UOGuide was founded to fulfill the need for a website containing readily available and up-to-date information about Ultima Online. Through community contributions, it is hoped that this site will grow into a well kept repository of game play knowledge.
- To acquire and maintain statistical information on gameplay and items.
- To archive historical material on Ultima Online.
- To keep pace with current changes and events.
- Longterm: To become the largest information site devoted to Ultima Online.
UOGuide was conceptualized and built by JCtheBuilder in mid-June 2006.
It received many notes of support during its initial days, but a few weeks after launch there was a server failure which wiped out the database and seemed to spell disaster for the site. Fortunately, approximately 2 weeks later the site was back online.
At this time the UO wiki site UOStuff announced its intentions to expand into the same area as UOGuide. Rather than compete with an already established wiki, it was decided to halt all efforts on building UOGuide. By early September, 2006, it was clear UOStuff was not living up to its expansion claims, and thus it was decided to relaunch UOGuide near the end of September.(Main article: UOGuide v. UOStuff)
In the fall and early winter of 2006 the site grew rapidly. Major sections on Veteran Rewards, Cooperative Collections, Halloween 2006, Holiday 2006, and Kingdom Reborn had been added. By the end of the year, UOGuide was closing in on 400 content pages.
In early 2007, several future Sysops began concerted contributions to the site, and UOGuide began a long surge in content over the following year. Major sections added and worked on in 2007 included Animals, Monsters, Five on Friday, Client Patches, Publishes, and Artifacts, with many other minor sections also being uploaded.
UOGuide currently sits at 7,810 content pages.
Notable events in the history of UOGuide.
|May 2006||The concept of UOGuide is thought up and worked out.|
|June 8, 2006||UOGuide domain is registered and initial work begins.|
|July 1, 2006||The database becomes corrupted due to server host incompetence. The backups are not salvageable.|
|July 16-18, 2006||The site is on a new host but site development is put on hold.|
|September 27, 2006||UOGuide receives new templates, information pages, and other maintenance for the impending re-launch.|
|October 1, 2006||The site is officially relaunched.|
|October 31, 2006||UOGuide hits 50 pages of information.|
|November 14, 2006||UOGuide hits 200 pages of information.|
|December 3, 2006||Site updated to MediaWiki version 1.82.|
|January 6, 2007||UOGuide hits 500 pages of information.|
|January 22, 2007||A collaboration is setup with Inuwiki and site updated to MediaWiki 1.90.|
|February 21, 2007||UOGuide hits 600 pages of information and Skill training guides are added.|
|May 28, 2007||Page 1000 created: Dryad, created by Sarphus.|
|August 29, 2007||Page 1337 created: Client Patch 4.0.0c created by Cogniac.|
|November 25, 2007||Page 1500 created: Client_Patch_1.26.4b created by Cogniac.|
|December 31, 2007||10,000 edits achieved.|
|January 1, 2008||Page 2000 created: BNN: Men Versus Monsters in Jhelom Dueling Pit, created by Cogniac.|
|January 6, 2008||Page 2500 created: Dull Copper, created by JC the Builder.|
|January 30, 2008||New Main Page design is put up.|
|February 12, 2008||1,000,000 page views achieved.|
|February 25, 2008||Main Page achieves 100,000 views.|
|July 1, 2008||2,500,000 page views achieved.|
|November 10, 2008||Site updated to MediaWiki 1.13.2|
|December 4, 2008||5,000,000 page views achieved.|
|June 21, 2009||The 5000 page barrier is broken.|
|August 8, 2009||10,000,000 page views achieved.|
|January 23, 2010||Site updated to MediaWiki 1.15.1|
|September 29, 2010||20,000,000 page views achieved.|
|October 22, 2010||6,000th page Ruined Tapestry created by TullyMars|
|May 5 , 2012||40,000,000 page views achieved.|
Administrators handle all aspects of the website.
Users that make consistent, significant, helpful contributions to UOGuide may be selected to become System Operators, or Sysops. Sysops have full content and editorial access on the website.