As many of you may know, we are currently working on a new website to host all of our 4Player Podcast content. Details about the site have been short in coming aside from various tidbits dropped during podcasts or live streams, so I'd like to take this opportunity to begin to introduce you to 4Player's new home. First off, let's answer a few questions.
Why the new site? What's wrong with the current one?
Quite frankly, 4Player Podcast has grown beyond the original concepts of its founding members and has become a community driven gaming website. We want to foster this growth and continue to provide candid opinions, live gaming streams and a place for our community. With growth, there are growing pains and the biggest one we're currently feeling is with our website.
Our biggest complaint with the current site is that it's a blog. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with blogs. This certainly is a great place for ourselves and our community to interact but we've grown so much that a simple blog can no longer contain everything that we do. We want to have a website that can grow with us and our current WordPress blog isn't cutting it. Our main goal with the new site is to provide a way for you to easily find the content you want and to discover new content you may have not known was there.
When will it be finished?
The new site will never truly be finished because we plan on continuing adding new features to it as we further to development the 4Player community. As of now, we are tentatively running with an "October 1st" launch date for the first phase of the new site.
What major improvements have been made?
We've listened to your feedback and have designed a new site that fixes a lot of problems and complaints people have brought to our attention. We'll no longer look like a small media news blog, but a fully fledged gaming community site. You will only need one account to access and interact with all parts of the website. There is an improved event calendar so you can see when we're broadcasting in your current timezone. We've also made the new live page worth visiting by implementing a ton of great features and preferences. These are just a handful of the improvements being made.
In the next few weeks will be showcasing a couple features of the new site, giving you details about how they work along with screenshots or videos of them in action. Remember that a few of these things are subject to change as we continue to improve on the design and add new features.