Progress Update – March 2015

Hello all!

It’s been a bit since our last blog post so I figured it was time for a brief update. Over the past 4 months, our team has been hard at work on all of those projects we mentioned in our What’s New post back in November. We’re really excited to get these rolled out but we’re not there just yet.

Features, ease of use, and customization drive our service here at CubedHost – it’s our job to provide you with a Minecraft server that not only performs flawlessly, but is also easy to manage and maintain. Whether it’s updating config files, creating backups, installing plugins, mods, or modpacks, or just chatting with your players, our control panel should allow you to do all of those tasks with ease, plus more. But let’s be honest here – Multicraft isn’t the easiest to work with a lot of times. Don’t get us wrong, Multicraft has been an incredible tool since CubedHost began; however, even after tweaking and customizing it over the years, we believe it’s still holding us back. Holding us back from offering awesome new features and capabilities that would make managing your Minecraft servers easier and more fun. That’s our top priority this year.

The first building block in that plan is a new daemon. What’s a daemon? In terms of Minecraft server hosting, the daemon is the piece of software that runs on each of our nodes (physical servers) and keeps track of + controls your Minecraft server. Every time you press that start or stop button in the control panel, the daemon receives instructions to start or stop your server, sending a “stop” command and waiting for it to shut down. The daemon allows us to provide realtime server status, resource usage (RAM / CPU), and virtually all of the features available in the control panel. We’ve relied on the regular Multicraft daemon for this job for over 3 years, but it’s time for a change. We’re in the process of developing a brand new game server management daemon from the ground up using new technologies.

This new daemon will be faster, more secure, and more flexible. You’ll likely never interact with this new piece of software directly, but it plays a central role in allowing us to provide brand new features and build an awesome new control panel – that’s building block #2. After thorough testing, we’ll begin deploying our new daemon across all of our nodes and locations within the next couple of months (if not sooner). This process will be completely transparent and you shouldn’t notice any difference from the control panel or on your server.

Alongside the development of the new daemon, our team is also working on a brand new control panel built on a stack of new technologies. Because these two are being built side by side, they’ll be fully compatible from the start and we’ll be able to deploy the new control panel without any major interruption. Our primary focus with this new control panel is a slew of new and improved features as well as an easy to use design and UI. Some of the new features we’re working on include:

  • Improved and colorized console/chat with automatic error detection and faster (streaming) updates
  • Overhauled server installation and automatic update system with support for every jar imaginable: CraftBukkit, Spigot, Cauldron, Forge, CanaryMod + ATLauncher, FTB, and Technic modpacks. Plus, a version selector for older, current, and dev releases of each modpack/jar.
  • A cloud backup system allowing you to create backups on-demand which are automatically uploaded to our cloud storage where they can be retrieve/restored at any time.

There are a lot of other features we wish we could talk about here, but we can’t give too much away just yet! I promise – we’re working hard every single day to get these projects closer to release. Once they’re nearly ready, we’ll release information about helping us out through beta testing.

If you’re a developer of any kind, please get in touch with us. We’re always looking for awesome new additions to our team and there’s never been a better time. Help us build some powerful new tools for our customers.

If you have suggestions for features and improvements for our new control panel or anything else, just open a ticket or hop on our live chat and let us know! Our front-line agents will be sure to relay the message 🙂

We’ll keep you updated with more info as these projects get closer to release. Stay tuned!

– The CubedHost Team

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