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Site Stuff: Price increase? Yeah, but it’s easily avoided

For three-plus years, we have been one of the least expensive subscription sports media sites around. And we’ll continue to be that.

But we at least have to close the gap a little, so we’re going to have a price increase.

It will take effect at midnight on Monday, April 9, and it will see our prices move to $4.99 for monthly, $39.99 for annual and $87 for the three-year Lunatic. (They’re currently $3.99, $29.99 and $66.)

Our discounted prices for students and senior citizens, as well as our free subscriptions for active-duty military, will remain the same.

This will be only the second price increase in the site’s existence — the other was in September 2016 — even though the original prices were set when Dejan was the only writer. We’ve obviously grown a lot since the beginning, now covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt football, Penn State football and Riverhounds full-time, all games, home and road, plus so much more. And through all that, again, the prices have stayed pretty much the same.

Even with this increase, we’ll remain way below most subscription sports sites, whether in Pittsburgh or anywhere, as this illustrates:

By printing this, we’re not making a commentary on anyone else’s prices. Their businesses are their businesses, and everyone’s got a different outlook. We’re just trying to offer you a fuller perspective on where our prices stand.

We appreciate the tremendous support we’ve gotten from you, from our sponsors and partners, from the teams and colleges we cover. It wasn’t easy being the first venture of our kind, and it isn’t easy continuing to grow to the goals that we — and you — have come to expect. We’ve talked about an increase since this past September, and we finally felt this was the right time.

Also, and this is important: If you’re already with us, you can avoid the price increase by upgrading, or extending (if you have a three-year subscription) at the current prices at any time between now and April 8.

We did this in 2016, too, and it proved to be hugely popular with our existing subscribers, so here’s how it works:

1. Tap on My Account.

2. Once you’re there, tap on the blue button marked Upgrade Subscription.

3. On the page you see next, tap on the level to which you’d like to upgrade and purchase.

4. Please allow 24 hours for your account to fully update.

Your upgraded level will be added on top of your existing subscription. So, for example, if you’re currently on a one-year plan with six months remaining, and you upgrade to the three-year, you’ll be subscribed for the next six months plus another three years (but at the current price).

Hopefully, this way, as many current subscribers as possible don’t have to experience any price increase for years to come.

We thank you yet again for your support. We can never say that enough.

Anything you need, email us: Help@DKPittsburghSports.com.

WE’RE FANNING OUT

The Riverhounds kick off their 2018 season today under new head coach Bob Lilley in Nashville, Tenn. The Pirates will come north next week and head for Detroit, where they will begin their regular season. Meanwhile, the Penguins are heading down the stretch in preparation for another potential Stanley Cup playoff run with a home game Sunday against the Flyers, then heading out to Detroit and Newark. And oh, by the way, the NFL owners’ meetings start Monday in Orlando, Fla.

It’s a busy time of the year for Pittsburgh sports fans, but we’ve got you covered.

Matt Grubba is in Nashville to cover the Hounds while also keeping a keen eye on the Pitt basketball situation, which seems to be heating up. Maybe there will be a new head coach on Cardiac Hill by the time we write Site Stuff next week. DK and Chris Bradford will continue with their coverage of all things Penguins, with DK and Matt Sunday heading to Detroit for their Tuesday game against the Red Wings, then hanging around to join Lance Lysowski for the Pirates’ opener in that same city Thursday afternoon. While that happens, I’ll be in Florida seeing what Mike TomlinKevin Colbert and Art Rooney II have to say about the Steelers’ recent signings and plans for the future.

The bottom line? Spring is here in all of its glory. — Dale Lolley

ABOUT THE LOGINS

We can’t promise a target date, but we’ve formally begun the process of making logins to the app much, much easier and far less frequent. Our friends at Aspinwall-based Build In Motion met with us at our offices yesterday, and it’s the top priority, even if it won’t be quick. There’s some underlying stuff that has to take place first.

We also had quality discussions about a general speed-up in page load. A lot of that’s been our fault, with some sizable multimedia we’ve used, but there’s a tentative plan in place to fix that. And I mean as soon as early next week.

It’s funny that, for all the benefits we’ve reaped from being the first venture of our kind anywhere in North America, we also pay a price for that in that we’ve constantly built on an existing platform rather than ever having the chance to start completely new. So much has been copied from what we’ve done, all over the continent, and that’s flattering. But they also got to learn first from what we did tech-wise.

We actually get a little jealous of that at times! — Dejan Kovacevic

APP CHECKUP

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If you’ve got issues with either app, please help us out by emailing specifics to Help@DKPittsburghSports.com, including your device, platform and operating system. — Dejan

BACK TO BUSINESS

• Subscriptions are at 38,508. That’s plus-3 over the past week.

• We’re at 389 in the Lifetime Lunatic category, with three sold in the past week. If you’re interested in upgrading to any level at any time for any reason, click or tap My Account in the menu, then click or tap Upgrade Subscription.

• We had 523,813 page views, according to Google Analytics, with an average page count per visit of 3.17 and an average session duration of 4:09. Our most-hit file was Christopher Carter’s Classroom on the Steelers signing Morgan Burnett at 15,108. Next was DK’s Monday morning Grind on an array of topics at 8,261, and third was yesterday’s Friday Insider at 7.391.

• We’re at 27,838 (+123) followers on Facebook8,590 (+7) on Instagram27,959 (-4) on Twitter.

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