Keeping BandAMP Alive

April 8th, 2017 + 3:04 AM  ·  blueprint35

Hello everyone,

I wanted to write a post introducing myself as well as to provide some background as to what has been going on behind the scenes at BandAMP and the renewed efforts to keep this site alive.

I first joined BandAMP in late 2015 when my friend and colleague, Mud asked if I could help him relocate a few websites to cloud servers to cut down on hosting fees. As someone with a server administration background, I happily obliged and began the process of transferring the data from some rather expensive dedicated servers to their new home in the cloud. When I first undertook the task of migrating the site I didn't appreciate the level of care and customization that went into making BandAMP and unfortunately some features broke during the transfer. For that, I apologize.

After the initial migration, I moved on to other projects and BandAMP continued to putter along for another year or so until Mud asked me again if I could take a look at some issues that were being reported in the forums. This time around I took extra care to read through each of the posts to understand what problems were happening and what could be done to fix them. As I spent the day reading through thread after thread and listening to all of the former music that was uploaded by the community I began to realize just how special of a place this site is for users and how much care and consideration goes into sharing music and interacting with the community. I knew it wouldn't be right to give a half-assed effort this time around, so I buckled down and began to get to work restoring the lost functionality of the site.

After digesting the code for a while and reading through the endless log files, I was able to earn some wins and fix several bugs that were being reported. Seeing the site slowly start to come back to life and receiving feedback from the community has really made the effort worth it. I want to continue to be here for the community and help rebuild this site to what it used to be. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position where I get to work with several close friends, including Mud, building software that's meaningful and that people enjoy. We're currently brainstorming the next steps to renew and revive BandAMP even further and we'll keep the community posted on our progress.

In the meantime I want to let everyone know that BandAMP is alive and here to stay so we want the community to continue sharing music and providing feedback to fellow musicians. Please feel free to post in the Tech Support forum or send me a PM directly if you notice any bugs that should be fixed or have any questions in general. I hope you all continue to share your creations and keep making music.


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