So you’re thinking of building your own adult site. Having your own website is a great way to further establish your business even though building and maintaining it is a commitment. Don’t be discouraged, it can be a worthy investment. Below are something you should consider before embarking on such a commitment of resources.
The Function of your Adult site
First you need to decide what the function of your website is going to be. Is your adult site going to be a static page that tells clients where and how to find you? Is it a blog? An extension of your business? Or pehaps, it will be the main face of your business. How much time, effort, and money you can afford to invest should be a factor in your decision of what function your site will serve.
Why do you need to decide this first? Because building a website IS work. Maintaining it is MORE work. So if you are wanting a static page with basic information on where to find you, there are options that will take a much smaller investment on time and your money. With a little research, you can find ways to have a static webpage for free or little cost.
The Truth about using a Blog for your Website
Perhaps what you are wanting is more like a blog. For that, you don’t need a site. You can buy your own domain name from sites like sites like NameCheap and forward the URL to your own Tumblr page or other blog sites. There are lesser known programs which will host your blog for free or a nominal fee. These other options typically have a learning curve for the HTML you will need to learn. But they do offer more options than Tumblr or other blog platforms. If you do use a blog platform, you need to ensure that the it allows adult content as well as the advertisement and sale of pornographic content.
You also will need to consider the limitations that are inherent in blog type posts. Blog “posts” are different than webpages, and are intended more to update readers. E.g. they are not meant to offer your clients an online store in which clients can purchase videos. Typically, your posts are like on a newsfeed with your only options being chronological or reverese chronological order. There are many other limitations of having a blog platform serve as your main site. However, many performers have made it work.
UPDATE Jan 5, 2018: Tumblr has changed their Terms of Service as of December 17, 2018. Adult content is no longer allowed. This means Tumblr is no longer a good option to sell adult goods and services.
Some Basics for getting started on your Adult Site
But if what you really want is a website, you still have some more things you need to consider. Are you willing to invest the time and money into managing your own website? Buying your domain is essential for anyone who is in this business for the long haul, which is discussed in another blog post. But that isn’t all you need. You need to decide if you are willing to invest resources into your adult site.
If you are willing to invest, you must first pay for website hosting services. I use certified hosting as they provide excellent customer service along with other services I find useful. Once you have a website host there are still quite a few steps you will need to take before you even have your website online. But it can be done.
You then need to decide what format you want for your website. The most popular options are WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace. You will need to do research to compare which web building platform is best for you. There are pros and cons to each format, and it is about what suits your needs and your abilities.
Payment options are something else you will need to consider before building your website. Clients want something easy and reputable with out a lot of extra steps to go through to pay you. While some clients are willing to use and actually prefer to send payment through services such as Google Wallet, you need an actual payment processor. I use and prefer Unblur because I can embed customized payment links and other reasons I discussed in previous post.
Legal Concerns regarding Adult Content
Finally, there are legal concerns you need to consider. Any site that does business in the US must follow strict laws governing adult content. Even if you are based outside of the US, you need to operate within the confines of the applicable US code and laws. Payments are made using debit and credit cards that are issued by Visa, Mastercard, and other major credit card companies. All of which are based in the US. Your hosting provider is also likely to be in the US. And finally, your website will be seen in the US. Violations of US code and law can lead to fines, loss of the ability to process payments, and the termination of hosting services.
Solutions if you have limited resources and technical abilities
If all of this has you ready to give up, there are other options. There are services that will do everything for you. Probably the most well known service is Model Centro. You are limited in design and other options, but they do everything from hosting to providing a cam platform. Don’t think it’s free though, by getting all these services, you are going to pay a higher commission than with a payment processor such as Unblur.
But an advantage to using a platform such that does everything for you is that you don’t need any tech ability. Services such as this are very easy to use for the tech novice. If you aren’t able to invest the time and money into building your own website, This might be a better option for you.
Whatever option you decide on, it is important that you do your research. You need to know what purpose your adult site is going to serve in your business. And you need to know have an idea of the commitment of the resources you are willing to invest into your website. I hope this article helped you sort through some of the questions about building your own adult website. Feel free to comment below.
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