PSA: GuildPortal is shutting down this month

If your guild's web presence depends on GuildPortal, you may want to start looking for a new home. The long-running web host, which first opened its doors way back in 2001 and which provided everything from forums to rosters to raid calendars for those of us who lacked web development skills, "will be going offline (permanently) by the end of the month," according to a tiny notice at the top of the main page.

Source: GuildPortal; thanks Duane and Robenix!
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MariaPacheco
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MariaPacheco

After reading so much from Facebook guild portal feed.  There was lack of communication due to servers.  With this said the owners constantly did there part by trying to confront and help fix issues but the dept., that SUPPOSE to fix things took there time.   In other words my theory is, they had enough.  I will miss them I used them when I had "super groups," on City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft.   Started Enjin account and boy when you get old and set in your route.. You wanna pull your hair out learning new formats!!!

Sarabande_Mage
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Sarabande_Mage

Very sad.  I've been shopping around and just can't seem to find a free site as versatile and customizable as GuildPortals.  Enjin seems to have a lot but under a paid program.  Gamer Launch really lacks the customization, and not sure about Shivtr yet.  I'm trying WordPress.com, which I found out is very different from WordPress.org (I didn't even know there were two different kinds of WordPress).
I wish someone would have purchased and taken over Guild Portal.  I've archived all the text (info, links, announcements and even most of the forum posts) and took screenshots of the Guild Portal pages.  But I would much rather NOT have to go to another site.  This one just gave me everything I needed for my kind of guild.  I put quite a lot of time into making it just the way I liked, and have a site that my guildies could be proud of, and something that was easy for them to use.
I will miss it very much.

Armsman
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Armsman

Well, Guildlaunch/Gamerlaunch  is still around.
http://www.gamerlaunch.com/

Neppers
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Neppers

End of an era indeed! I used Guildportal waaaay back, but I moved my guild to Enjin a few years ago and have never looked back. They do everything GP did and loads more. It seems GuildPortal have always remained very much "stuck in the past" in terms of features and design. Sad news, but it happens. Just hope everyone has time to see that message before their websites disappear :/

Robenix
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Robenix

Glad to see this up and that someone else was pestering you about it. :P

Guildportal had a week-ish long outage not too long ago due to its domain name expiring. Their social media sites haven't been touched in a handful of years. It's been pretty buggy to use of late, as well as spambots running rampant. I think it's safe to say that its time has come.

Long live Guildportal.

MostlysaneUK
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MostlysaneUK

CistaCista Yes it does mean Public Service Announcement.  It's a way of saying that there is information here that might affect you directly and require your action rather than a news item or column that might be of interest.

CistaCista
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CistaCista

PSA means Public Service Announcement? I am not an English-speaker but am perplexed over why some of the new items here now have that prefix?

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Never heard of it

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Enjin seems to be the one that a lot of the guilds I've been a part of have been using.  So it's not surprising I guess to see an older site going down.

Celestial
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Celestial

Should I ever find myself in a position of authority in a guild / clan / whatever again (which is extremely doubtful seeing as I haven't been in a guild since 2013, but still), I'd make sure that we used our own web site and forums this time.  A website server may crash, a website host may go dark, but at least you can move your backups easily to another server or another host.  GuildPortal/Enjin/Shivtr, not so much.

Reihen
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Reihen

Damonvile They become outdated and got replaced by modern and more powerful tools like Enjin/Shivtr/ZergID.

WildarX
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WildarX

End of an era indeed.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Qarran
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Qarran

I would assume they give their customer more details then just a little sliver on top of their home page.

Nevertheless, I do feel bad for them.  Maybe somebody can buy them out and re-incarnate it so current users don't lose everything.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I wonder what happened

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

That's sad to hear, it powered more than a few of the sites for guilds I have been in over the years : (

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