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About PiratePlank

How to Use PiratePlank.com

PiratePlank is a homepage designed to fit perfectly into the lives of students at East Carolina University. By making PiratePlank the homepage on your computer, you will have all that you need to quickly and easily access everything related to student life.

Starting with the Google search box in the top right, students can search the internet directly from PiratePlank without having to visit a search engine. Links to popular Google services such as Gmail, image search, and Google Maps are also only a click away. As you move down the page, past the image slideshows and helpful tips, you will find the "Your Links" section on the left hand side. Your Links contains over 75 links to everything a student needs, including those hard to find and remember links like the dining hall menus and the bus routes. At the bottom of Your Links there is an option to add your own custom links that will always show up on PiratePlank when you access it from your computer; you will never have to use bookmarks again. Directly to the right there are buttons for the most used links in "ECU Links," "Sports," "News," and "Around the Web" which provide a faster way to find exactly what you visit the most and be on your way. Further to the right is the weather here in Greenville, updated every 15 minutes along with direct links to Raleigh Radar, Hourly Forecast, and 10 day Forecast all from weather.com. In the middle of the website you will find the top 3 stories from WNCT local news and the latest 4 stories from The East Carolinian. At the very bottom of the page you will find links to various texts such as this one and a link to contact us if you ever have a suggestion or notice an error.

Unfortunately, websites aren't free and we do have to pay monthly bills to keep the site going. If you notice an ad or sponsor that interests you, please click on the link and keep PiratePlank alive. The site was never created to be a money maker, but created due to the fact that no other homepage for Pirate students (at least none that have been updated since 2002) is available. Throwing a few cents our way with your clicks will ensure that PiratePlank will continue to be updated and have features added to ensure that it stays the #1 "homepage for pirates".

Thanks for using PiratePlank and Go Pirates!


PiratePlank.com was launched in August of 2009 as a homepage catering to the needs of every student at East Carolina University. After seeing similar, but simpler, websites for many other nearby universities and not being able to find anything useful for ECU, the second largest university in North Carolina, Trey Holland decided to expand greatly on the idea of many other simple student websites and create a feature-rich student homepage specifically for Pirate students. Unlike similar sites at nearby universities owned by businesses, PiratePlank is created and owned by students so you know that the site will always have exactly what you need and NOT be covered in ads.

Special Thanks:

Lee Tavasso - For helping me come up with the name and helping me advertise the site.
Christin Carter - For making me work when I wanted to be lazy.
Our Users - For your suggestions and your continued support.