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Sites to help guilds create and customize their own website.

Guild hosting services Edit

Guild Hosting is provided by companies that tailored web applications to gamers. Their hosting plans typically offer out of the box functionality with popular functionality such as content management, forums, rosters, polls, and image galleries. Some services offer game specific features and DKP. These services range from free, to ad supported, to ad free service on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly charge.

Name Cost/Month Ads Technology Difficulty Flexibility
BattleStandards [1] Free No Ruby on Rails Easy Full
Battlestandards-logo

www.battlestandards.com

  • Get up and running in seconds - no technical know-how needed
  • Your guild is fully searchable to make recruitment easier
  • Create events that your members can RSVP to
  • See who RSVPed to events such as raids
  • Easily manage members
  • Full discussion board

Best part? It's free! Join here: BattleStandards

DKPSystem.com [2] starts at $10.00/mo No Custom CMS in PHP You decide (See below)
DKPSystemLogo

www.dkpsystem.com

Guild Solutions (GildenDKP) [3]  ? No PHP Easy High
Questionmark-medium This section concerns content that is potentially inaccurate.
GDKP 468x60

www.guild-solutions.com

Mostly a partially translated German provider.
Guildomatic [4]  ? Yes (with Free package) Proprietary plus phpBB Easy Medium
Guildtag [5] Free to $15/mo No Ads ASP.Net Easy High
Guildtag-logo-text-50

https://guildtag.com

Shivtr [6] Free up to $15.99/mo - - Easy Very
Shivtr

www.shivtr.com

Content management systems Edit

A CMS is most commonly known as a forum engine, but just a forum is not enough for most guilds anymore. Galleries, news items, managed articles, downloads, uploads, and other utilities are often in high demand. Most CMSs support themes to change how they look and feel to better fit your guild's personality.

Name Cost/Month Ads Technology Difficulty Flexibility
DragonflyCMS [7] Free - php, mysql Medium High
DragonflyCMS is similar to phpnuke but offers many performance enhancements and optimizations to make it faster and much more secure. Modules included with the base install are forums, photo gallery, News. You are able to upgrade the News and Forums with pro versions that offer an array of optimizations that will suite any site. Third party modules for WoW include native ports of WoWRoster, ItemStats and Guild Application. Other third party modules include BBCode Hacks.
Nuke - Free - php, mysql Medium High

There are many flavors of Nuke out there, and I will do my best to link Nuke sites that are popular and stable. I am not as familiar with this system, but I know it is a popular one. I know it supports forums, but I am not sure what else. There are many WoW related modules for the Nuke systems.

DotNetNuke [8] Free - .NET (VB.NET or C#), SQL Server (either Express or full version) Medium High
DotNetNuke (DNN) is an open-source CMS built on the .NET Framework [9]. The portal has its roots on the ASP IBuySpy sample project, which spawned several CMS communities. DNN builds on the ASP.NET framework to allow module development and skin creation. Modules and skins are available both free from the DNN community or for purchase via either Snowcovered or the DNN Marketplace, both DNN module clearinghouses.

One of the larger appeals of using DNN is the large number of modules produced by the DNN core team that are included and maintained by core team members [10]. Modules of interest to WoW guild webmasters include:

The v4.5.x release of DNN adds AJAX capabilities via ASP.NET AJAX (formerly known as 'Atlas') to allow for more interactive experiences for page browsers, and the ability to do partial rendering, which allows for one module to perform an AJAX refresh without having all modules on a page refresh.

e107 [11] Free - php, mysql Medium High
e107 has a full offering of forums, a calendar, news, articles, uploads/downloads. It also has a very robust permissions system that will allow tons of flexibility in allowing your guild to contribute things to the website. This is the engine I have chosen for my guild to use. AddOns and Mods are also readily available for this engine, as well as easily developed.
Joomla [12] Free - php, mysql Medium High
Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable. There is huge support on the internet for Joomla, and there are hundreds of addons. Integration with armory, EQDKP, and SMF (popular forum software) or PhpBB is a snap.
Joomla Extensions [13] Free-8€ (No subscription) - - Medium High
rootarea.de offers most flexible and advanced WoW extensions for Joomla 1.0.x, 1.5.x and the new Joomla 1.7.x.

It offers the following really flexible modules / components for your guild website based on Joomla:

  • WoW Top Ten Achiervers (Displays your top 10 / top 5 achievers [free])
  • WoW Progress (Displays your raid progression. From manually to fully automatic from your eqdkp data [8€])
  • WoW Recruitment (Advanced guild recruitment [5€])
  • WoW Latest Loot (Your latest loot with spent dkp, date and buyer. Pulls data from your eqdkp installation [5€])
  • WoW World of Logs (Displays your latest uploaded raids to worldoflogs.com in a handy module [3€])
Mambo [14] Free - php, mysql Medium High
Mambo is a full featured CMS engine.
Drupal [15] Free - php, mysql Medium High
Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Too many features to list here. Drupal, benefits from a wide range of addon modules. Check website for details.
Wordpress [16] Free - php, mysql Simple Medium
A very straight forward tool, this is more intended for blogging, but some people prefer it. It's power comes from the various plug-ins available for the user. There are dozens of themes also available to skin your wordpress site the way you like it. A WoW skin is in the works as of this edit.
phpWebSite [17] Free Yes - - -
An open source web site content management system intended for community websites. It is run by Appalachian State University. Although not designed for gaming, the features are similiar to what many will find on guild website hosting services.

Raid management and DKP Edit

Raid management is a common requirement for guilds participating in most MMOs which have heavy PVE content. World of Warcraft is a prime example with its rich PVE encounters which are heavy on commitment and time requirements. Raid Managers are now available which speed up the process of managing raiding. DKP (Dragon Kill Points) is a way of fairly sharing loot based on effort/commitment.

Name Cost/Month Ads Technology Difficulty Flexibility
EQDKP Plus [18] no no php, mysql low High
  • For features, see Features (slow from US?)
  • Not clear if still supports World of Warcraft or has specific features

Forums systems Edit

Name Cost/Month Ads Technology Difficulty Flexibility


phpBB3 [19] free no php, mysql Medium High
Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes. With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB™ will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB™ is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.
  • Template sites
  • Useful phpBB Modifications:

Bbdkp

A Dragon Kill system Mod for your phpBB3 Bulletin board.

It evolved from Eqdkp to help guilds in MMORPGs (Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) track guild members attendance, item purchases and other statistics. It updates and brings together the Dkp/game managment facilites of EQdkp, and integrates them with phpBB3's facilites. This means your users gain single sign on to dkp and phpbb, and you as an administrator or raidleader gain a clean interface, robust admin facilities and less integration headaches. The framework supports multiple games : World of Warcraft, The Lord of the Rings Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Vanguard - Saga of Heroes, EverQuest I/II, Warhammer Online, Final Fantasy XI, AION.

  • Current features (1.1)
  • Point Standings, Raids, Events, Item values, Item history, and Stats, Boss progress
  • Multiple Dkp Pools, Multiple Guilds,
  • Loot distribution systems supported : *Standard DKP*, *Zero-sum*
  • Recruitment Plugin, with customisable questionnaire, ACP controlled;
  • EQDKP importer (from EQDKP 1.3.2 and EQDKP Plus).
  • bbTips plugin , providing WowHead-style Tooltips (Item, Craft, Spell, Quest, Achievements)
  • ArmoryUpdater Plugin, connects to blizzard or aion armory
  • New Raidtracker Plugin, accepts XML from headcount and ct_Raidtracker
  • Portal with Blocks, phpBB breadcrumbs navigation
vBulletin [20] not free  ? php, mysql Medium High
More advanced than phpBB this software is not free, but well worth the price if you have some funding available. One of the most customizable web forums available today includes build in calendars customizable user profiles and themes with built in editor.
  • Useful vBulletin Modifications:
Simple Machines [21]  ?  ? php, mysql Easy High
It's more flexible than phpBB though theming can be a little trickier. No portal system, but a few of the more popular portal systems like Mambo/Joomla, Xoops etc have scripts (bridges) built for you to integrate the forum with the portal.

There's also a very simple but effective portal for SMF called TinyPortal (website http://www.tinyportal.net).

  • Useful Simple Machines Modifications:
Snitz Forums [22]  ?  ?  ? Easy Medium
Most of the features are simple, however, when dealing with detailed tasks, it may become a bit tricky. Easy to setup, good support, and endless add-ons. The add-ons get more complicated but the basic forums are easy.
Burning Board [23] Not free None  ? Easy Medium
An inexpensive piece of software with moderate flexibility. Though lacking in functions maintained by phpbb and InvisionFree, it does have customizable skins and an incredible ease of use. There are no ads for the service.
InvisionFree [24] Free Banner php, CMS, mysql Easy High
A customizable web forum. InvisionFree is owned by Invision, which recently merged with MindSet. It is freely hosted on InvisionFree's servers. It includes a built-in calendar, support tickets, news portals, and a warn system. It also includes customizable skins, images, smilies, and a logo. It has the ability to maintain and integrate mods and addons that allow for multiple skin selections, games, etc. Unlike vBulletin and phpbb, InvisionFree has a built-in multi-moderation system, which is a quick way to perform several moderation functions with a single click. Though easy to set up, it lacks extreme functionality and a complex interface. You also have the ability to upgrade your webforum into an Invision forum (which allows for editing almost every detail of the forum for a fee), though your forum will not be hosted by their free servers when this process is complete.

Web utilities Edit

Name Cost/Month Ads Technology Difficulty Flexibility
Guild emblem tabard generator [25] free no none Very Easy High
Create a guild emblem based on your guilds current in-game tabard design. This is 100% automatically. Just enter your guild name and see the result. Can be used as signature or on your guilds website.

http://guildemblem.acoon.dk

PHP WoW Battle.net Armory API [26] free no php Very Easy High
This is a complete API to access World of Warcraft armory at battle.net. This also includes cache control, so you can keep below the daily request limit. Can also generate guild emblems png matching your guild tabard. Extremely easy to use.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wowarmoryapi/

Axho WoW Feeds [27] free no php, jquery, html, css Very Easy High
Feeds for your guild / portal website! Easy to implement. Guild Roster / Guild Activity / Realm Status / Service Status and more available in JSON, XML and raw HTML feeds.

http://wowfeeds.wipeitau.com

WoW Signature Generator [28] free no php, jquery Very Easy High
Featuring over 70+ visually distinct styles to choose from, real-time character signature previews with dynamic style & color selection. Configure 6 stats. Signatures update every 24 hours.
Warcraft Signature Maker [29] free no jquery Very Easy High
Over 90 stats to pick from, upload your own backgrounds, pick your own colors and more. No watermark.
WoW Signature Generator [30] free Yes php, mysql Very Easy High
Offers a tool to create Hi-Quality Image Signatures for World of Warcraft guild & community forums.

http://www.arena-armory.com

Guild Reviews [31] free No php, mysql Very Easy High
Are you looking for a Guild, but have no idea where to start? Are you sick of apping and then figuring out that the GM is a control freak and you won't have loot for 6mos? Tell us your stories!

Guild Reviews.
http://guildreviews.com

Recruit Gamers [32] free Yes php, mysql Very Easy High
Rg logo
RecG site

RG - Recruitment Simplified

World of Warcraft Recruitment Redefined!

Tired of recruitment forums? Are you a guild recruitment officer who has to search through forums every day to look for apps? Do you spend 30minutes every day bumping your recruitment post?
Or are you a player looking for a guild that matches your progress, playtimes and ideology? Stop wasting your time on the various recruitment forums! Use RG's powerful filter system to find exactly the guild or applicant you're looking for. Create your listing today and start enjoying World of Warcraft again!

Features:

  • Designed for ease of use!
  • Support for both PvE and PvP!
  • Create both Guild AND Player listings!
  • Powerful filter system: Find exactly what you're looking for!
  • Our forms include ALL the info recruiters and players want to know about!
  • Stuck? Video Guides help you making the most of the site!
  • Integrated PM system: Protect your privacy!
  • Optional support for all major instant messaging services!
  • Completely 100% FREE!


Made by Gamers for Gamers!
Recruit Gamers - Recruitment Simplified.
http://www.recruit-gamers.com

RPG Outfitter [33]  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
They've got all the usual stuff: recipes, quests, inventory, vault, mail, bank requests. Remote Services (integrating their data into your web site so there's only one log in) is in beta, Character Pics (so you can see your character pic on your profile there) and they're playing around with sigs (you just need to add the image tag in your sig) but they're not customizable, yet. You can use the Uniuploader executable which will keep your character profile up to date automatically.

Character Profile

Guild Profiler

LookingForGuild.net [34] free  ? php, mysql  ?  ?
Lookingforguildlogo

A 100% free guild recruitment tool. Our advanced search engine makes "looking for guild forums" obsolete. No more bumping threads, or digging through posts hoping to find what you need. We have a huge listing of guilds that are recruiting right now, or you can place your own ad, and lets guilds fight over you. Every one of our ads are searchable by:
keywords
date
server
server type
faction
time zone
progression
raid start time and
raid end time
All ads that are posted will expire after a time unless they are updated, (kept current) or they will disapear.
www.lookingforguild.net is your ultimate guild recruitment resource.

WoW Roster [35] free no? php5, mysql medium high
An open source project for guild and character management this project has moved to be more like a guild CMS. They have a very active group of developers building both the basic system as well as many Mods and AddOns. They have solutions for Guild Banks, reputation, crafting lists, etc. They use a rebuilt and updated Profiler, as well and blizzard api support for updating guilds and characters. UniUploader as well as a Java version, jUniUploader, are available for this utility.
DotNetWarcraft: WoW Guild Roster [36] Free None ASP.NET, SQL Server Low Medium
An open source project for guild/character profiling, built to use with the DotNetNuke (DNN) CMS system. The project consists of multiple assemblies (DLLs) that allow it to be repurposed and extended to run on any .NET-based application (either web or desktop-based). Currently, only the DNN module is currently available - packaged as a standard DNN-public assembly (PA), which can be uploaded and installed. Configuration includes adding your guild into the module control panel, configuring the module display (which view type and which guilds to show), and setting up the polling service (no coding/customization required).

The project allows a DNN-based guild portal to gather/store/display one or multiple guilds/characters/stats/reputations. Information is downloaded from the WoW Armory server (via the WoW Armory Parser project). The code also includes a DNN service, to allow the guild portal to pull and update it's information from the WoW Armory on a regular basis (e.g., every 6-12 hours) to keep your guild roster up to date for you.

Out of the box, the code provides the ability to display guild characters by class, profession, guild rank, and reputation. On top of the groupings, the module allows for tagging of alt and main characters (and linking them to DNN users) so that the lists can show 'only mains' (for lists such as 'here are the guild officers', where you don't want to display all of the officer alts).

The current release of the code allows for the gathering and storage of the guild information in a database. To increase performance, the code uses custom caching to store the data, and uses AJAX for the user experience (Javascript and web services are used to eliminate postbacks and provide immediate feedback, as well as providing 'tooltip' on-hover boxes to show character information). Plans are to expand the functionality of the codebase post-release to include guild bank and guild calendar.

CTProfile [37]  ?  ? Hosted low medium
Build a roster of your guild characters with all their gear, skills and talents. Also useful to demonstrate specific builds with gear to provide as examples for up and coming guild members.

Currently unavailable.

WoW Character Info Generator [38]  ?  ? iframe low low
A widget allowing players to show detailed information about their characters, using data from World of Warcraft's armory. Your characters stats, talents, professions, gear and pvp stats are all included. The widget is compact and runs from an iframe, making it easy to embed on your website, blog or online profile.
Wow Web Stats [39] some free  ? php  ?  ?
WoW Web Stats lets you generate rich raid statistics from Combat Logs, that you can host on your forum and discuss after the raid for improving fighting techniques and player's specs.
phpRaider [40]  ?  ? php, mysql  ?  ?
phpRaider is a calendar version of phpRaid which allows you to create, edit, and then sign up for raids. It includes, among other things, icon and SQL table setups for Alliance, Horde, or both. With it, you're able to link the authentication options for almost all of the content management systems stated above and then some. Completely customizable and stable, it's only shortcoming is the limited support from the developers and a slight learning curve. Do not try this if you don't have at least basic knowledge of adding SQL databases/tables or editing PHP files. There isn't a lot of editing right out of the box but if you require assistance, expect the only help to come from the user base.
Alt5 [41] free  ? HTML iframes low medium
Alt5 (public beta) offers widgets that can be inserted into guild websites as iframes. Widget functionality includes web-based DKP, tradeskill/crafting/profession search, raid/event planning, and messaging (email and text messaging). Alt5 supports the RPGO guild and character profiler addons for easy upload of guild rosters and character info (such as recipes and bank items). Alt5 can also be used as a stand-alone solution for guilds that do not have their own website.
DKP for DotNetNuke [42] Free None ASP.NET, SQL Server Low Medium
A DKP module for the DotNetNuke Content Management system has finally arrived. The module emphasizes providing a simple user interface that packs a punch. The module interfaces with WoW Armory and WoW Head to make setting up Instances, Mobs, Items, and Drops a breeze. Nearly a year in the making, the module boosts a proven track record of success. The development team is always open to suggestions for how to improve the module, and is fairly responsive to the community's needs. This DKP system also supports multiple DKP systems running in the same work space for those guilds that prefer to use content based DKP systems.
WowPhpToolsWebService [43] free None HTML javascript low high
This service offers JSONP access to the Armory and WoW Heroes. In normal language this means that it is possible to use Armory and Wow Heroes features by just using javascript, no serverside coding is required. There are two example Javascript Widgets available one for the Armory and one for Wow Heroes which both show a guild roster listing.
LFGuild [44] Free None PHP, MySQL Very Easy High
Lfglarge
Lfgside

LFGuild features

Stop searching. Start finding.

The recruitment process in World of Warcraft can at times be one of the most testing aspects of the game. It makes and breaks guilds on a daily basis and is a time drain for both guilds seeking new players and players seeking new guilds.

LFGuild was built with the aim of easing the burden of recruitment by providing the most comprehensive set of tools available. Our tools allow for both guilds and players to manage the entire recruitment process from start to finish on the site, while automating as much of the process as possible.

LFGuild is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our users by refining and expanding our tools and features to further tame the recruitment process. We aim to the be the best destination for WoW recruitment.

Key features::

  • Set up custom filters within your account to receive alerts of the latest recruitment activity
  • Subscribe to realms or specific guilds
  • Uses The Armoury to automatically retrieve player and guild information to provide accurate profile information
  • Unique and innovative verification system. Ensure players and guilds are who they claim to be.
  • Articles and recruitment tips aimed at both guilds and players
  • Generate application forms with the click of a button - no more cumbersome forum posts, manage the entire process on LFGuild
  • WoW-esque guild permissions system allowing officers and members to help manage recruitment from within the unique guild control panel
  • Private messaging system to allow for easy and private communication between users
  • Developers' API allowing for tools and widgets to be built using LFGuild's data. Integrate your guild's recruitment status with your website.
  • Class and spec demand graph.


LFGuild - Stop Searching. Start Finding.
http://www.lfguild.com

PB-Roster [45] free None PHP, MYSQL, Joomla low high
PB-Roster http://pixelbyte.dk
Pbroster

PB-Roster


PB-Roster is a World of Warcraft Guild Roster for both Guilds and Communities which utilizes the popular CMS Joomla. PB-Roster fetches its data from the official WoW Armory and saves this in your own database. The data can then be used to display a list of members in your guild or community and can be extended to various other places in your website where only your imagination sets the limit. The PB-Roster have its own front-end admin interface which provide standard admin tasks and settings.

WoW Activity Feed [46] free None RSS low high
WoW Activity Feed http://wowactivity.kimptoc.net/


This site provides an RSS feed of activity for your WoW character and/or guild. The feed can be used to produce a twitter feed or facebook page updates. Or just viewed in an RSS reader.

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