Until now, DojoLocator.com has been using a Mail server that served about 1000 domains, with as much as 3000 Email accounts.
In a shared hosting environment, Email Servers have many challenges to deal with. If one user's PC, Email account or Website is compromised, the Email server may be abused by Spammers and thousands of SPAM might be sent out the the server before anyone notices.
In these situations, the Mail server may get black listed or blocked by the major ISPs, which prevents delivery of legitimate Emails from all other users using the same Email server.
Each day, visitors of dojolocator.com send information requests to many Dojo. These leads are forwarded to the Email address listed with these Dojo, and if these Emails are not properly delivered to the Dojo owners, it is a loss of opportunity. It is also a failure of dojolocator.com to provide answer to a customer query.
Therefore we have setup a new Email server for dojolocator.com, which will only process Emails for dojolocator.com and will not be affected by the activity of thousands of other accounts. Yet another step to make dojolocator.com useful/valuable to the Martial Arts Community.
If your Dojo is listed with dojolocator.com, please make sure the Email address is current and correct. Otherwise you might be missing out valuable leads.
In the recent months, many new features have been added to Dojo Locator. As a result, dojolocator.com has been gaining better search engine ranking and everyday more visitors come and search for dojos on dojolocator.com. More leads are being generated through the site everyday.
Here is a chart showing daily visitors from the beginning of this year (2010):
As of May 18th, about 300 new Dojo have signed up. Several Dojo updates occur everyday.
We are currently working on Dojo Search based on styles, a feature often requested by our users. This will further ehnance dojolocator.com as a Dojo Search tool.
Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions and encouragements.