News: Introducing the tMP Links Directory

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by TheMusicMan, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    [IMGLEFT][/IMGLEFT] Introducing the tMP Links Directory:

    2005 - Another Year - Another FREE Feature from tMP!

    Now that the Composers Competition has concluded, in our continued quest to provide you with the ultimate online banding experience, we are proud to announce yet another free feature we are offering here on

    What is it?

    The tMP Links Directory is the natural evolution of what has previously been the 'Promote Your Own WWW Site....' category.

    The tMP Links Directory will give all our members the opportunity to add details of their favourite websites - all listed alphabetically in the following pre-determined Brass-related categories:

    • Brass Bands
    • Other Brass Groups
    • Individuals
    • Associations
    • Publishers
    • Manufacturers
    • Retailers
    • Magazines
    • General Brass Resources
    In addition, we have created the following 'off-topic' categories in the hope of creating the definitive directory of Brass enthusiasts' favourite online haunts:

    • News & Information
    • Sport
    • Computing
    • Gaming
    • Miscellaneous
    The tMP Team will also be regularly filling this database with sites we come across that we feel will be of interest to our members.

    How do I use it?

    Visit or follow the links in the toolbar - and you are free to use this exciting new feature instantly. You can:

    • Add a link
    • Rate a link
    • Comment on a link
    • Search for links - all links are fully searchable by title, description, keywords, category or comments
    What does this mean for the 'Promote Your Own WWW Site' category?

    We will keep the 'WWW' category online for the next two weeks in order for you to be able to view your existing details - but this category will then be removed on Friday 18th February. Please note that we will not be migrating any of the details from the WWW category to the new links directory - you will have to add the details yourself - we feel this is necessary as apart from the fact that the new method is more database-driven and as a result has a much better structure to it, there might also be a number of dead links residing in the WWW category as it stands - so this is the ideal opportunity to weed these out!

    The serious stuff:

    Due to the nature of the feature and the fact that we are a family-friendly site, as well as to avoid duplication of links, please be aware that ALL links and comments must be approved by a Moderator before they appear in the Directory.

    We sincerely hope you enjoy using this new service - and of course, if you do, you are all welcome to make a donation to help with the running costs of tMP! ;)

    So, that's the serious stuff out of the way! We are all confident that this feature will enhance the site even more. If you have any questions regarding this new feature please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team via pm or e-mail, or via a post in the 'How to......' category.

    Oh, and by the way, this is just the first of a range of new features we have planned for you over the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled! ;)


    Last edited: Feb 3, 2005
  2. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Many thanks to those who have submitted their www site to the tMP Links Directory... keep them coming, there's loads of space for everyones site. :)

    I have this last weekend, updated the tMP Links Directory system to now also hold a thumbnail image/screenshot of your site. If you want this displayed for your entry in the links directory, you will need to ammend this field in your link and include the location of an 100*100 px image you wish to use for this. The system will then automatically present the URL you enter as an image when anyone views your site.

    This is a great way to promote your ww site and get publicised to everyone to see. We are not limiting this to banding sites; there are categories for all types of www site - so come on, get your site listed asap.:biggrin:

    Link here -> tMP Links Directory
  3. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Update: I have ammended the code on the browse link pages i.e. where you see a list of all the links within a certain category - to now also include a thumbnail image/screenshot of the front page of the site where one has been entered. Much more pleasing on the eye me thinks...:)
  4. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    well done John, nice work! ;)
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