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RangersRush.com Reopens


 
 
RangersRush.com Reopens

RangersRush, or as it was known at the time 'Rangers - the BIG site' opened in the summer of 1999.  It quickly expanded to become the one of the biggest OHL websites ever.  After almost a year of sporatic updates, RangersRush.com needed a new look and a chance to regroup.  For the first time ever RangersRush.com is now a hosted ad-free website and promises to set the benchmark in OHL unofficial and perhaps official websites.  In one of the more surprising stories of the summer in the OHL offseason a youngster in London rocked the OHL world with the introduction of what was a revolutionary website, offering fans glitz glamour and even interactive gaming.  Perhaps it was a sign of the times, the difference between OHL team websites and those of NHL teams has been growing at a staggering rate.  This offseason, Sault Ste Marie, Kitchener, London, Saginaw, and Belleville have revamped their websites or have plans to in the future.  And while sites like the newest creation from the London Knights make it harder for smaller non-profit sites like: RangersRush.com and other great personal interest sites to compete there's no questioning that the bar is being raised and that only means a win-win situation for all OHL fans and a greater challenge to all webmasters for both official and unofficial sites.  Many fans have had the pleasure of watching the OHL webscene begin, and many more will enjoy watching it go through this current growth stage. 

Back in the summer of 1999 a then young webmaster Eagle Vision decided to try and revolutionize the OHL webscene with an ernomous website rightly named: "Kitchener Rangers - the BIG site" aside from the use of multiple colors on the 'BIG' graphics were both crude and it did lack orginiality.  Though there was no lacking of detail on any of the webpages' sections though very few actually were completed.  The webpage was compiled of some terrible looking scanned pictures and at times was hard to navigate, one severe problem was that all pages were hard linked making swift updates hard to do and one crippling problem that came about was the fact that Yahoo geocities prevented users from posting pictures on their sites and then linking them elsewhere, so many 'BIG site' users were left in the dark.  The next attempt was another crude looking page, for a brief period of time RangerRush (without the 's') operated with both a high and low graphics verision of the site.  The attractive black site, became outdated along with the Rangers grossly unpopular cowboy cartoon logo.  Though the higher graphics version was not overly flashing it was an awful pain to load, which is why a low graphics verison was provided.  The current verison of the website that you are now looking at takes less than half of the time that the old high graphics version did.

For the begining of the 2001-2002 season RangersRush.com (current name) got a great facelift using the look of the original site but with attractive looking pictures on the front page, of the Memorial Auditorium celebrating it's 50th anniversary.  Again graphics knowledge, along with accessibility to pictures, information, etc improved but unfortunately the website didn't improve with those things.  It became grossly outdated and aside from the Big Links page - a staple in the OHL unofficial community and the RangersRush forum the website became effectively useless.  Now it is 2002, and we're heading towards 2003, RangersRush.com promises to be bigger than ever and RangersRush Interactive Forum now even has a sister forum: Electric Ice - the Owen Sound Attack forum.


A look at the past, the last two versions of RangersRush.com
 

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