I have finally found a provider which satisfies what I want to have in a guild website. After trying out numerous other guild hosting sites and creating a few proof-of-concept guild portals on them, GuildLaunch finally offers all the things that I am looking for.
I have spent the last hours configuring this site: changing the theme and layout, adding a Wakfu header image, uploading graphics, creating forums and subforums, adding emoticons, adding and configuring Widgets, and so on. This is far from finished, but now I am adding another thing which might be of interest to me only: My own blog which circles around my duties as administrator of this site. Here I will give news about how the site is developing, in case anybody is interested in that, but intended to be more of a log. What I am planning to concentrate on next is the Wiki here, which is more of a hack, but hopefully it should serve us well. Maybe I need to make Wiki edits available only to a special group to prevent data loss due to human error.
GuildLaunch provides the premium membership (read: available to paying customers) features for two days, after which this will be degraded to the "free" version. According to their feature comparison sheet, the things that we are going to lose are automated roster imports, which are of no interest to us anyway, the guild newsletter which falls into the "nice to have" category but can be replaced with News announcements anyway, the domain support which I have no use for at this time, Multi-game support which doesn't interest me much at this point, too, a CSS editor which might prove to be the greatest trouble of all - I hope it doesn't reset this layout that I designed so far, but otherwise I am quite web-savvy - and last but not least the space that we have for file uploads will be degraded from 10 GB to 10 MB. That's unfortunate: We are currently slightly below the 10 MB limit, and some things have to be added in the File Storage area instead of being able to get referenced by an image URL, but it mostly just means that we'll have to use external image hosting services for most of the graphics on the site. Oh yeah, the site is going to display ads in the free version, too, but I hope and expect that everybody has a good Ad blocker like the fantastic AdBlock+ extension that I am using in Firefox.
One day remaining till the premium features period ends and we enter the "free" stadium, let's see what will await us.
by Wossy on 2011-09-01 03:34:18
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