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Old 03-12-2002, 09:04 AM   #1
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Dojo: Kinokawa Mt. Airy
Location: Maryland
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 13
Thoughts on Free Dojo Website Design

Hi everyone.

I study Kinokawa Aikido in Maryland, and I also run a small web design business on the side, Level Six Design (http://www.levelsixdesign.com).

I would very much like to give back to the Aikido community that has given so much to me, and I am thinking about offering hosting and my services to dojos around the world for free (yes, gratis).

Here is how it would work - I would purchase a domain (I'm eyeing aikidodojos.com, as it is available) and set up the hosting. Once ready, I could dedicate subdomains (aikidodojos.com/yourdojoname) to dojos that would like a clean, professional, simple website. I would be happy to update the information on these sites now and again, as long as it didn't involve a massive time commitment on my part.

At this point, I'm mainly testing the waters and seeing what people think, if there would be a significant amount of interest, etc. Please give me whatever feedback you have, and if enough dojos would like, I will make this a reality. At that point, people could start submitting information/pictures to me and I would start creating sites.

Hope to hear from you all soon.


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Old 03-12-2002, 10:42 AM   #2
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Dojo: Masatake Dojo - Israel Aikikai
Location: Rehovot - Israel
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Thumbs down you are kind

You are very kind.
I will show your message to my friend who just opened her Dojo in Tel-Aviv (ISRAEL)

all the best,


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Old 03-12-2002, 01:00 PM   #3
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Dojo: Ontario Martial Arts
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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Hi Tlurie,

Just some food for thought.

I am an IT Consultant and I'm also responsible for all administrative work and teaching at my dojo. As a result, it took a VERY long time before I got the time to put up our website at a free hosting area.

The problem is I have to really set aside a chunk of time to update the website, otherwise it doesn't happen.

You're idea is great, but I don't think that your wish for a minimal time outlay is realistic, especially if the idea takes off and you have a few websites to deal with simultaneously.

May be better to offer the hosting, not necessarily the updating.

Just my thoughts.


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Old 03-12-2002, 01:20 PM   #4
Greg Jennings
Dojo: S&G BJJ
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,132
Re: Thoughts on Free Dojo Website Design

Originally posted by tlurie

I would very much like to give back to the Aikido community that has given so much to me, and I am thinking about offering hosting and my services to dojos around the world for free (yes, gratis).
Great idea! I offer much the same for dojo in the association I belong to. I know the ASU does similar also.

The trick is in applying rudimentary content management. Otherwise, it gets out of hand.


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Old 03-12-2002, 02:19 PM   #5
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Dojo: Kinokawa Mt. Airy
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Thanks for the input so far.

My plan is to host this site through a provider I use for my business, thus cutting costs and also eliminating silly advertisement and popup issues.

Larry, thanks for the thoughts. I spend a lot of time working in the webworld, (at home and at work), so I'm not so worried about setting aside time - if I can make time to watch hockey, I can work while the game is on

Greg, I hear you. I have every intention of building a base content management system in ColdFusion and using that as the foundation for all the sites. If enough dojos are interested, I might also invest the time to develop content management tools so that the dojos can update the schedules/announcements themselves.

Thanks again, guys. The more input I get, the more effective my service will be.

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Old 06-08-2004, 10:59 PM   #6
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Dojo: Shuryukan Yoshinkai Aikido
Location: Khobar Saudi Arabia
Join Date: May 2002
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Re: Thoughts on Free Dojo Website Design

Great idea Thad for those who do not have an existing site yet. But for those who already have existing sites, how about a link sorted by country? for Example if someone types" aikido iraq" your site will come to show a link to that aikido site in iraq - just a thought

Best regards
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Old 08-28-2004, 06:17 PM   #7
Dojo: Cremona Dojo/Sao Paulo
Location: Sao Paulo
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Re: Thoughts on Free Dojo Website Design

Hi Thad , i apriciate if you give me a hand on this matter .
Im a part of small dojo in Brazil and would like to have a good website , with pictures , and all kind of information to our students .

How can i get your hep on this??

Thanks in advance .

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