards that they will be pleased with the upgrade,” Reynolds said. 
“While it is impossible to please everybody, we did take the majority opinion of the over 4,000 respondents that we received from our February online poll into account while building this website. The new PewterReport.com is largely constructed with the input of our loyal readers, subscribers and message board participants.”

Stay tuned Bucs fans and PewterReport.com visitors and subscribers. This is just the beginning of PewterReport.com’s evolution and there’s more to come as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2010 football season unfolds.
Last modified on Monday, 13 September 2010 07:35
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    As an Army Flight Medic who is deploying to Iraq I tend to browse PR through my Blackberry 99% of the time since I don't have regular access to a computer. The new site is terrible for mobile phones. It takes forever to load and when it does load I have red X's everywhere pics and articles are supposed to be. Guess PR didn't bother to keep us mobile phone users in mind. Disappointing that I won't be able to follow the Bucs this year when on deployment through PR.
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    As an Army Flight Medic who is deploying to Iraq I tend to browse PR through my Blackberry 99% of the time since I don't have regular access to a computer. The new site is terrible for mobile phones. It takes forever to load and when it does load I have red X's everywhere pics and articles are supposed to be. Guess PR didn't bother to keep us mobile phone users in mind. Disappointing that I won't be able to follow the Bucs this year when on deployment through PR.
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    um dont like new site yet ,found myself leaving an moving on to others
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    First off, I don't have a problem with the visual changes to the site at all. IMO it's visually not an improvement but I understand that PR has added lots of new options for its subscribers and that's great. However, the process of which this upgrade was rolled out to us was about as POOR a process as you could find. If you were going to force us to re-create our user names (since I assume for some reason you couldn't carry the database from the old website over to the new one) and re-register, you should have sent an email to the subscribers ahead of time warning us and potentially allowing us to pre-register. Then, when I re-registered it took an entire day for you guys to send me my confirmation email. Bottom line...upgraded is the name of the game in this new virtual world but at the same time you need to try and make it as seemless as possible for your customers and this my friends was far from seemless!!!!
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    Yup, not sure I'm going to make the time to learn how to navigate this site and it is very hard on the eyes. mtn out.
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    Now that I have been on for a few hours, I am Lovin It!! Call me McBucLovin.
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    Change is difficult. Ultimately fans are here for the great content and Bucs talk, none of that will change. It's just presented in a way that is new and it will take some time to get used to the packaging. My complaints are the same as others, colors kill the eyes, stay logged on option, remember oldest first option, et. But I realize none of these things is what draws me here. I come for the best Bucs articles and inside insight you still have it. Thank you for trying to improve, I appreciate the effort even if I am not totally sold on the look yet.
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    I'm one of those old school guys who resisted carrying a beeper and using a fax machine. Now I have a Blackberry and computer because I have to keep up with the times. I like the new site and will just have to get used to it. Some of you guys are such pouters.
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    I like the update. Please know the negative comments come from a comfort level many had with your site. We will adjust and love the new site more. Just ask for feedback and we will help.
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    landing page does NOT say I'm logged in as the old one did it's more confusing finding key articles I may have more comments later as this is only my first look...but I'll tell you what irritated me: went to vote on Game Ball for Browns game, was told I had to sign in, sign in page told me I had to create an account, create an account page said my e-mail was already used...STINKO!
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    HEY... I typed 3 paragraphs and your system merged them into 1. stupid. makes it look like thoughts are run-on.
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    Color Scheme is a terrible eyesore. At the very least, go back to the old colors.
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    I like how people complain about the ads... Like PR isn't suppose to make money on the site. They will work for kudos. Maybe PR can make an ad free version of the site and charge like 300 bucks a year to use it. I'm sure JDouble would get it... I'm sure he wouldn't mind me saying so, since he has no problem telling everyone else what to do with their money.
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    Not a fan of the new look. How's the old saying go, "If its not broke, don't fix it". What was wrong with it before? At least you could read it easier and it wasn't as cluttered with ads. Old way was much more user friendly!
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    You know, for the amount of responses to this new evolution, I'm very surprised PR is acting like nothing has happened. Maybe we can get a few comments about what is going on?
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    Looks good on my HTC Desire. Besides that, it's the superb content that makes me come back several times a day. No matter if the red might be darker.
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    Hey PR...don't put too much stock in the complainers' comments. You always have those types. Never happy, no matter what. Ignore them for the most part. For every complainer, remember there are ten more people happy with the new site who just don't take the time to comment. Don't let the squeaky wheels skew your opinion...it's a huge improvement over the old site. Good job!
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    Dude, people are complaining because the new site is not an improvement. It's called feedback and they obviously need to hear it.
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    How come in chat my real name shows up instead of my PR site name?
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    Too bright colors ,at first glance it seems hard to find items
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    What happened to the "upcoming" mobile version?
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    The auto-logoff you have is not working for me...please fix that too.
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    A joomla site! I'm a bit of a Joomla guru... you guys should contact me about getting your urls Sef'd (search engine friendly). right now you are not maximizing your search engine rankings... but over all very nice... I like what you did here... All though I think I would jazz up the background color/image a bit. It's a little played... the alternating pixels is very late 90's... You should do something like buccaneers.com did with there background.
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    Ok..the red color is DEFINITELY too bright - very bothersome on the eyes. Please tone that down. Not the easiest site to navigate but it isn't horrible either. Would be nice if it would remember my "older first" or "lastest first" setting. Also, the time is off and the profile bar at the bottom keeps showing 6 new articles. Can I stop that? It's a little slow to respond, not horrible though. Overall, not too bad. Please fix the color though - first thing.
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    Yeah, not a fan of the look. And the pictures from the game are very pixelated.
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    Just awful. Some things are better, but the front page flow and content is very, very confusing. Besides my login ad password completely changing, and the color scheme being an eyesore, I'd say this is not an improvement. I love my Pewter Report. I loved the magazine and the content you guys provide. But, from a purely user-interface standpoint, this is bad.
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    you guys just lost a customer!!
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    The look and feel to the front page of the site looks good. The color like many others have suggested is brutal on the eyes. The forums need alot of work as they are almost counter productive in nature. Not only that with all the bells and whistles one would think a user guide would have been provided like to add friends to be able to chat back and forth with them using the social networking thingy.
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    The advertisements are the same amount as before. It's just different placement that makes them stand out more. That's what a site is supposed to do. I like the layout. It's more streamlined and makes everything accessible. I think adding the social network element to it is a smart idea as well. You always want to promote interconnectivity. The only thing I'm not too keen on is the color scheme. It may be my monitor, but it seems a bit off from before. The red isn't deep enough. I also think you need to work on either getting bigger pictures or rescaling what you're using because the front page pics are a little grainy on the news items.
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    why did they wipe my account clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111
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    Definitely different.
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    Will take some getting used. Formatting sucks from my iPhone where the old site was easier to read from a mobile device. I will give it time to grow on me
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    how come my accout got deleted i had to make a new one.
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    For gawds sake please add the option to stay logged in.
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    Advertisements pay the bills, JDouble. Scott, Charlie and Wolf don't work for free. The new site will take some getting used to but I definitely feel it's an upgrade over the old one.
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    The site looks great. Agreed that you may have gone a tad overboard with the advertising, but hey everybody needs to make a buck, I can't fault you for it. I'm looking forward to the continued roll out of new features and appreciate that you guys are trying to make the site better, keep up the good work.
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    They wiped my account clean. I guess that was an improvement, after being a subscriber for years - even buying gift subscriptions for my friends.......
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    Unless a ridiculous amount of cluttered advertisments is the future, I'm not sure I'd call this an evolution.
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