Road to 1.000.000
This is a story about how we reached the 1.000.000 Visitors. Which started in April 2007 and endeth in 2019. It was a bumby road but it was all worth it.
President Patrick Larsen and Vice-President Brandon Griggs from the No Doubt Unofficial International Fanclub. Had disagreements between eachother. Brandon took over the than current url NDIFC.COM . Patrick dicided to move to NDIFC.NET .
This move created our current url NDIFC.NET.
No Doubt wasn`t pleased with the situation and even took there position.
It resulted in Patrick and Brandon parted ways. Patrick remain and Brandon quit the NDIFC Staff.
The situation created a blank canvas. To start over on a new url NDIFC.NET . The counter was back to 0 (zero).
This was the year No Doubt Unoffcial International Fanclub lost it rights to be a Fanclub. No Doubt dicided to do it themselves. Without involvement of a third party.
We couldn`t call us Fanclub anymore and we needed a structual change in our goals.
The site always been a source where No Doubt fans came together. This was a good ground to continue. So that became our main goal.
Fanclub wasn`t our goal and wasn`t what were doing anymore.
Our new goal was to maintain the site.
The Magical World of No Doubt was born this year.
Different name and goal.
The site became outdated with the climate of new sites around.
A new site was born in June 2010. Our first .PHP site. Up Until then we still used .HTML .
This was start the grown of Magical World of No Doubt. Which took over the No Doubt Unofficial International Fanclub.
The old .HTML site was based posting news. But was weak in getting overview over the whole situation.
Getting more overview became our goal with our new site. It was a learning curve.
With 2012 ahead of us at the site. The build started of 25 Year No Doubt section. This build took over a whole calender year. From march 2011 till march 2012.
No Doubt celebrated there 25th Anniversary on March 14, 2012.
With the new site and 25th Anniversary. Some interesting facts appearing.
The new site gained more visitors then the previous old one. These were the results up until then.
1. April 2007 - 50 Visitors average a day.
2. June 2010 - 300 Visitors average a day.
3. Total 2012 - 196.000 During the whole calender year.
This year marked a milestone. We Reached the 500.000 Visitors on Janaury 1st.
Between April 2007 and January 1st, 2014 we had an average of 100.000 visitors a year.
Gwen Stefani was promoting her third solo album "This is What the Truth Feels Like". This album was released on March 18, 2016.
At our twitter account we had something special. Within the same the week as the album was released. Gwen Stefani joined our Twitter @MagicalWorldND . This happened on March 15, 2016.
That same year a strange echo appeared. We posted a Truth Story on our site and social channels. Soon after Gwen Stefani ued the same concept from Truth Story during one concert in Los Angeles theater. That place the Forum in Los Angeles. People had to write their Truths on paper and it was placed a big wall. We posted our story on October 8, 2016. The Forum had it`s Truth Wall on October 16, 2016.
We can`t be for sure. But both things were linked. Due having the same message. Because our Truth Story was posted 1st. We might be the orginal source.
The Truth Wall only appeared once. Not used every since.
This echo as I call it. It feeds the power of a site.
Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Stephen Bradley regularly liked posts on twitter @MagicalWorldND .
With the current speed of visitors on the site. We started to approach the 1.000.000 . Only less then 100.000 remained.
The .PHP site started to appear have cracks. The maintance of the site was hard to do. I knew the lifespam was ending. Allthrough I maintain the updates.
On april 11, 2018 our brand new WordPress was born.
What was diffent from the previous site. I learned with old .PHP site in public view. With this new site. I could build and learn without public view.
Things I learned from old site. I used in building new site.
The old site had an overview from all things together. Blended together. But with the things growing bigger. The space I had was limited. Also it was a lot manual labor. To keep things seperated.
I changed the ground structure with the new site. The site had to seprated things. I used all members and groups as main subjects.
This resulted in a larger site. Each member or group got their own profiles.
In November 2018 the server annouced they drop the the old PHP 5.6 format. This was where the old site was based on. So the lifespam was finished. Luckily I had a brand new site ready to launch. on November 16, 2018. The server dropped PHP 5.6 and continued with PHP 7.2.
The new site was launched on November 16, 2018.
So good preparing saved us.
What does 2019 brings.
On January 1, 2019 we only have a remaing 12.071 visitors to go till 1.000.000.
Whitin the coming months we reach the 1.000.000.
This goal closes a part of the past. Where the No Doubt Unofficial Internation Fanclub was dealing with at the time. Because it shows we remained strong and reached new levels.
A blank canvas is the result.
We celebrate it and honoring our past.
January 1, 2019