June 30, 2001

Pipes|drums Tops 750,000 Visits

pipes|drums recently passed another milestone by recording unique visitor session number 750,000 several months before the second anniversary of the site’s launch.

pipes|drums currently enjoys an average of nearly 2,500 visits every day, making it by a wide margin the most popular piping Web site in the world.

“We’re ecstatic at the popularity of the pipes|drums,” said Andrew Berthoff, editor and Webmaster. “While the site is still only a hobby for us, it’s a true labour of love, and the tremendous positive feedback from around the world makes it all worthwhile.”

Since the site’s launch in August 1999, nearly 16,000,000 “hits” and over 1,500,000 page views have been recorded. The average number of daily visits has increased steadily, and May 2001 was another record month, with total visits up almost 10-percent over the previous month.

The site is the most active of those hosted by pipes|drums’ development house ThinData Inc., a firm that also hosts sites for major organizations and personalities like Bayer, Roger Clemens, and the New Democratic Party of Canada.

pipes|drums is a non-profit endeavour. Proceeds from advertising go toward site improvements and sponsorships of piping and drumming activities. pipes|drums announced in May that it is commissioning three composers each to write an original piobaireachd with an accent on creativity. The tunes will be published in the August 2001 print edition. Further sponsorships will be announced in the future.

In July 2000, pipes|drums was named “Web Site of the Year” in a poll conducted by the Bagpipe Web Directory. In February 2000, Yahoo! Canada — the country’s most popular Web property — selected P&D Online as a “Pick of the Week,” and in March Maple Square named it a “Canuck Site of the Day.”


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