ShiftRO is a private† Ragnarok Online server financed, managed, and administrated by myself (with staff members). ShiftRO is community driven and tries to maximize on the game's social aspect. ShiftRO stayed in testing for a month before release. With the help of staff members and members of the Agent-Gamer.com community forum, most features and bugs were fixed in the testing period. ShiftRO launched to the public on June 3, 2007.
On June 30, 2007 a full ShiftRO client downloader was published for users. This allowed a much simpler way for users to get the game working on the private server.
ShiftRO popularity dwindled from small to non-existant by early August of '07, and with a tight pocketbook and less time to devote to working on ShiftRO, I decided it was time to permanently suspend the project. Thus, ShiftRO closed its doors on August 10, 2007 and remains closed today.
† "Private" meaning ShiftRO is not an official server for the game, but a player-run one.