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Greetings!

FursuitReview (FSR) is currently running a fundraiser until mid-September to help pay for the rebuild of the site! The goal is 350 USD. You can donate through our Ko-Fi page, directly to the paypal email bornesfur at gmail dot com, or by buying things from the Amazon Affiliate links at store.fursuitreview.com ! Thank you for your consideration!

FursuitReview began in August 2015 on FurAffinity. A website quickly followed, but wasn’t noteworthy until its first redesign in 2016. Since then, the admin, (Bornes on FurAffinity) has learned a lot and would like to redesign the site again.

Your donations will pay for:

– The last 2 years of hosting
– The current year of hosting and the next 5 years of the domain name
– Payments made to developers for various things over the last 2 years (most notably the review form and advanced search)
– Purchases for the redesign:
– – Paid version of the current layout
– – Paid version / upgrade of one of the key plugins the site uses (Content Views)
$350 pays for only these things, and does not account for my personal time. If the goal is surpassed, it will be considered to pay for this.

What will happen if the goal of $350 is not reached?

The site redesign will still happen, but it will be much slower in happening and the new layout will pull forward focus on donations and advertisements. Donations will not be refunded; any amount helps, even if the goal is not reached.

Currently, there are 2 out-of-the-way donation buttons on the site and one out-of-the-way page dedicated to Amazon Affiliate links. If the fundraiser fails, Google Adwords will likely be incorporated into the new layout as well as more focus on Amazon affiliate links surrounding reviews.

I can’t/don’t want to donate. How can I help?

You can click on our Amazon Affiliate links at store.fursuitreview.com and buy those items, or any other item on amazon within ~20 minutes of clicking one of our links.
You can also tell all your friends about our fundraiser on all your social platforms to get as many eyes to view this as possible!

What does the site redesign entail?

The reviews are basically transferred to a whole new site that is built again from a base WordPress installation. I do this because I want to integrate the following things, which really is much easier (but still ridiculously time-consuming) by just starting over:

– Incorporate tags which will allow you to sort things such as:
– – What country the maker is in / what currency they use, species of fursuit/part, deadlines met: yes/no, reviewer has prior exp with fursuits: yes/no, payments in installments: yes/no, etc. (suggestions welcome)

– WAY BETTER SORTING. No more individual pages, it will all sort in the page while you’re looking at it via filters. This is the main reason for the redesign. I cannot make an FSR-specific example, but here is a demo[/url]. The entire site’s layout will be redone to work with this new functionality.

– Review viewing restructured so you don’t have to click through all those tabs. (Also the removal of “Maker Response” tab if there is not actually an official maker response)
– FAQ and all informative articles/posts rewritten or deleted
– Category pages will be merged with maker pages instead of the confusing thing we have going on right now (current confusion ex: maker page vs. Category page)

– The advanced search will be either deleted entirely or hidden. It will be replaced with a query search (similar to how google works) so it is less confusing.
– Pretty links enabled (no more ?p=## links)
– General site optimization and improvements (mainly for speed and ease of readability)

Additionally, these are planned features but are not guaranteed to occur:

– Subdomains for every single maker, e.g. makername.fursuitreview.com. Currently this is only done on request and only one maker has requested it. I would like for it to be automatic for every maker as they are added to the database. Due to number of subdomains required, it may not be possible with my host provider at the pricepoint needed.

– Restructuring of how things are categorized. I would like to shift to “This costume contains: [parts]” instead of the generalized “fullsuit, partial, other stuff” thing I have going on now.

– Writing more knowledgebase content (such as how to buy a fursuit, fursuiting 101, etc.)

– Actual forms for contact issues instead of forcing mailto links.

– Review form rewrite/recode

– Better news distribution system and actually using that distribution system, instead of relying on FA Journals

– Better comment system on website (suggestions welcome)

Are there any stretch goals?

 

At the $1000 mark the goals of the redesign change entirely and I will contact a legit developer to see if I can migrate away from WordPress. It depends on quotes/estimates developers provide for the work this entails.
If devs are too expensive, then the stretch goal is, at the very least, a much more aggressive role on my part for promoting the services (the lack of which is a very common complaint). At the $5000 mark, the above applies, but the goal is to make FSR more like Yelp where users submit reviews directly and have their own accounts rather than the current setup where I hand-check everything and post it all manually myself. At the $10,000 mark, I sit down and ponder what even is life and why I am here.
But actually, probably the Yelp clone thing, a companion yelp-clone (but separate site) for cosplay commissions in general instead of furry-specific ones, and me going around conventions in person and taking a MUCH MORE active role in promotion of the services. Since you’re redesigning the site, I have some suggestions…

Suggest below in the comments! OR use this to submit your suggestions/complaints: goo.gl/forms/IeclcQ3VoUj7gGoJ3 (no email required)

Otherwise, if you’d like to ask something in private, the quickest way is to email contact@fursuitreview.com , but you can also note Bornes on FurAffinity (the admin). Direct messages to the FursuitReview twitter are answered by either myself or a helper that wishes to remain anonymous, but if you would like to reach me (Bornes) specifically, you can direct message my personal twitter, CityFursuits.
But again I stress that emailing will give you the quickest response. I am also the only one who looks at the email. Thank you for all your support (monetary or otherwise) and happy reviewing! <3

PS: FursuitReview will continue operating as normal and you can continue submitting reviews!

Greetings!

FursuitReview (FSR) is currently running a fundraiser until mid-September to help pay for the rebuild of the site! The goal is 350 USD. You can donate through our Ko-Fi page, directly to the paypal email bornesfur at gmail dot com, or by buying things from the Amazon Affiliate links at store.fursuitreview.com ! Thank you for your consideration!

FursuitReview began in August 2015 on FurAffinity. A website quickly followed, but wasn’t noteworthy until its first redesign in 2016. Since then, the admin, (Bornes on FurAffinity) has learned a lot and would like to redesign the site again.

Your donations will pay for:

– The last 2 years of hosting
– The current year of hosting and the next 5 years of the domain name
– Payments made to developers for various things over the last 2 years (most notably the review form and advanced search)
– Purchases for the redesign:
– – Paid version of the current layout
– – Paid version / upgrade of one of the key plugins the site uses (Content Views)
$350 pays for only these things, and does not account for my personal time. If the goal is surpassed, it will be considered to pay for this.

What will happen if the goal of $350 is not reached?

The site redesign will still happen, but it will be much slower in happening and the new layout will pull forward focus on donations and advertisements. Donations will not be refunded; any amount helps, even if the goal is not reached.

Currently, there are 2 out-of-the-way donation buttons on the site and one out-of-the-way page dedicated to Amazon Affiliate links. If the fundraiser fails, Google Adwords will likely be incorporated into the new layout as well as more focus on Amazon affiliate links surrounding reviews.

I can’t/don’t want to donate. How can I help?

You can click on our Amazon Affiliate links at store.fursuitreview.com and buy those items, or any other item on amazon within ~20 minutes of clicking one of our links.
You can also tell all your friends about our fundraiser on all your social platforms to get as many eyes to view this as possible!

What does the site redesign entail?

The reviews are basically transferred to a whole new site that is built again from a base WordPress installation. I do this because I want to integrate the following things, which really is much easier (but still ridiculously time-consuming) by just starting over:

– Incorporate tags which will allow you to sort things such as:
– – What country the maker is in / what currency they use, species of fursuit/part, deadlines met: yes/no, reviewer has prior exp with fursuits: yes/no, payments in installments: yes/no, etc. (suggestions welcome)

– WAY BETTER SORTING. No more individual pages, it will all sort in the page while you’re looking at it via filters. This is the main reason for the redesign. I cannot make an FSR-specific example, but here is a demo[/url]. The entire site’s layout will be redone to work with this new functionality.

– Review viewing restructured so you don’t have to click through all those tabs. (Also the removal of “Maker Response” tab if there is not actually an official maker response)
– FAQ and all informative articles/posts rewritten or deleted
– Category pages will be merged with maker pages instead of the confusing thing we have going on right now (current confusion ex: maker page vs. Category page)

– The advanced search will be either deleted entirely or hidden. It will be replaced with a query search (similar to how google works) so it is less confusing.
– Pretty links enabled (no more ?p=## links)
– General site optimization and improvements (mainly for speed and ease of readability)

Additionally, these are planned features but are not guaranteed to occur:

– Subdomains for every single maker, e.g. makername.fursuitreview.com. Currently this is only done on request and only one maker has requested it. I would like for it to be automatic for every maker as they are added to the database. Due to number of subdomains required, it may not be possible with my host provider at the pricepoint needed.

– Restructuring of how things are categorized. I would like to shift to “This costume contains: [parts]” instead of the generalized “fullsuit, partial, other stuff” thing I have going on now.

– Writing more knowledgebase content (such as how to buy a fursuit, fursuiting 101, etc.)

– Actual forms for contact issues instead of forcing mailto links.

– Review form rewrite/recode

– Better news distribution system and actually using that distribution system, instead of relying on FA Journals

– Better comment system on website (suggestions welcome)

Are there any stretch goals?

 

At the $1000 mark the goals of the redesign change entirely and I will contact a legit developer to see if I can migrate away from WordPress. It depends on quotes/estimates developers provide for the work this entails.
If devs are too expensive, then the stretch goal is, at the very least, a much more aggressive role on my part for promoting the services (the lack of which is a very common complaint). At the $5000 mark, the above applies, but the goal is to make FSR more like Yelp where users submit reviews directly and have their own accounts rather than the current setup where I hand-check everything and post it all manually myself. At the $10,000 mark, I sit down and ponder what even is life and why I am here.
But actually, probably the Yelp clone thing, a companion yelp-clone (but separate site) for cosplay commissions in general instead of furry-specific ones, and me going around conventions in person and taking a MUCH MORE active role in promotion of the services. Since you’re redesigning the site, I have some suggestions…

Suggest below in the comments! OR use this to submit your suggestions/complaints: goo.gl/forms/IeclcQ3VoUj7gGoJ3 (no email required)

Otherwise, if you’d like to ask something in private, the quickest way is to email contact@fursuitreview.com , but you can also note Bornes on FurAffinity (the admin). Direct messages to the FursuitReview twitter are answered by either myself or a helper that wishes to remain anonymous, but if you would like to reach me (Bornes) specifically, you can direct message my personal twitter, CityFursuits.
But again I stress that emailing will give you the quickest response. I am also the only one who looks at the email. Thank you for all your support (monetary or otherwise) and happy reviewing! <3

PS: FursuitReview will continue operating as normal and you can continue submitting reviews!

What is wrong with FursuitReview? What do you not like about it? What makes it hard to use?

Do you not like the review form? Do you not like the rating system?
Does it just not have a feature you want?
You just want to suggest something be added?

Please let us know by commenting here! Alternatively, you can use this form: goo.gl/forms/IeclcQ3VoUj7gGoJ3 (no email required)

Thank you and happy reviewing!

Greetings!

Even though it’s only been a few days since the big update, it was decided that RedditJS just wasn’t going to work for comments. FursuitReview has moved to a new system now. And this time, it should hopefully stay. You can comment as a guest or by logging in with another social media account.

Enjoy!

Greetings,

I’m a “greymuzzle” fur who after being in the fandom for 25+ years finally had a fursuit made of one of my characters. “Komos” was created by Artslave; I wore him at Athrocon the beginning of the month – www.furaffinity.net/full/20570937/ – and had the time of my life.

I’m also a published writer covering pop culture and animation for publications like the NY Daily News and the entertainment industry website Animation World Network (awn.com.) I’m currently writing Furry Nation, a history of our fandom as well as a look at the presence of anthropomorphism in non-furry contemporary society (literature, art, etc.) and throughout human history. ( www.furrynation.com ) I recently signed a contract with a publisher who plans release Furry Nation in the fall of 2017.

The book will include my experience as a ‘suiter and Artslave’s as a professional suitmaker. I want to write about other suitmakers too, particularly people who are working on or just finished their first suit as well as others who are just beginning to make suits for other furs.

I’d greatly appreciate it if you could put a notice on your site inviting people to contact me via this Email address, or pass word along to anyone you know who might be interested in speaking with me. (If you can suggest other websites for me to contact I’d appreciate that as well.)

Thanx much!

Best wishes,
Joe

furrynation.com
joe[at]furrynation[dot]com

Apologies for the delay!

Here’s what’s new.

For Everyone

NEW RULES. Please check them out.
– New rating system labels. Yes/OK/No replaces Pos/OK/Neg.
– Visual improvements with pretty much everything.
– Categories now listed under review dates for most review listings.
– New category: Year Made! Sort by year the item being reviewed was made. year.fursuitreview.com
New FAQ.
– New comment system on the website. Comments are served through Reddit.
– Speaking of Reddit, new subreddits: /r/FursuitReview and /r/Fursuits for off-topic chatter.

– Maker pages are treated differently. There is now an information box that contains aliases, websites, social media, etc. There is an “update?” button that directs to email. Anyone can update maker contact links. Example.

For Makers

– Get your own makername.fursuitreview.com url that links to reviews for you. Click that link for more info.
– You can now give an “Official maker response” to a review. See here for more info.

For Reviewers

NEW REVIEW FORM. Same questions, different/better presentation and easier to use for everyone.
– You can update/change past reviews. More info here. This also takes place of what used to be called YR+LTR.

In addition
This is not new, but you should check out the list of short URLs for easy linking to others! =)

Please email or comment any links that are broken, or if something is acting fishy. Everything should be running a whole lot smoother, but it is possible something was missed during the update.

Thank you everyone for your constant support and happy reviewing!
~ Bornes

Aloha April FursuitReview fans!

It’s been a great month and we’re happy to celebrate our 9 month anniversary!

Here’s the news:

– We quietly rolled out FursuitReview.com to replace fursuitreview.khat.us. The khat.us link will always work so you’ll still find places that link you to it, but the main site is now a much easier to type fursuitreview.com. =)

– New rating system labels! [POS] for Positive, [OK] for Neutral, [NEG] for Negative. All of the reviews and documentation have been updated on fursuitreview.com. Everywhere else will only have the change for newer reviews.

Twitter, Tumblr, and FaceBook have new and/or better automated postings of fursuit reviews that link to the website and not the FA. Twitter and Facebook still have people behind them, but the workload has been significantly lessened because of this (Tumblr is 100% automated and will continue to be). Still, the preferred method of contact is by email.

– The Makers page now has a search bar at the top. It will pick up any aliases a maker has and display the correct page associated. Helpful if the maker you want to find has gone by a lot of different names and Ctrl/Cmd + F has failed.

– Short URLs! You thought the last update had short URLs? FursuitReview.com makes them better!

about.fursuitreview.com – About page
all.fursuitreview.com – All reviews listed on FursuitReview
fa.fursuitreview.com – FurAffinity page
faq.fursuitreview.com – FAQ page
forms.fursuitreview.com – Review forms page
makers.fursuitreview.com – All makers reviewed on FursuitReview
news.fursuitreview.com – News page
price.fursuitreview.com – Fursuit reviews sorted by price
rating.fursuitreview.com – Fursuit reviews sorted by rating
rules.fursuitreview.com – Rules page
search.fursuitreview.com – Advanced search page
time.fursuitreview.com – Fursuit reviews sorted by completion time

– Last but not certainly not least – quite possibly the most important update:

THERE WILL BE NO UPDATES OR SERVICES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF MAY – AT LEAST THE FIRST 2 WEEKS, POSSIBLY LONGER

The site will still be up and viewable, but emails will not be answered and reviews will not be posted. There’s only one admin of the website currently (me) and I will be on an internet- and work-free vacation in May.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and HAPPY REVIEWING! <3

~ Bornes

Hello everyone!

FursuitReview started in August 2015 with a very simple site that was sort of an after-thought. After some time on FA, it was decided that the website should get more attention, and on January 30th 2016 the new site was released.

At the moment, FursuitReview is still mostly concentrated on FurAffinity, so here’s the downlow on how the new site works:

Comments

Comments can be made by signing in through another social media site. Currently, the ones supported are: OpenID, Twitter, Livejournal, Reddit, WordPress, Blogger, and mail.ru. If you don’t already have an account with any of these sites and would like to comment, I’d recommend Reddit, as it does not even need an email address to sign up.

Comments on the website are only allowed on news & articles and are closed after 30 days. Comments on fursuit reviews are only available through FurAffinity. If the Furaffinity account is ever banned, comments will open on the website for fursuit reviews (but only on newly posted ones) and the closing policy will be revisited.

New Features

The website keeps all the features it always had, with the addition of a sort by completion time and an advanced search. A knowledgebase was also added, it is the home to uncommon informational articles posted here and some helpful links out about fursuits.

On the right sidebar, you will now find a “newest reviews” section and a “newest maker listed” to help see what is new on the site.

Short URLs

New shorter URLs were added so the most-visited pages will be easier to remember and get to without so many clicks.

fursuit.khat.us

/all – All reviews posted so far, unsorted

/makers – fursuit maker list

/forms – review forms page

/price – sort by price

/rating – sort by rating

/knowledge – knowledgebase

/articles – informational articles

/about

/faq – frequently asked questions

/rules

/news – site news

/fa – Furaffinity page

These are actually redirects, so they will not remain in the addressbar once the page fully loads. Because of this, if you use these pages frequently, you must memorize these URLs.

Enjoy and happy reviewing!