3 Changes at DPS and An Update on Where We're At

3 Changes at DPS and An Update on Where We’re At

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As I mentioned in today’s weekly newsletter – there are a few changes happening at DPS at the moment. I wanted to write a short post to let you know what’s happening.

3 Changes at DPS

1. New Forum Sections

Picture 2.pngIn the last 24 hours we’ve launched two new sections in our forum.

  • Critique section and is especially designed for those wanting to show two different photos that they can’t choose between. Ask our readers which they like best, why and how they’d improve the shots.

2. New Design – Coming Soon

logo.pngDPS is getting a makeover. In the last week a designer has begun work on overhauling the look of the whole DPS site. As part of the new design we’re not just getting a new look – we’re getting two new blogs (one on post production and one on cameras and gear), a completely reworked front page (it’ll aggregate content from the blogs and forum) and a few new features.

The design isn’t going to go live until January (these things take time and this is a fairly major overhaul) but I’m really excited about the work that has already been done. I know some of you are quite attached to the current design and it’ll take a little time to get used to seeing things look so different – but I’m confident that the new look will give our community a much more modern look and feel as well as help improve the functionality and navigation of the site.

3. Prizes in Assignments

crumplerMany of you have asked for this – and we’ve finally started to find companies willing to sponsor some more regular competitions in our Crumpler who have put up a bag a week for the next month!).

Update on the State of DPS

While I’m talking DPS – let me give you a short update on how the community has been going of late.

If I had to choose one word to describe the last 12 months I’d have to say ‘growth’ (or perhaps ‘explosion’ would be better).

  • 1 Millions Visitors a Month – We’re regularly seeing over a million readers to the site each month now. Together they are viewing over 3 million pages of content. Those numbers alone are mind boggling to me and I’m really excited to see the growth.
  • 125,000 Subscribers – Subscriber numbers to the site have also exploded in the last 12 months – those getting email updates and RSS updates now number over 125,000. If you’re not already subscribed there are three ways to keep in touch – we outline them here.
  • 27,000 Forum Members – I remember the days when we used to celebrate every time our forum member numbers grew by another 100 people. Now it isn’t unusual to see 100 join up in a day and to see 300 or more on the forum at the one time.

I’d like to Thank

Of course with new members to our forum we’ve had to grow our moderation team. I want to acknowledge their hard work – particularly that of Sime who heads up the Admin of the site, Linda who is also an Admin and to Leisa who was in the Admin role for 2 years of the site and who has recently stepped out of that role.

The other group of people that I want to acknowledge is our writing team here on the DPS blog. Over the last year we’ve developed a great group of regular writers who many of you have come to know and love. Thanks to each of you – particularly Natalie, Neil, Christina and Peter.

Lastly – I want to thank all DPS readers, subscribers and members – it’s been a massive year and none of it would have been possible without you. A special thanks to those of you who have contributed by spreading the news of DPS to your friends, blog readers, family, workmates, fellow students etc!

2008 looks like being another year of change at DPS. The new design will kick off some of that change but there are plenty of other new things coming. I spent some time brainstorming earlier in the week about things that I’d like to see happen with DPS and there are so many ideas that I came away from the exercise very excited. Watch this space!

Thanks for letting me navel gaze a little with this post – I hope it’s given you a little insight into what’s been happening at DPS and where we’re headed as we move into the new year. I’d love to hear your ideas on how you’d like to see DPS grow going forward – feel free to leave your comments below!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Pinball January 8, 2009 10:50 am

    Just wanted to add my two cents....but I'll need change times are tough!
    I think this site kept me sane this last year or so. Without the distraction of this site and my love of photography who knows what kind of funk I might have ended up in.
    A truly ownderful place to spend a few minutes....or 90% of your day and 50% of your night!
    I haven't been as active as i would like but its a new year and a change is coming!
    Thanks everyone!

  • porterd2nz January 8, 2009 07:30 am

    This is a great site. I've just popped over to the survey and filled that out, too.

  • Percy December 16, 2008 10:37 pm

    Nice to know about certain upgrades... keep on pressing forward... more power & God Bless..

  • Dennis December 12, 2008 11:15 pm

    I've learned so much from reading the articles on here. My family and friends quite often say WOW on many of the photos I shoot now. Thanks everyone for all of your hard work!

  • Mandy December 11, 2008 07:41 am

    Congratulations on another great year at DPS, that growth is amazing, how did you do it!

  • Marxwyn December 10, 2008 07:44 am

    I found dps is usefull as well. with clean simple layout.
    Is there anyway to "kill" the pop up offering email subs because I already did subscribe. Maybe I enter the blog from wrong portal?

  • ERiCK December 9, 2008 03:44 am

    i love this site... i got my first dslr a month ago and now i dont feel like a newbie now because of your blogs. keep up the good work!

  • sanders December 8, 2008 06:50 pm

    Well,

    I could also say that I have learned a lot from this site over the last year. And I am still learning. I am looking forward for the new changes.

  • Red Willow December 8, 2008 09:12 am

    I can't say enough good things about this great site and the daily updates! I recommend it to all of my photog colleagues and friends.

    One question: Is there anyway that the daily updates emails could include the main subject/tip in the Subject line? Maybe omit the words "Daily Update" for space considerations? When I read back over the daily update emails, and especially when I'm looking for a specific tip,
    it's really, really time consuming to go through each email in order to find the subject. My email program won't allow me to change or edit the subject line in incoming emails.

    Anyone else have any comments on this or ideas to help me to organize the daily updates?

  • Saralonde December 6, 2008 05:45 am

    I'm excited about all the new changes which should just make us even better!

    Of all the photography communities I've been to, this is the best: full of helpful enthusiastic members dedicated to sharing their knowledge and improving their own skills. The blog is the first thing I check each morning before hitting the forum; wonderful info here!

    Check out the new Lighting section everyone :)

  • Slava33 December 6, 2008 03:46 am

    Don't remember how I stumbled upon DPS but can't live without it now. Keep up the good work!

  • vee December 6, 2008 12:57 am

    I look forward to my daily emails, they are always helpful and informative, I am excited about the changes, keep up the good work.
    Vee

  • Kelly December 6, 2008 12:31 am

    I'm very excited about the coming changes. As a subscriber, I look forward to every new post that shows up in my feed reader. Certainly some are more relevant or interesting to me, but all are appreciated. Thanks for all you do and for the whole team at DPS. I've learned so much and am VERY much looking forward to putting it to use when my D80 arrives on Monday!

  • Sydney Dioguardi December 5, 2008 09:38 pm

    Darren, I love this site. When I got my very first digital camera I would scour the web looking for other enthusiasts. I am so glad you created this community. Terrific idea!!! regards, dame

  • Richard December 5, 2008 08:13 pm

    If I needed another family this is where I would come. I is great to be part of DPS, long may it continue. The level of input from the DPS team is astounding. Well done.

  • stephen December 5, 2008 05:53 pm

    good stuff!

  • Carlos December 5, 2008 05:44 pm

    DPS is part of my daily breakfast and it sure will taste much better with all the new ingredients.

    thanks to all the team for your commitment

  • sime December 5, 2008 04:23 pm

    Darren, glad I'm a part of DPS - the tips and information I've picked up just from being on DPS every day have been so helpful.

    The DPS community are really like no other forum I've been a part of - thank you, all of you! I've seen some of te early designs and I'm really excited about the changes we have coming.

    Finally and MOST importantly - my moderation team. You guys, this site wouldn't be what it is without you...(I know, this sounds like a grammy speach - it's 6am, not had coffee yet!!) thanks for every little post you tweak. Linda (Saralonde) our new administrator! Your help has been tremendous already, thank you. Leis!! You showed me the ropes, I'm glad you're getting some well earned rest, I may just turn up in Canada one day for a coffee - with your 'worlds best administrator' trophy.

    So, thanks again everyone.. Time to hit the forums! See you in there.

    Sime

  • shea December 5, 2008 04:01 pm

    I look forward to seeing it. First time over here, but I enjoy your pro blogger blog. Nice work, Darren.

  • Mc December 5, 2008 12:49 pm

    Yay! I'm looking forward to the make over. :D

  • Jason December 5, 2008 12:45 pm

    As only a recent subscriber to DPS (since about August 2008), I am looking forward to the changes. I'd like to see the blue theme color stay, but I hope the comments get updated with the ability to display one's gravatar (in a tasteful size) and the ability to reply to a comment.

  • Natalie Norton December 5, 2008 12:01 pm

    Darren,

    What you have done here at DPS is spectacular. Thank you for creating something so wonderful that truly adds value to the lives of your readers.

    Sincerely,

    Natalie

  • Lilia December 5, 2008 11:59 am

    Nice! Looking forward to the new design!