Chilling Vibes – App Engine

After being featured on Reddit and Vsauce3, Chilling Vibes generated so much traffic that my hosting service was not able too keep the site up and it crashed the server farm. I decided to rebuild the site from scratch and host it on Google’s App Engine to be sure that the site can scale up properly.

New backend

I got rid of the old PHP backend and created a new one in Google Go. I also switched from my SQL database to Google’s BigTable storage system. It took some time to get used to it at first, but when the main functionality was up and running I even added some new features just because it was such a small effort.

Mucis submission

The new Chilling Vibes has some new pages, one of them allows anyone to submit music to the site. The user just has to paste a YouTube video url and the site will parse the track meta data automatically.

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Vote page

Other users can listen to submitted tracks on the new fresh page. They can up- or downvote tracks to generate a ranking. High ranked tracks will be added to the main page.

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Chilling Vibes – Chillstep Radio

Today I released the first version of my web radio station Chilling Vibes. It’s a dynamic page that combines relaxing tracks with beautiful photos. The simple user interface fades out automatically to provide the maximum chill factor.

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The music

Chilling Vibes offers tracks from different genres, including Chillstep, Deep House, Drum & Bass, Electro, Funk and Hip Hop. You can filter songs by genre and by speed level to match your taste of music.

The photos

The site shows high resolution photos from different categories. You can select your preferred categories and filter photos by the time of day. Let’s say you only want landscape photos shot at sunset, Chilling Vibes will show you exactly that.

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