New Pistons, New Pistons.com

Redesigned site debuts Thursday

The Detroit Pistons will have a new look this year thanks to youngsters Rodney Stuckey and Arron Afflalo, the emergence of Amir Johnson and Rasheed Wallace’s slimmer physique. Now you’ll be able to keep tabs on all them at the new Pistons.com.

The redesigned Web site has a slick new look, one of several ways the Pistons are commemorating their 50th anniversary season in Detroit. But that’s just the beginning. Pistons.com also has enhanced multimedia capabilities, providing more video and audio options to complement the latest news from Pistons.com Editor Keith Langlois. And the new layout makes it easier to find what you’re looking for immediately on the home page. Find out how you can get the most out of visiting Pistons.com with an in-depth look at the new features:

50th Anniversary
For its inaugural season, the new Pistons.com is “Celebrating 50 Years of Motor City Memories” with a redesigned header that links the past with the present. There are four separate flash presentations that scroll through historical logos and Pistons greats such as Dave Bing to Joe Dumars to Rip Hamilton. Another sequence is Bob Lanier to Bill Laimbeer to Rasheed Wallace. The final header includes a special Pistons 50th anniversary logo.

The header is purely cosmetic; if you’re looking for more vintage photos, historical Pistons trivia or video chronicling the team’s journey in Motown, check out the “50 Seasons Moments” box on the lower right side of the home page.

Purchasing Tickets
Thinking of coming out to The Palace? Get all the information you need to plan your next trip to a Pistons game at the “Pistons Ticket Center and Calendar” at the top right of the home page. This is your one-stop shop for checking game dates, ticket availability, prices, group discounts and other special offers.

If you’re a traditionalist or just more familiar with the current Pistons.com set-up, all information is still available under the “Tickets” drop-down menu, including directions and parking details.

For Crew Members, you also can manage your tickets directly from the home page by logging into the “My Pistons Account” box in the far right column. If you don’t have a season-ticket package, you can sign up for the Pistons’ e-newsletter, “Hard at Work,” which gives subscribers exclusive or early access to many great ticket deals.

Navigation
The new layout of Pistons.com offers more pertinent information front and center on the home page. Under the main stories window, which contains five stories rather than three, are three options to toggle between: Latest News, Community News and Photo Galleries.

If you were away from your computer for a few days, Latest News will help you catch up on everything the Pistons have been doing on the court. Community News will keep you abreast of the Pistons’ charitable endeavors, including team events and fundraisers that will be open to the public. Photo Galleries will have everything from the previous night’s game to the Automotion calendar photo shoot and player appearances in the community.

The drop-down menus have carried over to the new site, with a few additions: Game Night, where you can learn about all the in-arena entertainment such as Hooper and the Flight Crew; and Promotions, where you can participate in online contests, “Email Eli” and more. The Store link will send you to The Palace Locker Room Store, where you can purchase the hottest, officially licensed Pistons gear.

If you’re looking for an article or statistic but not sure where or when you first saw it, use the search function located in the header. You can search the Pistons.com archives all the way back to 2002.

Multimedia
The biggest upgrade on Pistons.com is the increased number of multimedia offerings. Many Pistons.com articles now will have a video complement to them. When stories run in the main window, a video icon will appear inside the accompanying picture. You can click the icon to run the video, or you can find it in the Multimedia box in the middle of the home page. Video from press conferences, postgame interviews, Pistons’ television programs and even Flight Crew and Automotion performances, to name a few, will be posted in the Multimedia section. Fan favorites such as wallpapers, E-cards, photo galleries can also be found there.

These are some of the most drastic changes on Pistons.com. Some are more subtle, like the “Pistons Poll” moving from the left side of the page to the right. Others, like listing the team statistical leaders at the bottom, haven’t changed at all. Take a tour of the new Pistons.com and let us know what you think at feedback@palacenet.com.