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What has changed at RNA since 2011
« on: January 14, 2012, 08:41:43 PM »
What has changed at RNA since 2011

Over the 2011-12 off-season a lot has changed at RNA. This post documents the many upgrades and improvements made to the site since the end of the 2011 NRL season.

New or rebuilt web pages:
The following pages have either been completely redesigned from scratch or are brand new.

Raiders News Centre
The Raiders News Centre has been completely redesigned with a new look with more features and functionality. New additions after the upgrade include:

  • Complete redesign of the Raiders NRL, NRL, Super League and Souths Logan pages
  • Three new news pages - Raiders Cup, Raiders NYC and Mounties
  • Comment posting after news stories via Facebook, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL
  • News sharing via social media under the news story
  • Two new info pages - Twitter feeds and RSS Feeds (accessed via news feed buttons in sidebar)
  • A new menu used to access the different sections of the news centre
  • The latest Raiders news alert located at the top right of the page in the sidebar
  • A Raiders headline section in the sidebar providing links to the latest news
  • Quick access to Raiders news feeds on social media in the sidebar and top header bar
  • Raiders quick links in the sidebar
  • Raiders discussion links in the sidebar
  • Twitter news feed in the sidebar

Game Day
The Raiders Game day page has been completely redesigned with a new look with more features and functionality. New additions after the upgrade include:

  • Complete redesign of the Game Day and Season Draw pages
  • Comment posting via Facebook, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL
  • A new menu used to access the different sections
  • The same sidebar changes that are listed above for the News Centre
  • Links news/info/comments from previous Raiders games

Raidercast
The Raidercast pages have also been completely redesigned with a new look with more features and functionality. New additions after the upgrade include:

  • Complete redesign of the Raidercast page
  • A New page called Listen Now used for web streaming of Raidercast
  • A new menu used to access different pages and Raidercast links
  • The same sidebar changes that are listed above for the News Centre
  • Links to info and downloads for past podcasts

Green Moments Gallery
The Green Moments Gallery has been completely redesigned with a new look with more features and functionality. New additions after the upgrade include:

  • Complete redesign of the Gallery - it now shows the 5 latest images on the page with links to older pictures
  • New submit photo feature - users of the Canberra Raiders Forums can now submit their own photos for inclusion
  • A new menu
  • The same sidebar changes that are listed above for the News Centre

Raiders Live Chat
NEW section - Raiders Live Chat. After a long absense from the site, Raiders live chat has returned in a new way. Chat can be accessed by clicking the "RAIDERS CHAT" button on the main site menu.

  • Small popup chat window allowing live chat with other Raiders fans
  • Chat as a guest, temp user or full time user.


Updates to the Canberra Raiders Forums:
The Canberra Raiders Forums have also been upgraded and have a large number of new features or changes as a result.

New features of the Canberra Raiders Forums (CRF)

  • Lots of new boards: Raiders NYC Team News, Canberra Raiders Cup News, Mounties NSW Cup News, RNA News Article Archive, Talkin' Canberra, Canberra's Weather, RNA Sports Central, Site Features, Raiders Stuff.
  • Twitter and Facebook sign-in. Users and guests can now sign in or register at the CRF using their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts as well as the normal method. See the login or registration pages of the forums to get this working.
  • Raiders Blogs. Users can now create their very own Raiders blogs at the CRF. Accessed by main forum nav.
  • Post sharing. Users and guests can now choose to share any post by clicking the share buttons in the first post of the topic.
  • Submit your photo. Users can now submit photos to the Green Moments Gallery.
  • Announcements section under main site nav. Allows people to stay informed of the latest changes and updates at RNA.
  • Several security-related fixes
  • Mail management fixed
  • Issues fixed with international forums characters
  • Unread replies and topics core functionalities issues were fixed
  • A few administration features issues were fixed
  • New integration hooks features introduced in RC4 were fixed
  • Many other fixes and improvements
  • Fixes to login protection system
  • Real name spoofing prevention
  • MySQL 5.5 compatibility fixes
  • Several PostgreSQL related fixes
  • Fixes to integration hooks
  • Several user interface fixes
  • Fixes related to member profile updates
  • Fixes to upgrade scripts
  • Page speed optimization


Global updates to the RNA website:
These changes effect the entire RNA website and forums.

  • New site banner. RNA has a slick new site banner which can be seen at the top of all RNA web pages.
  • Site nav update. The main site nav has been updated and expanded.
  • Ticker update. The RNA news ticker has beed redesigned with a whole new look. Expanded IE compatability.
  • New welcome bar. The RNA ticker (see above) has been expanded to include the new welcome bar, allowing users and guests to login/out, register and see who else is online.
  • New favicon. RNA has a new favorites icon ('viking head logo') to replace the old one.
  • Site load speed optimization.


Raiders iPhone website changes:
The Raiders iPhone website i.raiders.net.au has also been updated.

  • New look with updated graphics designed to take advantage of the new iPhone4s' retina display.
  • Menu links have been updated and fixed allowing very easy access to the features of Raiders iPhone.
  • Super speed optimization. Raiders iPhone now loads even faster!


Canberra Raiders mobile updates:
Canberra Raiders mobile m.raiders.net.au has been optimized.

  • The Raiders mobile website has received general optimization, speed and security fixes. 


Misc changes, new features and site expansion:
The following are a list new features or changes related to the RNA website. Included in this list are new features on other websites that RNA has expanded to.

  • New Canberra Raiders toolbar powered by Alexa. A new Raiders news browser addon toolbar provided by RNA for Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • RNA expands to Google+. On the 21st of Nov 2011, RNA expanded it's news coverage to use the new social network from Google, making RNA the first Raiders website to use the service.
  • RNA expands to LinkedIn. Users of the Linkedin social network can now access Raiders news feeds from RNA's profile.
  • The Raiders Rag. A new e-newspaper dedicated to the Green Machine.
  • Five new twitter news services; @RaidersNRL, @RaidersNYC, @RaidersCup@NRLfootyNEWS@NRLmobile. Combined with RNA's main existing Twitter service,  @RaidersRNA, this now brings RNA's total twitter followers to 1,243! Big thanks to all our followers!
  • Two new Facebook pages; Canberra Raiders news - RNA's Facebook Raiders news service - and Raiders.net.au - a Facebook page about the RNA website.


Behind the scenes changes:
The changes detailed above are only changes that you (the user) can see. If this list were to include all the 'behind the scenes' changes that have also been made to RNA over the off-season, it would be many, many times longer. As the majority of these changes or updates mean nothing or very little to the average user we wont bore you all with the details.


Credits and thanks:
As you can see it has been a very busy off-season for us here at RNA! We would like to thank the following people for doing such a great job of updating and maintaining RAIDERS.NET.AU. RNA wouldn't be the ultimate Canberra Raiders website without them!

RNA Website Designers
Archie, Chase94, Thozzel

RNA Website QA and Testing
Rick, GB7600, Thozzel, Renee, Archie, Chase94

Canberra Raiders Forums Updates and Maintenance
Rick, Chase94, Archie

Facebook Management
Archie, Renee

Twitter Management
Rick

Raiders iPhone and Canberra Raiders mobile Updates and Maintanence
Chase94

Banner Design
Chase94


We hope you enjoy the new changes here at RNA and we all look forward to seeing all you Raiders and rugby league fans on the site during NRL season 2012 and beyond. Go the mighty Raiders!!

Source: RNA Site News and Updates

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Re: What has changed at RNA since 2011
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 11:56:39 PM »
The site is looking good well done all of you. Much better.

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Re: What has changed at RNA since 2011
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 03:07:35 PM »
Great job team  :13: