Porn 3.0 – Essential Features of The Next Generation

Porn 2.0 was big when the idea first came out. The idea of user generated content caught on like nothing else, similar to what happened with Web 2.0. Back then, porn was only static, controlled by the industry itself and there was almost no true amateur porn. It wasn’t until social media and online video platforms came out that everyone realised that they could be performers as well, they could have followers and fans. But now, after a decade or so of Porn 2.0 becoming mainstream, Porn 3.0 is looming on the horizon, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the next generation of porn!

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Porn 2.0 – What was it?

Porn now pretty much adopted the exact set of features that Web 2.0 was proposed with. While not a technical upgrade peruse, it was simply a term given to the shift from static websites to user generated content, interoperability and increased ease of use. Porn 2.0 was in fact a subset, influenced by the changing mindsets around the internet and what it’s capable of. The whole idea of Web 2.0 has become so embedded in daily life that not all of us actually remember what the internet, and by extension, online porn was like before this time. Some of the features or services that came up were:

Photo Hosting and Communities

Sites like Flickr, Imgur, Picasa and more allowed users to share photographs of pretty much anything they took over the internet, and allowed not only amateur photographers and designers to flourish, but also amateur couples to share their bedroom experiences.

Social Networks

Networks like Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter caused an explosion of sharing all over the world, both of adult and non-adult content. This allowed users to create online personas for all to see, and also connected them to the other content they uploaded, either as photos or videos. They also allowed users to create niche communities or sections that catered to a very specific set of people.

Blogging

The buzzword these days was introduced around the time Web 2.0 came out. Along with giving writers, poets and more the opportunity to express themselves, erotica writers and sex blogs came into existence.

Video Communities and Platforms

YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and more were websites that truly connected the world together. You could now see the work of a filmmaker from across the world and watch content from just about any place on the globe, it was the dawn of a new era indeed. So many stars got noticed from sites like YouTube and are now part of the mainstream music and film industry, and this is also exactly what the porn industry did. All the sites we regularly browse today, like YouPorn, PornHub, Xvideos and more came out only because of the advent of video communities and platforms. We pretty much owe the ease of accessible free porn today to Web 2.0’s innovations.

Porn 3.0 – Looking Ahead

So what’s next for the world of porn? The last generation was mostly about getting people into the limelight and giving them the power to express themselves, what is this generation going to be all about? We’ve got an inkling of what it could be, and boy does it look awesome. Unlike last generation’s user focus, the next generation of porn is all about an experience. The idea is to really make you part of the film, and not remain a viewer. Here’s some of the trends and features emerging that will be a big part of porn in the future.

Virtual Reality

We’ve always dreamed of faraway worlds, space exploration and whatnot. While we may not get to visit them in person anytime soon, there’s nothing stopping designers from creating video games and movies that take you there. But we’re still just staring at a screen. What if you could be IN it? What if you’re not restricted by field of view and could look where you want, go where you want and see things as if they were in front of you? That’s what virtual reality is bringing in.

It has obvious usage in porn as well, no more pseudo being-there experiences like POV porn, you could be the performer or be a spectator watching the action in any way you like. You could be in a scene with your favourite porn star. It’s not just a fantasy, there actually is VR porn available, and with the Oculus Rift VR headset coming out soon for 600$, it’s not going to be much longer for the next iterations to get more affordable.

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Connected Peripherals

Being in the experience is one thing, but actually touching and feeling something is another. Sure, you have Flesh lights and they’re pretty cool by themselves, but in a VR experience, that Flesh light could enhance the experience even further. All of these working in tandem will make the next generation of porn even more awesome!

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Now this might sound something straight out of Star Trek, but there are technologies being developed that would allow users to completely ditch traditional input devices like mice, keyboard, controllers and more. You could just control anything by thinking about it, and as part of virtual reality, you could create worlds and experiences unique to yourself.

Connected Experiences

Cam models today are just visible on screen and there’s no other interaction apart from what you’d usually get from a video chat, but in the future, combined with connected peripherals, cam girls could probably help you masturbate by controlling devices from anywhere in the world. Enhanced pleasure? Yes please!

Artificial Intelligence and Robots

Now the closest you can get to a companion is a sex doll, which frankly, isn’t anything worth writing about. But with increasing artificial intelligence and more realistic robots, there might be a time when you can actually have a companion for those times alone which actually looks and acts like your favourite pornstar. It may be a while for this to come true, but we’ll be damned if people aren’t working on it already!

 

A Product Guide for Adult Membership Websites

Membership Website

Adult entertainment industry comprises several categories of adult websites such as tube sites, webcam sites, membership sites etc. Before delving deep into the adult membership websites, let me define the term – ‘Membership site’. A membership site is a site which features content- both user generated and featured. Access to the digital content is provided to only those members who register and subsequently subscribe to one of the various pricing plans. Audio files, videos, photos, e-books, webinars and online courses come under the whole gamut of digital content. Membership sites can be free or paid. More often than not, in adult entertainment industry, the content of membership sites can be accessed at a certain premium.

Examples of adult membership sites are Brazzers, NaughtyAmerica, RealityKings, FakeTaxi etc.

Benefits of having an Adult membership website

Revenue, Revenue and Revenue

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Imagine a membership site having 100 members. If you charge a reasonable $30 per member per month, you can earn a steady income of $3000 per month. $3000 per month is what most of the novice adult webmasters strive for. Once your website gains popularity and good reputation, this figure just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Traffic

It is important to get consistent traffic every day. Consistent traffic will improve your website rankings, page authority and domain authority.

Digital Content

In adult membership sites, you are selling digital content for a certain price. You are not selling any physical goods. You can therefore do away with the problems of logistics, supply chain, drop shipping and operations. You have to focus on digital content creation and content curation. Shipping costs can be obviated. Moreover, you need not incur any inventory holding costs and storage costs.

Long Lasting Loyalty

For any membership business site to canvas profits, it is important to maintain good relationships with the customers. Members look for endearing content. It is therefore your responsibility to create endearing content. Just do not pick content from other websites. Identify the pain points of the customers and resolve their issues. By doing this, you will not only earn loyalty but also their respect.

For all intents and purposes, customer loyalty may not be possible in other sites. Consider an online adult toy store. The last communication that you shall be having with your customers is when you bill the invoices. Customer relationship is a test of customer loyalty. Customer loyalty is the solid foundation that any business should strive for.

You need not build any membership site from scratch. There are several membership sites for sale. Before purchasing an adult membership site, ensure that it has the following features:

Seamless Streaming

For seamless streaming, high performing streaming servers should be used. An example of a high performing server which sets new standards for scalability and reliability is NGINX. It is a HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) server which can also be used as a reverse proxy. Talking about live streaming and professional grade services, it is important to have a server which perfectly synchronizes with cloud infrastructure. WOWZA streaming server is capable of reaching any device as it comes with several built-in CDN (Content Delivery Network) options. There are several porn sites for sale. But not many are flexible, scalable and server friendly.

Pixel Perfection

Long gone are the days of radio and telephone. People are looking for great content on smart phones, tablets and desktop. The membership website you purchase should look pixel perfect on all types of devices. Regardless of the screen size and resolution, watching videos should never be a tiring experience. It should be a memorable experience.

Range of Memberships

More often than not, adult membership sites run on subscription based revenue model. Your adult membership site should let you create multiple pricing plans. Apart from this, it should also let curious users try and test the trial package. Generally, trial packages are tagged at cheap rates. Once the user takes a tour of your membership website, he / she can either vouch for a premium membership or continue as a free user. Converting casual and curious users to premium members is a daunting task. Your website should have all the possible growth hacking features to entice customers.

Hosting Media Files

Most of the membership sites for sale are not capable of storing huge data. Hosting media files and scaling them is a gargantuan task in itself. Look for those sites whose data is being hosted on massively scalable servers such as Amazon S3. By the way, S3 stands for Simple Storage Service. Amazon S3 can be integrated with third part technologies. Again, most of the servers charge you a fortune for hosting your media files. Take an informed decision.

Payment Gateways

The very purpose of maintaining an adult membership site will be defeated if there aren’t any payment gateways. As a matter of fact, your membership site should feature various adult payment gateways such as CCBill, ePoch, Veretol, ePay, etc. Please be informed that adult merchant accounts are considered as ‘high risk’ accounts. It is important to have more than one adult payment gateway. If by any means one of the adult payment gateway fails, payments should be facilitated through other payment gateways.

Monetization options

One of the criteria that you should definitely take into consideration before purchasing a porn site for sale is the range of monetization options. Membership sites should feature multiple monetization options such as ads, banners, membership based payments (different membership levels have different pricing plans) etc.  Sometimes, you may be required to sell physical products. To facilitate this, eCommerce store feature has been integrated. Apart from physical products, you can sell Snapchat accounts and Instagram accounts.

Multiple Video support

You should be at complete liberty to upload a wide range of video formats such as 3GP, FLV (Flash Video), QuickTime, WMV (Windows Media Video) etc. Your website should have all the adequate features to convert them to the desired format in the background. Sometimes, videos may be infested with malicious commands. Your adult membership website should have enough provisions to tackle virus and malware attacks. A robust alert system will certainly serve as a panacea to all cyber-attacks.

xMember is a versatile adult Content Management System and an affordable video streaming turnkey software that helps you build adult membership websites with all the afore-mentioned features. Some of its other features are:

Search Engine Optimization

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For better indexing and ranking, search engine friendly URLs are required. This turnkey script software has several built-in SEO features. There is a dedicated Knowledge Base section where you can keep yourself abreast of all the developments in adult entertainment industry. It goes without saying that all the photo albums, eCommerce store products and model profiles are meticulously carved for search engines.

Distributed Architecture

Distributed architecture is a type of architecture in which components of a system are hosted on a different platforms or severs. The components communicate with each other through a network. This reduces the burden on the servers. Adult membership websites designed by using xMember are perfectly scalable. As far as the process of encoding is concerned, it can be done on a different server. As an alternative, an external service can also be used for encoding. And yes, streaming is done from a CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Robust Admin Backend

Business owners and backend administrators should be able to administer, monitor and overhaul the activities of the members. A few members may be notorious for paying scant respect to the terms and conditions of your membership website. Terms and Conditions should be carefully chronicled. If anybody is found violating, issue a warning. If he / she doesn’t accede to the warnings, terminate their membership. This module helps you achieve the core objectives of your adult business.

HTML 5 video fallback

Certain smart phones, tablets and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) may not support Adobe Flash player. In such a scenario, xMember relies on HTML 5 video player. The resolution of the videos is adjusted according to the screen size of the device. In addition, bandwidth consumption is also minimized.

Built-in Features

For your convenience, I am enlisting all major the built-in modules of xMember:

  • Seamless Streaming
  • Pixel Perfection
  • Range of Memberships
  • Hosting Media Files
  • Payment Gateways
  • Monetization Options
  • Multiple Video Support
  • Search engine Optimization
  • Distributed Architecture
  • Robust Admin Backend
  • HTML 5 Video Fallback
  • Amazon S3 Integration
  • Integrated eCommerce Store
  • Trail vs VIP membership

Please be informed that this list is not exhaustive. It covers all the major built-in plug-ins and modules.

Certain modules do not come default with xMember. Such modules are called ‘add-ons’. To avail the features of add-ons, you should purchase them.

Bulk Upload Module

More often than not, video content is present in different locations, especially remote sites. It is important to consolidate the large amounts of data and upload in a single action. Essentially, there exists two methods to upload bulk content- the first method is where a simple CSV file (Comma Separated Value) is used. The second method is a bit sophisticated. An XML (Xtensible Markup Language) file is used to facilitate bulk upload. Apart from structuring the elements and bulk uploading upcoming video trailers, you can also bulk upload photo albums.

Growth Hacking

Growth hacking is the process of identification of genuine, effective and efficient ways to grow a business. It essentially deals with customer retention, customer acquisition and lead generation. To convert your occasional porn viewers into loyal premium customers, xMember comes with a built-in growth hacking module. This module automates the email delivery system. Emails are customized and personalized. This is achieved through Mail Chimp, an email automation software. Also, this module lets you offer special discounts to your special customers.

Two Step Verification

Adult entertainment industry is notorious for fraud and cyber-theft. For membership accounts, security of the highest level is a prerequisite. Two step verification is all about authentication through an email and SMS.

PayPal Subscription

As mentioned earlier, xMember turnkey product comes with CCBill. It is completely left to your discretion whether to integrate PayPal into your billing management. Payment gateways bring money. It is therefore suggested to integrate as many payment gateways as possible.

Send Tips to Models

I would like to classify the models into categories: Solo performers and Production Studios. Models accept tips in the form of tokens. Tokens can be converted into cash. This module lets your members send tips to their favorite models.

Pay per Text Chat

A few models desire to engage in horny and sexy conversations with members. This module facilitates this.

Pay per Minute Phone calls

Quite a few adult performers intend to engage in phone sex with customers. Members shall be charged on the number of minutes the models have spent conversing with them.

Pay per Minute Live Webcam

A few models / adult performers may nod in the affirmative for live webcam shows. Members will be charged on per minute basis.

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If there is any porn site for sale, do not purchase it immediately. Verify if the adult membership website has all the features. You may take the assistance of Adent.io. The support staff of Adent.io are cooperative. Believe me, they are the go-to guys.

If you have any concerns, feel free to drop a line or two in the comments section. I will be happy to give you suggestions and address your concerns. My best wishes are with you and your adult membership site. Cheers!