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So what is changing?

Squidwolf Ltd. the UK entity which provides you with your hosting services, will stop providing these services at the end of June 2018. Your services will be transferred to a new UK entity which is a subsidiary of Squidwolf Ltd called Squidwolf Hosting Ltd. We are doing this to streamline our operations to help with our growing business and to ensure we can provide you with the best service possible. In addition, Squidwolf Hosting Ltd has a vastly upgraded hosting platform and we are sure you are going to love your service even more than you do now.

All of your services will be transferred will minimal interruption. We don’t anticipate any downtime for your services, however if you do experience any loss of service during the migration we will refund you a full month of service charges + 10% for the trouble.

We are also launching a brand new company which will provide Broadband and Landline services. This company is called Squidwolf Internet Ltd and it will provide Hosting, Domain Registration, Email, Broadband, and Phone services in an all-in-one package.

GDPR

Squidwolf Ltd has been GDPR-compliant since December 2017 so we didn’t bother emailing you to tell you this. We wanted to avoid clogging your email inbox up with yet another damn GDPR notification email. As we don’t email you marketing material, we don’t need you to confirm anything either.

We have updated our Privacy Policy to make it clearer about these things so be sure to take a look anyways. Here is a quick summary:

  • We’ve incorporated concepts from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We actually did this months ago.
  • We’ve added explanations for why Squidwolf processes customer data and the types of data that we process, as well as information about your data protection rights. We have also added a complete list of all the companies we deal with for data processing and what sort of information we share with them.

I’m confused, tl;dr

In a nutshell, your services will still be provided by us, Squidwolf. You don’t have to agree to these changes if you don’t want to, and you also have the awesome choice of adding Broadband and Phone to your existing service if you wish (we hope so! Its awesome!), that has the added benefit of only dealing with one awesome company for all of your internet things!

  • Squidwolf and all of its subsidiary companies are GDPR compliant.
  • Squidwolf now has two subsidiary companies, these are Squidwolf Hosting Ltd and Squidwolf Internet Ltd.
  • We are migrating your service to Squidwolf Hosting Ltd.
  • However, you have the choice to add Broadband and Phone to your service. If you choose this option, your hosting service and all of your domains will move to Squidwolf Internet Ltd instead.

I don’t want to change anything, I just want my stuff to work!

Awesome! The following things will happen if you aren’t interested in moving your Broadband and Phone.

  • We will cancel your PayPal or Direct Debit with Squidwolf Ltd.
  • We will move your service to Squidwolf Hosting Ltd at no cost and no interruption of service.
  • We will email you once we’ve moved your service.
  • You will need to login and set up a PayPal subscription again.
  • We won’t suspend your service or charge you late fees for three months after the move. Just in case you didn’t have time to setup a new subscription.

CHANGES

Squidwolf.com

  • We’ve massively increased the resolution of all graphics across the site up to Retina level, this delivers a beautiful experience no matter what device you use.
  • Our website now supports responsive design on Games Consoles and Set-top boxes.
  • As with all major updates, we are updating our logo to reflect the change in style.
  • Revisions have been made to our Network Policies.

FEATURES

About

  • Now has a contact form, never again will you have to jump into email for a simple enquiry.

Blog

  • We’re going all-in on blogging with these fantastic new features:
    • Member perks. Every so often we will post a blog with a fantastic offer or freebie from one of our partners.
    • Everyday service. Many of our members are businesses, we will be shining the spotlight on the great things they are doing.
    • Games with Squidwolf. We will (finally) be bringing our Minecraft server back online and we want you to be a part of it.
    • Internet Yourself. Memes, memes everywhere.

Phone

  • This has been in the works for a long time and although we have missed a few deadlines we set ourselves, we are finally ready to launch. Rather than complicate things with packages, we decided to introduce a few flat-rate pricing models. You’ll hear more about this over the coming weeks.

Internet

  • This has been in the works for a long time and although we have missed a few deadlines we set ourselves, we are finally ready to launch. Rather than complicate things with packages, we decided to introduce a few flat-rate pricing models. You’ll hear more about this over the coming weeks.
  • 30-day rolling contracts are the thing we are proud of the most, you’ll hear more about this over the coming weeks.

Store

  • We will no longer be accepting traditional currency for games purchases, instead we are moving to a virtual currency system which we feel will add more value to our scratch card games.
  • Credits:
    • 80 Sc £1.00
    • 160 Sc £2.50
    • 240 Sc £3.20
    • 400 Sc £5.00
    • 800 Sc £10.00
    • 1,200 Sc £15.00
    • 1,600 Sc £20.00
    • 2,100 Sc £25.00
    • 2,400 Sc £50.00

Gaming

  • Scratch cards. Buy scratch cards for a chance to win credits to spend on our store.
  • Weekly lottery. Buy lottery tickets for a chance to win credits to spend on our store.

Hosting

  • Direct Debit. We are adding Direct Debit support for our subscription services. Initially this will only be available as an option on our business services (such as Squidwolf Cloud) but we will be rolling out across all of our services in the coming months.
  • Outbound Spam Protection. For businesses that send a lot of email, we now offer blacklist protection services.
  • Squidwolf Validation. Validate and Verify your site for security with us for just a few pounds a month.
  • Domain Parking. Stop the default domain page from displaying on your domains that have no website.

Hosting

  • Direct Debit. We are adding Direct Debit support for our subscription services. Initially this will only be available as an option on our business services (such as Squidwolf Cloud) but we will be rolling out across all of our services in the coming months.
  • Outbound Spam Protection. For businesses that send a lot of email, we now offer blacklist protection services.
  • Squidwolf Validation. Validate and Verify your site for security with us for just a few pounds a month.
  • Domain Parking. Stop the default domain page from displaying on your domains that have no website.

Squidwolf.com

  • SquidCredit. Buy, Use, and Win our website currency. You can use SquidCredit as a method of payment for our Store and automatically get a 5% discount on all purchases.
    • Win SquidCredit by taking part in our weekly lotteries as well as purchasing scratchcards.
  • Community. Once a month we pick one of our hosting customers and shine a light on their website through our Community Spotlight page.
  • Perks. Get discounts from a handful of trusted partners.

Minecraft

Its coming back, we promise. We just don’t know when.

Features

  • We have brought back the Squidwolf Monthly newsletter, existing users have automatically been enrolled on to the newsletter and can opt-out if they wish inside Account Management.
  • A number of changes and improvements have been made to Squidwolf.com:
    • User online/offline status is now shown on profiles via an icon.
    • Administrators are now hidden from online users.
    • Editor for frontend publishing is now enabled.
    • User connections are now enabled.
    • New users are now automatically approved (if logging in with Facebook/Twitter).
    • You can now use your webcam to upload a new profile picture.
    • Login menu is now displayed conditionally, depending on login status.
    • Members can now view other member profiles.
    • If we can detect a Gravatar for you, we will automatically use that for your profile until you upload your own avatar.

Features

  • The frontend of the Account Management User Interface has been completely redesigned to allow for a cleaner and more responsive experience. Because of this change, users not using a Modern Web Browser may be subject to a decreased experience.
  • Squidwolf Hosting website has been overhauled to provide a clean & minimal experience.
  • Coupon codes for Secure and Store have been reactivated, we will be revealing these soon.
  • 16 new products have been added to Store.

FIXES

Emails

  • Formatting on emails has been restored.

Hosting

  • Resolved an issue in which some users could not create new hosting packages for existing domains.
  • The caught exception bug has now been completely squashed into oblivion and will (hopefully) never come back.
  • Fixed an issue with font rendering in the Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Add Credit system now features a dropdown menu.

User Interface

  • Colours on Account Management now correctly reflect our corporate image.

Graphics

  • Resolved graphical issues with the transition to our new design.

Localisation

  • French & Spanish translations have been thoroughly rechecked for accuracy.

Miscellaneous 

  • Memes added.

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Squidwolf Magazine

  • We have closed Squidwolf Magazine temporarily while we migrate the Store over to Squidwolf.com

Squidwolf Hosting

  • We have closed the hosting site temporarily while we migrate the product catalog over to Squidwolf.com, this does not affect customer accounts.
  • New and existing customers are still able to place new orders and administer their current services using Account Management

Squidwolf.com

  • We have redesigned the website from the ground-up to consolidate all of our offerings into a simple & easy-to-use website.
  • Store will feature all of the products that were once on Squidwolf Magazine and be joined by over 100 new products.
  • Games will give you the opportunity to win our new website currency called Calamari which can be spent on products in the store above.
  • Calamari is the name for our new currency and will replace much of the functionality of MagPoints. There now the only way to purchase products from us. Calamari can be obtained in the following ways:
    • You can buy bundles of Calamari using conventional money, via PayPal.
    • Win Calamari on our games.
    • Refer your friends to Squidwolf.com and receive Calamari when they join

More Integration 

  • The account system of Squidwolf will now use OpenID for login making it possible to use one set of login credentials across all Squidwolf products.

Squidwolf Magazine relaunch

  • We are relaunching Squidwolf Magazine with a new & look and feel.
  • We will no longer be accepting reader-submitted stories for the magazine as main features, readers are still free to include their own thoughts on our content in the forums.
  • Live Blogs will now play a major role on Squidwolf Magazine covering hot events across Greater Manchester.
  • New and improved views and statistics through the magazine will indicate which stories your friends are reading.

Squidwolf Magazine – Store 

  • Over 200 new products have been added to the store covering all aspects of technology and gaming. We will now be delivering new products to you direct from top publishers such as Ubisoft, EA, Activision Blizzard, and Valve.

SquidBuilder 

  • Our advanced Website Building system is now available at just £2.49 a month.

Squidwolf Hosting – Website Builder Plus 

  • We haven’t forgotten about Website Builder and will continue to maintain this service, we are adding some kickass new features to it Website Builder Plus uses the latest in Website Builder technology to create a dynamic and vibrant site with no technical expertise. Your site will have that custom look and feel usually created by expensive professional design agencies.

Squidwolf Studios – Search Engine Submission 

  • Optimise and submit your website to hundreds of search engines and directories to help visitors and customers find you online.
  • We have four packages available ranging from £30-£180 per year, options to suit every website.
  • Submit your website to over 400 search engines 12 times a month.
  • Instructions to tell you how to optimise your website for maximum impact.
  • Customer support from Squidwolf Studios.
  • Guaranteed listing in Google.
  • Monthly reports via email.

Squidwolf Hosting – Email SMS Notifications 

  • For just £14.99 a month this feature allows you to receive emails or notification of email arrival via SMS.

Squidwolf Hosting

  • We have overhauled our main website so its easier than ever to find what you are looking for.
  • Domain-only mailboxes: Don’t need a website but want a custom email address? We now provide this service for the low price of £14.99 a year and a massive.
  • We have overhauled our knowledgebase so its easier than ever to find answers to questions.
  • Agora Shopping Cart is now available on all Shared Hosting and Squidwolf Cloud services.
  • Elgg Social Network System is now available on all Shared Hosting and Squidwolf Cloud services.
  • Reward Points: Get rewarded for paying invoices on time with this new scheme. Earn points across our platform and redeem them for account credit.
  • Email Virus Scanning: For just £20 a year our virus scanning system stops emails at the server so you never have to try and deal with them yourself. Our software automatically updates every hour so that it always knows about the latest viruses on the Internet. Each virus scanner you buy will totally protect one specified domain.
  • SquidCirrus: Our latest Squidwolf Cloud product is now making its debut.

Squidwolf Minecraft – Economy

  • Physical currency is making its debut on our server. ATMs will be rolled out across urbanised worlds.

Squidwolf Viral

  • We are entering into the viral media sharing game. Squidwolf Viral will bring you the hottest trending news, videos, photos, and gifs across the internet for you to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  • No need to sign up, just login with Facebook or Twitter.
  • Get your own user profile and rack up points, be the best viral sharer you can be!
  • Like, comment, and share all content across the site.
  • Found something awesome? We may take your story and turn it into a feature on Squidwolf Magazine. You’ll earn store credit if you find awesome things.
  • Translated into five additional languages.

Squidwolf TV 

  • The internet’s first original television network is making a comeback.
  • One broadcast a week, six hours, 10 original content packages.
  • Powered by Twitch, and available on-demand via YouTube.
  • Unique gaming shows
  • Original internet content from FlyingSquidwolf.
  • Subversive political programming.
  • Interviews, talk shows, all in a format you know & trust.

Squidwolf Voice, Mail & Chat 

  • The old Squidwolf mail and mailing list system got replaced by a new and better one.

Hazel API

  • We are no longer using the Hazel API system.

Miscellaneous 

  • New Region: Nerath
  • New World: Rainbow
  • New Stargate Connection: Hurricane (Theilin) <> Rainbow (Nerath)

CHANGES

NPCs 

  • Aria will now actually talk to her if you say Hi.
  • SafeZone Police will now respond to mobs nearby.
  • Edge Railways is now under the jurisdiction of DragonTravel.

Agents & Missions 

  • All tutorial missions are now active.

EXPLOIT FIXES

  • Several exploit issues have been fixed, making Squidwolf Syndicate a better place to live in for us all.

SquidNet: Chat

All members can now use the chat feature

SquidNet: Groups

All member can now use the group feature

SquidNet: Photo Albums

SquidImproved members can now enjoy the photo albums feature.

SquidNet: User Connections

SquidStandard members can now enjoy the user connections feature.

SquidNet: Classifieds

SquidImproved members can now post Ads on the Classified Section

SquidNet: Events

SquidImproved members can now create Events

SquidNet: Music

SquidImproved members can now upload music

SquidNet: Videos

SquidElite members can now upload videos

SquidNet: Ad Campaigns

SquidElite members can now request Ad Campaigns across the network.

SquidNet: Storage Quota

We have increased the storage quote for all members from 25 MB to 50 MB.

SquidNet: Friend Lists

Have a lot of contacts? You can now organise them into lists of your choosing.

SquidNet: One-Way Friendships

People can now just be a ‘fan’ of you rather than being your friend if you don’t like them that much.

SquidCraft – SquidElite added

Network Improvements

Server Optimisations

Squidwolf Syndicate is the flagship product of Potion Forest which provides the best Hosting, Marketing, and Tech Support services to its members in the UK and across the globe.

This winter we released the massive Confusion Illusion expansion. Not only was it packed with new features, but it also included a website update of gargantuan proportions. Every site, community and all navigation has been completely overhauled from start to finish, resulting in an amazing splendor of squidwolf sights. It really has to be seen to be believed – so take a look.

Features:

Virtual Private Servers

Enjoy advanced VPS hosting at an affordable price with our powerful virtual private servers. Combining the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, Intel Xeon processors, and RAID-10 arrays of high-performance SAS disks with our bespoke systems, we’ve created one of the UK’s most advanced virtual server platforms.

Snapshot Backups

Premium Backups takes daily backups of all the websites and databases in your Reseller Pro account without you having to worry about doing it yourself. Automatically protect against data loss and offer a new profitable service to your customers.

Dedicated Servers

Outstanding performance for even the most demanding of websites with the latest Intel & Dell technology. Our Dedicated Servers provide unparalleled server specs, unlimited bandwidth and come with a 99.99% uptime guarantee.

SquidHaven

Providing essential peace of mind for both website owners and visitors, SSL certificates signify world-class data protection and increase browsing confidence for your visitors.

Give visitors the security they deserve.

Switchboard

Internal Switchboard Phone System for Potion Forest is crucial to not isolating customers and potential clients who would rather interact with us over the phone compared to those who are happy to use our automated support ticket system or use conventional email.

With Confusion Illusion, you’ll be able to reach us via phone.

Dogecoin

Dogecoin is a decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency that enables you to easily send money online. Think of it as “the internet currency.”

Starting with Confusion Illusion you’ll be able to purchase services from us with Dogecoin.

1-click install apps

We are adding a myriad of new apps to our 1-click install library:

  • Zenphoto
  • MantisBT
  • PHPprojekt
  • Textpattern
  • CMS Made Simple
  • Crafty Syntax
  • dotProject
  • MediaWiki
  • Moodle
  • OpenAds
  • OpenCart
  • Open Web Analytics
  • Roundcube

New gTLDs

Expanding our reach into the wider world you’ll be able to register, renew, and transfer-in two new gTLDs to Squidwolf Hosting. These are:

  • .sx
  • .it

Squid64

Squidwolf Server Network is now finally moving over to a completely 64-bit architecture.