The New D-CoT
Welcome to the new D-CoT. This has been a long time coming and has been in the works for over a year. I am so excited to finally launch this into your hands. Before I get into what is new and what I have planned, let me take you down memory lane for a little bit. Go grab yourself a Mickey Bar :mbar:, Dole Whip and/or Turkey Leg and get comfortable.
The History of D-CoT
Nine years ago I had the idea to create a Disney informational website. As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” This type of site was not going to be the first one of its kind, but I was determined to make it different than the rest; make it better. I worked tirelessly on gathering information with the help of my cousin John. The site started to gain little traction; I had to go back to the drawing board.
During this time I was listening to theme park music on other various sites that streamed the music on ShoutCast. I loved being able to listen to the music behind the magic when I could not be in the parks. There was one thing that was bugging me though… I could not listen to the music I wanted to hear when I wanted to hear it.
A light went off.
I was determined to come up with a way to allow this website’s members to stream on-demand theme park music. I began coding what would become a one-of-a-kind website. It took me months of many, many hours to get the first version ready for public consumption. *click* The site was live and I waited to see who would try it out.
Wow! The result was amazing and I knew that I had something here. As the site gained traction I kept on adding more and more features to the site to keep it fresh and the members loved it :heart:. I licensed the website and “let it go” :p .
What you’re looking at here is the 8th version of the website. It is on a new platform which will allow me to keep it frequently updated, allowing for better security. What’s new?
In the previous site members gained achievements and now they are called badges. Once achieved, these are displayed on your profile page.
- Limited Listening
Non-supporters will have 80 hours a month of listening time and supporters will have unlimited.
- Custom Playlists
All supporters can create unlimited customized playlists. Non-supporters will still have their favorites playlist and capped the same which is 10 slots per experience level.
Your existing photo albums are accessible on your profile, but they will be considered legacy and only your pals can view them. You will no longer be able to comment, edit or add to them. I am using Amazon S3 cloud hosting for the new photos you upload so it does not affect the dedicated server’s hard drive space.
Imagine you’re listening to Disney theme park music along with your pals but you want to listen to the same song at the same time… I’m going to try and make that possible. As another perk to being a supporter, you will be able to create a lobby and invite your pals to join you in a theme park journey of music. As a lobby leader you will be in charge of what songs are played and when they are played. I will call it D-CoT Sync.
I hope you enjoy the new version of D-CoT. Please share your comments below.