fortespy community explained

THE FORTESPY COMMUNITY; EXPLAINED

It’s precisely one month since this enviable platform was launched. For those of us on board and for the benefit of those who are yet to be part of this noble course, let’s share a brief insight into what this platform is all about.

CONCEPTION

Earlier this year I thought of a better way to network as Professionals whereby we could meet, share ideas, learn and inspire each other…. An idea came into my head and I decided to bring it to fruition. The idea was to create a global space dedicated to Photography reviews, news, editorials, and an online community for creative Professionals.(Modelling, Videography, Makeup Artists, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Creation, 3D Animation, etc). After extensive deliberation, I started the design and building of the site in April and concluded on the 30th of April, 2017… It became fully operational for everyone on the 1st of May, 2017. It has a section for news, business tips, ideas, Editorials, product reviews also and then the online community proper.. it houses a very robust forum structure and groups according to your genre of Creativity.

A couple of Editorials have been published and a number of Creative Professionals have joined the community. This publication is designed to enlighten members and intending members on how to use this platform because it’s pretty advanced and future-proof

The Home page gives first-time visitors an overview of what the site is all about. It was designed to be as detailed as possible to make sure that online search engines can interpret it as well as potential creative professionals who want to be a part of the community

Home Page

This has four sub-menus  which are the Groups, Sitewide Forums, Members and a Timeline

Core Features of the community

Users can create and update profiles.

Users can befriend one another.

Users can send private messages.

Users can create and join groups.

Users can follow up with events as they occur using the timeline feature.

Users can create blogs.

Users can create and participate in forums.

Users can like and share posts on social media

Users can mention each other. for example, a user can type @phaymous and the user “phaymous” would get a notification that he has been mentioned in a post or comment.

Groups

This area houses all the groups that have been created on this platform. There’s also the option for a Creative Professional to create a new group that suits his or her genre of creativity. By default, there’s an option to create discussion forums during the process of creating a group. Group Administrators should ensure that a profile photo and cover photo is uploaded during the creation of the group. Other options are self-explanatory as you navigate.

Sitewide Forums

This area gives an overview of the discussion forums that exist in the community and gives users the ability to also create discussions based on their topic of concern.

Members

This page displays a summary of all the members of this noble community and users can use the search bar to search for members and follow them, send messages across and relate with each other in any way deemed fit.

Timeline

The timeline is synonymous to what we see on Instagram and Facebook. This gives a rundown of the sitewide activities on the platform. you can make posts to any group or your profile directly from the timeline. You could as well add a location to your post

Editorials

This section is dedicated to news, reviews, tutorials and industry updates. Guest writers are welcome from all parts of the world and also gear reviews are welcome.

This section is tied to the user profile. There’s an option to register, log in, access to your forum discussions and Live Notifications.

WHAT'S NEXT

WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MEMBERS

As it is with any community, group, forum or gathering, one thing is to be a member, another thing is to participate and make a valuable input. The good thing about this platform is that whatever goes on here impacts positively on the society at large. As a photographer, videographer or creative professional of any sort, we encounter challenges daily, no one knows it all. So I hereby encourage every member and intending members to incorporate into your workflow active participation in this community; endeavour to share at least one piece of your craft every day, throw up at least a topic of discussion every day. It could either be an image or a video file, visual effects, animation, anything. tell us how you created it, challenges you faced and how you overcame them; from the community responses via comments, we’ll definitely gain a whole lot of knowledge and get better at what we do.

The site is equipped with a featured image/video functionality which automatically populates posts with the highest number of likes, shares and comments. These posts would form a stream/gallery which would appear on pages of this platform or a dedicated page. As it pops up, members can vote, comment, share other members works; at the same time Google is picking keywords and metadata from your image/video files and making it available online. In the end, you get noticed and more businesses start coming your way. All these features have been taken care of at the design stage.

Incorporate this into your daily workflow. No content is bad. As an amateur, don’t be shy about sharing your works or asking questions. Constructive criticisms are welcome. No discrimination of any sort is allowed here. As a professional don’t feel you know it all. There is always something new to learn daily. Your presence here may just be the leap someone needs. Impacting lives is key. Let’s endeavour to keep our communications civil here and have maximum respect for each other.

CONTACT

CONTACT FORTESPY

If for any reason members or intending members would want to contact the team behind this noble platform, you could use any of the available channels on the site. There’s a small envelope symbol on the bottom right, you’ll see it while viewing in desktop or Tablet mode. you can use that to communicate with the site admin. you can also use the contact page which can be accessed through the footer area.

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

Once again We want to say thank you to members of this great community. It’s clear that you believe in the vision and the need for us all to come together, learn, share knowledge and inspire each other. To those who are still undecided, don’t wait any longer, the time to be a part of this is now. This is the place to be.

If you have any observations, suggestions, kindly state them using the comments section below.

Forte

Digital Content Creator at ForteSpy Productions
Nigerian Wedding, Beauty, Portraits And Fashion Photographer | Cinematographer | 3D Animator | Motion Graphic Artist | Graphic And Web Designer
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