WHAT’S NEW? — GEFA WEB UPDATES
V3.0 — 05/22/2017
It has been almost 6 months since updates have been brought to the GEFA site, so I figured this bye week was a good time to finally drop some big improvements. We are now almost 7 months into the launch of the new site and have hit a staggering 355,000+ visits to the website in that time frame, breaking the old website’s visitor record already! The Russians have made no new attempts to hack the site, but it is crazy to know our site has been visited by over 50+ different countries! With all that being said, here are the new updates for version 3.0 of the GEFA site:
Before the last update, we had seen attempts from Russia and China to gain entrance into the website, running scripts and commands on every possible scenario they can think of. Some countries have since been banned from visiting our site altogether because of this. With that being said, a SSL certificate was purchased and applied to the GEFA website. SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites. This went unnoticed for many, but you will now be redirected to the https://.. URL and the green ‘Secure‘ image will be visible in the address bar, or a padlock, when visiting the site. This should allow for greater security and protection for any future usage of the website.
This was a heavily requested feature that was supposed to be visible from the jump, but was inadvertently removed at some point during the season due to a system update. Every single player had to be manually edited one by one to turn this feature back on, but it is complete. If Offensive/Defensive stats are not showing up under your name, it is more than likely due to the fact you do not have an offensive/defensive position listed under your name. That is the only way the stats will show up, so if that is the case, make sure to Contact Us about the issue and it will be fixed. Player profiles will show total stats for the season ONLY; it currently does NOT show stats broken down per game unfortunately. This is not a current option, but it can be one in the future. Refer to Suggestions to find out how.
Another heavily requested feature was team statistics. This was overlooked on the initial design, but it is finally here! Each team page now shows a Team Stats tab in the same section as their Home Field and Schedule. Team stats are broken down into Passing, Receiving, Rushing, Defense, Kicking/Punting, Kick Return/Punt Return. Similar to player stats, these are being read off position listed for you as a player. So if you are a Wide Receiver and had 3 INT but are not showing up on the Defense list, this is because your profile does not have you listed as a Defensive back or Corner back. Once your player profile is updated with a defensive position, this will show up automatically.
On the old site, height and weight was displayed with the team rosters. This feature has been turned on for every team. If your team is missing height and weight information, it was either not included to us when rosters were submitted, or if they were, they were not inputted at that time since most were not providing that information. Please bare with us as we get this updated for all teams that have provided this information. Feel free to send updated info if need be as well.
This page has been missing for quite some time, but we finally have one dedicated to the history of the league with enough beneficial information to get us started in the right track. On the history page, you will find a wall of alumni teams that have played in the GEFA through the years, a summary of past officers, and a summary of all the past teams that have played in each season throughout the years. Alumni teams are linked to their own page on the GEFA site where you can find previous team pictures and team info. ** NOTE: This will get updated as time allows.
This isn’t really new, but we wanted to include it on the version release notes; a Transfer Tracker page was implemented and put into place this year as a way for the league to see who is picked up and let go through the weeks by all teams so everyone is kept up to date with the latest roster changes.
This is a new page and it can be accessed by clicking here or on the logo in the sidebar. This suggestion page was created to keep track of different ideas players and coaches want implemented on the page. We all want new and better features, but sometimes, they simply just aren’t available yet. Unless we have a programmer in GEFA that I am not aware of, the only way to get new requested features that aren’t available is to let the developers know we want them and they are important for us to have! This page will contain links to those ideas (such as player stats broken down per game, live score options, mobile app, etc) and every vote counts! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Simply enter your email address at the top and then click Vote. That’s it. The more votes, the better the chances the feature will become available.
As with all updates and changes, we are only human and errors and issues are bound to happen. Please do not panic, make threats, or feel like you are being ignored. Address the issue accordingly through the right channels, if the issue was not mentioned above already, and it will be assessed and handled in the order they are received.
V2.0 — 12/31/2016
Two months ago, the new GEFA site was finally launched and it appears to be a big hit so far. At the current time of publishing this article, we have hit over 18,200 visitors in under two months! A little further digging shows that people from all over the US and even in other countries all over the world have been visiting our site; even the Russians! That is a lot of traffic, especially for being such a small organization out of Pennsylvania.
With that being said, there have been quite a few changes/updates over the last two months. Here is a run through of what has been updated/changed:
- bottom of the home page has received a new section containing GEFA All Time Records, History (N/A at this time), Keystone Bowl History, and Hall of Fame
- social media share links for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus have been added to all pages to make it easier than ever to share the site with as many people as possible on your favorite social media platform
- social media links added to bottom of the site
- team pages have been updated and they each now include:
- team picture (if available)
- links to any team sites or social media pages
- team history through the years (info can be submitted to Support if missing from your team page)
- team schedule that can now be downloaded to your iPhone or Android for just your team or all teams
- home field address with map
- players roster, staff with contact information, and conference standings
- schedule tab now has a dropdown for past seasons with schedules and results (8 seasons collected so far. as much information as possible was salvaged from the old site to compile this information)
- meeting minutes for 2016 and 3 other years have been added
- owner credentials to login and view Members only pages have been completed and if you have submitted team info, you should have received an email with your username and instructions to reset password (make sure to check Junk/Spam folder in case you do not see your message)
- Once logged in, it is highly recommended to turn on 2-Step Verification for security purposes
V1.0 – 11/01/2016
GEFAFOOTBALL.COM IS FINALLY HERE!!
After a long, overdue makeover, the new website is finally here! Phase 1 of the new site is here. With a new URL, you will find that the new site contains most of the same material as the old one, except in a more updated look with some new added features. This site took a LOT of hours to build from the ground up, and proved extremely trying at times with very limited resources. Regardless, most of the site is up and functioning and ready to go live! Please note, there are some things still missing and this information will be corrected quickly as time passes. This article will cover all the new areas of the site and any potential missing information you may see.
Most team profiles will be colored coded to the team colors and a ‘Visit Site‘ button will be visible on team profiles that have either a FaceBook page or team URL of their own and will be linked to that page or site. On the team profile page, you will see:
- team info on ownership and coaches
- current standings of that team in their respective division
- list of players currently rostered for that team
Some teams do not have a FaceBook page or URL so that is why a Visit Site button will not be available. If you do have one, and it is missing, please contact us via the Contact Us page. Additionally, if you do not have a team photo for your team profile page, please submit one to be included.
The player list contains all rostered individuals for that season and their respective playing position. The list is filtered by jersey number and only 10 players are shown at a time. You can click any player to view their profile.
Each player listed on the new GEFA football website will have their own profile page. These player profile pages contain:
- players position(s)
- current team
- past team(s)
- current conference
Each player profile will also show the statistics for each year and each team they played for while they were in the GEFA. Unfortunately, all individual stats for previous GEFA years (prior to 2017 season) have not been added to player profiles. IF you do see any, it is because of stat leaders. This is an extremely overwhelming and very meticulous process with over 100,000 different data points and entries for each given GEFA season. Hopefully there is a way to figure this information out in the future and input this into the new system, however, there is not a feasible way to do this at this given time.
Game Statistics Prior to 2017 Season
As mentioned above, statistics is going to be a challenging area to display statistics prior to this season. Fortunately, however, statistics for the prior season, have been added to the new site. As of right now, only the 2016 season game statistics have been added. As time goes in, the plan is to incorporate as many game statistics as possible and to hopefully archive them within this new website.
All games are listed on a single page as a dropdown menu item under Schedule. You can click on each individual game and a new tab will open and allow you to preview the document via DropBox preview. Games have been color coded to make it easier to read the statistics.
NOTE: If you click Schedule, this will display a page that has only a few playoff games listed from the 2016 playoffs. This was done to give everyone a feel of what each game overview is expected to look like starting with the 2017 season.
The stat leaders page is back and can now include new statistical categories for almost practically anything! When clicking on the page, you will see Mountain Conference listed first followed by the Valley conference. Each section currently shows the top 10 players for that category; up from the top 7 that was shown in each category on the old site. Currently, only the top three players in each category have statistics showing and stats for the last 4 will be uploaded and posted soon.
GEFA Top Players
Another new section to the website is the GEFA top players. This is a list that gets voted on at the end of every year from various GEFA peers and votes get tallied up to determine who the GEFA thinks are best of the best athletes at those positions. As of right now, only 2016 list is added, but the previous year will be added as well in time.
A new feature being introduced to the new site is a members-only section. Users will not see a link to register any new accounts and there are no current plans to allow this in the future. Only team owners have access to this section of the website. By doing so, these users have access to the following restricted pages:
- meeting minutes
- new team prospects
- presidents page
- banned/suspended players
These pages will not be visible until you log into the website with your credentials. All team owners will be notified of their usernames, and links will be emailed out to set up passwords for these accounts once the process is ready.
If you happen to see something missing and know where the content is, see a statistic discrepancy, are receiving an odd error when visiting a certain page or section of the website, or have a question in general, feel free to fill out the Contact Us page with all the required fields and the issue or question will be looked into as soon as possible.