As we hope you all have seen at this point, we will be transitioning away from Patreon for our membership/subscription platform starting May 1, 2021. Please read the linked post above for more information about why we are doing this. While things are fluid right now, we will likely be taking the site down in the latter part of the day on April 30, 2021 - we will have more information about this as we get closer to May 1st.
In this post, we would like to provide a little more information about how this transition will work and what exactly you will need to do to continue using your Evolving Hockey subscription.
Current Monthly Subscribers:
As we will no longer be using Patreon for our membership/subscription platform, we will be pausing our Patreon account at the end of April - you do not need to do anything to cancel your payments to Evolving Hockey through Patreon. This means you will not be charged by Patreon May 1st 2021 (or any month after). Logging into Evolving Hockey will NOT re-direct to Patreon and you will not need to authorize or verify your subscription through Patreon. All subscriptions will be handled directly on Evolving Hockey (more info below).
We sent personal messages to each of you with more information about how your transition will be handled. Please reference this message if you did not see it. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us on Patreon, DM on twitter (@evolvingwild or @evolvinghockey), or email us at [email protected].
While this may sound like a strange request, we ask that you do not subscribe to our site prior to May 1st. We will not be able to transfer your subscription from Patreon to our new platform if you subscribe during the last few weeks of April. If you would like to subscribe to have access to the site in April, you can; however, you will lose access through Patreon starting May 1st and will need to subscribe through Evolving Hockey.
What subscribing on the new site will look like:
1.) On the https://www.evolving-hockey.com home page, you will see a "Sign In / Subscribe" button in the navigation menu at the top of the website:
Clicking on this will take you to a page that shows the following:
Under the "Become a Subscriber" title, you will see two options. These are the same options that were previously available through Patreon. A "Monthly Subscription" is a $5 per month recurring subscription. An "Annual Subscription" is a 10% price-reduced recurring annual subscription (for one full year). Both options give the same access - there is no difference other than the payment/timeframe of the subscription.
2.) Either subscription option will take you to the following checkout page (this is the monthly subscription page, but both are essentially the same with different information about billing). To subscribe, you will need to create a user account, enter your payment information, and check the reCAPTCHA box in the form below.
A few notes about payments: we are using Stripe for our payment processing service. This is a robust and secure method that is served over SSL (https) on Evolving Hockey. No payment/cardholder information is stored on our servers.
3.) Once you click "Submit and Check Out", you will be re-directed to an invoice page with your subscription/billing/membership information. You can "print" this for your records (these are available on your "Membership Account" page as well). Once you've reached this page, Congratulations! Your subscription is now active and ready to use!
Note: account registration and payment processing may take a few minutes to finalize. While this should be mostly instant, in rare cases it may take a few minutes before you are able to use your subscription. Please let us know if you have issues with anything during this step.
4.) That's it. After subscribing, you will be logged into Evolving Hockey. Other than a few styling updates, all tables and visualizations have not changed. In addition, you will be able to comment on articles! There aren't a lot on the site currently, but that will change in the future. If you would like to view your account information, change (or cancel) your subscription, or view past payment/invoice information, this can all be accessed through the "My Account" tab under your user dropdown:
Please let us know if you have any questions. We tried to provide as much detail as possible in this post, but I promise the process should be very straightforward once the site is live. Hope you are all well.
- Josh & Luke