ProQloud, a new web-based service designed to make website construction and business management easy for freelancers and studios in the audio, broadcast and film industries, has launched.
Aimed at studio owners, sound engineers, record producers, session musicians, location sound recordists, editors and cameramen, ProQloud offers a drag-and-drop website builder, allowing users to get a site up and running quickly with their own branding, leaving them more time to be creative.
These websites promise to work equally well on all devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Importing audio files and videos for showreels promises to be as easy as possible, as does blogging and integration with social media accounts. For those who want even more from their website, a Qloud+ service offers users a suite of business tools built in to their web platform including unlimited file transfer facilities, invoicing, a web store and online payments.
The new business has been set up by a group of Welsh audio professionals who have faced the problem of creating a convincing on-line presence for their studio. "Ten years ago we simply had to commission and build our own website,” explained Donal Whelan, managing director of ProQloud. “These days, while there are countless companies offering easy website construction tools, none have really thought about what a freelancer or a facility in the audio or broadcast business needs. You can put something together using social media web sites, but then the first thing prospective clients see when they check you out is the social media logo, not your name or company.
"With ProQloud, you create something bespoke, that's professional and specific to you, but without having to spend a lot of your precious time – so you can get on with making music or editing films, or whatever your creative speciality might be.”
Payment of a small monthly subscription gives users access to carbon-neutral cloud hosting and all the site construction tools for their website, including the ability to patch in their own domain name. Qloud+ customers pay slightly more per month for access to the business management tools and file-serving facilities.
"Most creative professionals don't have the time to effectively broadcast their abilities to their prospective clients," concluded Whelan. "We understand these issues because we've grappled with them ourselves. Being a freelancer in these industries is about making your creativity pay, and we believe ProQloud is a game-changer in that respect."