site renovation

The former members of Vengeance Inc. don’t dwell on the past. Personally, I’m more interested in upcoming gigs with my new band than reliving old glories (or mediocrities, as the case may be).

We set this site up in ’97 about a year after the band folded to sort of commemorate 12 years of work and touring and music that we considered to be a successful partnership.

Since then, no one has felt the need to revisit the site and update it. Its here for archive purposes only, because it seems there are, surprisingly, some people still interested in the mid-80’s-mid-90’s powermetal band Vengeance Inc.

However, recently a metal archivist has inquired about rereleasing our old recordings and commented about the Vengeance Inc. website design. I was appalled how outdated it had become.

Garish light-up java actuated menu buttons and framesets and image-heavy design with loud colors and poor functionality and just overall sloppy design.

I do a bit of web design professionally, even in these days when even your gramma can do some HTML, and the site just looked like an abomination, to my eyes, anyway.

It was fine and up to the standards of 1997, when it was designed and put online, but it looked pretty silly viewing it in 2008. I decided to redesign the site, streamlining it and keeping it very very simple and easy to navigate. No bells or whistles.

So, I somewhat reluctantly dove into redesigning it. As I got into it, I found what I consider real and time-consuming problems that I couldn’t let stand if I intended to update the site properly.

Many, if not all, of the images had been compressed to the point where they were horribly pixelated, due to some ill-considered interaction with website “optimizers” back in the evil old dial-up days when band-width was a real consideration and a few kilobytes made a difference here or there.

The original photos, which I still had (and have), would need to be rescanned. Many of the mp3s were of poor quality, having been converted from analog to digital back in ’97, when conversion technology was sketchier. They would have to be reconverted from the analog tapes.

Lastly, I had converted a good deal of live VHS of the band to digital, and it seemed like a reasonable idea to add some of that to the site.

I didn’t figure on hours of reviewing 30+ tapes of 2 hour+ gigs, picking the best performances, editing, converting to proper format and then coding and uploading files to the site.

So, this is still a work in progress. As I write this, none of this has been done, these are the bad photos and I plan on replacing them as soon as I can.

This is the new design, but all the pages aren’t even done yet, so some of the links don’t work. I hope to have the site back at least to its old functionality by August, then start working on adding enhancements.

-g

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