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June 12, 2022

Welcome to the Whyp Blog

Bradley Varol

Hi, thanks for stopping by to read the first ever Whyp blog post 🥳

Whyp has so far been a lot of fun to work on during spare time between my full time job and other hobbies. It's already been two and a half years since I launched the site and in that time there have been UI improvements, new features and of course, plenty of bug fixes!

I think the Discord server has been a great way for those of you interested in helping improve the site to reach out with suggestions, feedback and bug reports. It is really motivating to see others so passionate and supportive of my little project. Thank you.

Progress this year

Not much has changed on the site this year but there's been quite a lot of backend updates in order to keep the site running smoothly. For example, earlier this year I moved the transcoding service from a VM that pulls from a Redis queue, to a AWS Lambda function. This was a big job but the result is that the site is cheaper to host, easier to maintain, and uploads are processed faster. I also just a few days ago migrated all the user data to a new, flat file structure which is easier for me to work with.

So what's in the works?

Since this is a hobby, ideas change regularly and it's not always possible to commit to timeframes when developing new features. So I think for now there won't be a roadmap but development is always ongoing as the project is a fun way for me to practice my development skills outside of work, not to mention it's enjoyable to own a small part of the internet and hopefully improve the workflow for some creative individuals.

Truth be told, I am still not 100% sure about the direction in which I'd like to take the site, but this year I am going to try my best to steer the project in the right direction.

I've been talking about audio versioning for a while and this is now a priority. Track artwork is right around the corner but I'd like to update the track page UI at the same time so that might be delayed by a few weeks. I am also considering allowing private uploads that don't expire, though I am a bit worried about spam / users using Whyp as cloud storage...

Hosting Whyp is costing about $100 a month at the moment (not to mention the time investment) and it would be cool to try and get some of this back, so I am considering developing some more advanced features and allowing users to upgrade for a small monthly price. To make it clear though, Whyp was never meant to earn me money and I won't suddenly remove the free features, so don't be alarmed if you start to see new billing or subscription UI elements - core features will remain accessible to everyone. That said, it would be great if I could someday quit my full time job and just focus on Whyp...

Well, that's all for today - I really just wanted to get blog posts working so that I can start to post updates. If you have any questions please shoot me a message on Discord ✌️