I’d like to start off by shouting out to the services I will be retiring use of in the new model of the project.They are all wonderful free services I’d recommend to anyone.
The forum from Website Toolbox http://www.websitetoolbox.com/index.html
Shoutboxes form C-box http://www.cbox.ws/
The CSS template from http://www.stylishtemplate.com/
The menu script from Site Gadgets http://www.sitegadgets.com/
The guestbook from http://tufat.com/
Moving forward I’ll be focusing on a more organized model for the project. The aim will be a fully featured community and a wide range of art forms. The main feature will still be oekaki but there will be a lot more focus on member interaction,personal growth and helpful artist resources.
The new outline will feature three project types:
Dual Purpose Projects:elements that will be used as community features but also as standalone products
Core Projects:elements that will be core parts of the member area
Companion Projects: gradually added elements that will expand on the art forms shared in the community
Before any of the 5 update stages begin I will be doing a reassessment of the project which will include:
Redoing the project outline
Redoing the security site
Restructuring the boards and policies
Doing a script inventory and budget
You can view the now updated project outline on the “Update Log” page.A significant difference this time is that there will be project trackers so it will be easy to see what stage of the project I’m working on. I think having the visibility will be better on both sides by keeping me focused and people informed and more interested in the project.
The security site has actually been updated to a more attractive and less confusing layout. It’s much more reflective of the final design scheme I have in mind for the site. Since I’m not sure how much freedom I’ll have building pages with the membership I’m not sure how much that will change if it needs to at all.
Also as a reminder there was a domain with the package I got from the host this time so the page is now haevenarts.com. Change those x10.mx bookmarks if you haven’t already.
A few personal good things before I delve into the nitty gritty of the project updates…
The first thing is I did get a new computer so hopefully my projects will all be able to be on task from now on.I also just got engaged so I will be planning a wedding in the upcoming year.I’m shooting for a spring 2016 wedding so we’ll see what happens.
Anyways back to business…
A large part of the project will be focused on the membership structure this time. My primary goal is to consolidate the registrations as much as possible but there will probably still be a sign on to the oekakis separate from the log in if that’s not a possible integration. I’m not exactly a code guru but I’m going to see what I can do.
The site will still be free but paid levels will be offered. The model for the membership levels I’ve started working with is below and highly subject to change at this point:
Guest ($0) :Access to 1 oekaki and no access to paintchat or the member area
Basic Member ($0)
Minor:Access to general board bundle but not mature board,main paintchat rooms and censored basic pose library w/ no mature poses
Mature/18+:Access to general board bundle and mature board,main paintchat rooms and uncensored basic pose library with select mature poses
Minor ($25): Access to general and premium boards but not the mature or advanced board,full censored pose library with no mature poses,and basic and advanced paintchats
Mature/18+ ($30): Access to general,premium,mature and advanced boards,full uncensored pose library and all paintchats
*All minor level memberships would be upgraded with 24-48 hours after the member reaches the age of 18.
*All paid levels would be non-refundable one time fees with lifetime guarantee even if the fee structure changed in the future.
Independent Upgrades to a basic membership:
Full Pose Library Access: $12
Full Paintchat Access only: $10
Full Board Access only: $10
Full Board and PaintChat Access: $16
*Independent upgrades will be non-refundable and may be subscription based.
The content will also vary based on whether you fall into the minor or mature category. Laws of certain states will prohibit granting access to mature content to a minor regardless of whether you have paid the fees proposed above or not. Independent upgrade prices may be subject to change if the proposed content grows or changes.
Any person that registers and falls into the category of being a minor will not be able to access the mature or advanced board as they will have less censorship and will also not be allowed to view unclothed versions of the pose models. The actual transition process for minor to mature accounts hasn’t been decided yet. It may be conditional on membership history. Inactive members on a minor account may need to remain on the minor account until more activity is observed on the account even if they are in fact 18 or older.
There will also be a level for preferred and registered donors that will add advanced board access.Donation levels and incentives are still being developed at this time.
There will be access differences between basic and premium levels. Basic levels will be able to access the basic bundle of boards and paintchats and a smaller pose library than premium members.
This is the list of the currently planned member area features:
- Activity center: This section will contain events,challenges and games.
- Inspiration Center: This section will contain projects and brainstorming exercises.
- Learning Center: This section will contain courses and tutorials as well as helpful resources and possibly promotions related to software and other content.
- Pose Library
- Oekaki Board Directory
- PaintChat Network
- *tentative* Sculpting Studio
- Social features will include a multi-room chat server,groups,blogs,an internal messaging system,shoutbox and possibly the ability to add friends.
- All registered members will have a profile and gallery.