I am contemplating beginning a new fly tying forum because the one I have participated in for many years is not being maintained sufficiently. For instance, uploading images has become very problematic. This is an entirely free forum and ‘someone’ is footing the bill for everything and will not allow member’s to contribute to cover costs. While I am well accustomed to this interesting and valuable site, the current issues are not being corrected and have frustrated many members.
That said, I am thinking of starting a new fly tying forum, but it will be a pay-to-join forum. The fee will be minimal - monthly or yearly - only meant to defray cloud storage and server yearly fees. I hope to set it up so that the $$ aspect will be as seamless and trouble free as possible.
The obvious elephant-in-the-room is how to attract member’s since I would never be allowed to advertise in the current fly tying forum. The answer to this may reveal itself sooner than later.
My question is this: can someone recommend an affordable cloud storge vendor that would work for this type of image uploading forum. I am looking at iDrive as it seems to have great and affordable features, but I am sure there are others that I have not come across.
I will add a Must Read doc explaining how to reduce the size of images before uploading. A of people still have no clue about these things. There is no reason to upload a 1M image when a 200kB (or less) sized image will suffice. So image size will be restricted to a resonable degree.
To be clear, I have never set up a site such as this so I am probably overlooking quite a bit. I am, however, willing to do the work to make this a great site for those with a passion for fly tying and fly fishing.
Any and all comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.