PewterReport.com is excited to partner with Visual Realm, a leading Tampa-based web design company with over 10 years experience. From design, to development to SEO marketing, Visual Realm was the clear choice for PewterReport.com to turn to for its ongoing website needs.
Visual Realm’s portfolio includes working for some of the premier companies in their respective fields, including Comprehensive Spine Institute, Updegraff Laser Vision, as well as designing Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s personal website.
PewterReport.com vice president and publisher Scott Reynolds discusses the partnership with Visual Realm and its founder and president, Kyle Theil.
“We have gotten the chance to know Kyle and see his business grow over the years, and the work he has done for his clients is impressive,” Reynolds said. “When PewterReport.com needed a new web design company to move our business forward, Visual Realm was the clear and easy choice to make. We have seen a tremendous increase in our search engine optimization and growth in our business since joining forces with Visual Realm a short time ago. We are excited about what the future holds with this partnership.”
Theil, a long-time Buccaneers fan with cutting edge experience in web design and SEO marketing, is thrilled about the opportunity to work with one of his favorite websites.
“I’ve been reading my Bucs news through Pewter Report for years,” Theil said. “I feel that Visual Realm’s experience, not only from a web development perspective, but from a fan’s point of view is what will truly shape and enhance the new PewterReport.com. This partnership is more than just a great business opportunity for Visual Realm and Pewter Report, it is a chance to make a difference for Buccaneers fans near and far.”
PewterReport.com and Visual Realm teamed up to revise the website and give it a fresh look in time for the 2016 Buccaneers football season.
“Our PewterReport.com staff collaborated with Kyle and the Visual Realm team to update the look of our website,” Reynolds said. “One of the things we wanted to do was to lighten the site by changing the background to make it more aesthetically pleasing and easier to read. We also updated our message boards and changed from the Simple Machines forum we had in the past to a new WordPress-based message board for better integration with the rest of our website.”
The new version of PewterReport.com is Phase I of a larger plan to revamp the website, which will take place in 2017. With the huge transfer of data from the old database with the former web hosting company to the new database with the new web hosting company there will be some kinks that will need to be worked out and streamlined. So please bear with us as any initial issues are fixed from the data transfer.
“We’re not done, and have some tweaks and a few other features to debut as the season draws near, including a revamped photo gallery section,” Reynolds said. “However, a full-scale redesign with new features will have to take place during the offseason due to our time constraints during football season, so Bucs fans should consider this to be a better, remodeled version of the existing PewterReport.com site.”
Partnering with Visual Realm also offers more site stability for PewterReport.com, which has been an issue due to its growing pains over the last few years as the number of unique visitors climbs to one million on an annual basis.
“We have also vastly improve the ability to withstand traffic surges during peak periods like the NFL Draft, free agency and Bucs game days,” Reynolds said. “While our company’s goal is to increase our traffic and grow our business, the most frustrating thing is to have a traffic surge interrupt our visitors’ ability to access PewterReport.com.
“Time will ultimately tell, but with the help of Visual Realm we think we have solved our capacity issues moving forward and we will be better able to handle huge traffic spikes that feature concurrent users trying to access PewterReport.com and its message boards. Our goal is to not only provide our visitors with the best and most unique coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but to have well designed website that our users enjoy and have access to at all times. With our partnership with Visual Realm, PewterReport.com has taken a huge step towards that goal.”
Theil agrees with Reynolds’ assessment.
“We are extremely happy with the lightning quick load time, user-friendly mobile interface and completely reinvented forums section,” Theil said. “These are major enhancements on the user experience (UX) side of things and we can’t wait for Buccaneers fans to browse the new site.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Love the easier access to everything! Looks good!
Love the new layout. The fonts are going to take a minute to get used to as your text in some of the articles kinds of runs together based on the paragraph structures. A work in progress to a better site and it looks good and clean. Very nice guys. Looking forward to seeing articles about wins on this new layout!
Sorry we are working on that, this will be corrected shortly.
If this was the clear choice, I would hate to see the losers. This layout sucks.
Two fifteen year-old girls with sole experience designing MySpace pages could put out something better than this.
This design is a nightmare. I hope you can stop payment on the check.
I disagree because you are comparing apples to oranges.
No, actually you’re incorrect, post is correct in how it is stated. New layout is ok to me but the post makes sense
This layout is just terrible.
We do web design of all sort, and think you’ve been sold a bill of SEO hocus pocus baloney.
I thought my ISP was having bandwidth problems and somehow the page was loading a bare HTML default page.
Your old site had some life. Buc colors! Cool graphics fitting a pro team blog. You didn’t have to have one word and you knew exactly who you were.
Now you look like the bazillion bland, forgettable old Web 2.0 pages. You might as well be selling some clickbait fake news or mouthwash or fabu celebrity gossip or something, because you sure as hell no longer look like a top NFL team site.
Absolutely terrible and a disincentive to visit.
What the hell happened to Pewter Report? It used to be so awesome! Now it looks like a government tract housing project.
Get your money back!
Why did you have to change in the first place? What was “wrong” with the old site?
It’s the Articles that counts. Go to Buccaneer.com and all you read and hear is vanilla.
let see some of YOUR designs 🙂
Font is way too small
I hope the forums are better….
They are not.
Hey congratulations! I think this is terrific and great for Pewter Report future. I was wondering what was going on when I came on Board this afternoon. I figured something new was happening so I waited for a couple hours and bingo! I really like what you have done.
Can’t wait! Hated the last site!!
Congrats on the new site. First thing I noticed was WAY too much white. Way to bright to read. I liked all the black on the last site for that reason. Besides that not bad so far. Take some getting use too. Too bright though. 🙂
The previous design displayed a much more professional image. It now looks like a gallon jug of milk.
no it didn’t… the last site was horrible
Hell, I still miss the magazine. Just like my job, some wiz kid comes up with a bright idea and I have figure shit out all over again. Give us old guys a break. Please. I will say it’s easier to post a thought though.
But I will agree that it’s way too white. Of course I won’t abandon the site, because change is always inevitable. GO BUCS
I loved the old mag. Only way to keep up with Bucs from the middle of the Pacific.
I’ll give an opinion after a few days.
Hopefully we’ll get an “Edit button by 2017”.
Whoops, prime example. I meant “Edit” button by 2017.
Same here. Still stumbling, fumbling, and mumbling.
What happened to my avatar?
I never got mine to load when they changed the last website. Hopefully it will be easier to load (and it will stay there) this time around. Maybe I’ll try a new pic as well.
No matter what you change, people will hate it because people hate change. Glad you guys are willing to try out new things and stay current.
Really my only complaint is all the white. It hurts my eyes after a while. Had to adjust my brightness.
Otherwise, it looks pretty sharp. That’s my snap-judgement.
I hate change!!!! Was in IT for over 39 yeas on IBM mainframes but always seems server apps change for change sake!
As long as the articles can be had then I will live with it.
I do like the new layout. The only thing I don’t like is the white background. I prefer a darker back ground which reduces my eye strain.
This new look is okay, kind of bland. It looks a lot like your old site before you went pewter and red. I really loved the look you just got rid of. It was very warm, and inviting and it felt like the Buccaneers ‘official’ site. I one time sent an email to the Bucs telling them they should redo their site to look like more like Pewter Reports’s site because it looked more official than theirs.
I will get used to it, and it’s not going to change me coming here to get my Bucs news. I just hope the next time you get an itching to change your look go back to what you just had. It was one of the best looking sites I go to. It just screamed “Buccaneers” before you even read one blog.
As long as the price remains the same I can live with anything.
Seriously, some of the harsher critics need to check in their wallet and see how much they are paying to access this site.
Yes, what some love is their FREEdom.
I for one do not like the forums or the overall look of the site. Count me as a skeptical. But I doubt I will be frequenting Pewter Report . Good luck. Wish you all well.
I will reserve judgment.In any case this is were I will come for my dose of Buc news.
–Go Bucs !!!
Good luck with the new layout and hoping to read lots of wins reports this next seasons!
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