It's been awhile since you have heard from us. We know how maybe it seems like we aren't here or aren't working on new things but this post is here to clear all of that up! For the last month or so we have been working behind the scenes on new systems to benefit our users, as well as updating some age old systems that desperately needed it. We think we are finally ready to reveal what's coming soon, but first...
Welcome Pyker and Indemnity83
It's been a while since we added to our team, so I'm glad to be able to welcome Pyker and Indemnity83 to the Technic family.
Pyker has actually been with us for a while but we noticed we never properly welcomed him to the team. So now is that chance. Pyker has done so much for Technic behind the scenes it's actually incredible. Pyker's main responsibilities is the Platform code base (really every code base) as well as server infrastructure management alongside GenPage. Major props to those two for everything they do.
Many of you have already noticed that Indemnity83 has been added to the staff list on the Discord server for a while now so this probably isn't a surprise either. Indemnity83 has been an active contributor to TechnicSolder since 2015 and a mod developer too. Some of you have even tested out his development on a Solder fork. He joins our team officially to become the primary developer on the new version of Solder (using his fork as the base) and Solder.io (more on that later). Everybody give Indemnity83 a warm welcome.
We have also been working a lot behind the scenes to update the code base for the Platform. This won't have any obvious change for end users but brings the code base up to modern standards and allows us the ability to adapt it more easily as we need to.
Have you noticed how trending always seems to be new modpacks and never ones that have been on the Platform for more than a week? We are working to fix this. The algorithm is being adjusted to try and treat trending as it should be treated. Existing modpacks should be able to trend just the same as new ones.
The above change and many others are being made possible by updating our code base. So you can expect these changes in the very near future!
Solder and Solder.io
First, a tiny bit of housekeeping. We're officially renaming TechnicSolder to just Solder. Its what everybody called it anyway. But it does mean the names might get a little confusing, our apologies for that.
We already mentioned that Indemnity83 is working on a new version of the open source version of Solder and many of you have possibly tried it out, if you haven't yet give it a whirl. It's not ready for production environments yet but the more people who try it and report bugs the faster we'll get ready for production. There isn't an official release schedule yet, so we'll continue to support the older TechnicSolder system until then.
Now for the exciting part! The main thing that Indemnity83 has been working on behind the scenes is Solder.io. It's a hosted version of Solder; so if you're tired of managing a web server, or always wanted to use Solder but didn't have the access or knowledge to setup your own server, Solder.io is for you. Our goal is to make Solder.io easily affordable and easy to use. It will have all the same features as the open source version of Solder.
Our roadmap for the launch of Solder.io currently has a public launch around the end of May 2018, so we're very close. If you want to get more information, including status updates on development progress and an invitation to our private beta make sure you go over to https://solder.io/ and sign up there.
We're very excited about the things we have in the works and we hope you are too.
And as always, if you have comments or concerns feel free to leave them below or get in touch with us over in our Discord!