If you’re a musician, we’re sure you already got a Facebook fanpage and a SoundCloud account to share your music, keep you fans updated and promote upcoming events. But is it enough of a web presence for your music?
While there are many bands and artists who are quite satisfied with the functionality they get from Facebook and other social media, some want to get something more personalized.
Having your own website with a custom domain not only looks a lot more professional, but also opens doors for new ways to engage your audience.
The good news is that today creating a music website is a relatively easy task. With so many versatile and specialized music website builders out there, nearly anyone can set up a full-featured website, without having to write a single HTML tag.
In this article we will show you some platforms suitable for creating websites for artists and bands. We’ll start with specialized platforms.
HostBaby.com. HostBaby is a Portland-based company that gives independent musicians, authors and bands the tools to grow their careers online. It works just like any other website builder, but with a focus on music. Specifically, it lets you edit your website in a WYSIWYG environment, create email lists to distribute newsletters, upload photos, videos and audios, start a blog, create and manage an event calendar, sell your songs, among other features.
In terms of pricing, HostBaby keeps things simple: there’s one paid plan – $20/month or $199 for a full year ($41 in savings). You can start with a free 30-day trial.
Watch HostBaby’s introductory video to see it in action:
Bandzoogle. Bandzoogle is also a great option. Similar to HostBaby, it comes equipped with an easy-to-use editor and various music-related widgets, including music players, Bandcamp and SoundCloud integration, events calendar, mailing lists, discussion forums, polls, music & merch store, and more.
There are three paid subscriptions ranging from $9.95 to $19.95/mo. The plans are differentiated based on the number of pages, tracks, images, and mailing list members. The plans are discounted if you choose to pay annually.
Versatile site builders. Specialized site builders are undoubtedly a smart pick. Priced at $10-$20 a month they’re more than affordable. The only possible drawback is that they don’t open up the codes, and you can’t customize your website on a deeper level.
If you want to have full control over your site’s look and operation, then you need to choose a site builder that provides full code access. You may not need this possibility right now, but in the future you may want to have that access for custom modifications.