New-Look SouthernMiss.com Set to Debut Tuesday

May 2, 2011


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi athletics department is re-designing its official web site, SouthernMiss.com.  The new site, which launches Tuesday morning, will continue updating and implementing its content changes throughout the remainder of the week but will be fully functional during its upgrades.

According to Southern Miss Manager of Multimedia Services, Michael Short, the new site encompasses a more modern look with more user-friendly options and the site will be easier to navigate, incorporating new features while enhancing the old ones.

The site is more streamlined with a number of easily accessible drop-down menus, including direct links to tickets, the Eagle Club and the on-line store, ShopSouthernmiss.com. The bottom of the front page will house information regarding the upcoming schedule of events as well as a promotions section which outlines each contest in which fans are entitled to register, the AD's blog and other important and exciting pieces of information.

The front page video player now opens directly inside the browser and includes all free and premium content with each sport page having its own video player as well. Premium content, which includes live broadcasts, is available through a subscription, while video features, press conferences, highlights and interviews are all free through SouthernMiss.com.

The new site will provide a cleaner and more organized look while implementing a 'less is more' belief to provide the necessary information, which includes recaps, releases and video content.

Below is a list of several new features on SouthernMiss.com:

New 'Sticky Bar'
Currently, there is a 'sticky bar' on Southernmiss.com that is located at the bottom where fans can access information for tickets, the online store, Facebook and Twitter. The new sticky bar will be located at the top and will be more user-friendly, house information to social media, All-Access, audio, video and much, much more. It will also contain the navigation of the new look where fans can easily access information for each sport page, tickets, Eagle Club, online store and many more exciting items related to Southern Miss athletics.

Videos in Headline Window
One of the biggest changes to SouthernMiss.com is the capability to play videos within the headline window. When you see one of the windows rotate to an image with a "Play" symbol, simply just click and enjoy the video.

Easier Access to Ticket Information
Not only will there be a tickets link under the main navigation but there will also be ticket information under each release or recap that is posted. This information will be available on the right side of the screen directly below the store portal and story ad.

Larger Headline Window
In addition to the videos, the new headline window is larger and will feature more impactful photographs. Headlines also feature secondary photos (thumbnails) that will be associated with its respective story.

Videos
Next to the "More Headlines" section, you can scroll through the Southern Miss videos that have been created by the athletics department and/or a third party that works closely with the athletics department.

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