Fun New Vampire Knight Website
Vampire-Knight.net - Vampire Knight Online
I have been trying to bring this site into fruition for the better part of the last two years or so XD. It's taken a lot of time and at least one vacation's worth of money to get it to where it can do what I wanted it to do, so I am really excited to finally be able to open it up for use!
The purpose of the site is to have a place dedicated just to VK, where people can come to find or to share all types of Vampire Knight related works.
The site has sections for Fanfiction, Fan-Art, Videos / AMVs, Doujinshi, Games, Recipes, Plot Bunnies and Challenges.
You can search and browse them all by character, pairing, rating, genre, warnings or kink, so there's a lot of options to help people find exactly what they want to see. All ratings are allowed, but you have to be a registered member and verify your age to view anything M and above. Registration is completely free of course.
There's also Character Bios, info, and a Store (products link to where VK stuff can be purchased elsewhere online, the site itself doesn't sell anything). I'm still trying to flesh some of those areas out, but they're there.
Because most of us (like me) already have our work spread out across a variety of sites - FFN for stories, Deviant Art for pictures and so on, the VKO website is set up so that you don't have to duplicate your efforts. You can create entries for your stories, pictures and douji that link to your work on another site, but it will still be searchable on the VKO site. My hope is for the site to become a kind of central repository for everything VK related, so it's easy for people to come and find exactly what they're looking for, no matter where on the web it's stored. You can choose whether or not to allow reviews/comments on your work (only registered users can review).
The site has some fun, unique features (at least I think they are):
- Bunny Adoption Center - you can put plot bunnies up for adoption or adopt ones posted by others (you even get to choose a bunny pic to represent it ;D) You can see who has adopted your bunnies as well as the results of them. Bunnies can be posted for stories, pictures, videos or doujinshi.
- Challenges - kind of like bunnies, only where bunnies are idea starters that can be used in many different ways, challenges have certain set criteria that the person accepting the challenge must try to meet and include in their resulting work. Post a challenge or accept one. Challenges can also be for stories, pictures, videos or douji.
- A special rating system for fanfiction, pictures, videos, douji, challenges and bunnies. It's not a rating system that tries to say how good the submission is, because I find those tend to be abused and cause conflict - rather, this one just focuses on letting people know more about the kind of work it is.
There are three "meters" - Tissue Meter, Sweetness Meter and Nosebleed Meter, each of which is rated on a scale of 1-5. So for instance a tear-jerker story might have a high tissue rating, while a fluffy story or a cute picture might have a high sweetness rating and a drool-worthy lemon in any medium would get a high nosebleed rating. So whether a particular work has a high or a low rating in any category is never a negative thing, it's simply a reflection of what type of work it is. Registered site members can each rate an entry once and the work's overall rating is the average result of those votes. When you're in the fanfic, picture, video, douji, challenges or bunnies galleries there are links in the side-menu that let you sort the entries by the three different ratings types, so if you're looking for a little hotness or for a good cry, it can help you find something to suit your mood.
Right now, it's mostly my work on the site since it's just opened. I hope you will all take a few minutes to sign up and add some of your own to help the site start growing. :)
The site also has some basic sort-of Facebook-like features. Nothing nearly so complex as FB of course, but each member does have their own profile and a sort of a wall feed that shows their recent activity on the site. You can post status updates and send/accept friend requests. Like I said, very basic, but kind of fun. It also has it's own internal "like" system, as well as most content also automatically getting Facebook "Like" buttons so you can share your works and your friends works on Facebook too.
Each user's profile page has tabs for all their different work submitted on the site, so you can quickly view all their stories, pictures, etc. etc. right from their profile page. There is also a PM system and a way to send invites to your friends to join the site right from your profile page.
You can join fan groups to support your favorite characters and invite others to join as well. There is a strict no bashing policy on the site, btw.
So, anyway, there's a lot of stuff you can do on the site. Some of you may remember way back when I first got the URL and was getting ideas from everyone on what kind of a site you'd like to see (although if you don't remember, I don't blame you, it was a fairly long time ago). I tried to incorporate as many of the suggestions as I could into the website, so hopefully everyone will find something to enjoy.
Sorry about there having to be ads on the site, but I tried to make sure they were as as noninvasive as possible. I'm still paying off people who helped me with different parts of it and there's the monthly hosting and all too. It's been a fairly costly endeavor, but I feel it's worth it. :) 'Tis a labor of love for the VK community and I'm really looking forward to being able to use it too, so it's all good. But if you would like to take a moment to check out some of the different sponsor links / ads on the site, that would be really nice and appreciated.
There is inevitably things I wish I could add or handle slightly differently and I'm sure you all will find such things too - but please keep in mind before writing me about them that this site is pretty much offered as is for your use and enjoyment. I would certainly love to add or tweak features as time goes on, but I can't promise I can do anything more with it than what's there and I can only offer very limited technical support for any issues. A very nice person who does awesome work helped me a lot with the customization and set-up of the management platform back when I first started the project. We're not in touch anymore and she prefers to remain anonymous, but I thank her a lot for all the help. I'm on my own now though, so hopefully everything will just continue to work. :)
Well, this post is ending up super long, but I guess I'm just all happy and excited to be able to finally share my shiny new baby with everybody. I really hope you all enjoy it! Please, please, please sign up and share your work!!! :D