The mod will be updated again at some point, but I don't know when. The past 6 months have been pretty rough for me, and I've made a lot of decisions that I regret.
Stepping away from this was one of them.
I've decided to completely start over from scratch this time. I've meant to rebuild the website a few times now, but it never gets finished. I feel like I can do it this time... like I have have to do it this time.. Because, quite frankly, coding about the only thing keeping me sane these days.
I don't know how long this will take. The first version of the site was thrown together in a few hours, and that rough build has been coming back to haunt me in every update for nearly two years. Every update since then has just been tacked onto the old code, creating a huge mess when there are far more efficient ways it could have been done. I don't want to make that mistake again, so I won't be releasing anything until I have something stable, that can easily and safely been added to and modified in the future.
I also need to work out a different hosting solution. The current one is too expensive, and relatively unreliable.
For now, I'll keep this thread posted with any updates there may be. The first post will also be updated with this new info. In the future, the news will be moved back to the main site.
One final note: when things are a bit more complete, I'll be looking for a team of coders and moderators. Another lesson I've learned the hard way is managing a site with 32 thousand users is not a one man job.
The new website is progressing nicely. Here's a preview
It's bit empty right now, but that's because most of the work has been on behind the scenes things.
Speaking of which, there is now a partial API available. Documentation on use will be coming up soon. Output and input are handled in JSON format. Example call http://hdminecraftskins.com/r2/api/docall.php?f=listfetch listfetch lists the id of the 30 most recent public files by default, and accepts arguments to list more, less, change sort order, etc.
In the future there will also be API functions for uploading files, so programs like skin editors can upload directly, instead of saving the file to be uploaded manually.
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Applications such as proxy scripts, shell scripts, online gaming scripts, file/image sharing scripts, chat scripts, paid-to-surf, auto-surf, buxto, and torrent scripts cannot be hosted here. Account will be suspended and you will have to request permission to reactivate it. If a violation occurs again, the account will be closed.
The back-end of my site is technically a file/image sharing script.
Additionally, the system tends to generate large amounts of traffic with skins being downloaded to Minecraft clients. Most free hosts consider that amount of traffic "disruptive to the service or other users".
I've been searching for some time today and it appears that his is the last type of "HD Minecraft Skin" mod that is still alive. I haven't played since 1.4.5 but starting again this is something that I'm surprised notch didn't add himself by now. Good luck to this mod and hopefully it stays alive and this is a feature that will be officially added to the game at some point.
Who's charging you to host files? You're gettin' swindled, man. Just use mediafire or something.
Amazon, that's who's charging. I use AWS S3 for the skin files, just like Mojang. Something like Mediafire might work for the mod files, but not the skin files or website.
Since I need a website for the skin manager, I have to have an account with a host that supports PHP. So, the website is currently hosted by JustHost. Although it is going to be moved to a different host before I make the skin manager available again.
I can't host the skin files with the website because they cause too much traffic. Even "Unlimited" hosts get a bit upset when a site on one of their "cheap" (not dedicated server) plans gets 14.5 million requests in a month.
(For those of you that don't believe 14.5 million, this is from one of my AWS statements)
It will be back as soon as I get enough money to renew the account. To be able to redirect the domains to the new servers, I need access to the old control panel. I tried redirecting them, but they said the domains "cannot be moved or redirected at this time" because I have sub-domains attached to them.
Sadly, this also means that until I get this working again the older versions of the mod won't work either. To improve the performance of the mod, checking whether a skin should be HD or not was handled on the server instead of the client.
Alright, I've finally got some free time now, so here's a quick update on things.
The official domain for the mod is now HDMCS.co
Domain has been transferred to the new servers
Skins, capes, accounts, everything has been wiped
There are multiple reasons for the wipe, main being security. Until now, anyone could set a skin for any user by creating an account in their name. You will now need to verify that you own/have access to the account before creating an account. More on that will be posted closer to release.
HDMCS.co is now the official domain for the mod. I had mentioned a long time ago that this would eventually happen, now it is done. This is mostly just a convenience thing, because it's easier to type hdmcs.co than hdminecraftskins.com.
There a also a few other points I'd like to cover, both of which are reasons that I won't be working on this mod as much I have in the past. First, and probably the biggest reason, I once again have a job. So, that cuts out quite a bit of the free time that I used to work on this in. The second, I have a new project, RPG.gs, which if successful, will mean that I can finally be a full-time web developer and not need that real-life job anymore. So I'm putting a lot of time into that.
So, yeah, that's the current status of things. If everything goes well, the website and mod should be available again by this time next week.
I LOVE the mod, I can finally use the HD skin that i made while i was extremely bored 4 months ago! (even though the mod was created like 2 years ago, i didn't know about it then) but thank you for making this mod!
Unfortunately, nowhere right now. I've lost the majority of the original code, so I have to start over from the beginning. That's not a bad thing though, as I have learned quite a lot about programming and web design since I started this back in 2012. I'm not going to put a time-frame on a release this time, considering that last time I said "next week" was over a year ago. I'd like it to be as soon as possible, but I can't guarantee anything.
I loved working on this mod, and the community that built up around it was fantastic. Sadly though, circumstances in my life right now aren't leaving me with much free time to work on this (or anything else really).