Iran Online has been a unique experience
for all of us who thrive to maintain and expand it. Due to its nature,
the growth and expansion of Iran Online is a never ending process. For
every page of information that is included, there are ten more waiting
to be added. To set up a typical Internet site for a client, we design
few pages, add a database if necessary and consider the task complete.
What remains is the maintenance of the site and occasional upgrades upon
request. This is quite different with Iran Online. There, the challenge
is to enhance the site continuously to ensure that our visitors will visit
our site on a regular basis. The list of enhancements is long and endless.
We constantly modify and re-prioritize the list to accommodate new requirements
and our visitors' requests while maintaining a balanced approach in expanding
different sections of Iran Online. At the same time we evaluate new
features that may be of interest to the Iranian Internet community.
Additions of new features require allocation of more resources for their
development and future maintenance and upkeep. Therefore, for every
new feature, we have to ask ourselves if we have enough resources for the
new undertaking. So far we have managed not to let limited resources impede
the expansion of Iran Online. In this process, your approval and
support of Iran Online and its goals remain to be the most important motivating
factor for our staff. We are streamlining our processes to ensure
the availability of resources for upcoming enhancements.
We have a large number of non-Iranians
who visit Iran Online on regular basis. They have a wide range of
interests. Some ask us to put them in-touch with the Iranian business
community, importers and exporters. Some others participate in the
chat rooms. Some are interested in Persian cuisine and ask for recipes.
Some just want to learn about Iran and Persians. We welcome
our non-Iranian visitors and invite them to continue visiting us.
Furthermore, we plan to include more detailed information about Iran in
English to better serve Iran Online non-Iranians visitors.
At the beginning, we relied heavily
on the Internet search engines to promote Iran Online. Every week,
we checked various search engines hoping that Iran Online shows up at the
top of Iranian Internet sites list. The result was quite random.
One week Iran Online was at the top and the next week it was no where to
be found. As the number of sites increased, the search engines became
more ineffective. After having a number of meetings, we decided to
give up relying on the search engines. Instead, we decided
to make Iran Online one of the best Iranian sites if not the best. We believed
that if our visitors found Iran Online worthy, they would help us promote
it through "word of mouth". We still think that it is the most effective
way for attracting new visitors. Therefore, we ask all of you to
continue inviting your friends to visit Iran Online and to take advantage
of its services. We also ask you to encourage Iranian businesses
to advertise their products and services in your favorite Internet sites.
Each Monday, we post new additions to Iran Online. Our site visitors can read about the new material in the "What-is-new" page. A link to the new additions is also provided in this page to allow quick access. In the last few weeks, we have been expanding "Iran Hall" section by adding images from various parts of Iran. We have also provided data about Iran and its diverse population. The "Newsroom" page has also been expanded during this period to include more sources of news. Our visitors can access more than eighty news sources from all over the world. Iran Online Newsroom has truly become an impartial gateway to all the major news sources available on the Internet.
Iran Online popularity has been steadily
increasing. Iran Online site alone receives 450,000 - 525,000 daily
requests. This is very encouraging and gives us more reason for further
expanding Iran Online. We are also in the process of expanding our
infrastructure by adding new servers and software to accommodate the growth
of Iran Online and Manou & Associates Inc. client base.
As always the articles posted in this
issue are from a pool of viewers provided material. We thank those
whose articles are included here. The articles presented here cover a wide
range of topics. They do not necessarily reflect Iran Online or its
staff viewpoints. We also thank you and would like to remind
you that we value your opinion. Please continue to send us your articles