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Major Update - Introducing Map Search

All City and Zip code pages have been redesigned on dojolocator.com

Now they feature a powerful Map to show all Dojo that has exact location available in that area. You can move the map around to see Martial Arts Schools in the nearby places. The Map is followed by a list of Dojo in the selected City or Zip code. If a Dojo does not have its exact location available, it can not be displayed on the Map. In this case they are shown at the top of the list below the Map.

For locations and zip codes that have only a few Dojo, we try to find some more Dojo from the nearby places. The search radious automatically increases up to a 100 Miles until some Dojo are found.

For cities with larger number of Dojo, no range search is done. Only matches from that city are displayed in the list. You still have the option to drag and move the Map around to view nearby places.

You may hide the Map in case you would like view Dojos in a list only.

Style chart and statistics are now displayed on these pages where enough style information is available.

The Page structure for City and Zip codes have been changed with this update. All US Zip codes are in the following structure: www.dojolocator.com/zip/[code]/ Where [code] is the actual zip code. For example, here is the Page for zip code 32837:

http://www.dojolocator.com/Zip/32837/

Also, the City pages are now in the following format: www.dojolocator.com/[state]/[city]/ Where [state] and [City] are the names of State and City. Spaces in the names are replaced with hyphen. So here is the page for Orlando Florida:

http://www.dojolocator.com/Florida/Orlando/

Please help us make dojolocator.com better with your suggestions.

New Pages for States in USA

We have redesigned the pages dedicated to each state.

The url structure has also changed. Now, each state has it's own Folder under dojolocator.com. For example, the main page for Florida is:

http://www.dojolocator.com/Florida/

These pages now include the recently listed and recently updated Dojos in that state. The list of cities have been organized alphabetically. You will also see the style statistics for each state on these pages. The top 5 Cities in a state are shown on the top of the page for quick access. There is also a page dedicated to the Counties in each state, under the subfolder. For example, the Counties in Florida are available at:

http://www.dojolocator.com/Florida/Counties.aspx

If you would like to jump to a specific state of your interest, here is the list of all states in the USA:

 


RSS Feed - Now available

We just added RSS Feed to various sections of dojolocator.com

If you are not familiar with xml rss feeds, they can be used to stay up-to-date about various types of information like news, events, products etc. Most modern Web browsers allow you to subscribe to these feeds and shows you up-to-date information from the feed source. For example, if you subscribe to the New Dojo Feed, your browser will automatically show you new Dojo as they are added to dojolocator.com.

There is a Feed available for almost every page that displays dojo listings. This includes the Home Page, New Dojo Listings, Recent Updates, and all state pages, city pages and zip code pages.

The Feed is dynamic, and you can create your own custom Feed by adding parameters to the base Feed URL:

http://www.dojolocator.com/rss/dojolist.xml

Without any parameters, this URL will return an RSS Feed of last 25 Dojo updates on dojolocator.com, if you add a query parameter type=new, then it will return the new listings (last 25):

http://www.dojolocator.com/rss/dojolist.xml?type=new

In order to get Dojo listings in a specific state, and a state=[stateCode] parameter. For example, for all recently updated Dojo in the state of Florida, here is the URL:

http://www.dojolocator.com/rss/dojolist.xml?state=FL

Adding a city parameter along with state will generate a Feed specific to that city. So for Orlando, FL, the URL is:

http://www.dojolocator.com/rss/dojolist.xml?state=FL&city=Orlando

You may also use a zip=[zipcode] parameter to generate a Feed for a specific zipcode:

http://www.dojolocator.com/rss/dojolist.xml?zip=34746

By default, 25 items are returned, but you can change this by adding a count=[value] parameter. The maximum items allowed is 50.

Post a comment if you have any questions about the RSS Feed.

 

Error: Outage details

There is a hard to catch bug that caused the site to show error for several hours. It is hard to reproduce, but we are looking into it.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the outage.

Until this bug is fixed, the error can happen again. We will have to monitor the site closely.

*** FIXED ***

The bug has been fixed!

New Dojo Management Features

The account area has been completely redesigned. In addition, the following new functionality are now available:

  1. Fix the Map location: In case correct location of your Dojo is not being shown on the Map
  2. Add an Introduction: The introduction will appear at the top of the Dojo details page
  3. Change Dojo Url: If the current Url of your Dojo is too long, you may choose a shorter Url
  4. Chage Password: Finally!

More enhancements coming up.

Fix Map of your Dojo

Recently, the most heard complaint from Dojo owners has been that the Map showing incorrect location of a Dojo. So we have added the ability for Dojo owners to fix the Map location. If your Dojo is not showing the correct location, please log into your DojoLocator account and select 'Fix Map' option. You will be shown a draggable icon on the Map that you can move to the right location. Once you save the correct location, it will show up correctly on your Dojo's Map page.

In addition, we have started showing a warning on the Map for Dojos that does not have accurate geocode location.

 

New Dojo Name Search Section

DojoLocator had the ability to search Dojo by Names already, and we just redesigned the whole Name search functionality. First, the Dojo search by name has its own section now: http://www.dojolocator.com/names/. When you search by a name or keyword, results are shown in two groups, exact matches, and partial matches. If there is more than 25 Dojo matched the name, there is also a list of all the states along with number of matches in that state.

There is also a new page showing the most common dojo names on dojolocator: http://www.dojolocator.com/names/common/

Try the name search functionality.

Dojo Pages Re-organized

Each Dojo listed on DojoLocator.com now has a dedicated section or folder. For example, The Rising Sun Dojo in Kissimmee, FL is located on dojolocator.com at: http://www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/

There are 4 pages associated with every Dojo:

  1. The main (details) page
  2. Contact page
  3. Map page
  4. Driving Directions Page

Here is the page structure for Rising Sun Dojo:

  1. Main page: http://www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/
  2. Contact page: http://www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/contact.aspx
  3. Map page: http://www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/map.aspx
  4. Directions page: http://www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/directions.aspx

This page structure is followed for every Dojo.

In addition, the driving directions are now shown within dojolocator.com, and not redirected to external Website.

If you added multiple Styles under the 'Other Styles' section, they will show up as separate styles as long you separate them with a comma.

If you enter a link in the 'Schedule' section, they will automatically apear as a hyperlink.

In addition the following enhancements have been made to the Home page:

  1. Location search is simplified with one box that understands Zip codes, Complete Address, City name or State.
  2. Name Search now shows exact matches as well as partial matches
  3. Newly listed Dojos and recently updated Dojos are shown on the home page

Launched DojoLocator Blog

We are going to publish the feature updates and changes in DojoLocator.com on this Blog. A blog makes a great choice for many reasons:

  1. It is organized, categorized and dated
  2. If you have any suggestions or comments on any feature or topic, you can post your comments
  3. You can subscribe to be notified of new posts

This will also be a place where we will publish interesting facts and statistics from dojolocator.com