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If you've been to MainlyPiano.com before, or if you've been keeping up with the latest Pianotes issues, you know that the entire website has been redesigned! The goals of the redesign were:
Have a look around (and help out)!

When considering every review, artist page, interview page, and all other pages, there are more than 2,800 pages on this website. The bulk of the work for redesigning the site was to move the reviews from the old site to the new one. With that many pages, there are bound to be some errors here or there. If you are an artist, it could be very helpful if you could take a look at your pages for accuracy.

There are five things to look for:

  1. Amazon/iTunes/CD Baby links: When moving the old reviews into the new site, I noticed a few links that weren't accurate, or to be more clear, that weren't accurate enough. For example, many CD Baby links were to CDBaby.com directly, and not specifically to the album's page on CD Baby. While I changed any of these errors I saw, it is quite likely that I didn't see every one. If you see an invalid link, please let us know. In addition, make sure your album reviews link to songbook reviews of the same album, and vice versa.
  2. Italicized album titles: The album reviews were copied over into the new system as raw text, which means that any formatting in those reviews was eliminated. The new system automatically italicizes titles by default, but if other albums were mentioned in the review, they might not have been italicized. Further, really old reviews used quotes around album titles instead of italics, which could lead to an italiczed title within quotes in the new system. Again, this type of error was looked for during the transfer, but even if we missed these fixes on 3% of the reviews, that's close to 100 reviews with these small errors. Let us know if you see something that looks odd!
  3. Interviews: It was difficult to make direct copies of interviews from the old system, because of way interviews were formatted using the old software. While we think the interviews are 99% accurate, it might be worth checking that no questions are missing, or that questions and answers are in the right order.
  4. Tags: The new system introduces tags to mark reviews with specific attributes ("Holiday albums", "Jazz", "Blues", "Guitar music", award winners, "Hymn arrangements", etc.). Check out the list of tags and see which tags apply to your albums; if you see an album that is missing a tag, please let us know.
  5. Old links: If you have links on your website to the old page URLs, you might want to check that those links redirect to the new page properly. We are close to 100% confident on this part of the redesign, but you definitely want to make sure your links redirect to the right places.
If you do find something that needs to be corrected, contact mainlypiano@neucart.com to investigate the issue and fix it!
Kathy has been busy!

Many people know how much work Kathy has put into what she does, but by actually working with every review page and every artist page, the numbers were mind-boggling. The site is nearly 3,000 pages, but that number tells only part of the story: in just the past three years, MainlyPiano.com has added an average of 170 album reviews per year. That number doesn't include songbook reviews, interviews, or Kathy's work to proofread sheet music. Frankly, I was astonished to see exactly how much work Kathy is doing (and has done for so long). I am glad she chose me to help with the new site.

Overall, I am very pleased with how the site turned out, and my hope is that the new design will make it easier for Kathy to maintain her site and for visitors to use the site.

My full-time "job" is to be a pianist/composer, but I do enjoy taking on side projects like this website from time to time. If you need something similar for your website, contact me here for more information.

- Tim Neumark