April 30, 2014

F&M Athletics Debuts New GoDiplomats.com

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall athletics has finalized a complete redesign of GoDiplomats.com, debuting an abundance of new features on the same powerful PrestoSports engine that has made the site a one-stop shop for news that fans of F&M athletics have come to love.

The Larger Picture

One of the first changes fans will recognize are the larger pictures found on the rotator of the site's home page as well as the team pages for all of the Diplomats' sports. The width of the action shots have nearly doubled, giving fans an even better look at the student-athletes, coaches and teams and showcasing the photos taken by our award-winning photographer, David Sinclair. You'll also see a thumbnail of each picture at the bottom of the photo that corresponds to each news release the picture is associated with. On the main page, you will see a sport description in the thumbnail box allowing fans to easily find the story they are looking for. 

Responsive Design

Behind the scenes, the site was built with a responsive design approach. A responsive site is set up to give our fans the best experience possible on any device, even one that has yet to hit the market! It will ensure that each page looks just as good on your new tablet or phone as it does on the 24 inch monitor on your desk. 

History and Tradition on Menu Bar

Finding more information on the rich history and storied tradition of your favorite sport has never been easier. Under the "History & Traditions" tab of the menu bar, a section for records, honors and archives for each sport are now available in a centralized location. We have one of the largest historical databases in collegiate athletics and we wanted to make that information more accessible to our fans. 

FanZone

Following your favorite team on a wide range of social media and a variety of medium is now simpler than ever. By scrolling over "FanZone" on the menu bar, features such as live high-definition video, live stats, a way to sign up for email newsletters, links to the GoDiplomats Youtube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well access to game action photos at DavidSinclair.org and a composite schedule are now easily accessible. 

New Video Player Tab

Located on the homepage as well as each team page, beneath the picture rotator, is an updated video player that features the latest game highlights, season preview and recap videos, as well as interviews of F&M's coaches. Located right next to the video tab are sections for the latest news stories, results and athletics' schedule.

Social Media Bar

Scrolling directly below the top stories on the homepage is a brand new social media bar that will float on bottom of the screen, making it accessible no matter how far up or down you scroll on each page. The media bar offers quick access to all of the features located in the FanZone tab.

History of GoDiplomats.com

This most recent facelift is just the latest in a long line of continual improvements to GoDiplomats.com that allows F&M's Athletics' web site to remain at the forefront of the industry.  Click here to view the evolution of GoDiplomats.com throughout the years