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chill808 (Applicant) 5/29/2010 6:47 PM EST : WoW integration
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I'm noticing with other hosts that they have some really nice extras that take the effort out of trying to get members to fill out info on your website. Right now what I want to know is there some way to pull information like professions and display them to the website. They have this on wowstead.com but I don't really like their site or options for building a page, however I have seen that sites like wowheroes.com can also pull this information. So does anyone know a way to get this for a website to take some work out of asking people to fill out their info or worse having to update a list manually? Other things I'm noticing are displaying recent achivements, calender events, and other guild information that would be nice to have.

ninjaswithplate.guildportal.com
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Mottie (SuperAdmin) 5/30/2010 1:12 AM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Hi chill808!

What you are asking is about pulling information from the WoW Armory, right? GuildPortal used to do this, the roster was obtained directly from the armory, but for some reason they got a nasty letter from Blizzard asking them to stop. Apparently the other guild hosting sites either didn't get the same notice, or are completely ignoring Blizzard's request.

GuildPortal is now dealing with this issue by having the WoW Guildportal Helper addon, and there is also an auto-updater. We are getting more and more features added to this plugin, including the bank, calendar, recent loot and roster. I am sure if you put in a feature request for additional features like recent achievements and such, it will be considered.

As an alternative, I could mess around with grabbing the info directly from the armory and manipulating it - when I have time. This way if you have the code available, Blizzard won't cause trouble for GuildPortal and may not bother to target individual guilds. *shrug* Who knows?
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chill808 (Applicant) 5/30/2010 4:34 PM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Mottie said:
Hi chill808!

What you are asking is about pulling information from the WoW Armory, right? GuildPortal used to do this, the roster was obtained directly from the armory, but for some reason they got a nasty letter from Blizzard asking them to stop. Apparently the other guild hosting sites either didn't get the same notice, or are completely ignoring Blizzard's request.

GuildPortal is now dealing with this issue by having the WoW Guildportal Helper addon, and there is also an auto-updater. We are getting more and more features added to this plugin, including the bank, calendar, recent loot and roster. I am sure if you put in a feature request for additional features like recent achievements and such, it will be considered.

As an alternative, I could mess around with grabbing the info directly from the armory and manipulating it - when I have time. This way if you have the code available, Blizzard won't cause trouble for GuildPortal and may not bother to target individual guilds. *shrug* Who knows?


Yes exactly. The big thing right now is tradeskills, to some it seems trivial, but our members have asked for something that updates professions. At the moment I've just decided to update manually and was just wondering it there was and easier way. As far as submitting for a feature request I think I'll be doing that so thanks for letting me know. I know that other hosting sites pull this kind of info from the armory so I'm pretty sure it's possible, I just really don't want to transfer to a different hosting site I really like this one. I've been looking around the internet for more info so if any thing comes up I'll make sure to inform others, otherwise I'll just keep up the manual updating and wait and see. Oh and if you could figure out anything I'd be in debt, and I understand it takes time to work out things so no worries if you're busy but thanks if you find out anything.
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chill808 (Applicant) 6/2/2010 4:59 PM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Hey Mottie I found this webpage http://blog.3dmk.com/2008/07/26/wowarmory-howto-xml-and-php/ about pulling information from wow armory don't know if it will help I'm trying to read it now and maybe understand something.
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Mottie (SuperAdmin) 6/2/2010 5:59 PM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Hi Chill808!

That is essentially what the WoW Roster XSL is doing, except there is no data stored in a database (mySQL). XSL is really just a stylesheet for the XML, and is really the same thing that that Blizzard is doing on their armory site - view the armory page source and you'll see what I mean.

Oh, and because we aren't using a database, it makes it harder to get every guild character's info (professions, spec, achievements, etc) because then we'd have to load every single page and that would just take forever. And it would happen every time you reload the page.
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chill808 (Applicant) 6/2/2010 7:20 PM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Mottie said:
Hi Chill808!

That is essentially what the WoW Roster XSL is doing, except there is no data stored in a database (mySQL). XSL is really just a stylesheet for the XML, and is really the same thing that that Blizzard is doing on their armory site - view the armory page source and you'll see what I mean.

Oh, and because we aren't using a database, it makes it harder to get every guild character's info (professions, spec, achievements, etc) because then we'd have to load every single page and that would just take forever. And it would happen every time you reload the page.


Ok, well I'm confused now. So I went and made a quick site so that way I don't look crazy http://ninjaswithplate.wowstead.com/prof and they say they pull from the armory. So is just another site that's going to be told to stop by blizzard?
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Mottie (SuperAdmin) 6/3/2010 2:15 AM EST : RE: WoW integration
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Hi chill808!

As far as I know, they either ignored Blizzard's request or maybe Blizzard no longer cares about who accesses the data. I don't have an answer for you.
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chill808 (Applicant) 6/3/2010 2:49 AM EST : RE: WoW integration
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So you were saying that the webpage I posted pretty much does what guildportal used to do. So would it then be possible to form something so I can update guild information on our guild site? I'm not great with coding but I think I can figure something out and if I come into any road blocks I can always ask.
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