SSL Security has been activated for dojos.info network of Websites. With the sophisticated hacking, phishing and other types of malicious activity going on everyday, it was becoming an urgent matter.
Entire site has been placed under SSL, not just your login/registration/account area.
SSL encryption puts additional overhead on the servers, but it is a necessity and we have to bear the additional cost.
dojos.info just introduced the concept of Dojo Density. This is a measure of population vs number of Martial Arts Schools listed in a given place. At the moment, Dojo Density is available at dojos.info/USA/ for each state in the USA. We are using the 2014 Population estimate from the United States Census Bureau.
Here is an example chart showing every state and it's Dojo Density:
We are working on making this information available for all major metro areas, and how they compare with the national average. This should help you with better understanding the Martial Arts market.
We have just launched a new and mobile friendly version of our Websites. The new layout is responsive in nature, and adapts to smaller screen (such as smart phone) gracefully, reusulting in a much better user experience.
All our Websites (dojos.info, dojos.co.uk, dojos.ca, dojos.nz, dojos.com.au) have been updated with the new design! During the redesign process, we re-organized the page structure to take advantage of the high resoution larger desktop monitors in use today. The sites now use a larger fon't size as well. As with any major change or update, there are bugs to fix and we are actively working on it.
The mobile version of the sites is rather in it early stage. We will continue to adapt and enhance it.
This year we are looking forward to release a few other country specific Websites, beginning with dojos.jp, dojos.in and dojos.co.za. Once we worked out a true multi-lingual version of dojos.info, we will be releasing dojos.es, dojos.it, dojos.mx, dojos.se and a few more.
Thanks for a being a part of the Dojo Locator!
We have just acquired dojos.nz, the shorter version of dojos.co.nz.
Effective immediately, dojos.nz will serve as Newzealand's Dojo Directory, in stead of dojos.co.nz. This is shorter, and more in line with our other country specific directories such as dojos.jp, dojos.in and dojos.ca. Visitor's of dojos.co.nz are automatically being redirected to dojos.nz domain. All pages, school's and information that existed under dojos.co.nz will continue to appear under dojos.nz. At this time, no change in appearance or structure is introduced aside from the change in domain name.
Although there are only around 400 Dojo listed with dojos.nz at this time, we expect this number to rapidly grow in the near future, as it becomes recognized as the official Dojo Directory of New Zealand.
We are very excited about passing the 30,000 mark! An average of 250 new schools get listed accross all dojos.info Website each month. At that rate, we should be getting 1000 new listing every 4 months. However, we are currently going through a validation and updating cycle which results in removal of a lot of out-of-date/closed down listings.
On the other hand, we are getting close to launching our country specific Websites dojos.jp, dojos.in and dojos.co.za, and that will cause the total number of schools listed to take another leap!
Meanwhile, our monthly visitors have passed 2,30,000 in July 2014!
Overall, the progess is very satisfactory.
There is a lot of features currently in the works, and a lot more in our To Do list.
Thanks for being a part of dojos.info
We are very excited to announce that dojolocator.co.uk, our UK Website, now has a short a relevant domain: dojos.co.uk
This will be the new home of UK's Dojo Directory.
There has been several other enhancements to the UK version of our Website. Now you can enter the name of a Premise where a Dojo or classes are held. This is very useful where classes are held in a Community Hall, Gym or Church. This happens to be the case for many Dojo in the UK. The address lines now has an extra field, so you may enter an additional line in address if applicable.
With the introduction of 'Premise', it has become easier to Geocode the location of each Dojo and show Maps. This was an issue in the past.
Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.
dojos.info and all other Websites of our network (dojos.ca, dojolocator.co.uk, dojos.com.au & dojos.co.nz) are now on a new and powerful Web Server.
The old server was doing alright for the last few years. It had a dual core processor and only 2GB of memory. Because it was dedicated to running dojos.info network of Websites only, it held up pretty good. But lately our visitors have grown in excess of 200,000 per month and the load on the server was noticable. It was time to move on to something more powerful.
The new server we just installed has 20 Logical cores and 64GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1600Mhz! It also has a pair of high performance SSD drives in RAID configuration. With Windows 2012 R2 operating system and SQL Server 2014 in the back end, the result is blazing fast! Here is 20 processor cores in action:
If load increases, we have the option to install another processor with 20 Logical cores, resulting in a 40 core server!
With that, it looks pretty good as of now. We are connected to the Internet over a 1Gbps connection. Because our Website is highly optimized to begin with, you should have a very fast browsing experience.
We are excited to announce that dojolocator.com, the primary Website of our network, now has a shorter and more relevant domain name: dojos.info
We acquired dojos.info domain last year, but were looking for a suitable time to make the transition. This is the 10th year of service for dojolocator.com, it has become the official directory of martial arts schools, clubs and studios over the years. Over a million pages indexed by google, and ranking highly in search engines for all relevant terms. Change to dojos.info is yet another step of advancement. We will continue to keep dojolocator.com for many years. So if you don't remember the new domain name, no problems, you will be redirected to dojos.info whenever you try dojolocator.com.
This new domain name is more in line with our rest of the country specific Websites: dojos.ca, dojos.com.au, dojos.co.nz, dojos.co.za, dojos.ph, dojos.in, dojos.jp and more.
We are currently working on a multi-lingual version of the platform. This will allow us to launch non English country specific Websites: dojos.it, dojos.es, dojos.se and a few others.
There are many other enhancements lined up for dojos.info in 2014.
Hopefully 2013 went well for everyone. As the financial institutions put together the year end summary, we thought we would take a look at the dojo locator network too. We are now past 29,000 school's across all of the Website currently active (dojolocator.com, dojos.ca, dojolocator.co.uk, dojos.com.au and dojos.co.nz). Monthly unique visitors approaching 200,000. We are also seeing a larger number of Email leads being generated through our Website. It's probably partly due to people getting more used to communicating on the Web.
Here is the summary of various activity on the dojo locator network in 2013:
- New Schools: 2,279
- School updates: 1,866
- Reviews Submitted: 3,840
- School views: 3,766,743
- School Map views: 261,566
- Direction Lookups: 20,345
- Total Searches: 3,786,862
Total searches is the number of Cities, Counties, Zip codes etc. where searched for school's by the site visitors during 2013.
Clearly, there is a lot of online activity in the Martial Arts Industry especially when it comes to looking for a suitable school or class near you. We can also say with confidence that dojo locator is being recognized and used by the industry a great extent. That's exactly why we chose to build it.
For 2014, we have a huge number of updates and enhancements ahead. We have acquired dojos.info and sometime this year we will switch to this shorter and more relevant domain name. We have also acquired many other country specific domain names, dojos.in (India), dojos.co.za (South Africa), dojos.ph (Filipines), dojos.jp (Japan), dojos.es (Spain), dojos.it (Italy) and a few others. We hope to release each of these Websites during 2014.
We are also working on a better Administration area for school owners, and a lot of enhancements to their school information pages.
This will be the 10th year of service for dojolocator.com, and we would like to thank you for being a part of it.
We are very excited to introduce dojolocator.co.uk - a Dojo Directory Featuring Dojos and Martial Arts Styles in UK.
The Website has been launched after many long nights and weekends of hard work by the dojo locator team!
dojolocator.co.uk initially features about 1,200 Dojo in the United Kingdom. You can look-up Dojo near you by providing a complete address, or view Martial Arts Schools and Styles in any given city by searching with a City Name.
Similar to dojolocator.com, dojolocator.co.uk show Style Statistics, Interactive Map, Dojo Ratings and Reviews and includes a rating widget that school's may display on their Website.
Soon there will be overview of Martial Arts Schools and Styles in all UK Counties, as well as Post codes.
dojolocator.co.uk is aimed to offer a valuable service to UK's Martial Arts Community, as dojolocator.com has done for USA for the past 7 Years!
dojolocator.com is currently attracting 100,000+ unique visitors per month.
If you are associated with a Martial Arts School in the UK, please make sure that it is listed with dojolocator.co.uk and the information is up-to-date.