Setting Up A Band Website

Setting Up A Band Website

A question I see a lot is how can I set up a band website that’s cheap with no hassle. As someone whose own website is 18 years old this year I can consider myself an expert in this area which is why I’ve set up the option for you to have a WordPress website hosted by us. Take out our monthly hosting and we’ll even install WordPress for you, along with a really cool theme, some essential plugins and your basic pages created, so all you need to do is add the content.

How can we create such ridiculously cheap offer?

Well firstly, I have also been a musician for my entire career and know how difficult it is. We have to wear so many hats that quite often we don’t get enough time left work on music. It’s why I’ve tried to make this process as simple as possible for you, so that you can have a high-quality website on a musicians budget.

Also we are looking for a long-term relationship with you. We want to see some success stories and this is just one of the ways that we will be able to help you to progress your career.

We have encountered many musicians that are unsure whether to choose WordPress or an online website builder for creating their website. As someone with so many years experience in web design I would strongly advise against using an online website building site. The reason being is that having your own site will give professional edge. You won’t have to have links in the footer or any other types of advertising on your site that you do not wish to be there.

Also with your own WordPress site there are no limits on how many pages and plugins you can add because it is self-hosted. We know what a music website needs and offer very generous packages for disk space and bandwidth. We also offer lots of guides on our website and monthly newsletter updates to help you to get the most out of your site without taking up too much of your time.

The first step to getting online is purchasing your domain name. We strongly recommend heartinternet.co.uk who are a very reputable company and someone that we have used for many years for domain registration. We’ve come across too many horror stories in the past where people have lost control over their own domain names due to the registrar company changing hands. If you purchase your domain through a service such as Heart Internet then you are totally in control of your domain and of the renewal process, so you are unlikely to lose your name.

A .com domain name will cost you £10.99 plus VAT per year. We suggest purchasing both the .com and the .co.uk (or whichever TLD is applicable to your home Country) in order to prevent anyone else from acquiring your name. You can use the tools at Heart Internet to point your .co.uk domain name to your .com site, so that if people do type it into their browser, they will be redirected to your main site.

When you have purchased your new domain name you can set up your subscription for one of our hosting packages. This costs just £2.49 per month via PayPal subscription. Once we have received details of your purchase and your domain name, we will set up your hosting package and install the theme and blank pages within 24 to 48 hours (it can take a while for your new domain to settle down, or propagate, so the length of time that it takes us will be dependent on this). Once we have created your hosting package you will need to go back into your Heart Internet account and change the domain Nameserver, so that your new domain is pointing to our server and can display your site.

We look forward to hosting your brand-new music website.

Choosing A Band Name

Choosing A Band Name

Although there are numerous outlets for musicians to upload their music and interact with fans, it’s still important to have your own website. It will give you a professional edge in what is a saturated market and is still a good place for launching your latest release campaign. Finding a domain name these days isn’t easy due to cyber-squatters (people that purchase domains but then just hold them without building websites in the hope that there will be a payoff one day). However measures are being taken to combat this to ensure that people proven to be working within a certain industry are more protected.

It’s also important to have matching social media profiles. The most important ones to your career are Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Instagram and YouTube. You should also consider creating profiles and content at Pinterest, Snapchat and Vine. We’ll be adding information on all of these platforms in future blog posts. Vimeo is another extremely useful video tool although these days there is no free option available. I’m going to mention Twitch.tv too. Although it’s a gaming site you should really create a login and secure your profile here. Twitch rank very well in search engines and I have seen cases where a fan has used an artist name for their gaming character and ranked higher than the artists own website in Google!

If you don’t yet have a band name then your job is made slightly easier as you can keep searching until you find a suitable name where all profiles are still available. If you do have your band name but the profiles are taken, it’s not ideal but you could consider adding an extension such as ‘music’ after your name as many artists have already had to do. However I would strongly recommend choosing an alternative name as I’ve seen some confusion on sites such as Spotify, Last.fm, Songkick and others where artists with the same name have been added onto the same page and it can be a hassle trying to clean up your profiles and get the other artist removed. There’s also the danger that an artist or band with the same name may copyright the use of that name on merch in certain countries which could cause more headaches in the future.

Band names should very much be in line with your musical style and should appeal to your target audience. Remeber, you’re running a business and creating a brand. Pick something that resonates with who you are as artists and that will look good on merch and CD covers. Don’t rush into a decision when it comes to choosing your name, you have to live with it for the rest of your career so should be happy with your choice. Start with a brainstorming session and develop your ideas from there. Check whether domains are available and if not, keep on brainstorming. You wouldn’t release a half-finished piece of music and the same goes for your brand too – put the time and effort in at the beginning and the hard work will pay off for you as you progress in your career.