Update: Universal Login + Portal

Posted on 2 December in Updates

Today marks a huge change of direction for iClan Websites.

Our primary goal has always been to provide an epic community hosting platform for gamers, allowing us to collaborate with our gamer friends with ease. But, if you think about it, what is the most important aspect of running a community? It's not a really an awesome website. It's the members. Without members, there is no community, clan, guild or whatever you wish to call it.

Today's update is all about members. Gamers who are involved in clans and guilds typically fall in one of two categories:

  • Members looking to join communities
  • Leaders looking to setup their own community

In order to make a community successful, we need to find a way to connect these two groups of people. The first step to accomplish this is a universal login. This provides every user with a unified login account they can use for any community they join.

The second step is to make it easy for members to find communities, vice versa. Our new connect portal can be used to help you find new members for your community, or to help you find new interesting communities to join.

However, this, like with any big change, does come with some drawbacks:

  • Admins can no longer edit their member profiles.
  • Admins could become frustrated that their members are participating in other communities, e.g. "clan hoppers".

Looking through our logs we noticed it is very rarely that admins edit other member profiles. The main things leaders usually change are ranks, so, the first problem shouldn't be too much of an issue for the majority of you. And don't worry, you can still edit your custom profile fields and ranks for your members.

We understand many leaders are only looking for people who will be dedicated to their group. The new setup allows members to float from community to community with ease. This is why we added the "Primary Community" profile field. Members can specify which primary community they are most dedicated too. You may wish to enforce this upon your members. Leaders are also concerned with moderating member registrations. Not to worry, you'll still be able to approve or deny access to anyone who joins your website.

The best thing about gaming is gaming with other people. We're confident todays update will better serve the gaming community as a whole by providing you with a platform you use to connect with other gamers, as well as having a powerful website for your community.

We'd love to hear your thoughts about this update, please feel free to leave your comments below.

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WPX C0PYandPST
Members still show up on Activity Feed even if they are not accepted ever since the update i have lost interest on iclan as a Premium+ customer i am very dissapointed with these new updates dont get me wrong i love iclan and its great my clan is my clan not iclans clan we are our own community and our own clan our clan is a private clan and we are not a fans of the fact any posts we make on the iClan community pages appear on my own websites activity feed :-( links to members profiles are re directing us to other sites grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr frustration lol fix something READ Comments below lots of feed back iclan members not happy WPX not happy
+1 · 13 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hey, this should actually be fixed already. Would you like to check and let me know if this isn't? Thank you.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
WPX C0PYandPST
we need to get this fixed i have lost website activity due to the new updates In all honesty I well and truly loved iClan back in March 2014 (When I first signed up) they were the best on the market, I snarled at anybody who wrote a bad comment about them and even forced myself to reply to a bad review, however with that said with the recent price/plan changes INCLUDING FEATURE REMOVALS such as voice server for a "most popular" plan, atrocious universal login - that nobody seems to want, iClan has in my opinion become...unattractive - iClan has become the infamous Auntie you would avoid at all costs I admit James the whole pen knife example is common sense and your right, you have to say "no" I respect that, your Job cannot be easy but the recent update has iClan caught with its pants down. I hate the update, all of it. thanks, UKKorby WPX and the iclan members
+1 · 13 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
UKKorby
In all honesty I well and truly loved iClan back in March 2014 (When I first signed up) they were the best on the market, I snarled at anybody who wrote a bad comment about them and even forced myself to reply to a bad review, however with that said with the recent price/plan changes INCLUDING FEATURE REMOVALS such as voice server for a "most popular" plan, atrocious universal login - that nobody seems to want, iClan has in my opinion become...unattractive - iClan has become the infamous Auntie you would avoid at all costs I admit James the whole pen knife example is common sense and your right, you have to say "no" I respect that, your Job cannot be easy but the recent update has iClan caught with its pants down. I hate the update, all of it.
+3 · 11 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hi UKKorby, yes we are removing some features every now and then, but only the feature which are rarely used. We need a simpler, easy to use platform which does the core things brilliantly, instead of trying to do everything badly. With regards to the voice servers, most customers didn't need it or they already had one from an external host, so it was removed from most of our plans. Some updates have been made recently to address some of the negative side effects of the universal login, if you need anything else amended please let me know here and I'll see what can be done, thanks :)
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XxMrHollywood
A function to stay separate needs to be developed, premium function or not. I just want my clan website to be hosted and nothing more connected.
+1 · 11 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
First well done on acquiring 2400+ members. Many would love to have so many members. We are considering something like this but plans have not been finalised yet. Please let me know if you need anything else.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XxMrHollywood
We don't need any more people, 2400+ is enough to manage
+2 · 11 December 2014 · You like thisLike
WPX C0PYandPST
what about our chat room many of my members have no place to hang out our chat room was our hang out can you reconsider the chat room Plz WPX
+0 · 9 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
That chat room was one of our least use features and so was removed. That being said, we're working on some cool chat improvements currently, hopefully they will be released very soon.
+1 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Naver
Thank you. Now I can delete my comments. But a little advise... If you guys do universal login, then it won't be successful. There r already many Internet cafe that provides it for free. I only came here because of its website not Internet cafe or Facebook. There will be no one that pays for half fake website.
+2 · 8 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hey Naver, thanks for your honest feedback. If you have anything else please let me know, thanks.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Cammy Poe
I requested to be NOT Universally Linked. PLEASE REMOVE MY UNIVERSAL LINK, I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS FEATURE IN THE FIRST PLACE!
+2 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Naver
I can't delete my profile comments.. Can you please check it again? And, there is no point of removing chat room expansion.. now I can't delete the chat room unusual comments so you have to delete everything for just one. I'm sure you guys have tried to do something but this is website.. We should have get most of permission inside of it. Like I said we don't recruit anyone in iclanwebsites. We recruit members inside of the game or the game forum. Here is the things to recover & fix: 1. Chat room expansion + delete option. 2. Name change permission in member's profile. 3. Delete options on galleries each pictures. (Currently every members have to delete everything because of one picture). 4. Delete bugs on profile comments. (Now cannot even delete) 5. Displaying the user's rank and etc when put mouse pointer on their name. (This feature aint so important but better than nothing)
+1 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
This article nicely explains the problem we face: http://ignorethecode.net/blog/ ... 2/removing-features/ We'll likely continue to remove features that are only used by a handful of customers in the future and focus on improving our core features. Instant chat functionality is provided by the instant chat box (updates and improvements coming very soon). Delete bugs on profile comments - this was a glitch and should be fixed now. We've been pushing out patches every day since the last update, if you find anything else, please let us know. Thanks :)
+0 · 8 December 2014 · You like thisLike
WPX C0PYandPST
Please immediately remove me from Universal Login. I do NOT want all my messages in one area. I do NOT want my posts from each website all viewable to each other. I DO NOT WANT UNIVERSAL LOG IN. Each website is its own community. did you even consider people dont want to see other peoples crap, including friend requests and posts in crap that dont relate to that clan. THIS ISNT FACEBOOK
+5 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Cammy Poe
Please immediately remove me from Universal Login. I do NOT want all my messages in one area. I do NOT want my posts from each website all viewable to each other. I DO NOT WANT UNIVERSAL LOG IN. Each website is its own community. did you even consider people dont want to see other peoples crap, including friend requests and posts in crap that dont relate to that clan. THIS ISNT FACEBOOK FFS.
+2 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Cammy Poe
I do NOT want to be Universally logged in any longer. its causing a headache and confusion among each of my crews since they ARENT affiliated with one another and DONT WANT TO BE.
+2 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
WPX C0PYandPST
I love the chat room can we get it back
+0 · 7 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
That feature was rarely used amongst our users. We're actually working on some improvements to the instant chat feature. Will be released soon.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Str8UpJack
Why is the Chat Room expansion button no longer available?
+0 · 6 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
WPX C0PYandPST
also not letting me delete people from my site nor does it let me delete their comments, or pending approvals
+0 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
WPX C0PYandPST
yes its not not fixed yet they still show up on the website and on the roster i cant find them on my admin panel under member list i have no access to their profiles
+0 · 25 December 2014 · You like thisLike
admin
Yeah I can't even delete my own comments so don't think this is fixed?
+0 · 6 December 2014 · You like thisLike
James
A patch was released yesterday to fix these issues. Can you check again? Thank you.
+0 · 6 December 2014 · You like thisLike
WPX C0PYandPST
also have a member that joined our community his approval is pending but he shows on site in the ranks of our community has a post on our site cant delete it nor does he show up on member list
+1 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
SHACKATTACK75
I have members who can't log on ,they log on and it sends them right back to log in page even though they entered the right info
+0 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
subminuentisch
still same here we have one member who is not able to log in,due to being forced to select his identity,between our clan and a clan that does not even exist anymore, which does not work,nothing happens after 60 seconds no matter how often you try.
+0 · 15 December 2014 · You like thisLike
SHACKATTACK75
looks like its working ... Now we just need Xbox live from stopping on us....
+0 · 6 December 2014 · You like thisLike
James
Further updates have been made today addressing some issues, including reports of users not being able to login. Can you please check this once more? Thank you :)
+1 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike
EnderLight
amazing
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
XOG HOODDRO
also have a member that joined our community his approval is pending but he shows on site in the ranks of our community has a post on our site cant delete it nor does he show up on member list
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
XOG HOODDRO
also not letting me delete people from my site nor does it let me delete their comments, or pending approvals
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
I believe that has now been corrected. Please let me know if this isn't the case. Thanks :)
+0 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XOG HOODDRO
ill try again thanks!!
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
admin
Oh hmm, worked for me just now deleting my test profile
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XOG HOODDRO
warren i get a server error wont let remove them can accept them wont let me delete them or pending approvals
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
admin
xplicitopsgaming.com/admin/memberlist xplicitopsgaming.com/admin/recruitment should be able to select and delete members and accept/decline from here
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
L.S.R
Nice one James & thanks for listening : )
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
The following updates have been made today: - Stopped ability for randomers adding you as friends, you must have a mutual community. - Placed extra limits on invites, please report any spam and we'll limit this further. - Turned off auto joining websites when you click on the link. - Added ability for admins to override your member profiles: profile picture, banner, signature image and signature text can be changed. - Bug fixes Thank you for your feedback. If you have any further notes, please leave them here or send in a ticket.
+3 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Vos
Thanks for listening to the feedback james, good job.
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XOG HOODDRO
this could work on this update i will check it out and reply with feedback thanks!!
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Naver
Is this your support?? You said "With the auto shrinking of images, you can do that with some custom css. Open a ticket and we'll show you how." And after I open a ticket, "Yes you can do so. Feel free to play around it. But in as much as I want to help, I am afraid this is beyond my scope of support." Sooooo, funny.
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Naver
Thank you!
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
admin
I change the max-width by putting this in this admin panel custom css box: .forum_text img { max-width: 720px!important;} change the width to what suits you.
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Shaun Pal
I made an account for my cop roleplay crew, but now I'm known as detective pal in other criminal roleplay crews. How does one go about fixing this problem, I no longer want a universal account.
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
XOG HOODDRO
quick question why does none of the members profile info show none of profile fields all blank even when they have filled it out cant view it or something
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
I'd open a ticket about this so we can investigate. Thank you :)
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
WPX C0PYandPST
just by reading some of the comments below i agree I'm not a fan of the fact any posts I make on the iClan community page appear on my own websites activity feed :-( i can copy and paste all of the comments here I DONT LIKE THE UPDATE ! thanks WPX
+2 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hey, you can select which communities you'd like to have in your activity feed. Please go to Edit Profile > Privacy Settings > Profile Activity. Thanks.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XOG HOODDRO
is there a way to disable i was very big on this not happening. causes confusion,i cant edit my members profiles which i add them to a roster i have created before accepting them now i cant? also like u said before up top in letter issue with clan hoppers which is frowned upon by 99% of the gaming world im totally not for this.
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
An update will be pushed out very soon making a few changes based on user feedback. Please keep it coming!
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
XOG HOODDRO
also know we have to contact you guys for profile pics to be deleted from one of our members if offensive? old way was better and very organized this way will be a lot of confusion!!
+1 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
UKKorby
I'm not a fan of the fact any posts I make on the iClan community page appear on my own websites activity feed :-(
+2 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hey, you can now select which communities you'd like to appear in your activity feed. Just go to Edit Profile > Privacy Settings > Profile Activity and select the communities you'd like to appear in your activity feed. Thanks.
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Shaun Pal
Same here, is there any way we can turn off universal accounts?
+0 · 5 December 2014 · You like thisLike
L.S.R
I received a notification that i had joined the shadowRavens and have no idea who they are and do not wish to be apart of their community, i & the member's of my community also do not want to join anymore communitys other than our own. We also do not want to have our profiles splashed around the iclan community and recieve random friend reqests, joined communitys or anything else that we the member'shave not chosen or decided to. James M8, not good to do this as Players will not like having their profile and account used for community creating, mostly the online privacy and taking for granted that member's are here to help you without prior consent or discussion. In itself it is a good idea to have a community and clans together under the same roof, to Communicate etc. so good job on that. :). P.S what do i say when Clan members send me a pm with ""WTF dude why am i recieving all these requests and why have i joined a community that i do not even know. you selling my personal info??.""" Thanks, not complaing just stating.
+2 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
A minor update will be pushed out soon, hopefully fixing some of your problems. Please let me know if you need anything else.
+0 · 4 December 2014 · You like thisLike
jhammo52
I chose iClan Websites over Enjin for specifically this feature which has now been removed. Very disappointed by this change and am reconsidering my subscription. iClan Websites worked perfectly as a platform for people to host their own gaming communities on. This is a change toward turning iClan Websites into a community itself with the user's own clan pages merely as facets of this larger conglomerate. I could get the same level of membership structure with a Steam group. This is very frustrating and I really hope an option to revert back to the previous system is offered.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Mishtakashi
Centralised user log in is a huge relief to me as ease of access to the iclanwebsite in general is much easier. One point though, has the ability to vote for groups on the group profiles been removed? I haven't been able to do this for the last couple of days.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Naver
I dont think this is the best solution for both members and admin in their webstie. I'm pretty sure that most of clans DO NOT recruit within this iclanwebsite community. And many of them are recruiting people inside of the game or other game forum. I strongly disagree of limiting admin feature to just make "Guests" feel more freely. This will cause problems of either ban or nothing can do. Most of mature admins (Clan managers) DO NOT enforce members to stay only in their clan/website. They actually care of problems in the clan or website. They DO NOT get frustrated from their personal decisions. They DO frustrated from the limited admin permission.
+2 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Naver
After this patch, some reason I cant see people rank when move mouse pointer on their names.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
Str8UpJack
In addition, maybe you can add World Of Tanks : Blitz to your list of games.. iOS and Android mobile platform version.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
admin
Also Sniper Elite V2 / Sniper Elite 3 are some games we play - they're included in the registration / profile list but not in community / gamers directory.
+0 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Str8UpJack
We have had several "out of clan" friend requests come into out members which appear to be "spam" friend requests. Not too happy about having to inform our members they need to verify it's a member of our clan before they accept friend requests
+0 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Updates have been made to prevent this from happening. Are you still having these issues?
+0 · 24 December 2014 · You like thisLike
BeardDoctor
I agree
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Vos
Same issue here
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Naver
Hope you can add Uncharted Water Online as well. :) BTW I have a problem with linking pictures into forum post. It shrinks too much to look or read. Can you fix a little bit and make it clickable like galleries can do?
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
That game has been added to our database. With the auto shrinking of images, you can do that with some custom css. Open a ticket and we'll show you how.
+0 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
admin
The member profile edit for avatars is something that gets used a lot. E.g. If a user hasn't already updated their avatar to their own to save asking them to update we could update it to the one they use for their steam profile. This helps members to identify each other quickly. Besides what happened to premium+ 'brand control'... I'd prefer an option to opt-out since we don't recruit anyone we haven't had the opportunity to get to know or play games with on a regular basis which means this universal login doesn't really serve a purpose for us. I get that for some community's this might be beneficial but at least allow the option. Are profile avatars now synced across all communities or still independent of each other? If they are synced then I can see people who do happen to be part of multiple communities having some irrelevant avatars depending on which community they're logged into. Not sure I like this 'gamers' section its a bit Facebook stalkerish lol but I think that's meant to be optional under privacy settings though I'm pretty sure I can see 2 people I know who haven't opted in on their profiles.
+3 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
James
Hi Warren, Thank you for your feedback. Yes, members can opt out of the gamer directory by editing this option in their privacy settings.
+0 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
Vos
This is a really really bad change for a WoW community like us. We are a big WoW guild and we have no people in it who are part of any other community on here, so this portal thing and universal login is totally useless and redundant. Also we've been editing our member profiles ever since we've joined Iclan, since it was a very good function to change other peoples avatars and sigs which were disturbing or annoying. Now that you've taken that away from us we are vulnerable to people abusing their gifs in their avatars and sigs and we have no way to stop them other than banning. Besides, where did the chatroom page go? Don't tell me you've deleted that aswel..
+2 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike · Reply
BeardDoctor
James, I understand what you have done but you must add the editing of profiles back. I am happy you at least left the editing of ranks but in my clan, people are not allowed to have any sexual, political, etc avatars due to the fact they are disturbing and immature. Reporting may not be as quick as most of us would think of it to be but if were to still be able to edit it then we can do it a lot quicker.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
James
Hey Vos, Yes the chat room has been removed to to low levels of usage. If you have disturbing profile pictures of signatures, you can report them to us for moderation.
+1 · 3 December 2014 · You like thisLike
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