"Life would be so much easier if we only had the source code." – Unknown
So I finally found the time to create a new website. To be more accurate, my good friend Shay Gordon found the time to research website builders, rip the CDs, select the images and develop the content. All I had to do was wave my credit card every now and again. And here it is – the website I mean. I think it's been a successful collaboration – why don't you let me know what you think in the comments below.
After several rancorous online and ultimately futile chat sessions with support staff at my previous web hosting company, I promised I'd retaliate. The company's name is Moonfruit (they don't deserve a link) and I have nothing good to say about them. They took down my website last year after I decided not to renew my subscription. That's is fair enough – it's what they did next that's truly unbelievable. For obvious reasons, I wanted to retrieve my content from their servers. Moonfruit: "No, we deleted your site from our servers." Yes, ok, that's not unreasonable, but that's not what I'm asking for. I want you to send me a zip file containing the last backup you took of my content. Moonfruit: "We deleted your site from our servers.". Look, I say, you're not hearing me. I don't want a copy of the site from your live servers, I want the last backup – christ, any backup – of my content. Moonfruit: "We don't do backups." Really? Moonfruit: "We don't do backups." Really?! I had to lock Shay in the bathroom until I was sure he wasn't going to go full Rambo on their asses. A web hosting company that doesn't do backups ... isn't a web hosting company. These guys are cheap and nasty, so my advice to you is to avoid them at all costs.
The company we chose to host my new website is Bandzoogle. You can see their Powered by Bandzoogle link at the bottom of every page. And I'm more than happy to give them a shout-out. They provide all the tools you need to build a really good looking website and they are focused exclusively on the needs of working musicians (unlike say Wix, Squarespace or Shopify). We had a few hiccups on the way but the Bandzoogle support team was always there for us. Always! They even did a site review and gave us feedback before we went live. They are A-number-one!
Blogging is new to me so I don't know how long I'll be able to keep it up. Don't get me wrong, I like writing, but I work during the day and play the sax at night, and that doesn't leave time for much else. Hopefully I'll be inspired to make this a place you can come to every week or two to read something new about what I'm doing, who I just saw live, new projects, that kind of thing. The spirit is willing.
– Jon Lloyd