Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller
jwgh

The thing I am pondering

I am aware that my music website fails to be particularly usable for most of the things I want people to use it for. The problem is that I'm not sure what the best way to organize 69 (and, with luck, eventually more) recordings is, particularly given my somewhat rudimentary HTML skills. (We will not even talk about my alleged PHP skills, although I may need to bring them to bear on this problem.)

I will continue to think about this when not being distracted by shiny objects, but if anyone has any examples of a website that does this well, I'd be interested in checking it out. I've considered splitting the songs into two pages, one for original material and one for covers, but I don't think that is sufficient, particularly if I continue to record material.

(Thanks to boutell I do know how to create a flash player that allows someone to listen to a group of mp3s in order -- see http://killdevils.com/demo/21Jan2005/index.html for an example -- but I don't think that putting all 69 recordings into one giant playlist is very useful, although it might be marginally better than what I've currently got.)

I think my problem arises from the fact that when I first put together a site I (first of all) thought that anyone who wanted to listen to the songs would probably just subscribe to the podcast and (secondly) I wasn't playing solo shows professionally and had no real desire to ever do so. I don't think the first was ever true and the second has obviously changed.

(Apart from taming the monster of a front page, I also have to put together a page with pictures and probably a short biography.)
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