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Welcome to Gaming Nerds Я Us (with a history lesson)!
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:22:27 pm »
Originally by MTS, on July 21, 2010, 05:47:27 AM

Gaming Nerds Я Us started off as an adult MSN community roughly about nine years ago. Saber Jade Wylde, and I started it with Arios and his wife Heather. Eventually MSN changed communities to groups, and eventually they shipped off adult groups to World Groups. I attempted to transfer it there, but I can no longer access my sign in there, and I find the overall layout of the site to not be to my liking.

During the first year, we added a Yahoo Group as a "sister site" for the original (mostly because MSN's maximum file size allotment was rather small). At some point (I am not sure when), it was cloned to Grouply. I was able to import my MSN account there, but I feel about the same way about Grouply as I do about World Groups.

As much as I appreciate Yahoo Groups remaining open to this day, I find their forum to be lacking, and there are far too few customization options to improve them overall.

I finally decided to start a "proper" website, and stumbled across SixServe which [I thought was] an excellent webhost [at the time]. They offer unlimited hosting for free, if you do not mind putting up with a few ads. I don't like ads (which is why I use Firefox), and I didn't want any of our visitors to have to suffer though them either. I payed the one time free to make this website ad free permanently, and unless they change how they work, I promise this website will always remain ad free.

Originally I had planned to make the website pure .html, but I decided on a forum and a portal because I enjoy them more, and find them much easier to maintain.

The first incarnation of this website was though phpbb3. With the mods I wanted (only about half of them worked) it was buggy to say the least. I switched to SMF for the current incarnation of the site, and I find it to be much more stable and easier to mod and tweak to my needs.

Sixserve, while it was great for the money, tended to lag, and hang for many users (I had been told). The other problem I had was ownership switched hands, and lots of upgrades were being done, which completely hosed the LotGD client (even the private one  was testing in beta) beyond repair. The only option I had was to rebuild from scratch, but with the control panel being offline for a day or two at a time (often), and more upgrades planned for the future, I knew it was long past time to pack up and move again. Pf course, there were other issues as well:

Currently there are no "hard" rules for the forum other then keep your posts mostly appropriate - the exceptions being the writer's forums. The same applies to avatars. While it really does not bother me either way, SixServe's Terms of Service are concise and clear:

Currently there are no "hard" rules for the forum other then keep your posts mostly appropriate - the exceptions being the writer's forums. The same applies to avatars. While it really does not bother me either way, SixServe's Terms of Service are concise and clear:

Now that we have left Sixserve behind, the only hard and fast rule is no hard core pornography. I don't want to have to draft rules, so please do not make me.

I think what ticked me off the most about Sixserve was when they "accidentally" deleted the old website (yes I was a paid Premium member) and this was all they had to say about it:

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"We have determined it was an error from the system. We are giving you a new account and you will receive a conformational email with the details. ...We are sorry for the inconvenience."

That took them a week to come up with, and that was on their "Priority Support" for paid members. No offer was made to even try to restore my lost data. SixServe can go fuck themselves. I strongly recommend finding anyone else to host you if you want to build your own website.

So I looked into web hosting I could afford, and moved to iPanel, and now Gaming Nerds Я Us has a proper .com name! Some issues happened with the domain name (due to being given incorrect information by a member of their staff - they made it up by buying me a year of with my domain name), and Gaming Nerds Я Us dot com lost the .com. It migrated to a .co.

While I was between jobs, the site came up for renewal. I was forced to ask for donations to the fans who raised significant money for the website, but not enough for annual iPage hosting. I started looking into other sites, and Host Gator offered me a better deal, and they offer month to month hosting in addition to better prices. Also, they use cPanel which is the best website control panel in the world!

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If you are looking for a host, we are willing to host your work. You can either start a thread in the netbooks section or shoot me a PM. It will go though a quick staff review and we will let you know. If you would like to have your own subforum, we will consider that request as well.

For works in progress, just shoot us a sample (if available) and we will even provide a private subforum so you and your staff (should you have one) can work together.

Happy Gaming!
MTS

Last Edit on July 11, 2012, 04:50:20 PM by MajorTomSawyer
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