As some of you may have noticed today, the website has been down and up for the past few hours. If you happened to log on the forums earlier, you may have gotten a little friendly message that the boards were closed.
Well, I'm here to tell you why!
Because of the amazing financial contributions we have received from donors, as well as the amazing support by our most active players, we have been able to upgrade the server that our website uses! This upgrade gives our server more RAM (so a faster and more responsive website) as well as anti-DDoS protection!
Overall, this upgrade is another "thanks" to our awesome community. In the upcoming future, I'm hoping to set up "mirrors" to the actual Minecraft server to help people out who live far away from where our server is hosted! More details coming on that soon.
After the new website move, as some of you have noticed, the new website was lacking a place to submit staff applications.
After much planning, we have completely redone the Staff Applications into an entirely new format, as well as redo many of the questions that we ask.
The ultimate effect of this is to get more detailed staff applications, and to help us filter through them.
Right now, we are not really looking for a high number of new staff members, but you are welcome to apply if you feel so inclined. You can apply here, or you can just click the "Forums" tab above and go open the page from there too.
Thanks, and more news coming soon! We have some big plans for the future.
Welcome to the new site! We officially launched it Friday instead of April 12th because I wanted to launch it while I would have time to fix any bugs or problems with the site. So far, everything has gone very well!
Firstly, I want to give a big "THANK YOU!" to all of the beta testers who have been using the site for the past couple months. @MCMiningCaveman, @Gluumba, @BlackRavenClaw, @Chief_Hawk, and @atlecti4life, just to name a few! Thank you all for the help, and I will come up with a way to give you a more appropriate thanks soon.
Furthermore, the Beta Tester Feedback forum is being closed. All future discussion about the website should occur in the Website Discussion forum.
Now, finally, the really important thing – the new webstore.
I just wanted to share some interesting news about what we're doing on our social media pages this week. Over the course of the week, we will be doing two things.
The most important of these things is, obviously, the public beta of the new website! As you all already know, we're planning to open up the public beta on March 7th, and we're going to officially announce it on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Since you're all donors already, feel free to share that tidbit of news with other players, and get your friends on the server to like and follow our social media pages! You can find us on Facebook at /CrystalCraftMC and our Twitter handle is @CrystalCraft_MC. While you're at it, feel free to give us a shout on either page!
Additionally, we're going to be posting Minecraft news on our social media pages throughout the week, and the information we post will be...
Hello CrystalCrafters, and thanks for participating in the new website's private beta!
So far, we're super excited about all of the new changes to the site, and we're getting closer and closer to a public launch of the new website. Most of the things you see are finished already, such as the actual forums, Minecraft server status, and Staff page, but we're still making a few last adjustments before we launch the site in April.
The main things we have left on our list are:
Create a custom banner with the logo at the top of the page
Finish the shop
As time goes along, we may make further modifications to this plan, but those are the big things! Once we get the banner at the top finished, we'll be ready to open a Public Beta of the website.
What does this mean?
On March 7th, 2014, we'll officially publicize the URL of the new website and we will let any and all new members who wish to come here and register accounts and begin using the...
I hope you all have been enjoying your private beta of the website so far. I understand that it isn't much right now, but we are working on making it the best possible product it can be, and given as much time as we have with it, I think we will be able to perfect it to our standards.
After the past weekend, I felt an announcement was necessary about the what happened with our server upgrades as well as the future of the new website.
We executed our planned maintenance overnight on Friday, February 1st. Our goal was to reformat the server hard drive in order to double the amount of space on there, so that way, we could let all of the different worlds on the server get bigger than what we were letting them be before.
However, we ran into a few technical difficulties doing this, as my planned maintenance ran into some problems when I discovered reformatting the hard drive wasn't the way I thought it...