Time for another update.
- UHC referrals
- Alternative account activation system
- Infrastructure upgrades
- Mission advisor
- Customizable profile pages
- Share your reserve loadouts
- More missions
This system allows you to refer players to the UHC website and earn UHC$ and other rewards. For now, each successful referral carries a reward of 250 UHC$. We may increase this in the future, and we may also include additional rewards for multiples of successful referrals. For now, you can access the referral system by logging into your UHC account and selecting Account from the main menu across the top. Then, select the Referrals tab down below.
This page will show you a table containing all referrals that you have made, along with a button that allows you to make a new referral.
In the screenshot above I have used some mock data for demonstration purposes. You can see the status of each referral. This includes whether the UHC account has been activated, whether the user has a valid theHunter membership, whether the user has participated on the UHC website, and whether your referral fee has been paid. Until all columns show a green check, you will not have been paid your referral fee. To explain the columns in a bit more detail:
* This is to prevent users from creating lots of theHunter guest accounts and abusing the referral system
- Account Activated - the UHC account must be activated
- Valid Membership - the new UHC user must have a valid theHunter membership at the point of registering with UHC *
- UHC Participation - the new UHC user must either participate in a UHC-hosted competition and place on the leaderboard, or complete at least one UHC mission
Once all of these checks have passed, the referral fee will be automatically paid.
To refer someone to UHC, just click the New Referral button. That will take you to the following page.
Here you will see your unique referral link at the top of the page. You can either select this and right-click to copy it to your clipboard, or you can use the Copy Referral Link button to automatically copy it to your clipboard. Once you have done so, just issue that link to anyone you want to refer to UHC. So long as they paste that link into their browser when they want to create a UHC account, they will be automatically directed to the registration page, and the account will be linked to your own account as a referral.
Alternatively you can add the new UHC referral widget image to your forum signature, so that if anybody clicks on it and creates a UHC account, you will automatically get the referral. To copy the code for the image to your clipboard, together with your unique referral code, just click the Copy Widget BBCode button. You can then open the signature part of the forum user control panel by clicking here
. Pasting the copied code into your signature will add the widget, then whenever someone clicks on it they will be taken to the UHC registration page with your unique referral code.
Hopefully the referral system is self-explanatory but as always, if anyone has any questions, please just ask.ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNT ACTIVATION SYSTEM
Around 6% of new UHC members do not receive the activation email. I am not sure why. The issue is not specific to a single email provider, so there appears to be no logic or pattern to the problem. So, to reduce the volume of support messages UHC receives, and ensure that people can access their UHC accounts, I have added a new activation option. If you try to log into your account before it has been activated, you will now be taken to an activation screen. There, you will be asked to enter the email address that you used to create your UHC account. Once you enter the email address, a 6-digit activation code will be sent to your theHunter game account as a message (similar to those that Doc sends) from UHC. All you do then is log into your theHunter account via the website, or open the launcher, and check your messages. Copy the code and paste it into the UHC activation screen.
If you enter the activation code correctly your UHC account will be activated instantly. Please note that this is a secondary activation option. The preferred method is to use the activation link sent via email. However, if after checking your spam and junk folders you have definitely not received the email, you can use the alternative activation option.
If anyone has not been able to activate their account, just click on the following link.http://www.uhcapps.co.uk/activateINFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES
The UHC backend has been overhauled. More servers have been deployed in geographically-opposed data centres, offering full redundancy and failover. A NoSQL database has also been deployed to store non-relational data. This will reduce the reliance on the SQL database, resulting in better performance overall. Backend code optimisation is an ongoing thing also, to help improve the efficiency of existing scripts, hopefully reducing page load times. Traffic to the site is also now traversing a large CDN (content delivery network) to ensure optimal routing of traffic and re-routing when carriers experience network problems.
In short, the UHC system should now enjoy 99.999% uptime and over time, the speed of the website should increase, making for a more enjoyable user experience.
That's all for now. As usual, all questions, comments and suggestions are welcome.