now playing: 1896 ed. "Ave Maria" by Edward Groenevelt (1881)
August 6, 2013
Three months gone again since last entry.
The revised website has been set up in Expression Web (EW4), and Gregorian completed. Today I finished all of initial letter A.
At that rate it will take me about 3 years to rewrite the website in code-compliant EW4.
Then I can probably start all over again, because there will be new coding standards etc.
There were apparently some problems on the server (again!) that caused problems accessing the website during the past week or so. Those have been resolved (for) now. But I have been warned that FrontPage and FrontPage extensions are outdated technology that poses a security risk; and that the server will not support the FrontPage extensions much longer. Today (May 28, 2013) may be the last time that I will update the website with FrontPage / FrontPage extensions. I will attempt to make the switch to a more standard-compliant web publisher. (probably Microsoft Expression Web 4) The first step in that long road will probably be to make my website function without the FrontPage extensions, but still in FrontPage. After that, I expect that it will take a while before I learn to do what I want to do with these pages in a newer web publishing program. But hopefully newer will be better as well.
January 26, 2013
Nothing too much new has happened in 2012. I have added more pages and transcribed further scores. The work continues...
November 09, 2011
I added another counter (geovisite) with real-time daily stats. The existing pages in AveWiki are slowly being updated to start with the composer's last name. I am also including categories for voicing and instrumentation. I am a long way from catching up on the existing pages. It will be even longer before I can add any new pages.
October 30, 2011
1672 MIDI files today. There have been significant outage times during the past few months because FrontPage could no longer handle the size of my website. I have made about 35 subwebs and that works a lot better for the updating. Downside is that the index pages of each subweb can show only the pages in that same subweb, so the one-page listing with all the composer names is no longer available. flag counter is approaching 200,000 page views (196,702 today), despite some significant outage time during the Summer months. The shinystat counter has been there several months longer and is already over 220,709. These numbers indicate a gradual increase in traffic to about 150 visitors with 300 to 500 page views a day.
May 02, 2011
One year with the flag counter, just shy of 120,000 page views. = average of 10,000 page views each month = double the traffic of just a year ago.
February 5, 2011:
4239 Ave Maria listings, 3002 pages, 1179 MIDI files in this website! AveWiki is on hold indefinitely. I have not been able to continue the composer listing for several months now.
December 2, 2010
1110 midis = + 110 during this one month, yet it has been a month that I have not been able to much for the website.
November 28, 2010
> 90,000 page views on ShinyStat counter since November 22, 2009 > 61,500 page views on the flag counter since April 29, 2010. = ca. 30,000 views in the first 5 months, ca. 60,000 views over the next 7 months.
November 2, 2010:
> 1000 MIDIs !
October 21, 2010
The updating of the website and AveWiki is going very slowly. We breached 50,000 page views at one week less than 6 months with the flag counter. Thinking of adding annunciation art to the website. While strolling, I found a beautiful website that does exactly that.
June 29, 2010
Another month gone by, another 10,000 page views.
June 20, 2010:
All the individual page counters have been removed from the website. They worked on FrontPage extensions, and the server is having problems with them, causing the page counters to be reset to zero every time I updated the page. On June 8, 2010 there were 3,551 Ave Maria listings and today there are 2,250 pages in the website. The input of composers in AveWiki is progressing rather slowly. May 29, 2010: 705 MIDI files 40,066 page views since
November 22, 2009
10,709 page views in the one month since April 29, 2010 by 3452 unique visitors from 101 countries. May 1, 2010: Today Geert's Ave Maria pages reached 30,000 page views since Nov. 22, 2009 when the ShinyStat counter was installed = an average of over 5,000 page views per month over these 6 months. I also installed a 'flag counter' and it is interesting to see what countries the website visitors are from. 28,458 counter difference.
April 21, 2010:
I have installed a Wiki! It's still completely empty, but at least it's there. :-) There has been a problem with the server's FrontPage extensions. As a result, all page counters were reset to zero on April 10. The ShinyStat counter at the bottom of the page was not affected. There have been over 27,000 page views since November 2009, with on average about 100 visitors/day. I have started adding a video icon to the status icons on the left of the listing pages, instead of only MP3.
December 18, 2009:
> There are now 1500 pages in this website, compared to 265 before the move to the new server and the avemariasongs domain name. This website has expanded from less than 50 MB (= the limit on the previous zianet server) to almost 400 MB. This expansion is entirely in the Ave Maria pages. With the use of MP3 samples and videos, the number of documented songs has more than doubled.
November 2, 2009:
I started a major overhaul of the website. The biggest change so far: the listing is no longer separated in pre- and post 1923. That division was useful in the context of USA copyright laws, but has no purpose in the rest of the world. This change should make a search for a composer name more efficient. The merger did reveal several duplicate listings. On the other hand, the single listing page is getting so big that FrontPage takes forever loading it. Some of the composer pages now include videos, mostly from YouTube. A high-speed connection is recommended to view those. I am making individual pages for all the songs that I have some documentation for, i.e. either score, MIDI or recording. To access these pages, click the link in the composer name. There are now 4 icon columns on the left side of the listing instead of three. The purpose of these will no longer be to link to files, but to indicate what the archival status is for each song. 1 2 3 4 1. I have the musical score for this song / 2. I have notated the score in NWC / 3. I have a MIDI of this song / 4. I have a performance recording (audio or video) of this song. X X X X 1. I do NOT have a score for this song/ 2. I have not completed the NWC file / 3. I do not have a MIDI / 4. I have no performance recording for this song. This new system will show visitors what I am lacking for each listed song. Hopefully someone will send me the missing documentation.
October 31, 2009:
Today should be the last day of the old zianet website. With the switch to a high-speed connection, I now have access to YouTube where quite a few Ave Marias are posted. I have started making new pages for some of those composers, embedding the YouTube videos. This will provide voice performances of some of the songs instead of just MIDI.
August 15, 2009
This website was moved to a different server and finally got its very own domain name avemariasongs.org. This was made possible by the gracious assistance of Debra Potts. Thank you, Debra. May 24, 2009: This website now has 500 MIDI files for different settings of the Ave Maria.
April 16, 2009:
Today I finished writing out the MIDI file for Ave Maria # 400! Franz Liszt S20 No1, one of the larger ones too. I think I still have enough scores to get to 500.
January 1, 2008:
A search of Werner Icking Music Archives during a sleepless night added a few files, including Gumpelzheimer's Ave Maria canon.
It has been over a year, but finally I found some some time continue this project. Completed all my available scores up to letter L. Many of the pages in this website also received a new look. On Sept 16, I reached the 300 mark for the number of Ave Maria MIDI files on this site.
I finished writing out all my currently available scores up to letter G.