Established in 2008, Furry 4 Life boasts over 24,500 members, but has become hamstrung by an abandoned platform. Staff hope to complete the move by the end of the month, although they warn migration may last until January 2016.
Ning, back in 2008, was the best answer to the question "How can I build a social network for my niche community?". They really were the best option and still remain a powerhouse in hosted social software platforms. We really do owe a lot to them, but we are moving in different directions, and the Ning Platform is no longer a solid solution to our growing community.
We are looking for ways for the community to achieve stability; it is not an immediate process, but I hope to achieve it.
The first step is to establish an online community platform, trying to tame the fury of instant messaging with Ning's more stable decentralized system. The platform seems ideal, due to the convergence of services and great potential for user participation.
The 14-year-old site has a long but oft-troubled history. Over the past two years, its community has faced repeated requests for server hosting funds.