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New Site Feature: Transmogrification Sets
2011-11-08 à 13:07
Transmogrification is one of the most hyped features in the upcoming 4.3 patch. And since we're the main World of Warcraft database, the pressure has been on us to create some tools for our users to find what they'll be wearing. As such, we've been working on some pretty awesome features as a team in addition to our usual workload since it was first announced this August.
With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce that we're launching phase one of our transmogrification features today. More are coming in the following weeks, but we think you'll like this one a lot so we decided to get it out the door and on Wowhead!
In short, this phase is all about transmogrification sets. A transmogrification set is a set of gear that matches, even if Blizzard doesn't always call it a set--and we've combined over 1,100 of them for this feature in the past few months.
From alternate recolors of tier 10 to awesome low-level BoE sets to matching gear from troll heroics, the content team has added almost every unique set you could possibly want. If you're a warlock who wants to look like a priest or a paladin who feels more like a warrior, we've also got you covered; these are labeled as "look-al
Feature Spotlight: Wowhead Guides
2011-09-25 à 13:27
We've recently started a section featuring user-submitted guides at Wowhead, building upon our popular series of weekend and holiday guides. With a section solely devoted to guides, we hope that the users--you--will use it to learn more about specific angles of WoW, as well as to create a new community of writers that provides constructive criticism and feedback. It's also a great way to get some extra publicity for your blog and additional hits by cross-posting some of your popular guide-themed posts to Wowhead.
Below, I'm going to highlight some of our great user-submitted guides and go over tips that help me with my weekly guides. I hope that this "guide to writing guides" inspires you to submit your own!
An Enchanted Glow Chart
Ever wonder what enchant looks best on a vanity weapon but don't know where to start? Cordana has created an in-depth guide to all glows from weapon enchants--it's organized beautifully and presents this topic in an easily-accessible fashion. For each enchant, the required item level, rod needed, enchanting materi
Site Update: Reputation System
2011-09-07 à 13:28
We joked about it on April Fools', but reputation has come to Wowhead. Koper has worked hard to provide our users with a way to make the database better without much additional effort on the users part.
The new system works a lot like a World of Warcraft reputation grind--without the tabards! As you gain more reputation by performing desirable actions--mainly getting your comments upvoted and visiting the website--you will gain new privileges. These privileges let you help out Wowhead staff and users alike by giving you the ability to have your upvotes count for more and even vote to delete out of date comments. Where possible, we've made sure that reputation has been awarded retroactively.
The main inspiration behind this was purging our databases of inaccurate information from expansions past. We can't catch it all, but doing a blind purge may delete funny comments or aspects of Wowhead's "history." Still, that doesn't mean we want a comment detailing how the Molten Core version of Ragnaros has good drops and how T2 leggings are best-in-slot to remain #1 on the comment list forever. Sometimes you gotta move on, and in this case we didn't think it was too soon.
New Wowhead Feature: Guides
2011-08-02 à 14:57
A lot of Wowhead's forum goers pen some pretty awesome guides--from what gear to choose for a relevant patch to 10-man strategies for Firelands, we've seen it all. Even our own volunteer Perculia has written some great guides. However, there's never been a good way to highlight these contributions and let more of our database see them.
Until now, anyway.
Recently we have released a new functionality to Wowhead: the ability to write and share guides. This is in its first phase of implementation which is its most basic. Wowhead users can now write their own guides, share them with Wowhead's community, and view others' guides as well. Eventually, those users who write guides will find themselves with more perks and there will be forum integration with guides, but we wanted to get this phase out to the public for testing and feedback. We've also imported the most viewed of Wowhead's guides to serve as an example and a testing platform for those who want to see what an ideal and complete guide looks like.
So go forth and educate the masses! There's even an achievement (or four) for those of you who get really into guide writing!
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New Site Feature: 4.2 Encounter Journal Integration
2011-05-18 à 20:26
As many of you guys may remember, way back at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced that they were working on a new Encounter Journal (then called "Dungeon Journal") game feature. This new feature would provide tons of valuable information in-game to players, including detailed dungeon information such as boss lists, drop tables, and ability details. Well, not only is the tool finally being added to World of Warcraft in the upcoming Patch 4.2, but we're happy to announce that we have been able to make all of the Encounter Journal details available on the site, as well!
Now dungeon pages on Wowhead (including zone pages and boss pages) will feature content directly from Blizzard's in-game Encounter Journal! Blizzard has been slowly implementing this content on the PTR, so not all dungeons feature Encounter Journal information at this time, but as soon new entries are available they'll start showing up on their respective dungeon pages.
Introducing Wowhead News
2011-04-26 à 14:14
Over the years, the blog has evolved as our database has expanded--but there's only so much you can do with the same old layout and direction. So we've moved it over to some new digs and a new URL all to go along with our new goal: to provide content right as it breaks to both our community and the World of Warcraft community at large.
Behind the Scenes: Improved Datamining, More PTR Coverage & Consistency
We've done major tweaks to everything, but what we're most excited for is the change in direction we're heading for. Our datamining process has been streamlined to be quicker, we've expanded our PTR coverage, and we're changing the way our data is presented. We're not going to lie; in the past, the blog has been scattered in its focus. We've now refined our focus. Our guides will hit harder (like our in-depth overview on 4.1 gearing up does) and our content will be quicker as well as stronger.
In short: we'll be on the PTR so you don't have to and we'll break down those spell changes so you don't have to. With Wowhead News, our goal is to take the abstract and make it t
Xfire Comes to Wowhead
2011-04-15 à 11:24
Xfire has always been a platform known for its superior streaming video content for all types of gamers. From intense StarCraft 2 matches to World of Warcraft raids, Xfire has live feeds that cover every niche of the vast gaming landscape. That's why we here at Wowhead have recently partnered with XFire to provide Wowhead users with the most popular live streams relating to all aspects of WoW from their site right in the comfort of ours.
From now on the community tab of Wowhead will have a new portal link: Xfire live streams. From this section of our site, you'll be able to see a frequently updated list of their most popular World of Warcraft streams as they unfold. From PvE to PvP content, picking on an individual stream of your choice will open it as a larger size allowing you to view it in higher resolutions without even having to leave Wowhead. Of course, if you click on the Xfire link, you can find the livechat and other Xfire features that allow you to interact with the person's stream you're watching.
Pretty awesome, right?
If you want your chance to appear on Wowhead's video page, you can [url=htt
Site Update: Captcha Options, New Subforum, and Spoiler Tag
2011-04-14 à 19:33
Our developers work hard, but usually it's all about the database or the blog--they're always finding new ways to speed up datamining or make the database's user experience smoother. The forums sometimes are a quiet third or fourth to the behemoths of the site. But that's not the case today. Thanks to some work behind the scenes and feedback from our community, we have a handful of new updates to make the Wowhead community's forums a better place!
Firstly, as you probably know, there's this thing called CAPTCHA and it keeps spam bots out. It also makes posting less than fun--it can be hard to read and sometimes refreshing is necessary. We've gotten several requests to have options for users or to at least enable the old system for users, so we have. You can use reCAPTCHA, the system the site currently users, or you can try out the Wowhead version. To change this, simply go to 'Settings' and select it from there under the 'CAPTCHA' header.
Secondly, there's a new forum in these parts: the Computer Hardware forum. A lot of threads crop up at inopportune moments in the wrong place. Sometimes they're of the "Can my PC run X" variety. We also frequently get discounts from partners to
Site Update: Maps Show Flight Paths
2011-04-05 à 20:18
World of Warcraft is big. Huge, even. There are a lot of flight paths and it's hard to remember all of them. Don't worry, though, as we've been working on solving that problem: Wowhead is now tracking them all! Next time you're leveling and you're looking for flight paths, we've got you covered.
To use this new feature, simply go to a continent in our database, select 'Show on Map,' and choose your preferred faction. Markers will then show up for the area's flight paths as well as any zeppelin or boat path on the continent. It's a great way to see an overview of paths to zones you intend to tackle next; it's especially helpful now that there are so many new flight paths in World of Warcraft. Try it now--check out Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor to see this new feature in action.
Remember, we here at Wowhead are always looking for new features to bring to our site to improve our user experience. If you have any feedback on what you would like to see here, open a thread in our feedback forums or send an email to .
PTR Shows New Daily Dungeon System + New Wowhead Feature: Event Calendar
2011-03-17 à 18:15
There are a lot of in-game events nowadays. There are Call to Arms for battlegrounds some of us still haven't set foot in, the Darkmoon Faire is always coming and going, and then there are things like actual holidays and fishing tournaments. Keeping track of them can be confusing--or at least it was confusing. That all changes today as we've now added an event calendar to Wowhead that will show you what's going on in Azeroth right from the comfort of your own browser.
Since it was an otherwise slow day, we also hopped on the PTR to confirm whether or not the daily dungeon had been changed--and it has! Players will now be able to do seven dungeons a week instead of one dungeon per day. Cue sighs of relief from everyone, I'm sure. I'd personally rather do seven dungeons in a row with a group of guildmates over the weekend than squeeze one in every day.
There were some new graphic setting options[
Site Updates: Anvil and Forge Tracking, Polls for Premium
2011-03-15 à 17:41
Sometimes things are hard to find in World of Warcraft. It's a common fact that things like the location of certain anvils and forges have been the bane of WoW players existence for years. It was easy when Dalaran was our home, but Cataclysm just had to go and change that. Now they're scattered to the wind and if you're outside your faction's main capital city, all bets are off to where you might get your crafting done.
Luckily, the Wowhead staff implemented a quick update today that lets you find them in two different ways. Firstly, Wowhead now lists anvils and forges by their zone location when you look them up. Once you click on the anvil or forge and then the zone, a map will pop up with its location. Of course, we understand that looking up an object can be too much work. This is why you can also go to a zone instead and use the 'Show on Map' button to immediately have any existing anvil or forge be revealed on the zone map on its page. That's right, you don't even have to leave the page--try checking it out in either
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Site Updates: New Profiler Features, Custom Stat Weights and Reforging!
2011-03-10 à 15:33
The Wowhead team is always working behind the scenes on ways to make our site an even better resource for our users. This week has been a particularly productive one. We've made several big changes here--all thanks to our community's constant feedback! We get a lot of requests from you guys and we're always happy to listen. Over these past few months, Profiler has been brought up a lot. In particular, you've brought up adding a way to track raid progression.
Well, now you can. We're happy to announce that we recently added a raid progression tracker to Profiler. In addition to all the other awesome things it can already do, it can now tell you what dungeons are optimal for your level and gear. In just one glance, Profiler can tell you what ones you have completed and your current raid progression as well.
Of course, Profiler's raid utilities aren't the only thing we've enhanced. We also improved on Wowhead's ability to help you choose gear and see how your stats change with every choice you make. We've done this primarily through two other recent updates: the ability to reforge items and the ability to create cust
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