Last month we sent out a survey to our active supporters to get an idea on how they use the site. That feedback helps tremendously! Since then I’ve been enjoying kicking around ideas and implementing them into the next generation of D-COT. I’m going to share with you some working screenshots of what I’ve built so far. These are all subject to change, but it will provide you with a good idea about the experience.
For now we have a simple log in screen. More information will be available here so Guests not logged in can access things like the blog and public profiles. Don’t worry too much about the blurred logo. 😉
This is the home screen. It’s pretty similar to what you have now. You will also see other widgets here like the leaderboard, etc. Above the activity feed will be featured articles we publish. The activity feed will be drastically scaled back. I’m not sure where I’m going to take it.
You’ll notice the jukebox is available on the home screen (and every screen!). Clicking around the site will not interrupt your listening experience. You don’t have to open up a new tab or accidentally click to another page to have “It’s A Small World” stop playing. You all listen to that on loop, right? 😋
This is the jukebox page; pretty simple, right? 😊 The vertical dots on each track is a drop down menu allowing you to add/remove/rate tracks. You can also access these options for the currently playing track at the bottom using the associated icons.
This is your dashboard where you can find all your account information. The placement of sections will most likely be moved around.
I’m implementing some subtle notifications when you take certain actions. Check the top-right corner of the screenshot above.
You have access to the playlists any time by clicking on the blue music icon in the bottom-left.
Other things not pictured here are:
I will be adding a membership system that, upon becoming a supporter, will immediately activate your account. It will also be set up to auto renew on expiration.
Yep, 499 has been around too long. Some of you will be launched out of the abyss. 😮
There will be a complete new set of badges with a fun new look to it.
In addition to points (which go towards your XP) there will be coins. I’m not sure what I will be using them for, but I think it will be fun to “gameify” the site a little more.
It will be easier to search for anything, especially songs. As you type it will provide suggestions. Once you find your song you will have options to listen to a preview, add it to a playlist or just add it to your currently loaded playlist.
We currently have way for you to browse the music library. This version will be more robust with options to sort by playlist, date added, popularity, etc. You will even be able to listen to a preview of the track.
A Discord bot will integrate the site with our Discord server so you can use commands like !nowplaying to see what song a fellow member is listening to.
I know a lot of you wonder if D-COT can be a native app for iOS and Android. It’s still not in the immediate plans. The site will work great on your smart devices, but on things like an iPhone the song will not continue to the next track automatically. 😶 I was so close to getting this on iOS a few years ago but Apple laid down the hammer. 🔨 I needed direct permission from Disney. 😲
This new feature will not be available at launch; however, the idea here is to sync up your listening experience with other pals. A party host will start a lobby and invite other pals to it. Within the lobby, the host will create a playlist and start the listening experience. All party members will enjoy listening to the music simultaneously. When the host changes tracks, it will also change for everyone else.
I have no idea when this will be launched, but you can be sure supporters will be able to take it for a test drive when it’s in beta state. 🚗🌫 I’m really excited about this next chapter! Share your comments below.