Ok so... here we go! 

Pre-release is looking like it's coming out tomorrow:

What that means for us is that I'll be holding off starting testing phase for now.  I'll go ahead and finish up the last bit of stuff I need to work on and after 1.8 is released and plugins are updated, then I'll get the server online -- most likely with no testing needed at that point. 

Those of you currently playing on the server, please be aware that as soon as we update to 1.8, survival and creative worlds will be deleted, along with player data, and new maps will be put in place.  You WILL be started over as a new player at that point with everyone else. 

To continue accessing the server, stay on 1.7.10 until I announce that it's time to swap over.