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Wigan Warriors are delighted to launch the brand new official website: www.wiganwarriors.com.
The new site has been in development for over four months and has a new intuitive navigation and contemporary design as well as a host of new features and statistical data.
The site also has a more intelligent news categorisation system which will add greater depth to the content, whilst videos are listed under their own category and have a new flash player which makes it easier to find and view video content. Match highlights from the weekend's game will also appear online every Tuesday and regular columns such as Bailey's Blog and the Betting Blog will be displayed as traditional blogs, while a new adserver delivers advertising in a much more user friendly way.
The launch follows that of the new Warriors WorldOnline Store in November with the Club's new CRM and e-newsletter system due to be operational by the end of the month. Furthermore, a new online ticketing solution is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of June which will make it easier than ever to buy tickets for Warriors matches.
Warriors Marketing Director Simon Collinson said: "This process started almost a year ago with a thorough tendering period and following this we hand picked the best designers and developers to work on the project. The site has taken a little longer than expected but is a completely bespoke development and as such we were keen not to rush the launch.
"We have taken ideas and inspiration from some of the worlds leading websites; we are delighted with the look and feel of the new wiganwarriors.com and hope that our fans are too. We are also excited about the further developments that are due over the coming months which we are sure will make Rugby League's most popular website even better.
"Before the development started we conducted some research to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the old site and the main thing that fans asked for was more statistical information. Through our partnership with Sportstat we can deliver statistics for every player and fixture going back to the start of Super League, while the new match section is packed full of interesting facts and figures both in previewing games and in the post match report.
"Again, I would like to emphasise that today only marks the end of phase one of our web re-development and over the coming months a number of additional features and innovations will be launched as well as a new contact centre, live match console and we will be increasing the uses and depth of statistical data.
"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the development of the website as there has been an incredible amount of work put in over a relatively short period."
The website has been designed by Fishtank Creativeand built by NAK Corporate World, whilst the new statistical system has been developed by Sportstat.