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U2start.com was founded in July 2006, the site started out as a personal website.
I wanted to create an overview for myself as fan where I could easily see the headlines from various U2 websites on one page.
Due to the very limited availability of U2 bootlegs on the internet I developed a catalogue where people could easily
download some audio recordings (bootleg) from free hosting services.
You can say that U2start was created out of the things I missed as an U2 fan on the internet. My goal is for U2start to be
the ultimate fansite having everything you want and didn't know you wanted as an U2 fan in a great community.
Below you can view the history of U2start through it's different versions:
The first U2start featured only some headlines from a few websites, some bootlegs and a few links to YouTube U2-videos. No user functionality was included, all was open.
As the site gained popularity (mainly due to the bootleg availability) it was time to become a more mature website. I started to work on U2start v2, which included more content and user functionality. With it's launch the forums also were opened which set the start for the website being a community as well.
This new release featured a new lay-out, lots of new content (the photo section was launched) and much improvements for the forums. U2start v3 was released in August 2007. Later on in version 3, a mobile website was also introduced. It was in this version that we passed the 1000 audio recordings being available on the website, which was a huge achievement.
For this release the development team was doubled from one to two thanks to Chris (user Risto). Thanks to Chris we completely revamped our bootleg pages (including a catalogue, multiple sources, more bootleg information) and introduced a brand new torrent section to share larger material. Later on in version 4, we also added LiveTopics, thanks to which we don't have to refresh our browser to see new activity or participate in the forums.
With U2start having more than 50,000 registered users, the forums flooded with activity and thousands of audio recordings and photos to manage it became inevitable that we 'needed to do it all again'. Which we did for v5, where we redesigned the entire website and rewrote all the backend stuff for the entire website to keep it ready for the future for a long time.
We can only guess at this time what the future for U2start will bring us. If you have any suggestions, remarks or want to be a part of the U2start development team, feel free to contact us via remy at u2start.com.