I started off the decision making process for our current guild website by deciding on what the main site would be. I had tried a few different CMS packages (Mambo, Joomla, Drupal, e107), and in the end didn't find one that I liked enough to keep. As I had experience using WordPress for my own personal website and like it, I decided to use it for the main site. After that, it was a matter of looking for a forum that would integrate well. After testing a few different software, I decided on PunBB and punBB Integrator for having a single unified log-on. DKP is handled via eqDKP, as we needed to import previous data from old website, and the lack of integration with WP really isn't an issue since only raid leaders and administrators need to register.
All in all, I'm reasonably satisfied with our site. I still would prefer a more consistent visual look for eqDKP and WWS sections, but I've been too lazy to edit them.
Just saw one of the suggested tools in the advertising banner. Has anyone used any of these since the suggestion?
mmoguildsites (the one advertised here) looks like they built most everything from scratch and so I would tend to think the pieces like forums, dkp and such would be less mature software light on features and robustness. Thoughts? I've seen a lot of meh options out there and not many have come across as robust enough to rise above.
EqDKP is nice, when it works, I've recently had some troubles with it and are currently unable to add any raids to it.
I know this thread is a few weeks old, but since it's already been bumped, I can offer some advice if you haven't already fixed this or picked an alternative: We had a problem a while ago where one of the EQDKP MySQL tables had an index column set up using a signed TINYINT, which maxes out at 127, capping the number of raid events we could have. I ended up going into the backend and modifying it to an unsigned MEDIUMINT so we could continue using it. Not sure if this has been changed in recent versions, but worth checking out.
Anyways, just to throw my opinion out there, EQDKP is great - if you're satisfied with their default settings and want to do exactly what EQDKP wants you to do. Making any kind of changes at all is just killer (the version we use used to color Shamans the same as Paladins; finding the correct spots in the php code to change took me about six hours since the colors are hardcoded in three(!) different php pages, plus the above mentioned problem with the SQL tables).
I would have loved to have a better solution from the getgo, but I have managed to coax EQDKP into being stable for the past few months, plus I spent the time to write a mod that reduces DKP management and loot distribution down to about 30 seconds with minimal involvement on my part. I guess if it ain't broke...
If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty and develop something from scratch I found Streamline.net - The home of good value web hosting to be quite a good affordable UK based host. £35 a year got us a full package with php/mysql support, URL included with full FTP access etc and 10 databases allocated as well as "unlimited" storage space (we've got well over 3gigs worth of vids etc up regularly being downloaded and not had any probs yet).
They don't use the latest version of php but its new enough to support portal applications such as Joomla/Mambo and for the forums I'm currently running phpBB.
Deeprun Pest Control - Home for a looksee if you're bored, did most of that with no prior php knowledge and stuff like Joomla was easy to get to grips with yet you can come out with some nice quality results.