Recent GuildPortal Updates
There's a new Silverlight-based gallery for your guild images available. You can get to it from any gallery widget on your sites by clicking Open Gallery. This opens the existing gallery, but in the top, right-hand corner is a new link to open the Silverlight version. If you don't have the Silverlight plug-in, you'll be prompted to install it.
It's in "beta" for the moment. One notable feature is missing -- the ability to comment on images. We wanted to get it out there in order to get some feedback on how people feel about taking a more RIA approach when it comes to future features and enhancements. While RIA (rich internet applications) can be, at the lowest level, simply Ajax-based (as GuildPortal is now), the frontier "Web 3.0" world looks to be populated with technologies like Silverlight and Adobe AIR/Flex.
If this is received well, we can put more emphasis on developing these kinds of richer (even occasionally disconnected!) features for your guild sites, moving from web sites to richer, more fully-featured guild management applications with more responsive and attractive interfaces. Of course, our stamp on the world of guild hosting has always been customizability, and that would move to the new platform, too!
It's important to emphasize that we've no plans to abandon the web-page side of things. All of this would be complimentary and fully integrated. Nor is building bigger and better always the way to go. For example, we also have plans for a fully-featured mobile client (based on standards, not for any specific device).
So if you've got a moment, pay a visit to the GuildPortal Admin Community and let us know what you think.
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