Dear Artists and Believers,
We think that it is time to give you a status update on the developments of the new website. We have had a lot of questions about the current state of the site and where we are going with it.
First of all, we want to give a rationale for putting this website online. The previous site was an amalgamation of two different systems that were very difficult to develop and maintain. A new and more flexible website was needed, which would also accomodate the local websites that we want to launch. Unfortunately due to a lack of time and capacity, the new site was launched before being up to standard. However, due to changes in the database, requirements of the local sites, and other fundamental changes, rolling back to the old system is not an option.
At this point, our goal is to deal with all bugs and bring back, all the functions of the old website. Some functions will take a little longer, as we are looking to improve them instead of simply rebuilding them on a 1-on-1 basis. Furthermore, we will be working on improving the overall usability of the website, improve security and add more backoffice functionality.
To check current status of the bugs we invite you to the 'unofficial bugtracker' (username: guest, password: guest). It was created by two of our Believers, Kim 'Cyberion' Groenbek and Adrian 'Intimidate' Moerchen. We have incorporated this into our internal bug tracker and we think that it is an excellent way to publicly track the progress of the website development.
So when can you expect improvements? Smaller bug fixes and implementations are happening all the time with an update for larger bug fixes and features planned to happen every other week, the next one will be next thursday. Some downtime may be experienced on that day.
The functionalities you may expect soon are:
Finally, we want to give a big apology for the state of the current website. Please know that we are working very hard to get the site working properly and we really do appreciate all your support.
The SellaBand Team