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What is DeviantArt?

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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I got into a discussion on what type of site is DA? This other person says that DeviantArt is a collection of personal pages, like Facebook. I say that DeviantArt is more like a hosting domain. I see my Personal Artist Portfolio at [link] as seperate from the host deviantart.com.

DA mainly offers free hosting for second level domains where they make money through advertisements placed on our sites. This is the most common method of domain hosting that I have seen. Yes their site builder is not as flexible as most, but it's because it's for Portfolio Websites. I see it as a new streamlined version.

It's not just a personal page, it goes several levels deep, and I have many pages in my site. I pay Deviantart $5 a month for their advance site tools. I get custom widgets and other features. So while it's not what you think of when you think of traditional a hosting domain, they still offer the same services just with a different look. That is how they make their money. And I see t$5 a month I pay for the Premium Service just the same as I would pay for extra features on a Hosting Domain.

They say that's wrong because not all subdomains on the deviantart domain are for hosted sites. For example: [link] and [link]

If that is the reason, then godaddy.com is not a hosting domain either. For example: [link] and [link]
Not all subdomains on the godaddy domain are for hosted sites.

What do my fellow DA people think, is DA more like Facebook or a Hosting Service?
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rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Social network focused around the arts that has turned into a freakshow and a troll breeding ground.
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You pay 5$ a month? :stare:
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, and I get all these benefits: [link]
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:iconwizardofunseen:
WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am aware of the benefits having been a premiere member myself for 3 months.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Then why were you so surprised that I pay $5? Also just because you have been a Premiere Member does not mean you know all the benefits. They've updated a few of them recently, and there has been at least 1 new benefit last month, and a new benefit this month. The new discount sometimes pays for the $5 fee by it's self.
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Cup-of-Javo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
What is DeviantART?
Baby don't hurt me...
Don't hurt me...
No more! :sing:
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:iconksxzt:
KSXZT Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that song. Especially the psycho-trance version of it.
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Cup-of-Javo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Now I have to look this up. O.O
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:iconpyrosikth:
PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an art site. Seriously it's not a hard question to answer, and there's no opinion to it.
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A gathering place for all different kinds of weirdos. Mental institution is probably the best analogy.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
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:iconredlipstick444:
redlipstick444 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Writer
SOMETHING AWESOME
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Pakaku said it exactly, as in a basic description of what dA is.
Neither you or your friend are really correct. It's a social network centrally based around art. While it does have similarities to both a hosting domain and Facebook, it is quite different from both. A host only hosts user uploaded content and may offer some site building tools, but dA does not offer a site building tool, it offers a space to be curated by each individual user. Hosting is merely a facet of what dA does. A hosting domain also has no social networking, no commenting between users, or public interconnecting of content.
It is also different from Facebook in that FB is designed for personal, private content about anything. It is geared towards everyday life aspects, while dA is specifically geared towards art and artists building a community, everything else being secondary to that. Facebook also allows users to tailor small, quick "statuses" to be shared only to specific groups of people or to no one at all. It is a single home page with streaming updated news posted by other people and a personal page that shows your own news. dA has much much more features and content being delivered than Facebook, including public forums, chatrooms, a store for buying art, and an online drawing app.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I consider the Widgets to be site building tools, especially the Custom Widgets that you get with the $5 a month service that allows you to add web code.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Just because two things cost money, that doesn't make them comparably the same kind of service.

You can't actually do much with a Custom widget other than add a background image, place icons or thumbs provided by dA's coding, and write text like you do everywhere else. And again, it's not your own site. It's space given to you by dA and regulated by rules and limitations designed for a social networking community, not a personal site. Lastly, you can use coding just about everywhere here. You can style your journal entirely with CSS, though it's still limited to coding dA allows and all images you use in it have to either be hosted on a separate site or uploaded to dA, which dA can remove said content at will.

I mean if the question here is what is dA similar to, you can compare it to countless things, not only Facebook and web hosting. It's similar to both, but in only some ways. I could say it's similar to hunting because you search for images to collect and take home. I could say it's like a bunch of t-shirt buttons, because showing your faves is like how wearing a button displays what you're interested in. dA shares similarities with lots of things, but dA is itself unique, just like how Facebook is not Hosting and Hosting is not Facebook.

If I had to choose one though, I'd say the person who said it was like Facebook is more right than you, because FB is at least a social network, which is the basis of dA's core function and success.
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Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A waist of time.
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:iconcrystalgoldfinch:
CrystalGoldfinch Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
You've been hanging a-bout with *prosaix too much!
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
waste*
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a deliberate reference to *prosaix
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
That's just lame.
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:iconpyrosikth:
PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsadtruthplz: Indeed it is. They're just being a bit of a brown-noser.
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:iconmachapanta:
MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Your comment is.
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:iconprosaix:
prosaix Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Google it :la:
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:iconmachapanta:
MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
It's a debate, Google is better with facts than opinions.
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:iconprosaix:
prosaix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
No, google debate and it'll work just fine.
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martypunker Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
A porn mag.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
DA is an art gallery (to me it is).
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:iconpakaku:
Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
art-focused social network
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:iconmachapanta:
MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
With all the options, and everything you can host, it seems like more to me.
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
The point of dA is to post art and have others comment on it. Art-wise you also have gallery management and Muro, and social-wise you have things like the forums and chatrooms.
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Iriastar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
*Art-focused social network with host features and other options.

Fixed.
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:iconpenhuin:
Penhuin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look! It's this thread again, just longer.
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MachaPanta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Look, no link?
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