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Please Note

The Forum / Site has some critical issues atm.The most dramatic one is the 502 error thrown by Cloudflare due to most likely our server.I assume it's performance related and my hopes are to find a solution during the weekend.
If you encounter issues a simple reload should most likely fix it. - I know: not perfect - but thats what you get when a single developer is responsible for everything and only a small testing group checked the beta site out.  :dolphin:
The post will be updated once we make progress - be sure to also check out our Discord for more frequent updates.

Hey guys,

after over two years it's finally here, our site overhaul.
It was a long and stressfull journy and we are happy to finally share this project with everyone.

Please forgive us if there are some issues in the next few days, we will monitor the site and might hotfix issues which we simply couldn't find in our Closed, Donor & Open Beta ;)

Most noteworthy changes compared to our old site:
Sorry but you are not allowed to view spoiler contents.

You can read the latest changelog (and all others from the paste) here: https://confluence.ugx-mods.com/display/UGXMODS/UGXSMF+v0.8.0-beta

Thanks for your support, be sure to let us know what you think!



I'm personally happy that this milestone has been completed now.

UGX-Mods should be future proof now, bringing you a lot of new improvements and features + modern web standards.



Greetings on behalf of the remaining UGX-Mods team



Alex 'Delta' Diller
94 days ago
We have some great news to share, so let's get started!


Release date

We are very excited to announce the release date for the new UGX-Mods theme.

The upcoming weekend (September 8th - 9th) will be the beta release on our production site.
After over 2 years of planning, developing, testing and refineing it's finally happening.


Downtime / Maintenance

There will be a downtime of 1-2 hours !
During that time we will migrate everything on production.

We will announce the exact time on our UGX-Mods Discord and on Twitter (@UGXMods).


Last Open Beta version has been released

We also released the last open beta release on https://beta.ugx-mods.com - go check it out now! Everyone can take a look before it goes on production this weekend <3

In this release we added new emotes like this one: :ugxmods_blue:
We also added support for emojis: :heart_eyes: :laughing: :thumbsup: (you can only see them on https://beta.ugx-mods.com/forum - this will obviously change with the go-live)

We made more changes, improvements and features, read the full changelog here: https://confluence.ugx-mods.com/display/UGXMODS/UGXSMF+v0.7.2-open-beta


Thats it for now, stay frosty!
101 days ago

Hello community,

Today is an exciting day for us. We have finally released our new UGX-Mods Forum as Open Beta to everyone.

Simply head over to https://beta.ugx-mods.com to get started - be sure to give us feedback (see below) so that we can improve it before it goes live on our main domain (production).

Please note: Your user settings won't be carried over, so beta and non beta (production) won't share the same settings.
This also effects some forum settings and statistics like total forum user count and such.

Other than that, Beta and Production share the same data and you are free to use Beta as long the Open Beta goes.

You can also share beta links, once we move out we simply redirect the links to the correct site (heart)

Before we dive into the major changes, let's talk about you and your privacy first!


GDPR | Your privacy

You probably received dozens of emails about Privacy Policy changes and such. Well we updated our as well!
We refined it and made it more transparent. We also respect the EU GDPR and apply the changes and features to everyone including non EU citizens.
We face one big issue: Currently only https://beta.ugx-mods.com has these changes!
We try to get out of the Open Beta as fast as possible but we believe it will take up to two weeks before we can do that.
If you have any GDPR related concerns, simply use https://beta.ugx-mods.com which has all changes to comply with GDPR already.
We most likey will refine our Privacy Policy further and require your consent soon again - we are no experts ;)


Major changes in Open Beta

The work began 2 long years ago and we added and improved a lot since then. Here some major highlights but there is a lot more:
  • New HTML5 theme which is responsive and mobile ready (now you can browse on your phone without issues!)
  • New HTML Text Edtior (CKEditor) for creating and editing your topics and replies.
    • New gallery and slider options for images
    • Easy media emebed with iframely, simply paste a link into the editor and magic happens
    • Autocomplete for emotes and widgets (try to type in : ) or #UGX and see what happens)
  • Improved registration process for new users
    • Better client side validation (in general this effects many areas)
    • Email validation (no more typos and support requests)
    • Email registration check → we let you know about your status of your email
  • Beautiful HTML emails with nice links :rainbow:
  • Connect and authenticate with your social accounts, like Twitter, Facebook, Steam, etc.
    • Discord connection with our UGX Discord. Link your account and sync your forum groups with your Discord Account
      (you'll also receive the UGX Member role in Discord)
  • New Avatars and Usercard functionality
    • shows online state of user (green or red for online / offline) - in the future we want to extend this with the UGX Launcher.
    • click on any avatar to show the Usercard, to get more information about an user.
    • more avatar visibility! Yup we added support for your avatar to be displayed in many new places on the site.
  • Forum Index improvements
    • Child Boards can be viewed and entered directly from the index
  • Message index improvements
    • Preview of posts without navigating to the post (first and last message are shown)
  • Personal Messages improvements (mostly design)
  • Adding our very own blog which UGX-Mods doesn't use yet due to not enough time atm (sad)
  • User Interface improvements
    • new modern blue look
    • Custom dropdowns, checkboxes and radioboxes
    • better error, info, warning display
  • Offline mode & better caching
    • smaller total load helps to reduce bandwidth
    • in case you go offline the site shows a nicer offline site (great for mobile devices on the go)
  • Alerts
    • receive alerts & desktop notifications for subscribed boards / topics and other actions
    • The sound and the desktop notification can be disabled in your settings!
  • SEO improvements
    • link any ugx-mods.com url in Discord and such to show a nice preview. Forum posts actually show the first image if available (smile)
    • nicer URLs (with page title, etc.)
    • (lot of internal work has been made)
  • New landing page available under https://beta.ugx-mods.com which will unite all our sites and with information about UGX-Mods.
  • UGX Roadmap at https://beta.ugx-mods.com/roadmap
  • GDPR improvements
    • privacy settings
    • export personal data
If you are interested in all changes, read all changelogs here or on our website in the changelog sidebar (footer and header).
We are waiting for your feedback / issue reports now, simply checkout the ugx-beta-feedback room on Discord or on our Forum https://beta.ugx-mods.com/forum/ugx-mods-beta-forum/98 and let us know about your issues or feature / improvements requests.

You can also write here directly on this announcement. :)

We evaluate your feedback and put it into our development roadmap. Hopefully you are excited with the new forum and everything works out smoothly.
That would mean that production would be soon ready for the new forum theme.

It has been a long journey for me (Delta) and I'm personally very excited to share with everyone my work (heart)
202 days ago
NOTE: the new html emails might also be sent out (rarely) to non-beta users!NOTE2: we changed the sender email from [email protected] to [email protected] for the new emails.We will deprecate noreply soon or later, so be sure to update your email rules & filters and include [email protected] to your contacts list, to ensure you get them without any issues!

HTML Emails?!

After weeks of work, a new update on https://beta.ugx-mods.com/forum is out for all donators.We are getting closer to the Open Beta!
The biggest update are our emails which we sent out daily to you.We now have shiny new HTML based emails. Not all emails will be sent out yet due to production vs beta state - but you'll progressivly notice the new emails and once we go Open Beta and beyoned, you'll get used to them :)

This is a major change - feedback as usual much apprecaited. If you notice something is totally odd, let us know!

A complete list of changes is here: https://confluence.ugx-mods.com/display/UGXMODS/UGXSMF+v0.6.0-donor-beta


Thanks and enjoy your weekend
298 days ago
The migration to our new server went almost without any issues (so far :P).

We had an issue with mail sending for around 18 hours, all registration emails should have been resent.
If not, simply contact us or request the registration email here: https://www.ugx-mods.com/forum/activate/
 

New Server - Okay?! - So what exactly does that mean now?

We have now twice as much bandwidth which means a total of 500 Mbps.
Our server is also faster (better CPU) but thats not relevant to you.

In the end, the new server means faster downloads & better page loading times.


We also divided our sever into production and development.

Before our new server, our development tools (Jira, Confluence, ...) and our production websites (UGX-Mods Forum, ...) where hosted on the same server.
Now the forum and upcoming services will run on their own server, this ensures less performance impact when we do some busy dev stuff :)

We can ensure more redundant backups. We have in total three server now, so each (critical) backup is synced to two servers now.


The new server offered us a new fresh start.

I'm a hobbyist server administrator.
That means I didn't received any porfessional schooling or anything like that.
It's all based on carefull internet resarch, learning by doing and my technical interest in these things.

For UGX I do this now for over 5 years and a fresh start offered me to revisit best practice.
That helped us to migrate easily to a new database engine, a newer PHP version and also improved web server configuration.

The result is a faster and more secure system than before.

Speaking of security

SSL/TLS

We recently moved our site to enforced full TLS encryption.
With the server move, we also send now an so called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) Header.
We configured it that way, that your browser will remember the website as HTTPS only and will only make HTTPS connections now.
If our certificate is wrong or anything like that, the browser will block the access to the site / request.
(it's a really easy explenation - but the message is here that we enhanced the security ;))

We are applying to the preload list now, so browser vendors (like Chrome and Firefox) will hardcode our domain in their list.


Meltdown & Spectre
You might have heard about Meltdown and Spectre recently, especially with Intel CPU.All our servers use Intel Xenons (Server CPUs) and yes - they are all effected by this.

The good news first: Our systems are patched against Meltdown (case 1).

But apparently we are not secured against Spectre (case 2 & case 3) yet.
We are awaiting patches by the devs and as soon as they are out we will update our systems.

It might impact performance but based on our current state it won't be noticable (at least for you ;)).

Fruther improvements this year

We will monitor and further improve / tweak the server. This is an ongoing (time consuming) process.
On my todo list is more monitorng, better security audits,

Whats next?

The server migration is over and I can slowly go back to web development.
A new major patch is almost ready for the Closed Beta and we hope that the Open Beta can happen soon.
Maybe February?

Thank you sooo much

I would like to thank foremost our donators and supporters, every individual who contributes to this website and / or community.
Thanks to you, I can do this fun, great and amaizing hobby and while I had some sleepless and stressfull nights (especially the past few days) it's still filling me with joy and a good feeling that we serve for over 6 years now this amaizing forum for amaizing people (like you!).

Also please take part on our survey if you haven't yet.
It's a great motivation boost (I read every single one of them) and insight into what you guys think and want from UGX-Mods.

Simply visit the following google form and get started: https://goo.gl/forms/VrkUgNmihgCDuwXl2
(duration: under 10 minutes)
The survey will end mid February.

Stay Frosty.
324 days ago
Maintenance is done. Welcome on our new server :)
A followup announcement with more details will be available later


Upcoming Server Maintenance on 20th January 2018 at 11 pm UTC (https://time.is/de/UTC)

Expected downtime of the forum: under 1 hour
Please note that it might come to further issues after the maintenance, so please forgive us if the first 24 hours might be a bit slower or if there are errors.
The forum will be put into maintenance mode. - You won't be able to read or write.

We will update the status on Discord, Twitter and at https://status.ugx-mods.com/ following by an new announcement (with more information) once we are confident that the new server is fully running.

Jira and Confluence (our wiki) won't be affected by this.

Thats it so far :)
327 days ago

Hello members,

in order to improve your experience on UGX-Mods, we need to ask you some questions which will help us with decision making, prioritize tasks and to know our userbase better.

Simply visit the following google form and get started: https://goo.gl/forms/VrkUgNmihgCDuwXl2
(duration: under 10 minutes)
The survey will end mid February.

If you ever wanted to express your feedback, now is the time! :)

Thanks to all participants, we appreciate your spend time.

Also: We will upgrade our web server this month for sure, starting soon with the initial setup.

What does that mean for you?
  • Faster downloads
  • Faster page loading times
There will be a small downtime of the UGX-Mods Forum (~1 hour) which we will announce early with more information regarding the upgrade.

Thats it - have a great weekend! :)
340 days ago
Welcome in 2018!

We hope you all had a great start into the new year. <3

The new year is here and it's going to be a good year for sure!Year 2018 will be the year which is going to revamp UGX-Mods.

We start with our new homepage, which is going into Open Beta at the end of Q1 2018.
Everyone is then invited to check out what we have been working on for almost two years now. °O°

After that we want to release the major Update of the UGX Launcher to donors first, following with an Open Beta in Q3 2018.
Besides those two major releases / updates from UGX-Mods, we hope to see a lot of user generated content for WaW, BO1 and BO3.

We are excited and hope you are excited too =)


2018 is going to be great!
344 days ago
Hello beloved members,

It's this time of the year again. - The sales are there and your pockets are empty already.


We hope you all have a great time, many presents, good food and a lot of fun.


Merry Christmas

UGX-Team
352 days ago
Hey guys,

we updated (long overdue!) the forum software and force everyone to use SSL/TLS now.
(so you'll access the page now via https from now on - don't worry - nothing will change for you)

This was quite major step, so there might be some issues. Be so kind and report them to us, so that I can fix it asap.

Note: you might not get the full green lock yet, I'll work on this.
Update (16 DEC 2017): The green SSL Lock should be visible now across the entire site. (There might be still some forum posts with a yellow warning due to user content which is still http content)
Note 2: https://beta.ugx-mods.com received an update as well: https://confluence.ugx-mods.com/display/UGXMODS/UGXSMF+v0.5.3-donor-beta


So whats next?!
  • We will move to a new server this - or early next year - which will improve general performance and download / page load speed
  • We are going to further update the https://beta.ugx-mods.com and start the OPEN BETA soon <3
On behalf of the UGX-Mods Team

Alex 'Delta' Diller
376 days ago
Hey guys,

I would like to introduce WebRTS officially now :)

WebRTS is my bachelor project (the reason why I can't do anything for UGX atm) and you can play it in your browser (Google Chrome) for free right now.
The great thing about this game is, that it uses Open Street Map, so you actually play on the real earth.

At the moment the focus is on a small area in Germany for testing, but in the future bigger areas (maybe the whole earth) will be available.

So if you are interested, simply visit the WebRTS website, signup and play a quick round.
(The game requires atm at least two human players, so depending on the time of day it might take a bit)

I would appreciate your support, especially if you take part on my survey about the game.


(quick introduction about the game)

Thanks

- Alex
655 days ago
Hey guys,

I would like to introduce my bachelor project here and also invite you to the closed alpha right now.

First of all - What is WebRTS?

WebRTS is a web browser real-time strategy game which plays on the real earth.
The game uses map data from Open Street Map and you could technically play on the whole planet.

(some more information is on the website, link / access is at the bottom)



My goal with this bachelor project is,
to evaluate if it's possible to create such a game with and if end users (players) would be interested in such product (game).

The goal of the closed alpha is to find out how well it performs - I have at the moment some performance issues and I want to find the bottlenecks of my code.

That's why I invite everyone to my closed alpha.

http://webrts.alexander-diller.de/


PLEASE NOTE:
This game / project is very early in development. You probably will notice performance issues / downtimes and so on.
I would appreciate it if don't try to "break the system" - give me and others a chance to play and improve the game :)

If you can't reach the website, try it later again. I will try to update & optimize it whenever I have time.
(my deadline is in two weeks and I still need to write my BA)

I think the game / website will be under heavy load soon x,x

If possible (and if you are interested into RTS games), be sure to get your friends as well.
I don't think the server is capable of many players at the same time (thats why I do this alpha stress test) - but maybe it works out for your group at the right time and you can enjoy a 4 vs 4 match.

If you have any questions, let me know =)
664 days ago
Test ticket =)
745 days ago
Happy Halloween guys,

We were very busy and would like to announce the following releases:
UGX Mod BO3 v0.1.1 alpha
Release Topic: http://ugx-mods.com/forum/index.php/topic,13781
First release of the UGX Mod for Black Ops 3
UGX Azrael:
Release Topic: http://ugx-mods.com/forum/index.php/topic,13783
First map for Black Ops 3 by UGX-Mods
beta.ugx-mods.com:
Announcement Topic: http://ugx-mods.com/forum/index.php/topic,13784
Beta Access to the new Forum Theme
(currently only for Donors <3, everyone else will get a limited preview)
772 days ago
Hey guys,

let's do it real quick:

Donors <3 have full access to https://beta.ugx-mods.com
Normal users or guests get limited access to some areas.

Let us know what you think about the new theme here, or at the dedicated feedback section for the forum. (only visible to donors right now!)

In case you missed it:

UGX Azreal Release: http://ugx-mods.com/forum/index.php/topic,13783
UGX Mod for BO3: http://ugx-mods.com/forum/index.php/topic,13781


Oh and Happy Halloween =)
772 days ago

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