A last minute decision was made to modify a couple things in the Header field of Team Falcon, mainly as a test that passed with flying colors. Since we just rolled out Version 4.1, we figure it wouldn’t hurt to push this out just a few days late.
The “Search” box is no longer as a widget on the right side of the page. Since some of our pages didn’t have a “right side” area for widgets, this was limiting what we can (and can’t) do. We wanted to increase the ability to do a sitewide search everywhere. But, what would we do with the information that’s there? The answer was simple, with inspiration from our new Modern themes (not available to the public yet), we wanted to get the same idea on our current Legacy themes. And, you know what? They look good!
We’re still on track to get Version 5 out at the end of the year, and this is a project that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to get done.
So, I was looking at Facebook, and going over the different content I have between Team Falcon & Falcon Live, and I made some startling discoveries. While I made the Falcon Live Facebook page on June 22nd, I uploaded most of my content just 4 days ago, and I have 1 video that has been reached out to over 6,300 people on one video! I was not expecting that whatsoever! We have decided to announce on both Facebook pages that we will be shutting down Team Falcon (on Facebook) as of July 18th (4 days before Mixer’s closure) and retaining Falcon Live only … mostly considering Falcon Live has a lot more available content and has already proven itself more worthy than YouTube.
The Team Falcon website will remain and feature “one stop” access for everything in the Falcon brand. From Team Falcon Gaming to showing live content to the (potential) return of the Team Falcon Shop where you can buy a t-shirt, sweatshirt, mug, hat … whatever you desire. Speaking about Team Falcon Gaming, we’re needing a little more help when it comes to content for the PlayStation 4 (and PS5) as well as the Nintendo Switch. If you’re willing to help us, that would be amazing! No, we are not able to offer you payment at this time, but I’m sure we can figure something out!
After some early testing, we were able to detect early that the programming for our new theme system was breaking different WordPress Plugins. This includes BuddyPress, the plugin that maintains our social networking. We consider this a huge win in our F.A.I.L. plan. With an entirely new system, it was definitely our First Attempt In Learning. At least we will have something to look forward to at a later date, right?
We know what you’re thinking, too … “Wow, these guys are pushing out site updates left and right!” Yes, we can definitely agree with that statement, but as you can see, we’re pushing out ideas “left and right” and the Team Falcon site has just been an endless project! Just when we think that our list is complete, we get more ideas and if you think about it, that is never a bad thing.
Falcon 5 will be tested only at Joe’s World, and it will not be widespread through the Team Falcon network until everything is fully operational without any glitches. We’re not expecting this until at least October. Until that time, Falcon 4 (what you see here) will continue to be developed.
An old tool that I completely forgot had finally come to mind and I wanted to see if it still worked. Turns out it does! So, I decided to put it to good use. Just when we thought that we were done with RSS Feeds, they’re back and it’s now even easier to subscribe to them! Our feeds are 100% syndicated with FeedBurner, and it helps us find out just how many people are taking advantage of our feeds.
If you currently follow our RSS Feeds with our old links, we suggest that you update your RSS readers to point to our new links. Your RSS reader will still operate the way it should, but there will be some slight visual differences.
To play your Xbox One games, you must maintain your Xbox Live Gold membership. You own your Xbox 360 games and can play those without Xbox Live Gold. The Estimated Retail Price (ERP) is based on the US Dollar. This month, you’re saving $94.96 compared to buying these games today.
As of today, we’re in the process of relaunching our Gaming project. Our biggest problem that we had the first time around was being able to post a news story (like this one) and have it be posted on a page that we want it on. Falcon Live was our first “test”, and it worked exactly the way we wanted it to! With the new Team Falcon Gaming, we’ll be able to post news stories on our site as well as the Team Falcon Gaming page (and if it’s console based, it will also be posted on that specific console page as well)! We’re super excited to try out these new changes!
On top of all of that, we’ve also come across some new coding to help us test out some more features to disable things on our main pages unless you’re on the Beta site. This will help when we’re pushing out new features that we know will be broken unless you’re in a specific user class. More to come on this at a later date.
As we start into July, there have been many changes have been coming through the entire Team Falcon Network as of late, and we are already starting to roll out Falcon v4.1 with some interesting changes. From Mixer closing its doors in late July to network/family changes happening in August, to tonight … Finally, our news stories in relation to Falcon Live have received yet another huge upgrade today! As of this moment, any new post related to Falcon Live will be posted to our front page (with the other announcements and whatnot), and will simultaneously be posted on our main Falcon Live page. This includes the ability to comment on any post. Unlike our main page, you will only see the first 5 stories when looking on the Falcon Live page. For the full archive, you can click here. For our staff, you will be able to easily Edit or Delete any post on the Falcon Live page as well. This huge upgrade to the channel will assist in saving time for editing and allow for post archives at the same time!
With this new change, it further influences our decision to relaunch Falcon Gaming with the following bullet points:
All Falcon Gaming news will be shown on the front page as well as the Falcon Gaming page
Console specific news will be posted in 3 key areas:
Team Falcon Front Page
Falcon Gaming “Front” Page
That console’s news area
It may not be on day one, but we plan on having our gaming posts also feature links to their specific forum area. Most of these changes can be seen in Team Falcon’s beta theme, but we assure you that Version 4.1 will be pushed out very soon. More information about all changes are available in our Changelog.
Just when I thought Falcon Live was going to be the only thing changing, it seems that there will be some further changes involving our own network partner, Rewind Hosting and other projects. Depending on how things go over the next month, Rewind Hosting & The Xbox Universe may be discontinued due to a new project taking over. This new project will not be affiliated with Team Falcon in any way, shape or form. Due to some naming issues, no site, and not a whole lot to go off of, I will not be announcing a site name or providing you guys with a link to anything until things are more concrete. More information will be available around July 15th. By August 1st, Falcon Gaming may return, but that remains up in the air at this time.
Falcon Gaming will provide details on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo where The Xbox Universe focused on … well, Xbox. I’ll provide what I can about Nintendo & PlayStation, but considering I only own an Xbox, that will be a little difficult at times. But, again … that will all be at a later date, and Falcon Gaming returning is not 100% confirmed as is.
Falcon Live is currently undergoing a HUGE remodel at this time due to the surprising shutdown of Microsoft’s streaming service, Mixer coming at the end of July. With that, Mixer will be partnering with Facebook Gaming. So, as of July 1st, our Discord channel will have the following changes happening:
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