Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
- Tia is gorgeous with an athletic figure
- Tia many, many, many niches (solo, DP, BJ, gangbang, bondage)
- Dated updates once inside members' area
- Billing via CCBill with no cross-sells
- Mix of photos and video (with a bias towards videos)
- All content downloadable with ZIPs available of galleries
- You can browse by most recent, most popular or by title
- Members can rate and comment on updates
- Mix of male talent which adds variety
- Not all content is exclusive - many updates from Evil Angel etc
- Content varies wildly in terms of quality
- No choice of quality/format when downloading video
- No indication of quality/file size before downloading video
- Gallery content varies - screenshots mixed with photoshoots
- Navigation needs refining - cannot browse by niche
- Fairly generic preview area with dated updates
- Update schedule can be erratic
- Automatically generated username/password (might annoy some?)
- Some file sizes can be huge (over 1gb)
Tiaís website is a great example of being a website where you join for the girl, not just for the content.
She's a gorgeous South Korean with a beautiful complexion, athletic figure and large, fake boobs. She covers every fetish I can think of; solo, lesbian, blowjobs, deepthroat, hardcore, DP, gangbangs and bondage.
There's currently 197 videos (including webcams), and 234 galleries of varying size and quality (to the extreme) but probably averaging around 100-150 pictures. In addition thereís a webcam archive (35 videos, approximately an hour long, but these also appear along with video updates), an online store, short bio, Tiaís wishlist, Diary and VOD from AEBN.
Content is separated into three main categories; Photos, Movies and Recorded Webcam Shows. In each category you can sort by date, popularity or by title. There is a mixture of talent both male and female. There's also a few Fan Fucks which appear to be genuine.
There are 20 updates per page with a thumbnail, the title, running time, and when the update was added. When you hover over the thumbnail, it animates as a slideshow previewing the update Ė the problem with this is that if itís a long video, only the first half of the video appears in what is presumably an automatically generated preview so it often doesnít really give much of a taster of what the videoís like. All content is watermarked, often twice with Tia Lingís watermark, and the watermark of the site the video was shot for (eg, Evil Angel). On lower-quality content this is quite intrusive.
Clicking into the update, you get the option to rate out of five, leave a comment, add to favourites or suggest category keyword tags. Not many people rate or comment, and Iím not sure what the Ďsuggest category keyword tagsí feature is, but this too doesnít seem to be utilised.
On video updates, you can watch a Flash version on the site, or download an MP4. The Flash video doesnít allow you to skip to any point while the video is loading (as Youtube would). This is a bit annoying as you canít really use the Flash video as a preview prior to downloading. MP4 is the only format available on the site, which of all the formats is probably the best. There are no other formats available, and there is no indication of file size.
Be warned; some videos have a huge file size. The latest update had a 790mb file size with no option to download lower quality videos. Download speeds seem good, though, and thereís no apparent download limit. The average file size is probably around 400mb, though, but the trend lately does seem to be weighted towards larger file sizes.
Tech specs for the videos vary as most are not exclusive to Tia, but newer updates are 1280x720 and older ones being 720x480. Cam shows, which although appear archived on a separate page, are also mixed in with the other videos. The file size for these is around 40mb, and are 320x236 with the video being very juddery.
Like the video content, the quality of galleries varies dramatically. The average gallery size is probably around 100, but thereís galleries with fewer than 20 images, and others with over 300.
The biggest complaint I have, and itís quite a big one, is that galleries comprising of screenshots are mixed in with photoshoots resulting in a huge gulf of difference in terms of quality. Ranging from 640px on the longest side to 1280px, nothing blew me away quality-wise, and frankly the majority was disappointing. This is definitely a video site, although there are nice galleries if you look hard enough.
Navigation is generally OK, although it definitely can do with refining. There is a search box at the top of each page, with a category drop-down. The only category listed is Ďstockingsí. Itís a shame you canít leave the search box blank and select a category (eg, Blowjobs) to see all blowjob videos. I suspect the functionality is there, it just hasnít been set up.
The update schedule is generally once a week. All content is dated and forthcoming updates are displayed on the homepage with screenshot and when it will be appearing on the site. Although the site has a history of regular updates and all content is updating, there havenít been any updates since the end of November, with the next update due in early January.
Tia Ling is a natural talent and Iím a huge fan. She is confident, exciting and is incredible versatile. None of her content is formulaic - for example her BJs range from slow and sensual to a full-on face fuck. Her site is a dumping ground for her content, so although many of the videos are incredible, the content is a huge mix. Some exclusive, while a lot of it isn't.
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Tia has now retired and there are no updates scheduled on her website, at least for the time being. She announced to members her retirement several months ago, so compared to most sites where the model just goes AWOL, she has been great at keeping people informed.
I saw on another forum that Tia Ling is retiring. Not sure what that means for her site as I'm not currently a member, but thought I'd let people know. Happy for Tia, though, and hope she enjoys her post-HC life :)
Have rejoined Tia's website, and thought I'd add a couple of bits in addition to my review from the last time I was a member.
Firstly, video size. A lot of the videos are huge, at least by my standards - most of the newer ones seem to be around 700mb.
For me, with a finite amount of HD space, this is too large. There's no options for downloading lower-quality videos and no indication of how large they are before downloading. I would definitely increase the rating of this site if there were different quality options available as surely I'm not the only person who is reluctant to download too many 700mb videos?
Secondly, I mentioned in my review about navigation whereby there's a search box and a drop down with different categories that doesn't work if you leave the search box empty. I suggested that this might be a work in progress but this doesn't seem to be the case.
In fact, the category list has shrunk and now only includes one category; 'stockings'. Again, this would really improve the rating of this website if you could filter videos by category.
Other than that, it's a really good website and with these refinements, it would be even better :)
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