As many of you noticed, the site was down for the entire weekend :(
I apologize for this, I had planned several months back to switch servers when my time expired at my old host, and had everything ready to go. Sadly it just happened to line up with the weekend I was planning to be away on vacation. Things did not go quite as smoothly as planned, and several of my sites ended up being inaccessible.
As soon as I got home from my trip I got everything back up and running, and am happy to say that no data was lost. This new server allows me a lot more room for growth, I was already nearing the 5gb file space limit on my old server, whereas this one allows me to use up to 120gb. This means I can finally get to work on the videos section of this site, and start getting some more images online.
First off I want to thank those of you who have been submitting photos. I've been slacking lately due to my hectic life but the few of you submitting photos have kept this site moving forward, and I truly appreciate that. Second, I would like to apologize for being so slow with the updates lately, I barely have time to log on and approve the submitted photos each night. We just finished a huge project at work, so I've been putting in a lot of extra hours to see it happen, and when I come home I don't even want to look at a computer, so thankfully that is now out of the way.
Despite my absence, things have been going well around here. Traffic is always on an increase, which I always like to see. However the sign ups and forum posts seem to have died off, so I hope we haven't found the last of the hoop lovers that are out there in cyber-space. That could also be due to my lack of promoting this site lately.
I have fresh new batch of photos ready to go online, so you can expect to see those up hopefully this weekend, including some awesome photos of Sarah Connor wearing two huge pairs in her ears!
Today marks the one month anniversary for this site. In the time I have upload 1500 images, we've had 30 sign ups (which equates to just over one per day). In the near future I am considering adding a videos section that is members only. Hopefully this will encourage some more activity on the forums. We shall see though.
Today is not only a good day because of the anniversary but also because of two new albums I just uploaded. The beautiful Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba. Both are large albums with tons of awesome pictures. I especially enjoy the ones of Jlo wearing multiple hoops in her ears. Drives me crazy!
First off, I did some tweaks on the system today. Hoop-Earrings-Fetish.com is now a standalone website that mirrors the content of this site, rather than redirecting to it. I did this because google wasnt indexing both sites. Hopefully this will result in some more traffic, as up until now none of it has been from search engines.
I also switched back to Adbrite, as Adjungle was completely useless and was paying me a measly one cent per day. Which is a far cry from the $5/day they promised when I signed up. So we'll see how that does.
I also wanted to plug a really cool site that's floating around on the Internet right now. It's offered by Freepay.com and it allows you to get either a free iPod or a free flatscreen monitor. It sounds absolutely insane I know, but there is a catch. You have to sign up 5 friends, and complete one of their offers. The offers vary depending on your country. Myself I chose to do the Video Professor trial, which only requires $8.95 USD to ship it to me, then if I return it within 10 days I get a full refund -- easy enough.
I've been getting a ton of spam in the last week, so I had to disable commenting on posts. Hopefully it doesn't find its way into the gallery because I have to disable the commenting on each image individually :(
On the bright side, this week started off very slow as far as traffic goes, then exploded later in the week. I'm not sure if this is due to the new domain that I registered (http://www.hoop-earrings-fetish.com) or if its just spam bots trying to take advantage of my site. I am a little disappointed though in the low numbers of sign ups and submissions I've been getting. In the month that this site has been up I've only received 25 sign ups :(
I added several new albums today, and will probably add some more later tonight or tomorrow. So enjoy!
Didn't get nearly as much time as I hoped to work on the site this weekend. I managed to get about 5 new albums up, as well as approve a bunch of submissions from our friend Robert Likeglass.
I also did some browsing around and managed to find a PHP Fusion plugin that will allow me to create a video gallery as well. Since videos take up a huge amount of space and bandwidth I will be hosting them at Youtube and other free media hosting sites. Sadly the quality will suffer due to this, but if there's a specific video you'd like at its fullest quality you could always email me and we can work something out.
Today I launched the offical Hoop Fetish Store. Its an Amazon.com drive store that specializes in hoop earrings. If you're anything like me and you're too shy/nervous to buy your girlfriend hoops from the store, then this is a great place to solve that problem.
I also finished off the Jessica Simpson gallery, and started to upload my Christina Aguilera collection. I'm not sure how far I'll get today, but I'm hoping to get a few more albums up this afternoon.
I finally got the time to put together a simple logo for the page (rather than the PHP Fusion logo that was still in place). It's not the greatest, but it will have to do for now.
I also wanted to go over some rules for this site. I strongly encourage users to actively participate, by posting in the forums and submitting pictures and links, but I want to make it clear that this will be a tasteful site and not a home for adult content. I may at some point open a sister site with adult content if there is a strong desire for it. I not only want women to feel welcome here and participate in the community if they so choose to, but I would also like to put Google Adsense on here to help cover hosting costs, and they require that no adult content be on the site.
Bought the domain HoopFetish.com today and moved all my content over from FreeHostia.com to my paid web host. So the doors are officially open. I wont be doing any promoting of the site just yet, however any traffic that stumbles upon my site is welcome.
I uploaded several more albums today as well. I am almost through the C's, however I stopped at Christina Aguilera because I have more photos of her than any other woman. So that album alone will take some time to upload.
After wanting to make this site for several years, I finally decided it was time to get the wheels rolling. I decided to use PHP-Fusion as my back-end because I didn't want to waste my time writing a back-end (even though I'm a PHP programmer), I wanted to focus my time into putting up content. After researching the various options for Portal systems, I found that PHP-Fusion was the closest match to what I needed.
So far I've posted a few articles, and a couple of albums of my image repository. I have 5000+ images of women wearing hoops (about 1 GB), so it may take some time to upload them all. I also have over 500 videos of women wearing hoops, which I will start uploading after the videos. I have somewhere around 50gb worth if you include all the DVDs full, so hosting all of them will be an issue. I would, however, like to host some of the better ones.