We didn’t get as far as I wanted to when it comes to website speed, we have made significant progress. I expect to have a lot of the speed issues resolved in this upcoming week. Next week (Tuesday) we plan to release the new Additional Stable page. This page brings back some of the convenience lost when we went to the new Stable with the Unity graphics. The Stable Summary page (that’s what it will be called) will include the following information for the page owner:
Stable Summary (earnings, total – both money and points)
Quick Links – An aggregation of important inks that a player might want to access
A full straight list of all your active horses including their current status. If the horse is in a tournament, you will also have access to pertinent tournament information including start date, end date, races available, races entered, etc. There will also be a Quick link that will pop open a new page so you can easily enter races
The new Stable Summary page will also give you quick access to your trainer tools and will color guide you (red means races to enter, green means you’re entered the maximum number of races) through each tournament. In a nutshell, we’ve taken the previous stable page from our old site and have enhanced it significantly to allow big barns easy access to all pertinent information so managing your horses (including their tournament schedules, races, etc.) can be done more efficiently, saving our players a lot of time.
Also next week, we will be adding additional functionality to the Recently Ended Trainer Races and Trainer Races Soon to End. We are incorporating the ability for a player to filter through results and specifically find the races that his horses are entered in.
Finally, early next week, we are adding the actual links to the trainer tournaments associated with the private messages letting you know that a trainer tournament you’re entered in has started and also the private messages associated with jockey and workout instructions.
Later in the week, we’re adding another feature that allows players to follow other players’ horses easily. Simply go to the stable of a competitor you’re interested in, visit their Stable Summary page and click on the Notify Me option. When the designated horse is in a tournament that has started (only once the tournament starts), you will be notified and can follow that horse. We’ll be adding enhancements to this feature at a later date, but the basic functionality will be there by next week.
Additional Features – The features and functions mentioned above are high-priority and, therefore, went to the front of the line. Though they benefit all stables, they help the larger stables manage their horses more efficiently, and obviously, that’s important to us. With this said, except for bugs, we are going to go back to our feature production list. Please do not request feature at this current time. Or, if you do ask, you have to understand that they will take their place in line and our new feature list is currently 20 pages long. We have a plan and that plan is to release features that accommodate current players and features that help new players navigate the game more effectively during their initial engagement.
Though there are several issues still open, the majority of issues from the last couple of weeks have been resolved. The remaining issues will be resolved in this coming week. I’m hoping by next Friday that things will be normal. At this point, players can take a deep breath and enjoy the new community functions, ‘look’ and easy navigation process.
Thanks for your patience. Have a great weekend!