BBB and I need some help from other GMs/Guild Admins. We’ve been using Guild Portal for our forums/calendar/admin stuff since we formed the guild last year. We had been happy with them, but we’ve been having massive problems (as has everyone else) for the past month or so. They were down for 3 out of 4 days in a row last week, posts no longer show as read even after you’ve looked at them many times, and the support is non-existent. People are complaining in their forums and don’t even get a response. So we’re considering switching to a new host.
It would be a massive project since we have pretty active forums and there’s no way to export posts, so we’d lose a lot or have to copy/paste into new posts. Plus the nightmare of setting up accounts and permissions for the over 100 people that are in the guild now. But we don’t want to pay for service that we aren’t getting and we’ve seen others that offer more features for about what we are paying now.
I’ve done some investigating and really like what I’ve seen from GuildOMatic. They not only have a demo site that you can test out, but also let you do a free/adware version to try it out for your own setup, so I’ve done some playing around. I’ve also looked at Guild Launch and MyGuildHost, but they don’t have free options to try out.
We’d love to hear feedback from other guilds who use any of those three or another one that I might not have found from web searches. We do use forums a lot and we also use the calendar for instance/raid scheduling, so those are minimums that it needs to have. We’d love a site that automated applications a bit (right now they send a forum mail to my inbox to apply) and we’ve seen features through GuildOMatic and the others that allow tracking of loot/attendance at raids, which would be nice from historical and tracking purposes. But we’re not a raiding guild, so we don’t need full DKP and crazy tracking systems either. :-)
Please let us know what you’ve liked/disliked, what kinds of service/support you’ve gotten if you’ve had issues or questions, etc. Thanks!