A few days ago, the server where N Masters is hosted received an upgrade. (Special thanks to Slushie for all of this) The most obvious change from the user perspective is that it now has secure connections available on the whole domain. That means that you can now connect through HTTPS to any of the sites hosted at n-masters.com . Also, the official URL of N Masters is now simply https://n-masters.com . Yep, the “www.” part is gone. You can still use it if you want but your browser will probably bug you about it since the HTTPS is configured for the new address. All the other URLs are the same besides the change to from “http” to “https” at the beginning. There were also a few other behind the scene upgrades too which should help making more efficient each of the sites hosted.
At the moment, most of of the links at N Masters will probably end up redirecting you to the regular HTTP version. There’s no issue with that but I’ll try to get it fixed in the next days. The other sites, though, should be mostly fine and will actually try to redirect you to the new HTTPS version.
Besides that, I’m starting to work on the new design for Makendou Central now. At the moment, I’ll try to put everything back up without much customization just so that the content is still easily accesible. I also opened up one of the sections I was talking about since a while ago, the Fan Gallery. It’s easily accesible from the front page of the site and already has a few pieces of fan art that I’ve found or that people have submitted. I’m still planning on how the gallery will end up working, but if anyone wants to submit their fan art, you can send me a PM through the forum. (You can also send them through the FB page or G+ one, but I don’t really recommend those methods as I rarely check them now. They’re pretty much automatized.)
Here’s an update on the status of each of the projects/sites that I manage. The short version: Everything is still alive and updates and/or changes are planned for each thing. The long version is below:
N Masters will be going through some big changes. I still haven’t planned well what will be done but one thing I know for sure is that the focus on news is going away. It’ll focus more on being a community for Nintendo fans. You can already see the idea partially with how I designed the latest Card Generator for the first Splatoon. The whole thing needs an upgrade, though, and more games will be added too. There’s other plans and ideas for N Masters too but I won’t talk about them until I really define how it’ll all work out.
One thing I can say for sure is that the temporary account system that was used for the first Card Generators will be going away. Everything will be managed through the SMF account system, like it is done in the Splatoon one. More news about it will also arrive later, but the idea is that everyone who has an old card and wants to keep it will be able to login to their forum account and merge it with their current card. Also, leveling cards may not be a feature in the newest card generators.
As still pointed out in the site’s homepage, Makendou Central is under hiatus. The biggest change that Makendou Central will receive will simply be a visual redesign, the basic idea behind the website will still be same one. There will also be some reorganizing of the site’s sections just to make everything easier to browse around but no content will be removed.
The site will probably be redone, or at least visually redesigned. (It’s a WordPress install so it’s just a matter of deciding how it’ll look and finding the appropriate style/theme. 😛 ) Behind the scenes, though, there’s been some work on a future project. Can’T say much about it yet, though. There’s also some work being done for one or two smaller games that may eIther be released as miNi games or simply as prototypes that I used as programming practice. These mAy include references to the bigger project, though.
Finally, expect, Makendou Central to be the first website seeing these changes since I will also use that as practice for N Masters. NovaFan Games updates will come as soon as I feel they are ready and are unaffected by the website updates of the previous two.