Wowhead

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Wowhead
Wowhead front page.jpg
Front page for Wowhead.com.
Web address http://www.wowhead.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Searchable database
Registration Free
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese
Owner ZAM Network
Launched June 26, 2006
Alexa rank
negative increase 1,864 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

Wowhead is a search database for the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW). The site first started out as a talent calculator for the game. It was in beta from April 4 to June 25, 2006,[2] and the database was released on June 26, 2006.[3] Wowhead functions as a user generated database relying upon players of WoW themselves, though the information is uploaded automatically through a client side program.

Client software is available for both the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms.[4] Users can manually add comments to database items or discuss the items themselves in a moderated forum.[5] Comments placed on database items are moderated by the community themselves, with members having the option to "down-rank" out-dated and useless posts to the point where they are purged, and "up-rank" posts of significance so that they are highlighted.[6] The database is automatically cross referenced by the software between items, non-player characters and zones or dungeons.[7]

Wowhead garnered some attention when it was purchased by the ZAM Network, a subsidiary of Affinity Media which formerly owned real-money trading (RMT) firm IGE.[8] The ZAM Network also owns other gaming and World of Warcraft information sites such as Thottbot and Allakhazam.[9]

On July 22, 2009, Wowhead announced that it would be offering its members access to a Premium service for a recurring subscription in order to help support the project. The premium service offers enhanced usage of the website, removing ads, granting a wider range of forum privileges, and allowing paying members to skip to the front of the process queue for armory requests.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wowhead.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ I might be one of Wowheads first members.. - WoW General - Wowhead Forums
  3. ^ News - Wowhead
  4. ^ Schramm, Mike (2008-06-03). "Wowhead Warcraft database releases OS X client". The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). AOL Media. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  5. ^ "About Us - Wowhead". Wowhead.com. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Wowhead.com. 
  7. ^ Gilbert, Dan; Whitehead, James; Whitehead, James II (2007). Hacking World of Warcraft. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 125–126. ISBN 978-0-470-11002-7. 
  8. ^ Dobson, Jason (June 25, 2007). "Affinity's ZAM Network Acquires Wowhead, Confirms IGE Split". Gamasutra. United Business Media. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Thottbot Owner Acquires Wowhead". Edge Magazine (Future plc). June 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Wowhead Premium announced.". Wowhead.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Wowhead Premium features". Wowhead.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 

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