The new site is finally on its way - With an Official Release date of.....
The new site is finally on its way - Official Release date of April 2010... and yes.. you can hold me to it!
I've been toying with the idea of a paid membership service, whereby paid members get extra added facilities e.g.
- Being able to create/manage mutiple band accounts/profiles
- Upload MP3s
- Advanced playlist stats
- Instant Messaging
- Email Gig Alerts (when a venue is looking for a band)
- Homepage coverage
- Prioritised position in "band search facility" - (similar to how sponsered ads work in Google)
- Video Upload
- Status Updates
- Customisation of profiles
Im looking at a fee of £2 per month. Or £20 for a year. This will cover the database cost, and nightly backups. All the images/mp3s wil be stored in the database so its going to get pretty darn HUGE!, and expensive to maintain.
Of course non paying members would still be able to use the site 'as is' e.g Comm blog, Gig Guide, PMs, Comments. So im not taking away any form of functionality that members currently rely on.
Just wondered on members thoughts on this proposal. Obviously, I would be giving long term/loyal members lifetime free premium membership.
Paid memberships are already used in other band sites e.g. blackpoolbands.co.uk, purevolume.com and reverbnation.com