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A review of Planetminecraft.com (PMC)

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Level 63 : High Grandmaster Architect
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This is a very long and full review of this site. Don`t complain over the length, it is on purpose. Also I am sorry for the text size, its not my fault.
I am not a real life reviewer, this is a fan made review of the site. Please excuse my grammar, English is not my first language. Please respect that, thank you and enjoy this review.


Introduction:


PMC definitively appeals for the average minecrafter. This is where the community gathers and share their work/creations online. PMC allows you to interact and communicate with other members via their comment sections, submit section, the forums, the message system and their famous chat. The site was created by Cyprezz in 2010. His own words:
Today marks...
Today marks the launch Planet Minecraft.
This is your blocky planet. You have full control of your Minecraft projects. You can upload and update them whenever you want. They'll appear on your own profile page and effectively log your creations for you while inspiring the world.

Planet Minecraft was created to provide a relatively organized directory of the insane variety of creations possible in Minecraft. Over time, the site will evolve based on member feedback and Minecraft development. As you use the site, please feel free to post feedback and feature suggestions.

I'm Cyprezz, both here and in Minecraft. Here's my introduction post. There's bound to be some bugs in this site, please report them and I will fix asap.

Welcome to the planet!

Header planet background credit goes to: Cresty. Thanks for giving me permission to use it, looks amazing! This is his blog, Hello, Operator. Here is a link to the full Minecraft Planet wallpaper.
Source


Alongside with his team and co-developer Paril, they have created an outstanding community fan site that has reached more than 1000000 members worldwide and used by many more.


Term and use:


To be a member on PMC you have to agree on their term and use. Should be easy following their site regulations, but some members has been struggling with following these regulations. People such as me in the past.

Term and use


My opinion on these rules and site regulations are fine. PMC are very strict with their site regulations and they makes sure you follow these rules.

Your work is safe on this site, no one will be able to steal from you or harass you in any way if you report the issues.
Web site presentation and features:


The PMC layout is really something for itself. With its famous planet minecraft icon and its nice minecraft looking appearance, the website has a nice shape and appearance. A minecrafter would definitely feel like he is in the right place.


The website got anything you would need as a minecrafter. Every category is listed up for you to just click and let the hyperlink take you were you wish. PMC has also a search bar where you can search whatever you are looking for. Simply type what you are looking for and it will bring up the most popular submission with you search as a tag. You can always adjust that to what kind of submissions you would like to find with that tag. Say you search: Modern house, you will get the most popular modern house submissions. You can adjust that to the most recent, most views, most downloads, which category etc.

Some other cool features:
-Site news & events: PMC hosts different contest entries every now and then, which is a great addition to bring the community together in a battle of skills, honor and dignity. On this list you will also see latest site news and features they have added.

-Popular reel: Both homepage and other pages that features different categories you have the popular reel. On this slideshow of amazingness you get up the most recent and popular submissions. A great addition to keep you updated with latest work our community has to offer.


-Forums: Every big site needs a forum section. The second most famous forum section in the minecraft community. Here you can ask for help or share ideas, work, contests, requests you name it. The pmc forums might be used a lot, but it is not the best you can find online. People always love to help, but its not every time you get the right persons to read your posts. Also it has a spam issue with members complaining about their ban on the site. Other times we have members who are not pleased with site regulations and they complain unprofessionally on the forums. There is not much we can do about this issue.


-Chat: The best community chat you can find online for now is the PMC chat. This is a place where you can meet members live every day. If you need help, someone to talk to, someone to share experiences with, somewhere to interact with members who are playing live on servers etc; Well, this is the place for you. You meet mostly professional and mature members here in the chat. It is highly guarded by moderators who you will always find in the chat.


The PMC chat always has a variation of members online. One day there might be 20 members, another day it might get up to 100 members. You might even meet some famous people there ;)


-LiveTV: The website offers quality streams on the liveTV page. It can be minecraft or any other game. Again, a nice addition to the site.


-Profile/account: This is your profile, a lovely place for you to visit on the site. Your submissions and profile information is saved on this page. You can write as much as you want about yourself on your profile. You can also link some of your other accounts/pages to your profile if you have any, sites such as youtube, twitter, devianart, steam and many other sites as you wish.


You have a level system on PMC, to get a higher level you have to earn exp points which gives some members a taste of competition and to work hard for appreciation.
How to use the website:
PMC has a main bar (Homepage, project, skin, texturepack etc.) on the top of the site for you to click. Maneuvering yourself with the hyperlinks on the site is very easy. You always have the option to click on the main topic bar which is important. For more information on how to use the site, you can visit the forums and read the main threads posted by the admin and the team.

My issue here is that people have problems finding these threads. Laziness and confusion might be some of the reasons. Therefore I suggest these people get some kind of guidance on this. Maybe a pop up window, e-mail or a message to give them some site information.


The site is actually very easy to use, either its submitting your work on the site or if you are searching for something.


But then again if you have problems finding and sharing work on planet minecraft, you have to ask people on the site or finding the required forum threads for that. There is always a thread explaining how to use the site, problem is to find them for people who have a hard time doing that. Again, I suggest they get a welcome e-mail or message so they can read that. Notifications are easy to spot. It could for example be featured in the account activation e-mail.


But for an experienced member to get around its very easy to use. Finding members and submissions is easy as well. Simply search the name in the members list as you would search for a submission in the search bar. But the members list have a problem, seems like it gets disable if you try clicking next and go further in the list. Error message: Disabled deep member listings.


Contacting the site team is very easy, you can either take contact by e-mail, skype or message them.


This can be done here


But a website is never perfect, PMC has some down time and hosting problems. This frustrates some members since they cant access the site or their profile for a long time. The response is simple: Be patient.


PMC also suffers from some site bugs, its not the most stable site out there but it works almost perfectly for a fan site. If you see any bugs report them.
Special Feature
If Mojang servers or services were ever to be down for maintenance, you can always visit Planet minecraft to see what the main issue is. This is a feature you can find on homepage.

You also have the site statics, other minecraft sites related to planet miencraft and search tags that are on the homepage.
But the best features are in the planet minecraft chat. And its confirmed there will be coming out a new version of this chat. You can read more about that here.
Business Success of the Site
The site has become more popular over the years. You can find them on the most famous social media`s on the internet. Ever since social media`s started supporting and adding good features for groups, it has become easier to find different communities.

The site recently hit 1000000 members which is a huge achievement. But there has always been more people using the site itself even though they are not members. Its easy to find anything you need on the site and therefore there is a guarantee for people to visit the site again. PMC supports websites such as adfly which means they support online money. So you can literally make money on your submissions. But you have to be level 20 to do this.


Each year PMC have a big event to raise money for charity. The charity program is called the Extra life foundation.


PMC is huge in terms of people submitting their work on the site. With over 9000+ people online every day and a chat that never sleeps, I can guarantee you a fun stay here on PMC!
Conclusion
Best minecraft fan site out there? Yes, yes it is. Nothing comes close to Planet minecraft. The creator has thought about this carefully and done some good coding to make all this happen.

As much as I have complained about people having to ask and look here and there to find some information on the site, I can say its not that bad.


Its true you have it easier on other sites you are used to such as facebook, twitter or youtube since you get a full guide. But PMC want you to meet the community and talk with them by visiting people in the chat or messaging them. Its genius actually.


Also for members that are using mobile devices, Ipad`s etc. there should be considered a app for the site. Thats all
So my final result for this website is 9.2/10. I recommend planetminecraft.com, there is something for everyone here.
Agreement or Disclaimer
PMC has had huge success in the past years and doesnt seem like its coming to an end. But for how long will this last? How long does it take for people to lose interest in playing minecraft? There is no real answer for this, we just have to wait and see what happens. But as soon as minecraft gets unpopular, the fansite will follow the same path. Now this might take a long time or short time depends on competitors, interest, popularity or if the updates impresses the player or not.

But there is hope, some people are actually trying to use minecraft for education by recreating historical events or monuments and teach people how it was back then in a 3 dimension world.



Thank you for reading this blog and as always take care.
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  • Pixelus
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • November 24, 2013, 5:32 pm
50th Diamond :D and nice review :D
  • SlipB
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 26, 2013, 10:07 am
It deserves every diamond it gets. You must have spent a lot of time on this :D
  • Tx_Pocket
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dolphin
  • September 25, 2013, 4:58 pm
Love how he miss-spells minecraft as miencraft (I know english is not your first language) Just saying it's well...... Funny. ;) all in all good review
  • Seivelath
  • Level 22
  • Expert Network
  • September 25, 2013, 2:37 pm
Tl;dr :3 Nah, read it and loved it. Have a shiny blue rock
  • 00jace
  • Level 41
  • Master Demolitionist
  • September 25, 2013, 9:56 am
Nice review, Only bad thing is the downtime :/
  • Amgini
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • September 24, 2013, 6:28 pm
You'll be missed bruh, don't go insane without us! ;w;
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • September 23, 2013, 9:28 pm
I don't need to say that I'll miss you, and everything you do here. But I'll miss you, and everything you do here. You might be gone already... ;_;
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 11:50 pm
*writing from phone* <3
  • -Rusty-
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Network
  • September 24, 2013, 5:00 pm
the freak R U leaving PMC!? ;-;
  • Jetfrog28
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Creeper Hugger
  • September 25, 2013, 2:51 am
He had to go serve his year in the army. ): He will be missed.
  • -Rusty-
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Network
  • September 25, 2013, 6:47 am
shoot hope he doesn't get shot!
  • Jetfrog28
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Creeper Hugger
  • September 25, 2013, 3:08 pm
Yeah.
  • TARLACHRed
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Geek
  • September 23, 2013, 1:47 pm
;__; don'tgoIwillcry.
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 2:01 pm
Keep strong Tarla
  • TARLACHRed
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Geek
  • September 23, 2013, 2:09 pm
I will draw you that art so you can see it when you get back. :C
  • Jetfrog28
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Creeper Hugger
  • September 23, 2013, 12:59 pm
Brilliant! Why didn't I think of this? XD good job!
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 1:04 pm
You are brilliant as well. Thank you =)
  • Jetfrog28
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Creeper Hugger
  • September 25, 2013, 2:52 am
No, if anyone's brilliant, it's you. Goodbye. I'll see you in a year. :)
  • icedragon926
  • Level 47
  • Master Blob
  • September 23, 2013, 11:57 am
A nice review of this site ^.^ Would convince anyone to join :P
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 1:04 pm
Thank you pal, thank you very much :,D
No problemo :P
  • IamPetz
  • Level 41
  • Master Bunny
  • September 23, 2013, 9:58 am
This is very well written! You brought up some great points (like how new members might find it hard to navigate, and forum spam), and I actually learned a couple things! xD
I'd say a 9.2 rating is still a bit generous, but the site is awesome and this was a worthy review. Great job ;)
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 10:03 am
Thank you very much, nice of you pointing that out ^^
Yes maybe 9.2 was a nit generous, but I need my explanation why I gave that. Since there are no better sites out there and I really dont have that much bad to say about the site I thought maybe this was the right rating to give. But you are right, I should have maybe think of the ratings a bit more.
  • toofgib
  • Level 25
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • September 23, 2013, 7:00 am
wow, awesome!

a really good review and a guide for the whole site.

nice work, diamond and fav.
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 7:08 am
Thank you, you know how to make a person like me smile =)
  • toofgib
  • Level 25
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • September 23, 2013, 7:10 am
im happy to hear that, and that also makes me smile. ;-D
  • Ludicrous
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Senpai
  • September 23, 2013, 6:52 am
I <3 it!
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 6:57 am
Thank you!
  • Jetra
  • Level 23
  • Expert Archer
  • September 23, 2013, 6:44 am
Hey, what about us? XD
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 6:46 am
Haha dont worry, you guys are in there ;) The "Team" =)
  • Chellizard
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Vampire
  • September 23, 2013, 6:39 am
What a good read, Xoy! <3 good job hon. c:
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 6:47 am
Thank you so much
  • RevChuckles
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Lad
  • September 23, 2013, 6:34 am
Wow O_O
I actually enjoyed the heck out of this!
I had to learn to skim read at my old job so I read this like twice and was amazed at the detail :D
The text size is fine and I love how you categorized each topic in a "spoiler" (Very neat ^_^)
This is one of the best blog posts I have ever read and deserves a lot of praise and attention!
Keep up the great work and of course...
Keep Smiling!!!
^_^
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 23, 2013, 6:36 am
This is what its all about, I am doing this only for you guys and you guys only.
Thank you RevChuckles, havnt got feedback like this in a long time. You give me inspiration to do more. Thank you.
  • RevChuckles
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Lad
  • September 23, 2013, 6:40 am
No worries ^_^
And Thank YOU for posting such high quality content :)
I have no idea what else to say as I am now reading this post again and am distracted haha :3

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