(ARCHIVED) The SFC Site 2 - What You'll Need To Know


UPDATE: We have released a quick Public Beta 1.01 patch to fix some issues with the Mobile Site and the Music page.

The SFC Site 2 has been officially released in Public Beta form, and is a replacement for The SFC Site 1.x releases, which have been with us since 2013. Now you might ask to yourself, what do I need to know about this new website release? Here are some of the questions you might ask below:

What is The SFC Site 2?
The SFC Site 2 is the second major release of The SFC Site, which was in development since the Summer of 2016. The Public Beta is available today, and is a replacement for The SFC Site 1.x releases, which have been with us since 2013.

What's new in this release?
The SFC Site 2 is the biggest website update we've ever done. There are so many new features compared to the 1.x releases, but I'll give you a rundown:

The SFC Site Version 2.0 (Public Beta) Changelog:
- Redesigned Homepage with a new, colorful flat look
- Redesigned Series page with our content separated into three categories: Tech, Gaming, and Entertainment
- Completely redesigned (from the ground up) SFC Site Mobile 2 (currently Under Construction)
- Added a dedicated SFC Live page with an embedded IRC chatroom
- Added the Technology Showdown OST in the Music Downloads page
- Added a new "Forest in the Distance" wallpaper in the Wallpaper Downloads page
- Added The SFC Archives, our content dating back to the past, in the Downloads section
- Added Twitter to the Social bar
- Revamped Backstage & Newsletter, Video Requests, and Contact Email system
- Updated the Backstage & Newsletter Registration page with reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification
- Updated the Contact Us page with reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification and the Contact Us
Rules & Regulations page removal
- Updated the Video Requests page with the ability to request projects and reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification
- Enhanced Donate page
- Enhanced About Us page
- Enhanced Tech Selections of the Week page with images and enhanced Apple Product and Software Generator
- A bunch of other improvements
- A bunch of major and minor bugs fixed

What's new from the previous developer release?
We've been offering developer releases of The SFC Site 2 through our free e-mail service, Backstage & Newsletter. The latest one we offered was 2.0 Beta 4.1 (2.0b4.1). Here's what's new from the previous private Beta release:

The SFC Site Version 2.0 Public Beta Changelog (compared to 2.0b4.1):
- Added The SFC Archives, our content dating back to the past, in the Downloads section
- Added Twitter to the Social bar
- Added two pieces of music from the Technology Showdown OST: Sneaking into Headquarters and Tux's Ringtone
- Updated the Video Requests page with the ability to request projects
- Enhanced Donate page
- Enhanced About Us page
- Removed Codename Early Access from the Notify Me page (now redirects to Backstage & Newsletter)
- Improvements and bug fixes with the SFC Site Mobile 2
- Improvements and bug fixes with the Series page
- Other improvements and bug fixes

Why is it in Public Beta?
The SFC Site 2 is currently work-in-progress, so there are some parts of the site that are missing or may not work. However, we've tried our best to fix as many bugs as possible, and if you do happen to come across one, please report them here. We will bring updates and patches to the Public Beta whenever possible.

When does The SFC Site 2 get officially released?
The SFC Site 2's final release will be in Spring 2017. Like we said before, we will be offering exclusive development builds of The SFC Site 2 via Backstage & Newsletter, which you can sign up for here, so you can get a exclusive peek at what we're working on and have you report any issues on the website. We would love to get in touch with you on what features should be added and what bugs should be fixed.

What else to do next?
With The SFC Site 2's official Public Beta release, we have updated ALL of our Youtube videos (and removed a bunch that will be put into The SFC Archives later next year) to reflect on the change. We are preparing for an entirely new year (2017), and we want this to be our best year yet! Also, since we've recently reached over 250 subscribers on our Youtube channel, we are now on Twitter, so follow us today if you haven't yet for more SFC updates!


And don't forget about SFC Live! We are streaming our final two streams on December 10th and December 17th respectively, at 7PM EST/6PM CST/12AM UTC. We've already explained details on our 250th Subscriber Post, which you can view on The SFC Blog. Be sure to watch the streams on our new SFC Live page on our website today! http://www.sagefun.com/live.html


That's all we have for now. Thanks for taking the time to reading this article!

- Sage from The SFC Group

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