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15 minutes ago, Deego said:

I was quite enthusiastic about the prospect of a new site as I totally agree the site wasn't really fit for purpose - it never was, having hired their first communications employee after a site was designed (taking into account particular features would be pointless without having people to update).

I think it also lacked in some other areas - it maybe needed some work to allow more advertising, some more prominence for match-day info and commercial activities, some enhancements to thrown-together sections like the fixtures page, and most importantly, a solution to stop info like season ticket information getting lost in the archives after a week. In terms of the tech it could've done with a bit of performance optimisation and certainly needed accessibility issues addressed. 

For all the previous site's faults (the 'one person on the site at a time' policy aside), I'd say for the most part it looked professional - it just needed some adjustments to be more of an effective tool for the club.

The new site is indeed a build-your-own-website WordPress theme (https://elementor.com/) that's been dumped on to the old site - it might look a bit different, but it's pretty much the same thing. Maybe there's more to come and I'll get put in my place - which would be great - but I'm a little miffed on first impressions. Would be keen to know exactly what problems the new site is solving as it's been getting bigged up for a while as a bit of a game changer. 

The only problem I think it might solve is that it will deal with more visitors (assuming they've moved it elsewhere).

Other than that, there's no point making something look slightly different and they should have been looking at what they want to achieve from the site and build it from there. 

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2 hours ago, irnbru said:

I take it all back. With merchandise like this how can we complain?

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Normally cruelty to animals disgusts me and gets my blood boiling like little else, but for this hellhound I'll make one massive exception.

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Now before Gavin goes, I'd like to ask him one more question.


Do you like Abba?

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9 hours ago, irnbru said:

The season ticket details for this season haven't even been updated either. 

Quite a bit of regression. All news articles since 10th August disappeared as has any existence of the upcoming Betfred Cup games.

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Just remember, this is the first one they have shown unexpectedly without comment. There will be 3 or 4 more different ones before releasing the actual one which will be different again.

Can't wait for the 'MYSTERY WEBSITE? – EXCITING NEWS!' new article:

"It’s been one of the most-talked about items in our recent Club history and it gives us great pleasure to announce that the brand new Greenock Morton FC WEBSITE... "

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6 minutes ago, EanieMeany said:

It looks rotten, the "shop" is particularly farcical having as it does two different versions of a strip to advertise a "crowdie" (whatever the fuck that is) without, as far as I can see, even containing a link anywhere on the entire site  to where you can buy one.

The option is there to buy one by clicking on it on that very page.

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Did say the other day I was surprised by us having fan/player interaction, glad they’ve seen sense there.

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I'd consider going, but the website says Friday 21st September. This Friday is the 18th so feck knows which year they are talking about.

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Sometimes you don't think we could get any more embarrassing...

Then a new day comes along and Morton keep on Mortoning.

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16 hours ago, TheGoon said:

It looks worse. It’s like something from 2011. I have no idea what the point in it was.

“They've rebadged it, you fool!”

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I clicked yon big Morton Club Together banner on the site, got sent to this beauty:

https://new.gmfc.net/sponsors

I'm working on some sites right now that don't have a proper staging environment, so I know how hard a smooth transfer can be. All this stuff looks easy on the surface but it can be surprisingly challenging.

But that's exactly why, as ToM says, you have a staged migration, with concrete deliverables, little checkpoints, go/no-go dates to ensure the disruption visible to the public is kept to a bare minimum. 

What you don't do is... in the build-up to your active season, when your core products (in our case, season tickets, match streaming, replica kits) are at their most sought-after and need to be pushed the hardest, when all eyes are on you ahead of the launch of your next big campaign (in our case, the competitive football season), when you've promised a new website... is half-assedly throw something online for hours, if not days at a time, full of incorrect information, placeholders, inconsistent information, with anything useful and more importantly profitable either hidden, outdated, or completely memory-holed.

As I say, I know these things aren't necessarily easy. I know there are limitations that mean they might have to operate on the patient while he's awake, to use everyone's favorite migration metaphor. But that's exactly why you go in with a plan. If you don't want to have your customer-facing site looking like a dog's dinner, you need to be able to strip it down and rebuild it like an infantryman his rifle.

If on the other hand you're poor wee Morton and you just don't really care if people buy match tickets, you put this online:

https://www.gmfc.net/tickets-membership/

Which links to this:

https://www.gmfctickets.co.uk/

And in case anyone wants to console themselves at being unable to buy tickets by instead getting a replica kit, they can follow the link to this:

https://gmfc.net/shop/

And get themselves a fucking Crowdie.

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Now before Gavin goes, I'd like to ask him one more question.


Do you like Abba?

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1 hour ago, TRVMP said:

If you don't want to have your customer-facing site looking like a dog's dinner, you need to be able to strip it down and rebuild it like an infantryman his rifle.

 

Minor repairs!

Aye, that and killing!

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That's me website, Desert Storm!

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Now before Gavin goes, I'd like to ask him one more question.


Do you like Abba?

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11 hours ago, EanieMeany said:

Kinda reminds me of Lionel Hutz' business card: "New Website? No, problems!"

It looks rotten, the "shop" is particularly farcical having as it does two different versions of a strip to advertise a "crowdie" (whatever the fuck that is) without, as far as I can see, even containing a link anywhere on the entire site  to where you can buy an actual strip.

The less said about those t-shirts the better.

There is an actual 2nd shop page - https://www.gmfc.net/shop-gmfc/

Problem is, it's not linked to from anywhere on the site as the shop link goes to https://www.gmfc.net/shop/.

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Good grief.  They appear to be wanting to fix these "Crowdies" to the seats at the front of the Cowshed to give the appearance of a crowd.  Apparently in a position where a camera in the Cowshed wouldn't even be able to see them.  That looks like a terrible idea.  Then there's the damages for using the name "Crowdie" which I think may belong to a cheese manufacturer on Arran.


"Any nation given the opportunity to regain its national sovereignty and which then rejects it is so far beneath contempt that it is hard to put words to it."

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1 hour ago, Alibi said:

Good grief.  They appear to be wanting to fix these "Crowdies" to the seats at the front of the Cowshed to give the appearance of a crowd.  Apparently in a position where a camera in the Cowshed wouldn't even be able to see them.  That looks like a terrible idea.  Then there's the damages for using the name "Crowdie" which I think may belong to a cheese manufacturer on Arran.

What camera in the cowshed?

And the cheesemongers will have to sue every club the length of Britain that has sold 'crowdies'. We are actually late to that particular party and probably haven't sold any anyway.

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15 hours ago, steveoath said:

Pretty sure cardboard mutants don't impinge on the intellectual property of a fucking cheese.

FFS. You don’t get the concept of humour obviously.


"Any nation given the opportunity to regain its national sovereignty and which then rejects it is so far beneath contempt that it is hard to put words to it."

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