DJResource About Us  A explinations and a little History

Submitted by Lead  Flag on 09-09-2005 @ 02:09
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DJResource is a website that is all about DJ culture and everything that is involved with it. Professional gear and equipment are the main focus of the majority of this site's content. All information on this website is related to DJing, on stage and backstage or in the studio.

There is a lot of information related to DJs and the culture around it here which we tried to make as interactive and dynamic as possible.

We aim to be a non commercial website thou supported by a minimal amount of banners. We have designed the website first and later added some advertisements around it. That is a totally different design than put some information around a lot of ads.

We are Home Made

The 2 founders of DJResource (Lead & W.i.M) are also the programmers of this website. Self programming allows us to adjust the website continuously and dynamically with the content and idea's that come up over time.

We started creating our own website after a period of using open source CMS's. The downside of these systems is the lack of control and a lot of overhead (not needed stuff) is loaded each click that is not needed.

Also the basic layout of most systems like PHP Nuke (back in the mid 2000's) and Joomla (Mambo), are all alike and are pretty recognizable by the people visiting these sites. We wanted to be different...

We started without much fancy options and we have let the site grown with the new ideas and reactions from the members. We keep on adding new and useful features and content when there's a demand for it.

A nice example is the DJ Booths section. When we noticed that a forum thread 'Pic of your DJ Booth' was by far the most popular on our forums, we found a way for people to dynamically add pictures of their DJ Booth. By uploading images to the Gallery and adding a list of gear that shows on the picture. This has became a real DJ's Showroom.

After that we developed the Gearbase to hold all items our users posted in the DJ Booth section.

What's so special ?

DJResource offers a lot of information and provides the possibility for our members to leave their comments on nearly everything like : all uploaded pictures, DJ Topics, DJ Booth pictures, Gearbase items, the News and such.

Who started it

Two DJs: W.i.M (Wim Broer) and Lead (Jeroen Groenendijk) are the Admin's on and the founders of DJResource. Both are DJs since the early 90's so there's enough DJing experience in this team.

Where are we from ?

Gouda - Holland (Netherlands)   NL

Membership

Visitors can read ALL information on the website (accept some forums) but frequent visitors Register themselves as a member.

Members have the possibility to give comments on all content on the site, start threads (topics) in the Forums, Upload images to their own public photo album and lots more...

Membership is free and is nothing more than filling in a few things and click on the link in your mailbox.

Other places on the Web

Bullet Put us on your online desktop :
Bullet Check our videos on Youtube
Bullet And offcourse Facebook
Bullet Our history partly shows on : DJResource.ORG Wayback

Modules or Sections

DJResource exists out of several sections, each having it's own function and features :

DJ Topics (or just Topics) link

This is the foundation of DJ-Resource, very detailed information about professional DJ equipment. These topics are written for people with some basic DJ skills. Most Site Topics are written by Lead (working on a professional level with Pro Audio since 1996, DJ Gear in special from 1997, DJing himself since 1992). These Topics give objective information instead of colored opinions or personal favors.

Gearbase Link

Started as extraction from the users input in the DJ Booths section in 2009. All information and high product resolution product images (where available) are searched for manually by Lead and the other Gearfreaks (certain member level).

DJ Booths link

When we saw the great popularity of a forum topic : [Pics] Your DJ Booth... and we invented this module. Actually this is showing a selection of images that the members have uploaded to their own Album in the Gallery with some specific information about the equipment shown. Members can give comments and tips to these Booths.

Productions link

Our members can upload their own produced tracks, for each Production a Forum topic will be created automatically to store the comments for this Production. The Productions can be rated and a Top-10 listing is shown.

Deejay's link

Primarily meant so that our members, which are mostly dj, could share their profile. After the addition of the Calendar/Parties this section got inter linked these modules, meaning that links in other sections direct you to the proper page in the Deejay's module.

Overview link

This modules gives you an overview of all added reactions everywhere on the site. For our frequent visitors this is a nice place to check what's going on.

Forum link

These are different sections (forums) for different categories of topics (or threads). Members can give comments to the topics or start a new topic if no related one is found. Each forum is moderated by one or more moderators that make sure that postings are guided to apply the site rules, Admin's can moderate on all forums and have full control.

Gallery link

Section with images sorted in different Albums. Each member can have his own User Album that holds a maximum of 50 images. to you own Album. Members can give comments to pictures and enlarge them to the original resolution of upload.

Imagedump link

As DJResource grew and needed more functionality, in 2009, we've added the Imagedump as a place for our members to store images that are posted on the Forums. This is our way to make sure that the information in our archives will be visible and we're not relying on others to keep images online.

News link

Our members can contribute their DJ Related news items for approval. Members can give comments and replies to previous comments below all news items.

The Wall link

Here is the place where Members can leave their comment about DJResource. All postings that lead to a conversation will be deleted, these belong in the Forums..

Downloads link

On DJResource the Downloads have a supporting function for the DJ Topics and serves as a Gallery for our own produced demonstration video's.

Web Links link

A collection of links of our friends and links that are added by our members. After submission a link has to be approved, when the link is not in violation with our sites terms of use the link will be denied. When you've added a banner and your site links back to DJ-Resource those hits will be counted for a monthly top-10 list. The Topsites List is an overview of the website's with banner and send links back to DJResource.

The History of DJResource

16-09-2001 : DJresource.ORG registration

We started with a nice and simple HTML website, without much content it's easy to keep navigation simple. The basic layout for the website was set and also a general idea of the content was made up.

The website was based around Lead and W.i.M as DJ's. Also a start was made to write topics about the Pioneer DJ Gear. The forum we had was an Ikonboard forum.

 

2002 : DJresource.ORG re-designed

We stepped away from the black background to make the content more readable and the overall website a more pleasant place to be. The green was very easy to read. In this concept we've experimented with Flash for the top-menu.

More and more equipment was added to the content section and a simple gallery script was installed to show some party pictures.

The Downloads started to get filled up with all Pioneer Manuals and product images. We still used the Ikonboard forum but could not migrate the postings to the new version.

 

04-04-2003 : DJresource.NL registration

After a period of testing we switched our main domain to the dutch .NL extension. Because of a growing number of visitors we wanted to offer more functions and features.

At the same time we switched to a Open Source Content Management System that was called PHPNuke (v4~v6). For the time a nice solution and we started to tweak the modules of the Nuke system so it would look and function the way we wanted.

The Nuke site was the actual beginning of the DJ-Resource as you know it now.

 

2003 : DJresource.NL own coded CMS

But because of the nature of Open Source there was to much stuff that was loaded on each mouse click that it dramatically reduced the loading speed of all the pages.

To improve the readability and click friendliness of the website we made a decision: we've started to code our own CMS (Content Management System). We started out with an empty index.php and get going designing and developing each module to our own whishes and needs.

The first version was introduced at the end of 2003, only a half year after we've started with the previous layout.

That's Fast, we know... but it was definitely worth it.

 

2004 : DJresource.NL Improved

For the big public the new graphics made the big difference. But as perhaps not everybody was aware, the changes behind the curtain we're pretty radical. After almost a year of constant updating and improving the site we've relaunched it with a new layout to show the change.

Besides the new artwork, which is only 20% of the improvements, most stuff happens behind the scene. A big improvement in loading speed, W3C compliant, XML feeds and more structure in our database... but who cares, it clicks about 40% faster than before, that's what counts

 

2006 : Logo designed

All these years DJResource was growing without having a simple clean and recognizable signature or symbol. Although most people recognized the disc-and-SL-tonearm combination as our logo but we wanted something serious. After some sketches, based around some principles this new logo was designed in collaboration with Paralizer

The Logo explained...

  • The 3 discs that form the actual logo stands for the 3 major types of media a DJ can use: Vinyl, CD and DVD.
  • The thickened parts represents a sound symbol, like the ones you can find on remote controls ( ie. TV or Amplifier).
  • The letter 'O' from the word Resource is at the center of it all, shouting it out.

07-04-2006 : DJresource.EU goes Online

The world is getting bigger on the internet and we believed that the international character of the website now gets the attention it needs. A lot of our main content in the DJ Topics is now also available in Dutch, just hit the flag above each topic to show this.

With out new logo we also made a new header image. Also the width of the website is not flexible anymore, but is now fixed for best viewing with at least 1024 pixels width screens.

19-06-2007 : DJresource.EU reshapes the Frontpage

To store more information we've redesigned the frontpage from a 1 column design to a 2 column design. This shake our members as some had big difficulty getting used to it. But after a while everybody enjoyed the improvement.

This was not all that has happened. Also the back end was again upgraded to meet modern standards. We've also upgraded to PHP5 which we were not completely ready for.

To counter act with the amount of info, we've added a function to the member profile so members can hide postings from selected forums that they don't like to see. Also the Nieuwsdagblad project was started.
DJResource Doubled the frontpage

05-2010 : DJresource.EU refreshes layout and added functionality

After all these years we found that DJResource could have a facelift to keep up with time. A lot of stuff is added to the core of DJResource over a period of a few years and things needed to be in line with each other in layout and functionality.

There is a huge list of fixes and improvements that are made in the last 6 months, mainly by Lead. In general overall performance is increased, functionalities are improved (image upload resizes everywhere, popup's from jpg/pngs open in Splashbox instead of pop-up, etc.
DJResource Doubled the frontpage

2014 DJResource.eu is Responsive

 

2018 DJResource.eu reshapes Menu

 
What's Happening Now ?
At this moment DJ-Resource has an ever increasing number of visitors and more and more people take the affords to register to become a member. In order to keep up to date we enhance existing functions and add new ones, all with help from the community that's helping DJResource to grow.


But...
It all has it's price. DJResource is at this moment privately funded by the admin's (W.i.M & Lead). With the increasing amount of visitors (which we are very happy to serve), also the traffics increases. To help support the cost of traffic we've searched for solutions that wouldn't disturb the sites layout.
Google Ads
With Google Ads, the visitors can see advertisement related to the content of that particular page. Some of the things might even be interesting for you. By just loading the adds you already make a tiny contribution. We do not push clicking on these ads, it might not harm to check out interesting ones.


Advertisements
Instead of Google ads you can also see other advertisements from ie. Party's, Exhibitions etc. There are tight restrictions to the content of these advertisements. If you want to advertise on DJResource read the Advertisement Topic for more details or contact the admin's to discuss the possibilities.


Donations
The final thing we can come up with is a donation by you. All these years we are programming and write all for you. We also offer a photo album for 50 images when you register yourself, you can promote yourself in our Deejays section and you can show-off your Booth in the DJ-Booth section... Feel free to contribute to help us continuing our work for the community (and we both have a daytime job ).


Goldmembers
If you make a donation, you will get a special Userstatus (Goldmember) for a year. During this period banners and advertisements are disabled for viewing as a thank you from us.


Feel free to use Paypal.com or Bank transfer [Details] as payment method, bank transfer has our favor.


Read more about our reward for people that donate.

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There are 3 Comments

  Flag Lead wrote on 04-05-2006 @ 21:36
If you want to support DJResource, use one of these buttons and: Install Firefox or Picasa
  Flag NielsR wrote on 25-06-2007 @ 12:04
Hoeveel mensen die hier vroeger op zaten zitten er nu nog op
  Flag Lead wrote on 18-06-2018 @ 02:29

Tja, wie zal het zeggen


Ik ben er nog... en W.i.M, zo is het in 2001 ook begonnen

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