FSU Website Celebrates One-Year Anniversary!

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department is pleased to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new website, www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.  The new site, launched in conjunction with Presto Sports, has helped Bulldog Athletics increase its web presence as well as its service to student-athletes and fans alike.

Since its launch in August of 2009, the site has served 690,187 visitors from all 50 states and more than a hundred countries around the world.  Those visitors have combined for nearly 35 million hits, accessed more than 27 million files and utilized over six million pages on the site (data as of Aug. 20).

Visitors in the United States account for more than 96 percent of all site traffic followed by Canada at roughly two percent.  More than 2,000 visitors on average per day access www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.

The busiest day of the 2009-10 athletics season came on Jan. 23, when the nationally-ranked Bulldog Hockey team scored with 23.4 seconds remaining to post a thrilling 3-2 home win over Michigan beofre a sellout crowd of 2,493 fans at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.  The website served 4,865 visitors that particular day with a total of 213,912 hits on that day alone.

FSU has recorded more than 60,000 unique visits per month five different times in the last year with a record count of 70,297 fans coming to the site in January of 2010.

Unofficially, the site's most read news story in the past year was FSU's "Football Signing Day Central" coverage, which saw 3,335 visitors in February.  A total of 4,383 individuals also accessed a special meet information page devoted to the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Track and Field Championships hosted by Ferris State in May.

The FSU Athletics Website, which is maintained by the Ferris Athletics Communications Office, had been hosted on-campus prior to its new launch since its original site inception in the mid-1990's.

The school's official website includes all the latest news, scores, results and more covering each of FSU's 15 varsity athletics programs.  It is updated on a daily basis and also offers video, audio clips, photos, blog links and more for fans interested in keeping up to date with all the action.

The new athletics website also includes a unique design and a number of innovative features putting athletics administrators in complete control of the look and content within the site. Some of the distinctive features that have been implemented on the Bulldogs' new online home include interactive statistics, video clips, rotating feature stories and links to Ferris State's various social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Besides FSU's facebook and twitter pages, the department also maintains an official page on the popular online video platform YouTube and offers pertinent text alerts via Tatango for mobile devices.  Live audio & video webcasts are also offered for selected events throughout the year.

Recently, the department's official facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics) was also ranked as the GLIAC's best by a special online valuation tool called Vitrue.

PrestoSports is a leading technology provider to collegiate athletic departments with services including web site design and hosting, live stats, award management, merchandising, and officiating. With more than 40 years of combined staff experience in college athletics and collegiate marketing solutions, PrestoSports creates innovative solutions as unique as each of its clients.

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