The Hive is a WarCraft 3 and StarCraft 2 modding community. There is a spot reserved just for you whether you need help, want to learn or contribute with quality resources, knowledge or help.
The site also contains a vast resource section including most of the resources that anyone will ever need for a modding project. You will find campaigns, icons, maps, models, skins, spells, scripts and tools. Extensive tutorials contain realms of information on how to create, improve and perfect your resources and maps. The Hive's forum allows everyone to talk about playing the game, modding it, making resources and many other subjects.
So, the beginning of May is not only related to Star Wars after all.
First published by Blizzard Entertainment on April 30, 1996 in the US, WCII: BDP is Cyberlore Studios' official expansion pack for Blizzard's WCII: Tides of Darkness (first released December 9, 1995 in the US).
A word about Warcraft II: The Dark Saga
In 1997, Blizzard and Electronic Arts released Warcraft II: The Dark Saga for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. This console game combined the campaigns of WCII: ToD and WCII: BDP.
This console game has many interesting differences compared to the PC version. Please see here for a complete list.
Among many notable things, the console version includes additional FMVs throughout WCII: BDP's campaigns.
These CGI movies were not included in the Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition, released in 1999.
Last night was tough. About an hour before I had planned to go to bed, Shar Dundred messaged me about the site returning a 404 File not Found when visiting it. I was shocked and checked it out myself. Yep, the site was gone. I logged onto the server and confirmed that the site was removed. Speechless I logged onto my home server and confirmed that I had a backup. It was only five hours old. But simply recovering the data would not protect us against what happened. It might as well happen again.
In the database I found plug-in which would give an attacker a backdoor. On disk I found a script that did the same. I removed these and started recovering from backup. I also found that multiple admin accounts had new passwords so those were reset. But I still hadn't found the security hole. Ash showed me a website where you can find exploits. We found one for an addon we use and how to protect against it. The company that develops this add-on is not in business any more but there were instructions on how to patch it.
I'm glad I set up backup on The new server, it's only a few days old. I have updated my backup script to back up files every four hours instead of every 24. We lost five hours worth of pastebin entries, resource images, custom avatars and custom profile pictures. This is almost nothing, whew. The rest of the site is stored in a different location and was not affected.
This is while also part of the reason why I want to move to XenForo. It is maintained and generally more secure than our current setup. I know there are still many things I need to change for it to be in all aspects as good or better than this.
The site was down for maybe 20 minutes but it took a few hours to get all the pastebin entries back.
I have written a script that monitors the the web server for code changes. If any file is changed, added or removed I will get an email immediately. This should help with monitoring if something happens.
Gather around everyone. I have made a trial import of all data on The Hive Workshop onto the Beta site. The beta site now contains the latest version of the site and all data until about two days ago. I want you to take a hard look at the site. Try to login using your account. Look at your resources and your posts. Look at the site. Is anything missing or out of place? Is anything broken?
Everything except galleries is imported. There is not enough space to have two of everything for a prolonged period of time, so you just have to imagine how the galleries look. They will of course all be imported when we do the real import. I am confident that they work and that you will be happy with them as the XenForo Media Gallery really is awesome.
Social groups are missing. I have decided to ditch them. However, ALL discussions remain. Right now you can see them located here. This is not debatable so don't waste time talking about it.
I want you to test the site. Upload resources, delete them, break them, sell them. Enter the chat and crash it, kill it, burn it. Find all bugs before we move. It's much better to find all problems prior to moving.
If no bugs are found, I plan to schedule the final import in two weeks' time. If not, we'll see if I manage to fix the bugs before that deadline.
Do you find the new site to be slick but not very impressive? Allow me to explain why. This is the MINIMAL amount of work needed to move the site off vBulletin and onto XenForo. Basically it just has the systems needed to manage the data we already had (resource sections, pastebin, chat, rep). The real work starts now. Now where I don't have to maintain two versions of the site. You can expect many new features to show up and a few old ones that did not make the cut just yet.
Oh and by the way. The import of data (except user galleries) takes at least 16 hours. So the site may be down for at least 24 hours when the process is initiated.
Moved to a new Server
The Hive Workshop is now hosted on a server with Linode. I have been using them for a long time with various customers and at my job too. They are fast and they are awesome.
Some of you have had the following issues today:
- unable to login due to IP block
- unable to stay logged in
- unable to see attachments
- unable to attach files
- unable to enter the chat
These have all been fixed during the day and it has been pretty smooth sailing since.
By the way, We are on a server with enough storage to host this site including a complete import of Hive 1 into Hive 2. I will soon publish a new Beta of the site where all content is imported and ask you to take a look and see if everything looks alright. A few weeks after that we will be moving for good.