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By design.

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We made great strides this week with the website redesign effort. Most of our important pages have been upgraded and look sharp. Decluttering was a priority and you'll notice most pages require less scrolling, load faster, and improved object placement will help you better navigate from page to page or find content you value most. Our goal is to complete the redesign project by the end of the month then return to the community forum project. Make a ...

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Looking good and more on the server.

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We're not quite out of the woods on the server migration project (a few significant items remain), but we hope to have all related issues resolved this time next week.The good news is website stability has returned and if you have visited us over the last few days you probably noticed a faster, more responsive website. We worked diligently over the last four weeks to get to this point though we did experience a few a-ha moments along ...

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Good week... good progress... good boy!

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With another week like this one, All About Jazz will be fully restored. It will also be faster, more secure, and will easily support our expansion efforts. We got our heads around the database issues that caused AAJ to slow down or time out and we made continual improvements to greatly reduce latency. Matter of fact, the site goes through long stretches where it's blazing fast and that will soon become the norm. We also restored mail and ...

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Move status, continued.

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I figured it was time for a brand new post on website status as we continue to address post-migration (to the cloud) issues. A combination of compatibility (between the two environments and PHP versions), compliance (for mail), and complexity (more considerations for cloud-based computing) has caused unexpected challenges for us. Undeterred, we are working diligently to resolve all outstanding issues. We also brought in experts to actively support our efforts. Though this move was essential, the resultant work has proven ...

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Moving news: With Updates!

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As I mentioned last Friday (the 12th), our move to the cloud was a success.We're currently addressing post-move issues and hope to resolve them all by the end of the week.We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to report a bug. We're fixing them as quickly as possible.Updates are below.Thanks for your continued patience.UPDATE: July 22, 2019The website was inaccessible for a good portion of Saturday ...

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Moving Day!

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We're moving All About Jazz and Jazz Near You to the cloud today. Why the move? We're moving to take full advantage of cloud computing, so expect increased capacity, greater security, and improved performance resulting in a much faster website. The move will be completed later today and access will return once your DNS refreshes. Thanks in advance for your patience.

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All About Jazz Needs Your Help

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Dear Friends, If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your ...

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New musician page features

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We continue to improve both the premium musician page ($40/year) and the standard musician page service (free) with the addition of influencers (premium and standard), tags (premium and standard), more linking opportunities (premium only) and a newly styled calendar (premium only). You can add the influencers and tags from your musician page update form and they'll display on your page. Tags and influencers are part of our continued effort to promote artist discovery. If you're a ...

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The latest on our move

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Our move to the cloud is progressing on schedule. We made a couple of “executive decisions" along the way which prolonged the process, but it's all good and it will better serve us down the road. We should wrap up the remaining work by the end of this week, then we'll run tests next week. If all goes well, we'll cut over sometime during the second week of July. This is a critical move for All About Jazz and we ...

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We’re moving!

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If you have visited All About Jazz or Jazz Near You recently, you were no doubt greeted with a 502 or 503 or if you were really lucky, a 504 error message. Though the website has been generally responsive, we've also experienced slower than normal stretches. With expansion and new features on the horizon, we anticipate higher traffic demands, resulting in a greater burden on our server. The good news is, we have a solution. Some ...