Dan Behrens, a representative of ebandLive, contacted us regarding our recent review of the site. He corrected several issues in our review, so we thought it appropriate to update our review of the site, given this new information.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Here is the comment that was left on the previous article:
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“Hello, this is Dan from ebandLive. Thank you so much for the review but I think there is a little confusion as to the services we are offering over here. Currently the “we design” and “you design” packages are 100% custom designed websites, either we design or the band would have their designer work within our provided functionality wireframe, which are then coded and integrated into the ebandLive content management system.
We are feverishly working on the “ready made” package which will directly compete with bandzoogle.com
Whats the big difference between us and them?
The major one…design. Our competitor’s design is pretty rough around the edges (and not in a good way). All of the ebandLive designers are award winning published interactive and graphic designers and we wouldn’t have it any other way.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Major one number 2…ease of use. We have exhaustingly studied the usability of ebandLive’s CMS and pretty much have it buckled down to no brainer, do it in your sleep style of easy. BUT…we are constantly improving and upgrading things…literally on a daily basis.
Feel free to email me (email@example.com) or the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
P.S. We definitely offer a streaming audio player, it’s on our features page (http://ebandlive.com/features-ebandlive-custom-…) close to the bottom…check it out. and Rock-n-Roll-Design.com’s “sign up and go” type of service.”
EbandLive is a service that provides hosting for bands, band managers, or anyone else who wants to get a band online and in public. Currently, the âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬we designâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ and âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬you designâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ packages are designer-only, meaning you either hire their web professional (âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬we designâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹) or you hire your own to work with their hosting staff (âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬you designâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹). They are working towards a more plug-and-play DIY design interface right now and hope to roll that out soon.
Of course, for marketing purposes, their website is unclear on any of this, which is why my original review assumed that the site offered the choice of professional design versus âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬point and clickâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ cookie-cutter design (as most similar sites offer).
Even with professional design, they say the site is easy to use and can be done almost in your sleep. Hope so, since most musicians I know are either drunk or sleeping anyway. I’d hate to see what some of them would do given the chance to ruin something. I’ve seen hotel room aftermaths…
It seems that ebandLive has some great points and good offering for higher-end bands or those with a budget, but the smaller guys will probably still be better (and more cheaply) served at bandzoogle.com or Rock-n-Roll-Design.com.
EbandLive is in its infancy and will likely improve with time and perhaps broaden their appeal to lower-budget groups. In the interim, maybe their marketing team needs to give their site a once-over and make sure it doesn’t say something it doesn’t mean. Otherwise, reviewers and users like me will continue to be confused.