Two years after abandoning its Twitter and Facebook accounts and four months after an as-yet-unexplained multi-day outage this summer affecting thousands of guild portals for dozens of different MMOs,
it seems that GuildPortal has finally and unceremoniously gone belly up. According to DNS records, GuildPortal.com’s domain was marked expired pending deletion on September 19th and there have been no signs they intend to resurrect the site. Now tens of thousands of guilds are left in the lurch, with no access to their DKP and Attendance records, News, Forums, Roster, etc.
Unfortunately, the alternatives to GP all have various drawbacks making them non-obvious choices.
Guild Launch Gamer Launch does not use the EQ2 Data API (Census), despite my personal offers to the development team to do this work for free in 2013 and again in 2014 when they contacted us about doing a Guild Launch contest. As a result, Guild Rosters and Items must all be entered and maintained manually which is just absurd given live data is available.
Shivtr is another hosting option although we don’t know much about it.
Dethdlr and I have discussed the possibility of offering our own guild home service on EQ2U, but this would require a tremendous amount of effort to support the feature set that sites like Gamer Launch and Guild Portal have. At the bare minimum, we’d have to provide full loot logging, DKP tracking, Attendance, Calendar, Posts, Uploaded Photos/Attachments, and Forums, all of which we’d have to build (except the Roster which we get for free from Census, and DKP which we’d modify a recent copy of eqdkp).
Tip of the hat to MP for this news.
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