SPAPP: Recent Changes and Updates

A fair amount of work goes on behind the scenes tweaking and updating our website. Some of the amendments aren’t as obvious as others, so I thought I’d share a few recent changes that you may (or may not) have noticed.

SPA-Games.uk is built using WordPress and various add-ons (called Plugins). These plugins and WordPress itself is constantly receiving updates. Sometimes the updates add features that I choose to use and sometimes I can make changes to the website which feel will improve its performance or help with the customer (that’s you!) experience.

Site Security – HTTPS

SPA-Games.uk is now secure behind an SSL Certificate.

While we don’t request any personal details on SPA-Games.uk, other than your login details, I took the decision to make the site very secure by implementing what’s called an SSL certificate – SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer.

Proof of this can be seen in the address bar of your browser window. Each page on the site is now preceded with the https:// protocol. This is confirmation that data stored and/or used by the site is protected by an SSL Certificate – in this case provided by Let’s Encrypt.

New One Round Wonder Table

The One-Round-Wonder table has also undergone something of a makeover. Firstly, it looks different – smarter, less cluttered and more in-line with the rest of the site.

Additionally, you can search the table for whatever you want to find… want to see every score for anyone whose name contains the word “ary”, go right ahead – you’ll see all the Gary’s, Mary’s, Rosemary’s and Binary’s! You can also order the table by any column you wish by clicking on the column heading.

Finally, the table will now show every score, for every player during the course of the game, instead of being just the top twenty scores as it was previously.

HTML5 Number Input

That’s right, you must all be delighted that HTML5 Number Input has been implemented! You what? You don’t know what I’m talking about?! Fair enough! Let me explain…

How the HTML5 number pad would look on an iPhone

78% of all visits to SPA-Games.uk are from a mobile, with an additional  14% coming from its touchscreen cousin, the tablet. That’s a whopping 92% traffic from touchscreen, mobile devices!

With this overwhelming majority of players in mind, I implemented the HTML5 Number Input method – basically, some browsers display number entry fields as spin controls. You may have noticed on the Your Predictions page, where you enter your match predictions, when you click on the box, you’re presented with the number pad instead of the standard Qwerty keyboard which is quite fiddly.

Visible Match Results!

No, we weren’t keeping the match results a secret, but on the Predictions page we were showing the match predictions and points won but not the actual match result – well now we are, so you can see just how close you came to securing all three points!

You can read more about how the website is constructed by reading the Partners page.

If you’d like to pass any comments or make any suggestions for our website, let everyone know in the comments below.

 

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