yourarthere.net

A little history and list of possible features for the new yourarthere.net website

Posted in research by Owen on January 11, 2010

yourarthere.net is a web hosting consortium for artists/designers, art organizations, and activists I created in 2004 while a director of Your Art Here.

The original plan, was that in addition to the very low costs, personal support, and feel-good non-profit nature, the yourarthere.net website would network artists by providing not only links to members of the yourarthere.net community, but also by featuring one artist or group each month on the website with an image and link to the member’s website. Unfortunately, this turned-out to be more work than expected for one person.

So, the goal of our project is to redesign the yourarthere.net site to make it and the organization as sustainable as possible. I’ve listed important results to consider below.

  1. The main goal is to make the yourarthere.net project sustainable. Here are some things I think will help that:
  2. Feature artists and galleries on the website.
  3. All news and arts content will be user-generated.
  4. Email announcements will be automated.
  5. Consider carrying advertisements on the website. See: e-flux.com
  6. What should we do to make yourarthere.net more competitive (better hosting plans, support, etc.)?
  7. Add an easy-to-use CMS like indexhibit.org for artist websites.
  8. How to make payments easier? (currently set-up as PayPal subscriptions but if user’s cc changes it breaks the subscription, and we have to set it up again.)

List any possible features you can think of in the comments!

  • Login section for members
  • Member pages that they can update
  • Member news that appears on 1. their page and 2. a public feed on the yourarthere.net home page
  • Calendar of events (list or calendar view on Home page)
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  1. callibeth said, on January 12, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I think etsy.com does great work incorporating community features in their website. Take a look around — all the cool stuff starts at http://www.etsy.com/buy.php. Among them:

    1. A geolocator for users. In the case of etsy.com, it’s items for sale, but users would work. http://www.etsy.com/geolocator.php

    2. The time machine, which shows most recently posted items. Again, with etsy it looks more like an auction, but I like the interface. http://www.etsy.com/time_machine2.php

    3. If you’re logged in, you can see what another user likes.

    (Just mentioning … The find-things-by-color app is cool, but I don’t see a useful function for it here. http://www.etsy.com/color.php)

    Beth

  2. Brittany said, on January 14, 2010 at 2:25 am

    You mentioned the adding of a CMS for artist websites. I found that people have created several downloadable content management systems based off of CodeIgniter. The most impressive one that I found so far is ionize. Check out the demo dashboard!

  3. Owen said, on January 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Oh, the Etsy geolocator a little buggy but very cool. Also enjoyed the color chooser, but like Beth said, don’t see an application for it here. I like the Etsy example though, it gets to the heart of what we’re trying to do with user-generated content, lite social networking tools, and of course creative projects.

    There is currently a pay-for CMS that is produced by the same people who make Codeigniter called, ExpressionEngine: http://expressionengine.com/ There is a very functional free version for non-profit use, but the multi-member function is disabled unless you drop $100 for the next highest version: http://expressionengine.com/overview/pricing/

    Ionize looks well-considered though it doesn’t appear to offer multiple members and also look very extensible. Would be great for a single site though.


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