WoM Client 2.0 has a new feature, and we’re calling it WoM Direct.
WoM Direct takes the concept of Direct Connect URLs to the next step of evolution… into the server list.
How does it work? Well, when someone uses the WoM Client to login to minecraft, it creates a token based on their username+password and sends it across to WoM. This way if minecraft.net authentication is ever down, they can still prove they are who they say they are (Important note: at no time does the user’s password ever get sent to WoM).
The second step is that any servers who wish to participate in the WoM Direct program can send a heartbeat, in the same format as you do to the minecraft.net heartbeat url, except you send it to http(s)://direct.worldofminecraft.com/hb.php instead.
Now you’ll appear at the top of the server list in the WoM client, and be accessible even should minecraft.net go down. Isn’t that groovy?