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One million visitors later, Kiwi history website revamped

08 Mar 16

A Kiwi-made history website has been revamped and relaunched in a bid to cater for the amount of visitors the site is getting.

OnThisDay.com is a Tauranga-based website that aims to make learning about history fun for children and adults alike.

The site contains hundreds of daily events, birthdays and deaths about music, sport, film and television.

Central to the new design is the use of channels to allow the site’s over 1 million monthly visitors to filter through the events.

Founder and managing editor James Graham says the new design has been “very well received by the thousands of people around the world who have made the site part of their daily routine.”

Graham, who travelled Latin America and Asia for the last five years, living and developing the site in places like Colombia, Mexico and Borneo, has been able to add a unique perspective and set of knowledge to the site.

“it is a business that can be run almost anywhere,” he says, “and goes hand in hand with the passion to learn more about the world and share that knowledge in an approachable format with as many people as possible.”

OnThisDay.com now looks great on any device or screen and showcases the most significant events in history from our huge archive of historical events, famous birthdays and deaths,” Graham says.

The site is also edited by a team of postgraduate students and graduates from the University of Auckland and an eclectic mix of international history lovers, Graham explains.

 “This mix of experience, perspectives and interests gives the site an edge over similar reference sites,” he says.

Popular with students and history lovers in New Zealand and around the world, Graham hopes the new design “encourages students to gain an interest in the famous people and historical figures that have helped set and alter the course of history.”

The new design brings together the content from three sites, HistoryOrb.com, MusicOrb.com and TodayinSport.com into one integrated site.

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