Archive: Site Updates
On a personal note, I'd like to say that moving sucks! Moving and work have taken up all my time and I just haven't had time to update the news or work on Metalunderground.com for the past week. To top it off, the mail-reader I wrote stopped working due to a server issue, making it even more of a hassle to get the news.
But enough excuses! By next week I should be back with fairly regular updates and with help! Shawn, webmaster of Pantera Land, has volunteered to help out on Metalunderground.com. I'll have him give a quick introduction shortly...
Well to start things off, like Doug said, I have been the webmaster of PanteraLand for four years. I am currently shutting down the site. After four years I realized there is only so much I can do with one band. Therefore here I am! Let's make this the Ultimate Metal Community. See ya around the site. Oh ya, if you have any Questions, Comments, or Suggestions send your E-Mail to NightStalker@panteraland.com
The news is rolling in faster than my pre-moving schedule can accomodate, but it's all going up even if it's a day or two late. That's still better than a lot of other sites where I see week or two old news posted! I'll be back on track shortly.
I'm moving (not the site), so updates will be a little more intermittent for a couple of weeks, as much of my time is taken up with packing, and general moving stuff (cancelling utilities and opening new accounts, etc.) in addition to the usualy amount of work and real life biz. Moving sucks, but it'll be nice to have a place of my own to call home finally.
After I'm all settled in, I'll get the reviews section up and running and start accepting submissions (full CDs, demos, etc) for review. And get this stupid "beta" label on the site removed...
News has been slowing down a bit lately. With the upcoming death of Listbot as a free service (bought by Mico$oft, what'd you expect?), I imagine it will get even more scarce since many mailing lists are run off of that service. Now more than ever, feel free to directly email metal news and site updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other free alternatives to Listbot worth checking out are: Yahoo
On the site front, things are moving along. I'm still fixing some bugs that are showing up in certain releases of browsers (like IE5.0).
Storms kept me from posting the remainder of the news I had last night, repeatedly cycling my cable modem with short power outages. As a general update on the site progress, I've killed most bugs and moved forward on several small pieces of functionality, such as database-driven site quotes (at the top of the page), advertising placement, and the pic of the week functionality. I've also laid the groundwork to move ahead with message posting in the forums.
If you have any comments on how to make this site better or more useful, feel free to email me!
Even being subscribed to over 80 newsletters (and rising!), I barely ever get any news on weekends. But it gives me a chance to catch up on the news sites I didn't get to visit on a daily basis during the week and continue adding links to the links section, which is NOW ONLINE. Free-for-all links functionality will appear sometime in the future.
I'm slowly wrapping up the outstanding graphics issues here at metalunderground.com. I've decided to just tidy things up so there are no glaring errors for the time being. I am already a little disappointed with my limited design abilities, so I'm going to give it some time and take a look at the site in a couple of months to decide how much I want to revamp.
On the functionality side, I've added the links section and plan to implement free-for-all links functionality upon official launch. I'm very anxious to get the band and review sections online too, but there's a lot of work to be done before then. Stay tuned and spread the word about metalunderground.com!
Well, I fully intended to update news while visiting my parents in West Virginia this Memorial Day weekend, but it seems my login script had a bug that prevented me from logging in and making the update! Next time I will know to warn when I've gone away in case things go awry.
Taratean Desire has a bunch of new reviews posted this week:
- Coven XIII - Live cd (gothic rock, 2000)
- Hades - DamNation (thrash metal, 2001)
- Night In Gales - Necrodynamic (death/thrash metal, 2001)
- Disbelief - Worst Enemy (death metal, 2001)
- Lilitu - The Earth Gods (gothic/doom metal, 2000)
- Coven XIII - Book Of Shadows (gothic/medieval love ballads, 1998)
- Flotsam And Jetsam - My God (thrash metal, 2001)
- Stratovarius - Intermission (power/heavy metal, 2001)
- The Haunted - The Haunted (thrash/death metal, 1998)
- Anphisbenah - Initiates The Horrendous (death metal, 1999)
- Narcotic Creed - Twicet Of Fate (thrash metal, 2001)
I've got a ton of news in my mailbox, but no time to post right now... I'll make sure it gets posted later today though!
Well, we had a slow weekend news-wise. During that time, I compiled a list of little fixes to make, including these annoying missing graphics! It's quite a long list, but I will be banging them out before moving on to the bigger functionality.
Metal Underground has set up a streaming radio station via Launch.com's cool technology. You can listen to this station by clicking on the link on the left under the navigation links (and go through a short setup process the first time).
I stumbled upon Launch.com some time ago and thought it was an MP3.com wannabe. Not the case... In fact, Launch.com lets you listen to customized online stations and even set up your own. Music is served up randomly (due to the Digial Millenium Act) but you have the ability to pick the genres you want to hear, and the rate each individual artist, album, and song to play more frequently or never again.
The one caveat is that the technology is not all that stable in my experience. I have trouble listening at work behind a firewall, and the program takes up a good bit of my CPU usage on my weaker Pentium II-300 at home.
If you're feeling adventurous, give it a shot. I can't guarantee it'll work for everyone at this point, but if it does work, it's well worth it! I hope at least a few people enjoy this new feature.
MetalUnderground.com is a little late in launching from my projections. However, I've just completed some major behind-the-scenes database rearranging and things should go smoothly from here.
I have a links index I'm working on populating from my own list before I open it up to become a free-for-all metal links database. That should be a really useful tool to the metal community as well as for helping MetalUnderground.com post news and manage reliable news sources.
Next up... Membership and Forums. And finishing the goddamn design and those missing graphics! Spread the word about metalunderground.com, and come back often - new is updated daily!
The following Interviews are also up at Digital Metal:
- Lacuna Coil - Starstruck
- Fear Factory - Tecnocratic Future
- Monster Magnet - Highway to Hell
- God Forbid - Determined
- Opeth - Hatesong
Progress continues on metalunderground.com. The bugs are getting ironed out of the news posting system as I'm getting back in the loop for news and posting more regularly. More...
I've returned from my vacation and marriage overseas. Site development will resume on the 16th and news posting will start on that day as well.
Tomorrow I leave for a two and a half week vacation to Slovakia, where I am also getting married in my future wife's home town.
Site development will resume and news posting will start on or around April 15. News posting will probably take a while to pick up to full speed while I resubscribe to all of the heavy metal mailing lists I used to receive. The back-end is functional and I intend to weed out any bugs before an official launch on May 1.
Until then, I also plan to get the member system up and running as well as the discussion forums. The admin back-end is starting to look and work really well, so that I can manage all of this site stuff easily and from anywhere.
Major changes to the site architecture. Your probably won't notice them, but I spent a good amount of time rearraging my database relationships for expandability and speed.
This stuff just sucks time because I haven't spec'ed out the entire site with all future plans in advance. But I'm focusing on the news posting and membership sections first so that the site can get up and running. Next will be the bands/reviews (admin and user)section and the forums (news commenting and discussion forums).
Here's a brief log of site updates taking place at
- Admin back-end for news posting works
- Added authentication for Admin section
- A "more" view for long news stories
- Added source and complete story link options
- Seperate counters for each page
- More bugs squashed
- Small layout changes
Metalunderground.com has entered it's alpha testing phase. Basic news posting seems to be working and the site structure is near final form, barring optimizations.