Intuitive Web Site Management
No programming required (but some is possible, if you want it)! Point-and-click tools provide everything an online gaming
community needs. You'll never have to write a single line of HTML, CSS, or server-side script. Of course,
for those with techy types in the guild, you have the option of using some of these elements to further customize your site.
Tired of being stuck in the 1990's with hosts that don't allow total flexibility as far as what pages you have on your site, what widgets appear on the pages, and where? Use GuildPortal
and experience what guild hosts should provide their clients: all the power and control that the best portal sites do!
The most powerful features combined with the friendliest tools, and that's no exaggeration.
Compare our community management tools with any content management system on the market, and
you'll know how GuildPortal became the Leader in Guild Hosting! Even if you compare our pricing to that of your typical package
that gives you nothing more than file space -- requiring you write your own CMS from the ground up -- we still come out on top!
The most active, committed staff in the business. We have been doing this full-time for many years now, and we
are continually improving GuildPortal.
Forums With all the bells and whistles!
Your forums come with all the stuff you'd expect, and some things you might not. Did you know you can have GuildPortal automatically send you
a text message on your phone when someone replies to a topic you've subscribed to?
All the standard things are there, too, like forum handles (so that people can have a name in the forums that's different from their login
name). Members have the ability to upload custom thumbnail images, as well as provide a signature that appears at the bottom of every post.
The signature can be an image, custom content, a combination of both, or even generated by our easy-to-use custom signature generator.
Voting Polls are easily added to any new topic. Topics can be "sticky" (keeping them at the top of the list), locked (allowing no
more posts), subscribed to, and moved to different forums by an admin or moderator.
Forums can have sub-forums. They can be shared with other guilds (if you have an alliance set up in the Control Panel). Custom rank images can
be used for the five different "ranks" of posters, the ranks being broken down by number of posts they've made, encouraging participation.
Admins can also specify custom rank titles that appear under the rank images, giving recognition for those most active in the forums.
Custom forum images indicate whether a forum has had new topics or replies added since the user last visited the forum. Features "Next Unread,"
"Mark All Read," and other features you expect from a stand-alone foruming system, all completely integrated into your site, with no additional
user account required by your members.
Extended Security allows for Guild Administrators to specify that certain users may have access to moderate individual forums, without giving
them administrative rights to other areas of the site.
Raid Calendar For Events, Raids, and Stuff!
Raid sign-ups, accessible directly while viewing an event on the calendar, allow participants to specify ahead of time
whether they will be attending the event, giving event coordinators/raid leaders a good idea of the balance of people
they'll have available for a given event. They can also select which character they'd like to bring and role they'd like
DKP/Raid Points system built-in, giving event administrators the ability to reward points for attending events. Integrated
with the Bank content type to manage awarding items based upon raid point standings. This system is totally optional,
and does not require that your guild implement a raid point/DKP system.
Members who sign up for a raid have the option to be notified via e-mail or their phone when the coordinator of the event changes
their status, say from "available" to "confirmed".
Have an alliance with one or more other guilds on GuildPortal? Sharing the event with them (and having it appear on their
calendar instantly) is only a matter of a couple of mouse clicks!
Raid start times are shown in the time zone of the viewer, eliminating the problem of people missing a
raid over time zone confusion. To further reduce the chance that people will miss a raid, GuildPortal optionally
sends out reminders to your e-mail or phone!
Raids let you enter items that dropped during them, and an associated widget called "Most Recent Drops" can be dropped
onto any of your site's pages to show what loot your guild has most recently gotten ahold of, and to whom is was awarded.
Custom raid categories provide the ability to give different types of raids their own, unique appearance on
the calendar. Customize the border color, background color, text color, and even provide an icon. Additionally,
you can customize raid/event locations. Zone not listed, or have a super-secret staging area you like
to gather in before heading to the main event? No problem -- add it!
Custom raid roles let you define things beyond the standard "DPS," "Tank," etc. and add things like "Support" or
"Buffing." When signing up for an raid, members select from the list of available roles to pick the one they want
to fill. Of course, Event Admins can change the roles of any of the sign-ups, if they wish.
Alternate between monthly, weekly, and daily agenda views dynamically, without page refreshes.
Attendance level allows event administrators to specify five levels of participation requirements, ranging from
totally optional to mandatory attendance.
For games where it is available, tight integration with the game your guild plays, allowing events to be associated
with zones, or areas, within the game your guild plays.
Rosters Some of them automatic!
Standard roster showing all members of the guild, their access level, title, thumbnail image, participation rating,
medals, and member-supplied field values custom to the game your guild plays. Member-entered and maintained data
shifts the burden of keeping guild roster information up-to-date from a single administrator to the individual
members! For some games, however, integration with game publisher web sites (and the use of add-ons) makes
this process totally automatic.
Choose from multiple views, including Event Participation and Flag/Key tracking (where applicable to the game
your guild plays). Drop the Tradeskill Listing content type onto any of your guild pages to see the level
of proficiency characters in your guild have in the various trade skills applicable to your game.
Detailed Character Profiles, showing game-specific data for the characters belonging to members of your guild
play. Journal entries provide a way for players to keep track of and publish the ongoing life tales of their characters.
Create Medals with custom images, award them to your members, and drop the Recently Awarded Medals widget on your
guild pages. They also show up in your roster, even if it's one that's automatically fetched from your game publisher's
web site or an add-on.
Social It's all about Community
Use the Guild Rally widget to contact your members with urgent information. If they've set up their phone information
in their profile, they'll receive a text! If not, they'll receive an e-mail.
Guild members automatically have a blog of their own, including a FaceBook-style "Wall" page where they can post status updates, and
and "about me" section. Other guild mates visiting a member's site can view and comment on the member's status entries or blog posts.
A Status Updates widget is available to be placed on any of your guild web pages, and shows status updates and new
blog posts by guild members.
A Most Recent Bloggers widget can be placed on any guild page, showing the latest blog entries made by guild mates.
Drop the Needs List content type onto any guild page for a place where guild mates can enter things they want to accomplish in-game.
Why bother with an indoor voice when you can use the Shout Box content type, complete with optional alliance sharing?
Achievements Keep your members competing!
Achievements are a visual way to award your members for participating on the site. You can easily create achievements that are
auto-awarded when your members participate.
Choose from the different types of actions to reward achievements for, such as: new posts, replies to posts,
voting, adding shouts, sending in item requests, reading library articles, adding story chapters, participating
in chat, and more.
Set the threshold for awarding, and even have multiple achievement rewards for different thresholds of the same activity.
For example, have achievements for 10, 20, 50, and 100 (or however many you want!) posts in the forums.
Add the Achievements widget to any page on your site so people can see who's recently earned them.
Insanely Powerful Customization
Drag-and-drop management of pages and widgets! Widget containers, pages, grid rows -- all are customizable
with point-and-click ease, even to the point of selecting colors to generate custom gradient images to serve
as backgrounds. Create cool-looking containers (called "Section Wrappers") around your site's
navigation, user login/link bar, and content with effects like background transparency, glow or drop shadow
effects, and rounded corners.
Using the Banner Generator, you can have a custom image built immediately to
your specifications. You're not limited to just your guild's name, either. Enter the text you'd like an image
generated for. Select the font name and size you'd like. Select colors for a gradient effect, outline, and
glow. Then choose from a list of effects to apply to your banner, including reflection, shadow, filmstrip, glass
table, and perspective skew. Combine any (or all) of the above to get the exact graphic you want. It's output
as a PNG, so it won't block out any background image you have on your web page!
Provide your own custom images for your banner, page background, forum icons, emoticons (smilies), RSS feeds,
post ranks (stars), and other elements of your site. Navigation, depending on your preference, can consist
of a simple strip of boxed text underneath your banner, images with different states (current tab vs. non-current),
a simple list of pages/options in any of the standard widget containers, or even a modern-looking strip with
a gradient overlay consisting of colors of your choosing and glossy effects built to your specifications using
our Nav Bar Builder, all with point-and-click ease.
Hawt! If you're the technical type, and you really want to push the limits for a completely customized site, head over
to the Custom Code area of the Control Panel. There, provide HTML for your banner area, footer area,
widgets. You can even do full page custom HTML and CSS! Used in conjunction with Custom CSS, and now built-in
support for jQuery and custom scripting, you can achieve levels of personalization almost unheard of in a CMS -- and
certainly not achieved by any other Guild Hosting platform.
Custom CSS doesn't require any file uploading. The Control Panel gives you a powerful editor that even comes with syntax
highlighting in auto-indentation.
Every site hosted by GuildPortal automatically includes the jQuery
Voice Servers Ventrilo and Mumble!
Quickly and easily set up and manage your new Ventrilo/Mumble server from the Control Panel, instantly gaining
Seamless integration with the Voice Server Status widget for hands-free display of who's online (Ventrilo only,
at the moment) and client download/server login information.
Some of the lowest prices you'll find for Ventrilo/Mumble voice servers, anywhere!
Have Allies? Share Stuff!
GuildPortal helps you strengthen your alliances, keeping them from falling apart by keeping you connected! Share forums,
raids, and shouts with allied guilds. Individual items are shared, except in the case of shouts. For example, if you
are allied with three other guilds, you can selectively share an event with whichever of those guilds you like (you
are not required to share with all or none), and the same goes with forums. With shouts, however, you have the option
to share your guild's shouts (and in return, see the shouts of the guild you're sharing with), or not.
Make alliances with multiple guilds, sharing content across as many (or few) of them as you want. GuildPortal does
not force a structure on your alliances in any way, nor is alliance functionality in any way hampered based upon
the subscription status (free, paid, whatever) of any -- or all -- guilds in your alliance.
Each guild in an alliance maintains its own content and members, eliminating the need for an extra web site
just for the alliance, while preserving their own identity.
Voting Features Let the people be heard!
Voting polls can be truly stand-alone, meaning you do not need to bury them inside a forum topic. However, if you
want to, you are able to attach a poll to a topic.
Polls can be set to allow votes/viewing by site access level, and results are visible from the poll itself, even
if it's attached to a forum topic.
Multi-choice polls are supported, too!
Gallery For Your Pix
Approved members can upload images to the gallery with no intervention required by a guild administrator, though
administrators have the option of disabling member uploads.
The Image Gallery widget displays images in a random sequence.
Chat Without Firewall Troubles!
Conduct meetings or strike up a conversation with people online with our AJAX-based chat, which is fully web-based, requiring
no Java runtime, and nothing to install. You won't need to worry about firewalls, either!
Chat in the guild lobby, or on-one-on with another guildie.
Community Participation Awards
Graphical indicators for people who participate regularly, encouraging your members to stay active on your site and keep up on guild happenings.
Post counts, titles, "stars," ranks.
Participation rating based upon posts, event sign-ups, voting, and other activities. Can be reset at any time the administrators decide to "level
the playing field."
Top 5, Bottom 5 widgets that can be placed anywhere on your guild pages.
Create medals and award them to members for deeds or participation, with custom images that show up on your roster!
Members can also earn GuildPortal-awarded achievements!
Categories of items custom to the game your guild plays, with custom fields based upon the item type in the game
(ie, Range may apply to Missle Weapons but not to Melee Weapons. Items provide standard fields for quantity,
current location (in-game), comments.
Members can submit item requests, which is integrated with the web-based mail system by sending requests with
single-click approve/deny for bank administrators.
Guild Funds tracking, with currency types defined by the game your guild plays. Transaction history to track
where guild funds go, what they're used for, and associated comments.
Integrated Web-based Mail
Tight integration with the rest of your site. If you see a member name, click it and then it's one simple click to
send a private message, and new mail notification displays on all guild pages.
Inbox shows all mail waiting for you, with icons showing whether you've read each message, a subject header, who it
was from, and when it was sent. Sent Items shows messages you've sent that haven't been deleted. Messages indicate
whether the person you sent it to has read it yet and, if so, when they read it.
Custom Folders help keep your messages organized. Address Book shows all members of all guilds that you're a member of,
providing a central location to send web-based mail.
Extensible Mods System
Browse, search, and install mods that have been created by other GuildPortal site admins. Mods can affect things like the
behavior of your site, add effects, or even be entirely new widgets to add to our already huge selection!
Create your own mods and share them with others!
And More .. A whole lot more!
Automatically generated and mailed newsletters, guild rules, quotes, recruiting tools, who's online, embedded pages, custom text/html, automatic
Aion roster integration, Aion lgeion summary widget, Aion search widget, Aion server info widget, World of Warcraft direct integration for automatic
roster data gathering, World of Warcraft server status widget, EverQuest 2 automatic roster integration, Rift item tooltips powered by ZAM, Rift
roster integration via the in-game /dumpguild command, complete Rift database/news search powered by ZAM, Star Wars: The Old Republic item tooltips
powered by Torhead, SW:ToR search, SW:ToR server status with current population. LOTRO item tooltips, automatic roster integration, and server status.
... and tons more. Check out our widget listing to the right, or jump in and create your new guild website now!