Greetings! I am Little Fang, the owner, and creator of the Tarot, Tea, & Me forum!
When the Aeclectic Tarot Forum announced it's closure, it was a huge blow to us all. AT was the place where I first learned to read the cards, and was a community of people I held dearly in my heart. It became my goal to jump in with a solution, to build a new community for the purpose of learning, growing, and building friendships.
With my dedication and the hard work of my fabulous moderator and admin team, we grew into a community of over 1700 members and counting, and have become a well of resources and information. With our growth came challenges, however. The current forum software we are operating on is quite clunky at times, and I fear that we are starting to outgrow it. It's time to spread our wings and create a larger and more user-friendly message board for us all. It will be mobile friendly as well, so nobody will have to rely on Tapatalk in order to see the forum.
Currently, we are using Simple Machines Forum. I am looking to purchase the Invision Boards system. I already have my own hosting, so I would have to purchase the license for this forum software. The breakdown is as follows, for the basics I'd like us to have:
Suite Core $100 - The main infrastructure.
Forums $100 - The Forum itself.
Commerce $100 - The ability to add subscriptions as we currently have, and more.
Pages $100 - Pages for various uses, such as information, rules, etc.
Installation Service $100 - Initial assistance in getting the community set up.
Total $500 - Not bad!
Renews at $75 every 6 months. This does not include our $29.99 of monthly hosting.
Currently, the money we bring in from subscriptions and donations is just enough to cover the hosting and other incidentals. For this reason, I'm asking for additional funding through this Kickstarter in order to purchase the software, license, and setup.
Some initial themes are also important!
$20 Brown Theme - With a bit of editing, I'd love for this to be our default. It's classy and retains our signature browns.
I'm currently in the process of scouting out the perfect AT-Purple theme.
With your help, we can keep our community growing and thriving for many years to come!
Gallery - $575
Subscriber Only posting. Share pictures of your cards and readings!
Potentially more goals to come!
Risks and challenges
While I'm shooting for the Installation service in order to safely move the site, there is always minor risks. Because of our current use of plugins, people may have to save their profile information somewhere safe during the transfer. While I wish to allow at least a week to get everything settled and set up, there is the chance of minor complications in the back end. No users or important data will be lost in the move.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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