Today we have some very good news! Our new items network of Servers have finally been set up and are now running on the site. We have 31 servers (to be 32 by Saturday) running on the whole site. You should have already noticed the huge change in speed. There should not be any lag on the site at all, ever - even if there was 10,000 online! The items server network has so far cost $17,000 alone to get so we hope you appreciate it. Thank you to everyone who have upgraded their accounts and helped make this possible. We still need to pay back a lot of the money we loaned to make this possible, so your continuing support will be appreciated.
As the Item Servers have been added, restocks are now much better. They are on time and restock with a lot better variety. You should also notice trades, auctions and user shops all loading almost instantly. As space will never be a problem with the new set up, Galleries can now 5 times their size and Shops can hold 3 times their upgraded size!
Another Back Up server has been installed, which now means that every 15 minutes a backup of your account is created! This should help us in the very small chance that any data is ever lost.
We have some new Moderators on trial to become part of our team of staff. Remember that asking for staff will never get you the position!
Marasites have been given a new look, new site, new features and a new server! They had lots of problems before and are finally without errors. It is easier to use now too. We have fixed all errors and activated html codes which were filtered before. Here are some of the features of Marasites:
Marasite Poll can now be added to you marasite for members to vote on.
Marasite Quiz similar to the club quiz, has now been added. You can create a quiz with items and load it on your marasite for members to guess.
Marasite Headers & Footers allow you to add html at the top and bottom of every page on your site.
Finally, Marasite News is another new feature which allows you to add news entries to show up on your marasite. Members can comment on your updates too!
The Marasite Upgrades have been changed.
MaraUploads have been given a new look, new site, new features and a new server! We offer ALL members 1MB upload space for free at marauploads.com. We had problems with it before, as this is an amazingly high amount of space when you see how many use it. We have saved up and bought a bigger, faster server and move the site onto a new domain name. As this costs almost $250 a month to run, we have also added very cheap Uploads Upgrades from only $1.99 to help pay for some ofo this cost. We hope you all make good use of the new uploads and also remember that signature images will soon only work with marauploads!
Journal Upgrades have been improved and released on the new Marajournals.com website. You should notice that there is a lot of extra features and advantages to them. Please note that it may take a few days for the upgrades to be sent. Those who upgraded before will be automatically sent the extras.
MaraJournals have been given a new look, new site, new features and a new server! They had lots of problems before and are finally without errors. It is easier to use and no need for ANY html skills at all - a nice looking default layout is now avaliable. You can now also have a poll, an automatic list of all entries posted, a calendar where you can view entries from specific dates, an automatic menu of all of your entries and so much more! The new Journals server also means that they load instantly - even at peak times!
Our latest award is the Best Journal Award. Judged by Laimay and I, this will given to the Journals we think are really good and have had a lot of effort put into them. Asking for this award will never get you it! Don't use your Journal? Go to www.marajournals.com and start using it today!
December is here and what a month it will be! We have decided not to reveal any dates that we will be releasing our tons of great features, but there is tons on the way this month!
The Advent Calendar has started! Be sure to go there daily to collect your free gift. There may be one or two rare retiring avatars released on certain days of the calendar, items and MP.
If you have a Huthiq get into the festive season with this new Seasonal costume!
November's Trophies have been awarded.
The Account Upgrades will be released later on today....
This is just a very quick update to explain our 24 hour downtime.
Our new servers that were supposidly being set up this Friday were set up last night, while I was sleeping.
As the new servers are taking longer than we had hoped, all work is being done on the servers while the site is online on a backup server.
We apoligise for the downtime - it was unexpected and took longer than we had hoped.
The new servers will be installed over the next few days and then the site will move onto the within an hour later in the week.
For now, we thank you for your patience while the site runs slightly slower on this server.
Two new avatars related to Marapets Free Email Service have been released. And no, you don't have to upgrade to get them..
The Survey has been completed and all of the Prison Costumes have been awarded. Thank you for taking part, we have some good feedback to look into and help us improve Marapets. Here is the results from one of the questions:
When MaraTalk, our free instant messenger service is released, will you download and use it?
I'll try it 32%
Have you looked at the MaraTalk website recently?
We are pleased to announce the beta release of our new Marapets Email Service. It is 100% free to all members who have email-verified their account with us and are 13 and over. You should have notice the "0 New Emails" added to the top of each page which will let you know when you receive new emails. You will also receive an event, similar to the way Maramail works. You can also send emails from your maramail.com email account, however this is very basic right now as most of its features have not been completed yet. It may take up to two weeks for it to be finished, as certain parts, such as forward and reply have not been completed yet. You should soon also be able to send attachments. Sending emails is also rewarding, as your referral link will appear on them all, which should increase the amount of members you refer to the site! There will also be some new, unique Random Events soon added that will only appear on the maramail.com website. Please remember that it is a FREE service and run on donations, so we would like to thank all those who have supported us - and continue to do so - for helping us to make this possible! As you may know already, for as long as we have players donating, more and more features can be added and remain free for everyone.
We now have new, more secure and faster Security Codes when you restock.
A new Award has been released for the Most Helpful Member. This award is randomly given to players who we believe have been very helpful to Marapets. This award is only chosen by Laimay and I, and as other staff are players of the site too, they are able to win the award too. If we decided someone has been a helpful member, our appreciation will be shown on the news and with this medal being added to their profile. How can you be the most helpful member? Easy - by regularly helping other players of the site when they need it, by following all of the rules and being friendly and polite. Asking for this award will never get you it!
Five new Books are now restocking...
There are two new Hidden Avatars for you to collect.
The Mutant Zetlian has now been completed.
We would like to apoligise for all of the current site downtime. Our New Servers have been installed and we should be able to hold lots more players and stay online without any errors. If one of our main servers crashes, we now switch over automatically to another server to make sure the site does not go down. Thank you for all of the support from those who have purchased Account Upgrades. We are currently saving for a new items server which will make restocks run without ANY lag ever.
Now not only can you get trophies for high scores but you can also get Awards from specific areas of the site. The first award is from collecting all Glowing Eggs!
The Wizard Addow is the latest pet you can use your Wizard Costume on.
MARAPETS WILL BE DOWN AT 23:00MST
Marapets will be going down at 23:00MST to move back to our new servers.
The downtime should not exceed 30 minutes.
The site has now moved back to the old server set up we had a few weeks ago, which is slower and can hold less people, temporarily until we complete our server upgrades. This is to stop the site constantly going down everytime any work needs to be done. The upgrades are to make sure that as the site grows, we do not experience any lag. It is also to prepare the site for MaraTalk. Thank you for your patience.