Introducing Canes Domain 2.0
Introducing CanesDomain 6s. The most overpriced, overrated, and underwhelming hockey coverage this side of Silicon Valley. Weeks in development, the site is still a few tweaks away from being fully completed, but I am ready to declare it open for business. We are now hosted on private servers, allowing for a plethora of creative new features and visual treats. Grab the champagne and a long rope, this is a commissioning.
As August seemed to creep up out of nowhere, I quickly realized it was time to get the website ready for the hockey season. The goal for the season is to cover all 72 games and if that is to happen, there will be little to no time to spend working on site development. The site needed improving and it needed to happen quickly. Much has changed over the past week here on Canes Domain (and changes are yet to come, though less dramatic) and I wanted to take a second to show off the new site. But before I talk about the site, I wanted to apologize for the lack of new hockey related content over the last week. Even for a guy with considerable post-work time on my hands, development got in the way of writing. True or not, the decision not to write this week was a justification that it would help me write more down the road. I’m determined to make that the case.
As far as the site is concerned, pretty much nothing is left untouched. Not only has the site structure changed, but the actual visual design of posts and feature images is different. The goal is for this site to look, feel, and read like a premium magazine. Although there is much more work yet to do, I hope at-least some of that vision has manifested itself in the changes to-date.
There is a new menu in the top right. It helps you navigate the various non-article pages on the site. Keep your eyes peeled there for more interesting content throughout the year. There will also be quick little bio pages for myself and other contributors throughout the season to help shed some light on the team behind Canes Domain.
The Resource Center has a graphic history of each of Robson’s trades, and (although currently out dated) the moves made by Anholt. Also, once the season gets going, the current roster page will have an up to date graphic representation of the Hurricanes roster to help you follow along throughout the year.
You may have also noticed that there is now a Hurricanes ticker on the right side column. The ticker will be updated before and after games, helping keep readers up to date on how the team is doing and when/where the next games take place.
Finally, you may have noticed some advertisements on Canes Domain. In order that this site and community can grow, it is necessary that it generate some revenue to offset the operating costs and to invest in new, exciting features and content development. I know they might not always be easy on the eyes, but in order for Canes Domain to be sustainable long-term, advertising is a necessity. If you want to know more about advertising and the long term vision of the site, check out the “contact us” page with a link to a pdf. titled “advertise with us.”
Thank you for taking the time for a quick tour of the new site and your continued readership. More hockey related content is on the way. Until then, enjoy the new site. Remember training camp is only a few short weeks away.