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Site Changes

Started by Armorbeast, November 08, 2020, 10:41:25 pm

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Armorbeast

Some people have been asking about our future plans. I've been talking with Chris and one thing we want to do is get the site active again beyond just contests. We will still have contests but maybe not as many. What we want to do is create a more interactive approach where people can be more involved as, at some point, your muse is going to go to sleep where art is concerned if you don't have new challenges.

I'm the perfect example of this as, at one time, I was churning out a new image every day and then I started doing more intricate and complicated artwork that would take a week or more to complete. Then real life stepped in when my mother died and my muse seemed to have disappeared with all the bad things happening at this time.

Whatever the cause may be, at some point we're all going to face this.

Then you have your new people coming into this full of enthusiasm and wanting to learn. But when the forums are basically dead and very few people who are established want to chip in to help others learn to develop their skills.

We will be beginning smaller because we haven't been very active in quite a while. We'll be focusing on other sites and all software and some more traditional artforms.

The goal will be to get more active.

To be very honest, I have been paying over a hundred dollars a month for the server fees to keep DSA going but we haven't been using even a fraction of the content capabilities of what's available to us. So we're going to downsize in regard to costs and build a base to begin creating new growth.

We have loved providing our members with contests and activity over the years. But I believe we can all see that we've been struggling for a while to get the activity going to at least cover site costs.

As we rebuild and hopefully get more active, we hope to generate resources and begin creating new growth again. If we are unable to achieve this, then keeping site costs down is the only way to go which then limits what we're able to offer.

Some of our older members know we've been far more active in the past and we believe that starting from the ground up with a new direction is the way to go.

Even the larger, more dominant sites are having a rougher go of things because selling things and sharing art has its limits. A new direction is needed and we at DSA aren't afraid to try new things.

So, I hope you guys will stick with us and take part in our future endeavors. Help us to help you and rebuild with us as we move forward into the future :)



Guardian-Angel-671

I'm not planning to abandon DSA. My muse hasn't been very active for awhile though.I get ideas but then no ummph to do them.I know how it feels to loose family. I lost my Sister a year ago & that hit hard. I've still not fully accepted it but I know it takes time. I'll try to help if I can.
May the hands of fate be kind to you & yours.

Armorbeast

Thanks GA. We're still working on our plan of action but we're hoping to be able to give you a reason to do those images and to be more creative. Allowing things to be just about the contests limits what we want to achieve for people. So glad to see you'll be sticking around to work with us as we move forward.

rebelgraphx

Hope the new website will grow into something great again, I will be around to see it happen.

Armorbeast


RainbowGypsy

I will be around as well. My muse and life seem to have gotten sidetracked by a world of chaos and struggle. I'm looking forward to getting back to creating

Armorbeast

Thank you as well m'lady :)

X kylumi X

It was announced in MAY that big changes were coming, but it looks like things have not moved forward very fast. I know times are very difficult (COVID19) for people right now, but that has actually helped strengthen internet based Hobby Forums. One of the problems with Dreamslayers is, its kinda one dimensional in its appearance. At first glance a person might be forgiven for thinking they'd stumbled onto the pages of some Dark Web site or another. Artwork needs to be forefront of the site, and I mean members artwork (not stuff pulled from the web). Forums can be cut to the bare necessities (then, increase with growth). Competitions, will always be your life-blood. Weekly challenges, weekly best images, monthly best images a "Monthly Newsletter" etc,etc,etc
I speak respectfully and don't wish to offend anyone, but I think some serious thought needs to go into the next Dreamslayers move before it just floats up into the ether.   I'm also speaking as someone who was once admin on two of the biggest Art Cover sites on the interweb (150k members), (without any stores), so I guess that qualifies me to say my piece.  :)
 

Armorbeast

No offense taken at all as we do need to make changes. Big issue has been my partner creating the new site has been busy selling his home, relocating and basically having a life lol. 2020 has been a disaster for so many people and we're looking more at surviving at this point because when the new site is active, these go poof.

We decided to go with Joomla for a board because of the time issue and the features but everything is set up differently and I'm slowly figuring out the backend but I may have to call in someone who has worked with it before to move things along faster. This one and the last one were basically set up the same in regard to the backend but Joomla I think they purposefully made everything backwards just to be different lol.

X kylumi X

Managing any kind of Web Based Forum/gallery/shop is never easy...Its even more difficult when your key people have their own issues to resolve. It can become a 24/7 if unless your host is non-compliant, lol

Armorbeast

Yeah, the purpose of this new site is to rebuild for the future. Right now I've put some old ideas there just to help get the feel of things but we'll be continuing development after it goes active. Right now we're still learning the software which seems to have been developed by people who insisted on making it difficult to learn new things lol.

I'm no good with coding and when I stress out I tend to withdraw from things so I don't overdo it. Hopefully this week we'll have some help from experienced sources who know more about this to speed us up to have a New Year release date.

Armorbeast

I must say I'm impressed with the layout and graphics of this software. So it's more a matter of learning the functionality and searching for my glasses which are probably on my head lol.

X kylumi X

ROFL.....I know that feeling 8) I'm loving the fresh look...way to go ;)