So there has not been much happening on the site for the last few months in terms of changes and new things. This is because my personal life has been a bit, hectic, and finding the time to sit down for any period of time and get things done has been a challenge.
Things have calmed down now though and new bits will be coming shortly, as well as major overhauls to existing sections to provide a better experience.
I am also going to start rather large campaigns on social media, mainly Tumblr and Twitter in an effort to attract more members. Since this site was launched pretty much everyone has joined from search engines or word of month and I have spent no money on advertising. My hope is by using social media we can attract large groups of people here.
That's about it for now. I'll keep you updated on more as it happens.
I wanted to explain how the word filter works here and why we have one.
In short as this is an adult website certain themes are not allowed to be discussed or promoted.
These themes are set by world wide organisations, governmental bodies in various countries and companies that process card payments.
I need to make sure that my site complies with these rules to not get in trouble.
The word filter scans any input entered by a member and finds any banned words, if a suitable replacement can be found then one will be substituted, otherwise a series of stars (*****) will be used.
In cases where the word is found to be in breach of our Terms and Conditions the content (status, private message, blog post etc) is added to a log for me to review later so I can see in what context it was used. For example if it was an innocent mistake or a repeat offender.
Let me make it clear, I do not sit there all day reading statuses and private messages, I do not have the time or inclination to do so, but I will read an individual message from the log if it has contained a filtered word.
I hope this explains clearly why words are filtered and what happens when they are.
Behind the scenes I have been working on building in some premium features to the site.
Premium features are part of a paid membership which you can purchase for yourself or for another member using Tips or cash.
The basic free membership will remain largely the same but the paid options add in a few nice little extras.
The pricing plan will be as follows:
12 Months @ £35 - £2.92 Month/£0.10 Day (Best value deal)
6 Months @ £25 - £4.17 Month/£0.14 Day
3 Months @ £15 - £5.00 Month/£0.17 Day
I have kept the pricing as competitive as I can and I feel it's pretty reasonable.
For a premium membership you will get:
- View the new members list (instead of buying it separately like it is now)
- See if someone has read or deleted a message you sent
- Get a premium badge on your profile
- See who's viewed your profile (this will become part of the paid membership)
- Get an extra 100 Pantheon/Slave Market points
- Extra search features
Other bits which are top secret for now will also be added in a little later down the line.
I expect this optional membership and these changes to be released by the end of next week.
Some of the videos uploaded are frankly obscenely priced for the length that they are and as a result no one ever watches them and it's making the entire thing rather pointless.
The cap will be a maximum of 10 Tips per minute. So for example the maximum price for a 3 minute long video will be £3 (30 Tips).
I feel this is a reasonable cap, fair and will encourage more video views.
- Completely revamped groups
- Completely revamped events
- Premium member features
- Various improvements and updates to existing features
Simply click the red bell down the bottom of the site to subscribe and always stay in touch with events on the site!
(iOS devices are not supported as Apple have not implemented notifications yet for websites)
- 2 chat rooms, 1 for normal chat, and 1 for service (there will be an option to have both chats displayed in one window if you wish)
- A page dedicated to chat so you have the chat rooms as big as you like
These things should be ready by tomorrow afternoon.
Ready in the next month or so webcams will be back on the site, the following devices will be supported:
Google Chrome (latest release version)
Firefox (latest release version)
Opera (latest release version)
Google Chrome for Android (latest release version)
Firefox for Android (latest release version)
In short on desktops Safari will not work you'll have to use Chrome, Opera or Firefox on Mac OS, and iOS devices like iPhones and iPads won't work at all - because Apple don't support webRTC yet for some rubbish reason.
Nothing exciting but a little bit closer to a fully mobile site.
The site has changed radically, not just in terms of look but also in the culture.
It hasn't been all good though!
I've had to deal with things such as card fraud, members threatening to kill each other, people making multiple profiles to scam people, personal threats to myself, threats of legal action from other payment providers - to name a few!
We got through it though and there has been a lot of good stuff along the way:
We introduced the content guidelines to make sure that OF only has the highest quality original content out of any other fetish site, we made the site mobile friendly so users can still join in while on the go, we had a massive change to the theme of the site making things more accessible and easier to navigate, we launched the new Syphon game, provided security via SSL, added the slave availability feature, added location search, added bank transfer for Tip withdrawals, added introduction videos and added the shout feature.
Quite a list.
On top of those updates there have also been other various little improvements to make the site more enjoyable.
As of writing this we're also up to 999 verified members, the highest we have ever had.
The site has paid out over £30,000 in Tip payments to Masters - a figure I never expected to reach so quickly, which I think shows just how well we're doing here at creating a site that people enjoy and trust using.
I have big plans for OF in 2016, as well as launching some little side ventures to compliment this place. It's going to be big, it's going to be fun, we're going to get this site out there and draw in the crowds.
Thank you for supporting the site over 2015 and I hope to still see your faces around at the end of next year too.