I want to start by apologizing for not providing any updates on the site in quite some time, the last update was all the way back in patch 4.4. I know Shadowbringers just came out, and everyone was probably really looking forward to seeing that gear put on the site, so I’m sorry that it hasn’t happened yet.
I’ll be honest, I think I burnt myself out a bit when I first created the site. I reached a point where I just didn’t want to work on it anymore and I stopped updating it. I was planning to close the site down once the hosting that I paid for runs out at the end of October. I know that isn’t what a lot of you wanted to hear, but don’t worry yet, it may not come to that.
I logged onto the site to disable the Paypal donation a couple days ago because I didn’t want people to donate within 2 months of the site going down, that just wouldn’t feel right taking people’s money at that point. When I was doing that, I decided to check how many people are still using the site, and I was surprised to find that the site’s popularity has still been going up every month despite not receiving any updates.
I didn’t realize that so many people are actually using the site. Not to mention, I’ve received some overwhelmingly positive feedback when I released the site on reddit, and I’ve noticed a handful of reddit posts since release with favorable comments. I would feel really guilty taking the resource away from the community, so I’m going to try to make it work out.
Putting Ads on the Site
All that said, there is one change I will unfortunately have to make. I’m going to have to try to run ads on the site to try to support the hosting costs. I really appreciate all those who have donated via Paypal to support the site, but sadly I fell quite short of paying it off.
I can’t afford to pay for the site out-of-pocket, so I am going to have to try placing ads and see if that can help. I will try to keep them as unobtrusive as I can, so hopefully they won’t bother you too much. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, I really wanted to avoid ads, but I hope you can understand why I’m doing it.
I am working to get these added soon, hopefully within a week. I will use the remaining 2 months as a test to see if it looks sustainable this way, and if all goes well then I will renew the hosting and keep the site going.
Updates to Come
I’m going to begin to update the site again and try to get battle jobs caught up with 4.5 and 5.0 gear sets. It may take time, I’m going to try to not burn myself out on it again, but I’ll be working on it. I’ve just added the Eden armor sets today, which you can check out here, but keep an eye out over the next couple weeks and I should be getting more sets up.