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When you’re getting your business started, you probably can’t afford to pay a website designer thousands of dollars for a custom website. Since we recommend not using Facebook or Myspace (does anyone still use Myspace?) as your main website, here are some steps for a quick, easy and cheap temporary solution to you started with your web presence:
A couple other more advanced options that are still relatively easy compared to building your own website from scratch are WordPress and Bandzoogle. The latter is great because it’s custom-tailored for musicians including an online store to sell your music and merch, as well as email database managment and newsletter functionality for your fans. And their lowest tier is pretty much the same price as a regular hosting service where you have to build your own site. They also throw in a free domain, so you can save $10 per year. Another reason I recommend them is because their user interface is very intuitive and easy to use for non-computer geeks. Bandzoogle is a completely viable option for a professional music website that you can do yourself and have long term. And their tiered options allow you to expand your website and fan contact management as your business grows.
WordPress is super popular, and if you are a moderate computer geek you might have fun building a site with them. You can host a free site on WordPress.com and set up a custom domain like for the other options listed above (for a yearly fee), or you can download it for free and install it on your own paid hosting service (around $10 per month average) such as DreamHost.com. I personally am not a huge fan of WordPress. Its interface is not as intuitive as other options (like Bandzoogle or even Squarespace), and its templating+widget system can be quite limiting for design uptions. Worst of all, since it is the most popular CMS template web system, it is a magnet for hacking. I like to call it the Windows of the web. So use WordPress at your own risk. You have to stay on top of the system, template and widget updates. I know plenty of bands that have it as their professional music site and store and it works quite well for them.
When you get to the point that you can afford to upgrade to full-featured custom website, we’ll be happy to help.