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Minecraft Servers Announcement; Community Donations Plugin

It is with great pride that we announce the launching of our Dedicated Minecraft Servers to the general public! With this announcement comes the offering of several Minecraft products for the public to choose from, notably:

Along with each, comes the ability to easily make (up to heavy) modifications to the server and add as many plugins as your heart desires. Our gaming control panel, which is powered by Pterodactyl.io, allows for ease-of-customization along with any generalized modifications. You can also check on metrics as to how your server is being used, all without having to login to the game itself. Then there is the fact that with us, you can have your server entirely self-funded by the community at large!

Setup of a new account is a near instant, completely automated process and so too is the wiping/re-installation of a server if problems are encountered that cannot be easily reversed. Each user is further granted SFTP access so that they may easily upload files, whether they be map-packs, addons, MODs, or something else entirely that relates to the game. A MariaDB database is provided at an additional charge if a certain addon requires SQL access but otherwise, all of these controls are provided to you within the UI and are not in anyway an exhaustive list of all the features.

If you wish to change between differing types of Minecraft APIs , say from Minecraft Forge towards Bungeecord, then that is totally possible also without incurring any additional charges to your account. Our easy-to-use upgrades system makes this all possible through only a few clicks of your mouse via the Client Area!

Lastly, we have an excellent donations plugin for any community-run servers, regardless of the fact if you have a Minecraft server or not. The plugin is available to all accounts at GekkoFyre Networks upon signup.

With our donations feature, you don’t need to closely monitor your community gaming server with regard to billing charges and public interest being lost. Once the donations stop coming in or become a trickle of what they once were, we’ll disconnect your server for you, but only after some advanced warning.

As such, you can leave your server in the hands of the community at large and have it entirely self-funded! We’ll keep an eye on it for you and let you know of any major changes ahead of time to the best of our abilities.

New Control Panel UI for Cloud VPS Customers; Additional Server Location in North America

Just a week or so ago we had somewhat unannouncedly upgraded to an entirely new system at the very foundation of our infrastructure here at GekkoFyre Networks. What are we speaking of? Well, we migrated hypervisors, sort of, from the now oft-forgotten SolusVM to the far better supported, and more frequently updated Virtualizor. As such, it has come with a new Control Panel UI for our Fully Managed Cloud VPS client-base as you can see below.

We do sincerely apologize for the extended maintenance/outage period that was incurred as a result of this change, it went for a few hours more than expected. But the primary reason for this change, you ask? The backups that the former hypervisor manager were generating just weren’t reliable nor frequent enough. It took two full days to generate backups for only three machines, despite the fact that we have 25+ servers at the time of writing this. Ideally, we want backups to happen on a daily basis for most VMs and this just wasn’t possible beforehand.

As of late, we have also acquired a new server location in Beauharnois, Canada! Which is right near the border with the United States, making it an excellent dedicated game server for North Americans in general. This came about through the merging of multiple, disparate bare-metal servers at the end of the month to save on infrastructure costs overall in the medium-to-long term. As a side-effect, we ended up with a server possessing a rather large amount of resources in a new location from which we can add new clients towards!

Please note though that if you are a current client based on our primary London, U.K., server right at this instance, we are not accepting applications for migrations towards Beauharnois just yet. This will soon come in the near-future, so please be patient. We need all the resources we can get at the moment for individuals signing-up for dedicated game services.

New Theme for Mobile Devices; Discounts for June (includes pre-existing clients!)

If you are browsing GekkoFyre Networks on a mobile device, then you might have noticed some quality-of-life changes as of late. We are proud to announce the inclusion of a proper, semi-decent mobile theme at last especially given that approximately two-thirds of the user-base visiting this site comes from said segment.

But for the month of June towards the end of July, we have a new coupon code that includes discounts of 20% for even pre-existing clients to GekkoFyre Networks as well, in-case any wish to upgrade their services and/or add additional products from our repertoire to their account. This coincides with the introduction of our new billing/invoicing system which allows clients to pay in multiple, differing ways now and create actual, meaningful billing agreements without stepping all over previous ones.

As it typically goes with every new upgrade and feature inclusion to this site, please report any technical issues and/or oddities via the creation of a Support Ticket, please. This is the most preferred method as we have the topic of concern in writing that way, which we can then show to developers upstream much more easily.

Anyhow, the coupon code is this which you can apply at the time of checkout: 2GNLK2KX51. Please note that the coupon only applies to the following:

Such services as SSL certificates, Weebly web-designer, and any other unmentioned third-party services are not included. Lastly, we encourage you to vote in the article, “What Should We Create For A Community-Run Game Server?”. Your choice of which game server(s) we should pursue will have a lasting impact on GekkoFyre Networks as an organization and will help steer us towards success.

Otherwise, we would love to hear your comments about the new updates within our Official Discord Server, which is where much of the ‘serious business’ discussions are held! Please join our rapidly growing community.

Within the next few days, we will be detailing the oft-unused Donations Tool which we offer to every client signed-up with our organization. We encourage gamers who stream to especially to make use of this plugin, as it helps drive engagement with their immediate user community.

Poll: What should we create for a community-run game server?

So! In our effort of continuing to provide charitable services to the furry, otherkin, and therian communities, we wish to start providing an entirely community-run game server to all the critters out there, free-of-charge and run-by-the-wildlife!

As a result of this, we invite you to vote in the poll just below (up to a three possible unique times!) and have your voice heard in this democratic process. We wish for everything to be done, performed, created, and maintained by the community-at-large as much as possible, since it is you that keeps the lights on at GekkoFyre Networks.

What kind of community-run game server should we create and maintain?

  • Minecraft (w/ extensive MOD support) (50%, 4 Votes)
  • Factorio (25%, 2 Votes)
  • OpenTTD (25%, 2 Votes)
  • Don't Starve Together (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Xonotic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Squad (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Insurgency (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rust (0%, 0 Votes)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Arma 3 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Team Fortress 2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Garry's Mod (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Unturned (via RocketMod) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Your choice matters greatly within the poll and will decide the future of GekkoFyre Networks, but please, don’t allow that to cause fear from voting! We sincerely appreciate every vote made and need as many as possible to make the best decision attainable.

Lastly, it should be noted that the server in question will be located within Kansas, United States. The one we currently have is loaded up with tons of resources and a modern, Intel Xeon CPU. It can handle any modern video game that you throw at it, along with several more! We always make sure to choose dedicated, bare-metal servers at GekkoFyre Networks that will provide not only room for growth, but will also give a large buffer in terms of high-performance for our customers. Not only that, but they must also be rock-solid stable in how they perform, meaning that there’s very little downtime.

Be sure to share this blog article with your friends! Whether it is by a Twitter post, Mastodon RAWR/Toot, via Discord servers, a Telegram chat, or by some other means ^,==,^ More votes equals a better video-game dedicated server choice for everyone!

Announcement of new Marketing Campaign; Discounts!

Today, GekkoFyre Networks is proud to announce the launch of a new marketing campaign in association with SoFurry! So please keep your eyes peeled for any of the below leaderboards on SoFurry’s website. We’d appreciate any comments on the campaign in general within our Official Discord channel also.

In conjunction with this, we are releasing a coupon code as well that will grant (potential) clients of GekkoFyre Networks a 25% discount on pretty much everything that we offer! This includes all domain name registrations plus transfers and renewals, virtual private servers, shared hosting, Zimbra hosted email, game servers, and so much more. The only exception is that SSL certificates and Weebly services are not covered, apologies, as we have a very low profit margin on the latter in particular. But otherwise, upgrades of pre-existing services are also covered for customers of GekkoFyre Networks that already have an account and service with us.

So! The code in question is, CRG9TNLS6C, and it’s time to start saving.

If you have any questions, queries, or even comments, then please redirect them to our technical support staff who will be more than happy to assist you.

Discounts and Happy Easter from the team at GekkoFyre Networks!

From the team here at GekkoFyre Networks, we wish everyone a happy and safe Easter while hoping that you all get plenty of chocolate eggs to eat! I, Christopher (Phobos D’thorga), have sure been enjoying the break, where much playing of the new video game Anno 1800 has been had. Let us know what you have been up-to in our official Discord server! We’re a friendly bunch with only simple rules and as long as you do nothing too risqué or adult in nature, you’ll be fine.

But to celebrate the joyous occasion of Easter, we have a special deal in store for both new and existing customers! If you apply for a new product of any of the following:

Then you are eligible for a 25% discount if you use the coupon code, BR2SBN4K3Q, during the checkout process. If you encounter any issues and/or wish to discuss a question with us, then please open a ticket with our support agents.

Revamped Network Status page with more servers

Only a small update but we have revamped our Network Status instance with the newer servers that have become part of our repertoire as of late. This is also a notice that if you haven’t already done so yet, you should become a subscriber to any and possibly all of future network-related incidents here at GekkoFyre Networks, so you are kept up-to-date instead of left wondering why your website is having issues! Not that we often have infrastructure issues, that is *wink wink*.

But if you are interested in becoming a subscriber and receiving email alerts as such, just navigate to this page and scroll down to the bottom where upon you will find a Green button with an outline that is aptly titled, “Subscribe”. You then select the servers which interest/concern you and that is it! You will receive all future alerts at your designated email address up and until the point you ever decide to unsubscribe.

Release of Gaming Services at long last!

It’s true! We have officially launched our Gaming Services platform at long last! After months of all that waiting, delays, cancellations, and what not, we are finally here with an official release and an acquired, ready-to-go gaming server in Kansas, Missouri, that is all setup and tested. Down below on this page you may see screenshots of how our Pterodactyl.io powered gaming server appears after all those months of patiently waiting…

We would love to hear your opinion on the look and feel of this control panel within our Official GekkoFyre Networks Discord Server, so please, come join us and have a chat! The games that are available as of the moment include the following:

Further games will be coming shortly and we highly recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter to stay-in-the-loop! If there’s a game you would like to see yourself then feel free to make that recommendation to us. It should also be noted that while we might’ve said in the past that we were going to use XenoPanel as our primary gaming control panel of choice, we actually decided to severe our relationship with LiamSystems due to the owner of said company, Liam Denston, acting in a most unprofessional manner towards GekkoFyre Networks and our staff members. If you were hoping to use XenoPanel yourself then we do sincerely apologize.

Only several days left to obtain a permanent onFyre Membership!

With January’s highly successful series of promotions now coming to an end, it’s our duty to let anyone left behind know that you still have a few more days left to make use of the huge discounts within. If you tally up and make use of the two largest promotions which are applicable to the majority of our products and services, you will earn a 45% discount off your first purchase with us, at the time of making payment.

If you are not satisfied with your purchase for whatever reason, we also offer a 28-day money back guarantee on most products and services (only excluding some third-party services), plus we will never ask any questions of you if that’s what you prefer.

So make haste and grab these discounts before April 1st, 2019, Australian Eastern Standard Time (Australian EST)! We probably won’t have another promotion like this for yet a year more, at least.

Feuding with XenoPanel; Game Server Plans; cPanel & SSL

So it seems that after cPanel/WHM updated to the latest version as of 2-3 days ago, our entire primary domain (i.e. gekkofyre.io) came crumbling down due to its dependence on SSL working correctly and the fact that cPanel changed a few things around without proper notification. Thanks to the technical support provided by a single individual in our Discord server who wishes to remain unnamed, that is highly experienced with cPanel themselves, we were able to bring our servers back online though not without a great deal of time passing by. If you wish to see the chain-of-events that unfolded during this period then you may do so over at our brand new JIRA issue tracker.

We’ve had to put our gaming server plans on hold once again, for an indefinite period this time around, no thanks to XenoPanel and the un-professionalism of one Liam Denston who has led us in circles for what is now a period of months. We decided to terminate our relationship with them after seeing it for what it was in the end but not before they bled us dry of all the funds we had put aside for the gaming server plans. We have been repeatedly taunted, insulted and threatened by Liam even as we were making a chargeback against him, which you may see for yourself below.

That said, we will revisit plans for high performance game servers in the future, but right now we need all the funds we can garner after having wasted them on this fruitless endeavor.