A new website for a new season


A brand-new look for a brand-new website
A brand-new look for a brand-new website

We've been hard at work over the past few months re-developing the Pontypridd Rugby website.

While at first glance the site doesn't appear too dissimilar, the Content Management System or CMS (i.e. the tool used to structure and build the site) is completely different. 

A key feature you'll notice is the link to a Site Map is the top right-hand corner of the website - something we could never have achieved using the old CMS - this allows you, the user, to explore the website in greater detail, and gives a better understanding of which sections can be found under which headings. 

All the headings (the titles within the black 'menu' bar above) lead to new pages, which often have sections and sub-sections. For example, to find a profile of head coach, Paul John, you would click:



If you were looking for Directions to Sardis Road, you'd click:


A new feature we hadn't even broached before is the ability to 'stream' video files from such video-hosting services as YouTube (uk.youtube.com) and Google Video (www.google.com/video).

You can see a couple of examples of this in action by going to Fixtures & Results and looking for the results to last season's Pontypridd vs Bridgend game, along with 2006's Konica Minolta Cup Final win vs Neath.

The call is for supporters of Pontypridd to now record footage of matches on their mobile phones or their Digital Video Cameras, and upload them to YouTube or Google Video – you can then notify me via the TerraceTalk chat forum, and I'll stream them from the relevant website section. Imagination is the only limitation! 

We've slimmed down the Corporate area of the site, as the previous version was far too cumbersome. The section now contains a superb sponsorship brochure – highlighting the ways in which businesses and individuals can become involved in partnering Pontypridd RFC. 

I anticipate that you'll discover a great deal more the website can offer as you explore.

As usual, suggestions, comments and/or complaints can be sent directly to me as the usual address:

Happy surfing!  

Owen Williams
Website manager

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