Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Welcome to the New WholeHogSports
FAYETTEVILLE Today marks the beginning of a new chapter at WholeHogSports.
As you can see, the website looks different today with a new focus that will include content previously found on our blogs network. In doing so, we are giving those who had previously been readers of separate sites - many of whom are the same - a one-stop home for Razorbacks coverage and strengthening our brand's identity.
For two years, we've struggled to differentiate which news stories constitute as blog posts and which should be placed on our main websites. Previous authors did a great job reporting news on the blogs, but those were never intended to be self-sustaining news sources.
Finding a balance between continuing tradition and transitioning blogs to a supplement for the main website has been difficult. This move alleviates those decisions while also benefiting the reader.
We feel the look and content on the new WholeHogSports is on-par with any like website. The site is easier to navigate, stories easier to read, videos easier to find and photos larger to showcase our award-winning photography.
Like with the progress we've made to our videos in the past few months, this website will be more mobile friendly. The pages will automatically fit to the size of your viewing device, be it a laptop, smart phone or tablet.
We've also added a new commenting system. It solves a problem we have had on our blogs in the past with duplicate usernames.
Content previously found free on our blogs will still be free, creating a better balance of stories in front of and behind the pay wall on WholeHogSports.
What does this mean for you?
If you are a current subscriber to WholeHogSports, you will need only log-in with your current username and password.
Those who have posted on Richard Davenport's blog will be able to maintain the same username and password on WholeHogSports. Previous usernames for the Slophouse blog will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis by registering for free on WholeHogSports.
I have to thank Cody Kinsey and Shawn McLaughlin in our Fayetteville office for their help on this project. They took some scribbles I handed them several months ago and created something we all take pride in unveiling.
I'd also like to thank Mat Costa in Fayetteville, as well as Barry Arthur, Conan Gallaty and James Holmes in our Little Rock office for their contributions. This project served as a reminder we have the best team around.
I think you will like our new website and invite you to take some time to look around. There is also a survey and we welcome your feedback.
We hope you are as excited about the changes as we are. As always, we thank you for choosing WholeHogSports as your source for Razorbacks coverage.