Site Unveils Major Refresh
The world’s only truly independent publication for pipers and drummers, has unveiled an extensive design upgrade and many new features. It is the third major overhaul of the site since its inception in 1996.
Among the improvements:
The site has the distinction of being the only publication serving pipers and drummers that is not associated with an association or commercial business. The site is free to all, and is completely self-supported through advertising. All ad proceeds are channeled back into the site. Indeed, advertising revenue has made the current redesign possible.
“We’re thrilled to bring the piping world another upgrade of Piper & Drummer Online, said editor and webmaster Andrew Berthoff. “Over the years, the site has gone from strength to strength, and we have continually broken new ground for piping and drumming journalism. It’s gratifying that P&D Online is the ‘go-to’ publication for factual, balanced and timely information from the rapidly expanding piping and drumming world.”
We have broken significant stories over the years, including many that other publications do not discuss for fear of political consequences. In the last few weeks alone, we broke the news of the Royal Scottish Pipe band Association’s (RSPBA) bungling of Grade 1 results at the 2003 World Pipe Band Championships, and the resignation of prominent personnel from top bands.
With as many as 7000 “unique visits” every day (i.e., different computer addresses accessing the site), it has had nearly seven million visits over the years. The site has received numerous awards, including being named Yahoo! Canada’s Web Site of the Week.
Berthoff added that even more exciting features to the site will be phased in over the next few months and advised visitors, as always, to stay tuned.
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