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By: MarkBarrett on Aug. 24, 2017

Donation Store V2.0 Update - Release Information

Donation Store V2.0 Update

So it has been a while since I wrote an article regarding Donation Store. The reason why is because I have been away firstly on holidays and I have moved country to study abroad for a year and that has taken a bit of time to do. But Donation Store development has started back up again and it is progressing nicely. So what can I tell you thats done? (Well compared to the demo online at the minute and the last revision I can tell you that the following is done)

User Lookups

These allow you to submit a lookup request for a particular user. When requested, your control panel will contact the Donation Store servers and it will search the entire Donation Store network (every person using the Donation Store software and have share bans checked) and a report will be sent back to you with information about that user. Some information that you will find is: - How many times they have been banned and for what reasons and what servers they have been on. - They are also given a score that is calculated using an algorithm that gives you an idea of how trust worthy a user is. - Using this score Donation Store will give you a recommendation on whether or not the user is likely to chargeback or break rules.

Gateways

2 out of the three gateways have been completed. The four gateways that we have chosen to support are: - PayPal - PaymentWall - Braintree - Stripe At the minute we think that they will cover all of our needs but if more are needed we might add them in the future.

Potential Release

If development continues as it is right now we development may allow us to release Donation Store at the end of the year, as long as testing allows it. No date has yet been released but it will be. With the release there will be a couple of live streams leading up to the release date and a few copies will be given away and pre orders may be taken, but more information about that later.


By: MarkBarrett on July 14, 2017

Preview of all current features and the all new Virtual Currency


You can see a preview of all of the finished features in the above video. They were made possible so quickly, with error checking in mind due to ModelForms. This will speed up development hugely.

New Virtual Currencies
These are currencies that can be setup by the Server owner for each individual webstore, all of them, or for a given list of them. These are given an exchange rate and are converted and are given as an option to buy with a package if the server owner sets that in each respective package. With this you could have a store or category for people who cannot pay with real money. You can also give people in game currency using the Donation Store plugin which keeps tabs on all users' balances. This can be used to give people rewards for voting or for doing whatever, which can then be used on the server owners webstore.

Other things (some housekeeping lol)
There has been some issues with the Donation Store emails as we have moved hosting providers, but now both emails are back and running.
If you want to contact support use: support@donationstore.net and if you want to contact sales contact sales@donationstore.net, however not much will be said about sales at this time.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @donationstoremc for smaller updates.

You can also follow us on our Discord!

Thats it for now, lots more features coming this week, a huge amount of development on the Control Panel side has been done meaning that we can complete the rest within the coming weeks.


Talk soon!
- Mark

By: MarkBarrett on July 1, 2017

Plugin Licensing


I have just completed a large chunk of development on the licensing the Spigot plugin as you can see above.. It connects to the license server intermittently and checks to see if the user has a valid license or not. Hopefully now that there is a solid framework for creating commands using a CommandHandler and now that the licensing is in place, development for other platforms like Sponge etc. More to come soon.



By: MarkBarrett on June 26, 2017

New Site, Security, App and More

Development Update

So it has been a while since I posted anything about this project but don't worry, development is still continuing. For the last couple of weeks I have been working on the new Donation Store site, where you can create an account login, view support documents, new features, and there is an area where you will be able to get Donation Store in the future. Right now all you can do is login and create an account however this will put you on the mailing list for future updates and you will gain access to some of the account holder only development updates (more frequent). Why not hop over there and check it out now. I will be posting a lot of updates through the blog section of the site. You are on the site now so you can make an account here lol.
As for progress, I have continued to make security improvements on Donation Store and development of the webstore has slowed until I get the adequate security in place. I have begun testing the Minecraft plugin which will be the source of all automation on your webstore, and have started testing it with license authorisation etc. There will be more on this at a later date.
Finally development of a new HUGE element of Donation Store has also been started, namely the Donation Store Android App, (iOS coming soon). This will revolutionise the way Minecraft server owners take payments and how Minecraft players buy packages. Some of the features include, hooking in with the Donation Store plugin to generate special QR codes, that when scanned by the player with the Donation Store App, will purchase the package instantly (if the right payment method is setup), and the user is verified with a pin code. Imagine how cool it would be if you were playing on a server and a sign popped up saying "Sale on VIP ranks" or "Diamond Sword $1". All the player has to do is scan the QR code generated by the plugin and it will be purchased and awarded to the player instantly. For server owners, they can view their server details, check orders and also chat the the server from their phone without having to login. All of this is powered by the Donation Store Android App and Minecraft plugin. Check out a small preview of the app here:





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