I am here to announce a great news, mostly for me, and that effects OpenProcessing users as well. I quit my daytime job to focus on my own projects, OpenProcessing being the main one. From today on, I am hoping to be way more active on updating and improving the website, and supporting the users of the site.
Here is a quick road plan of what is to come:
- new navigation
- collections will be open to public (instead of ’request via email’).
- better user thumbnail integration (gravatar being optional).
- some other improvements for performance and security.
- migrating to a new server (faster, better)..
- follow user functionality.
In addition to these, there is another main point that I will be working on. That is, to start opening the channels for users to donate, as well as subscribe, etc. In the last three years, OpenProcessing grew tremendously, and exceeded 15k+ registered users, hosting 30k+ sketches, and serving to 3k+ unique users a day. So far, I had been supporting the website financially, but the demands of the site started to exceed my personal budget. I wasn’t also able to commit enough time to maintain the website on a frequent basis. What started as a school project turned out to be a long-living and well-loved website, but now this baby needs adult-level attention.
Now that I will have way more time to focus on OpenProcessing, my hopes for the coming weeks are that: I can leverage enough income through the site to continue maintaining the site and provide hosting without any charge to any users.
So, please high five with me for the good days ahead, in which the users of OpenProcessing will have a better experience while providing support and ownership to the site. Please let me know of any comments or ideas you could have.