Well, the website’s been live for two weeks now and hasn’t crashed once.
It has been up and down plenty of times as I fixed things (sorry if this has affected you) and in particular I spent ages trying to sort out different character encodings in abc files that were causing all sorts of headaches (I’m still having nightmares about UTF-8 and ISO-8859-1, but my therapist tells me it should be better in a few years time). However, the site hasn’t actually crashed.
In fact, the clustr map is showing over two and a half thousand visits from all over the world and my own log is showing a wide variety of searches. Unfortunately, a lot of people are searching for pop, rock and other copyright tunes, which I know for sure aren’t listed in the tune search, but I hope they find something of interest.
The forums haven’t taken off in a bit way yet – maybe they never will. To be honest, I hadn’t even planned on including them for the initial site relaunch (though I was planning to add them later). And then I found this very tempting “install” button on the website control panel provided my web hosts … and an hour or so later, there they were (the power of software!). But time will tell if they are going to be useful or not.
This blog was a similar discovery. I hadn’t even thought about having one originally. I’m not sure how active it’s going to be, but its probably the best place to keep up to date with changes to the site (though major changes will be announced).
Anyway, I hope everyone who’s visiting is finding the new site helpful and easy to use.