New feature for per-server websites today: By popular request, you can upload your own background image to replace the standard one that comes with it!
Also, websites show who is logged onto your server, and the version of Ark installed, and the server status (whether it is online!)
We've been giving each game server its own website for quite a while, but now each of those websites has their own forum! =)
The forums let you login with your Steam account to post, and you can add yourself as a moderator by clicking on "Customize your Website" from our control panel.
More customization options will soon follow!
Lots of people check arkservers.net (not associated with us!) to find servers, but that site does not look like it's being maintained, nor does it seem to be finding new servers with any kind of efficiency. At the time of writing, it reports only 10k unofficial Ark servers in the world, but I know for a fact that there are far more than that.
There are other sites that do a better job of indexing all Ark servers, though they're not that well known. Check out battlemetrics.com, for instance -- they're reporting 40k unofficial Ark servers!
Steam's in-game list seems to do the worst job of all. Their searching works in the strangest way possible: download a tiny subset of the master list, then search that locally. Imagine if Google sent you a randomized listing of a billion webpages, and then searched them for keywords on your computer!
By the way, if you do want your server to show up in the listings of arkservers.net, you can manually add it, after which they will start tracking it.
I've been keeping an eye on the situation, and it's somewhat better than it was a couple days ago! Back then, every Ark Eternal server admin was mailing me to complain that the server was refusing to start -- and what could I do but shrug and tell them to get rid of their mods or wait for a fix?
Since then, Studio Wildcard has been pushing 134,831 server updates per day -- there's one happening as I write this! And things have been getting better, at least judging by the daily support volume.
Let's hope they keep improving things!
We've heard from some of our customers that, starting about 2-3 days ago, a series of Ark updates have created issues where the server won't boot up after the update is installed.
Unfortunately we have no single fix because it turned out to be several different things. First, there were a handful of popular mods that broke on the update and prevented the server from booting. Then, some people had conflicts involving multiple mods, where some combination of mods that used to work would stop working after the update. Finally, some people had something weird happen to their save file where the new version would refuse to boot with it.
In all cases, the Wipe tool is your friend. You should start by wiping your mods. If the server boots up after that, you know one of them was breaking it and you can add them back until you figure out which one.
If it doesn't, you'll have to wipe your save file. If the server boots up after that, you'll know something about it was conflicting with the new version. At this point, most people are able to get things working again by restoring from a recent backup.
When the Ark server software segfaults on startup, there are no logs that we can review to give you a hint about what's causing the problem. You'll just have to use some trial-and-error, as I explained above!
As always, don't forget to take advantage of our backups feature! Don't lose your save files!
We now have a YouTube Channel! For starters, we're just going to make some videos that show off our control panel to those who haven't seen it yet! .. but after that, WHO KNOWS!! =)
We're now auto-generating websites for every server you host with us! They contain your basic stats, a list of your mods, and a Connect button that your users can use to jump into the game! The websites are at "http://[whatever].arkers.io", with other domains coming soon!
Here's what we plan to add soon:
I hope you guys like it! Enjoy! =)
Greetings fellow survival enthusiasts of the Ark variety and welcome to the first ever blog post on Arkservers.io! We have gathered together to celebrate this first blog post by posting this first blog which has been written specifically for the occasion of the first blog post.
It is a thing of grave importance and great seriousness to begin a blog (and post it) so the utmost care must be taken with every word. Let it be known far and wide across the Island, from Scorched Earth to Ragnarok that this first blog post will stand as a beacon of exemplary verbiage to all following blogs posts.
So as we commence with the posting of the first blog that has been composed for the occasion we would like you to take a few moments, as we have, to ponder the depth of our commitment to the dignity of this occasion. A moment of silence as we approach the inevitable action, that moment where the button is clicked and the first blog has been posted, for after that there is no going back.
Welcome to Arkservers.io brand new blog (and its first blog post).