Introducing LaserDisc Database, Store and Blog…
DaDon’s is a Rare LaserDisc Website with over 47,000 LaserDiscs in its Database and over 9,700 Discs in its Store. Designed for the Collector, the site also includes a Blog for LaserDisc Optimization, Reviews and Commentary. Further, you can switch from Database mode to Store mode with a single mouse click. After 6 months of intensive design work, DaDon’s emerges among the fastest sites on the Internet. While serving over 47,000 items with copious use of photographs and graphics, DaDon’s site tests for speed at the top 99 percentile of all sites on the Internet. Further, most pages are validated HTML and CSS, something ignored by many sites in spite of benefits such as greater browser compatibility, speed and security.
Website Technical Architecture
From a technical perspective, DaDon’s utilizes a dedicated Web Server with a highly optimized, Linux operating system, Apache server and MySQL database. The Web Server system consists of a Dedicated Server with 1 Gigabit of bandwidth for dynamic content and a Worldwide network for DNS (Domain Name Servers) and CDN (Content Delivery Network) for static content. These servers are monitored 24/7 and DaDon’s is able to change providers in a matter of minutes in case any Server fails, raising uptime to over 99.99 percent. In addition, DaDon’s utilizes multiple CDN’s in the event of failure. The combination of the above and other techniques has reduced the web page load time by a factor of 30 to 1. Further, due to the Worldwide server locations the page load times are consistently fast throughout the World. Typical load times vary from as little as four-tenths of a second to about 1.5 seconds with a high-speed connection.
Depth of Content
A key strength of DaDon’s website is its focus on LaserDiscs only. For LaserDisc Movies, DaDon’s includes both technical details and movie release details. For example, most movies include the catalog number, sound and video details plus the Cast, Crew and Storyline. In addition, the new Blog should deliver even more information on the optimization of home theaters, with a special focus on LaserDisc viewing.
Due to the exhaustive information and supply of LaserDiscs, DaDon’s members include some of the largest collectors in the world. There you will find Directors, Actors, many successful people and LaserDisc enthusiasts. As a member of DaDon’s, there are a number of benefits such as:
1. Permanent Movie Cart
2. Permanent Wishlist
3. Best Offer
4. Priority Service
5. Free USA Shipping
6. Discounted International Shipping
7. Extended Warranty
For now, Membership is available free. However, membership availability is limited. For the month of July 2010, membership is limited to the first 100 applicants. If you are one of these applicants, you will receive a special bonus of $5 in your Movie Cart to spend as you wish (one per household). In addition, members enjoy exclusive sales and information. For example, there is a holiday sale of 33 percent off for all members during the July 4th weekend.
Coming Attraction – LaserDisc Reviews, Articles and Blog
Initially DaDon’s has posted 7 Articles with many more to come. There will be more detailed information on the Care of LaserDisc Collections, Home Theater Tips and Tricks, Articles and Commentary.
Founded by an Avid LaserDisc Movie Collector
DaDon is one of the Largest LaserDisc Collectors in the World. Having personally viewed tens of thousands of Movies, DaDon’s was founded by a collector first and foremost with an eye to improving the LaserDisc community. In this, DaDon’s has had many firsts such as extended warranties, double-boxed shipments, insurance and high-performance LaserDisc Website and Blog. Several years ago it was hard to find a provider who even listed the catalog number ! Now it is hard to find one that does not. As a leader in the industry, DaDon’s will continue to improve on the standards and ethics of the LaserDisc community as a whole. It is hoped that by raising the standards of the Industry it will help fuel a revival of the Industry much as happened for vinyl records years ago. In fact, there is some rather striking similarities between the LP Record and the LaserDisc in that they both incorporate analog technology. While the Record had its replacement in the form of a digital 5-inch Disk the LaserDisc was also replaced by a 5-inch Disk.
The Future of the LaserDisc Industry
While production for LaserDiscs and Players has been halted, Collectors continue to upgrade their equipment and add to their collections. The rarest LaserDiscs continue to appreciate in value with the rarest fetching as much as $1500. Therefore, as collectors continue to hoard, while Players and Media become scarcer due to attrition, there will be a turning point where LaserDiscs and their Players become even more collectible. So in the long term, the future of LaserDisc Collecting looks bright !