Getting Started With Enjin
Setting up a website with Enjin is an easy process, particularly because they offer both a basic plan that is free forever and a 14-day free trial of their Advance subscription tier. You can either dip your toes in the water and start slowly, or dive right in and check out their many unique features available to paying customers.
High Quality Themes and Headers
The themes available are well designed and top quality. Even if you are a free member the themes made available to you aren’t too shabby. They all have a somewhat uniform design, but the visual impact is way above what you’d get from whatever other guild hosting service providers are offering. There are over 50 free themes and over 150 themes for paying customers. Both plans have a wide selection of headers to choose from. The visual page editor will help you heavily customize the look and feel of your guild, too, with its drag-and-drop functionality and intuitive interface.
If loading times are slow, then there is little point to having all the features and graphics on a guild website. Enjin knows this. It’s very fast, and is not sluggish like some of the other service providers out there. There may be downtime, but this is very rare; and when it does happen, it goes up again pretty fast. You will see very few complaints in the forum about the up time.
A polished-looking guild website is important, and will attract recruits, but a good first impression will only take you so far. Enjin’s recruitment system helps you find what you are looking for when it comes to additions to your guild. It allows you to create advanced forms and criteria, so you have the information you need to assess whether a recruit is worth accepting or not. On the recruits’ side, they’ll be able to assess you, too; Enjin has an advance character management system that makes importing and keeping your guild characters and ranks easy, so when they visit your personal page they’ll be able to see what characters you use in the games you play.
A Place for Community Interaction
The bigger a guild gets, the more issues arise. When you’re running with upwards of 100 or more members, simply checking the guild website is not enough.
Enjin’s Forum System
This is where Enjin’s forum system comes in as a vital tool for gaming guilds. It’s quick, efficient and feature-laden; with many opportunities for guilds to streamline their interactions, whether its for game planning and strategy or just to catch up with each other. A good forum system keeps a community together, and Enjin’s is great.
What if you’re an established guild making a new home with Enjin, with an existing forum somewhere else? As we mentioned earlier, one of Enjin’s strengths is that it’s constantly improving, and this particular scenario is proof of that. Just recently, they announced that forum imports are now a reality–meaning you can move an existing forum (from several major forum systems, such as: Vbulletin, PHPBB3, MyBB and more) to Enjin for free, as long as your website is on the Advanced or Ultimate plan.
Have you ever had a problem with a team member or guild member that just wouldn’t go away ? Enjin recently rolled out a new feature for scenarios like this, too. You can avail of a punishment system which allows admins to create their own warning, punishment and ban automations. Punishments can be very specific in terms of taking away access, and bans can be set to specific time periods; you can even implement them manually. Pretty handy when it comes to troublemakers!
Gamers these days use smart phones and tablets and will want their guild websites to be responsive to these devices. There was a huge cry from the community in the Early days of Enjin, when it did nothave proper cross-platform capability. Nowadays, Enjin is HTML5-powered and very mobile responsive. That being said, you can access many of the features that you would not have been able to access in the past. Being able to access your guild’s forum from your mobile devices is not just a small convenience for you, but a big deal for your guild, too. There are also calendars and mobile alerts to help make sure that you never miss another practice or raid ever again!
The Free plan is already very robust in terms of what you get at no cost at all, but it’s worth trying out the 14-day free trial of the Advanced plan, especially if you’re not a guild that’s just starting out. With more experience comes more needs, and the monthly subscription fee isn’t unreasonable at all. Enjin guarantees that there are no surprises and no hidden fees.
|Subscription Tier||What You Get||Price Per Month|
1 Warning & Punishment
|Advanced||Free Features +
5 slot TS3 or Mumble Server
File Storage (5GB)
File Bandwidth (25 GB)
|Ultimate||Advanced Features +
20 slot TS3 or Mumble Server
File storage (50GB)
File bandwidth (150 GB)
A common complaint when it comes to Enjin’s subscription tiers is that there is no middle ground between Advanced and Ultimate. The price jump is indeed huge at over $20.00, but the added perks and features are supercharged, too. Keep in mind that the table above only lists a smattering of what each plan has to offer. To check out the complete descriptions of each plan, go to Enjin’s pricing page.
To save money, you may also look into bulk prepayment, as Enjin applies discounts if you pay for 3 months (save 5%), 6 months (save 10%) or 12 months (save 20%) upfront.
What's the Verdict on Enjin?
Enjin Review 2017 – Conclusion
There is a lot that you can do with Enjin, and thankfully their support team and their experienced community are there to help out when you need direction and information. Other gaming website builders may overwhelm you with jargon, exclusive communities and overstuffed subscription tiers which may have hidden fees; not Enjin. Yes, you could drown in the amount of features that they have and continue to push out for their users, but isn’t that a good problem to have? They are always just ahead of the competition. The pricing is a little expensive, with little to no middle ground, and there is that rare but distressing issue of downtime–not to mention the spam problem in the forums–but overall Enjin is one of the best guild hosting services out there. Although there’s room for improvement, they are world class in terms of the service they provide.