Website construction

Discussion in 'Computer Corner' started by Elwood, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. Elwood

    Elwood New Member

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    The band that I play with is wanting to set up a website along the lines that many other bands already have.
    As we do not have anyone with the necessary IT knowledge to do this, we have decided to find a professional to set one up for us and then administer it ourselves. Trouble is, we've no idea where to look and find the said professional. The band is in South Yorkshire. Any help in pointing us in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. alks

    alks Member

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    Ive done several band websites over the years (as well as many others). They are not too hard to set up and for example a wordpress based site can be set up uising a template design fairly quickly. If you go for a bespoke design then then a little longer. Best option is to get your own hosting account and domain name then set up a cms based site and once its done you can edit it yourself.
     
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  3. GordonH

    GordonH Active Member

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    By the way, you can now get domain names ending in .band. Might open up some nice possibilities for bands looking for an easy to remember address.
     
  4. Charles Parnell

    Charles Parnell New Member

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    Totally agree with alks that Worpdress is a great way to create a website that you can administer yourself. Also ensure to install a plugin like Platinum SEO. This allows you to easily SEO the website to ensure anyone looking for a band, whether its to join or to find out when you're playing locally will be able to find you
     
  5. mr_nismo

    mr_nismo Member

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    Try www.devmac.co.uk

    They do ours, Fodens, and more... they will construct it based on your requirements and then give you access to edit, update, print shipping documents for an online shop, etc.
     
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  6. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

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    Please keep in mind that setting up a website is one thing. Keeping it fresh, current and up to date is something else altogether. Have a look around and you won't go too far before seeing that a large number haven't succeeded in that respect. No doubt there are many reasons, the biggest likely being time. So I suggest you pay equal attention to this aspect as well.
     
  7. katieeuph

    katieeuph Member

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    Bryony Snell at Dynamek is an excellent web designer/developer. and an experienced Brass Bander. She's a member on here (or used to be).
     
  8. himan

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  9. SirBobbysOutsideNetty

    SirBobbysOutsideNetty Member

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    Or, just take a look at a few band websites and find some which you like. Usually there will be a link (often in the page footer) to whoever did the design and/or manages it on the band's behalf.
     
  10. DocFox

    DocFox Retired

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    I have a university computer degree. I have built my own websites. You can look at mine at www.allbrassradio.com

    The suggestion about keeping it fresh is an important one! I spend at least 10 hours a month on my website. I have a Mac, and a program called RapidWeaver makes making websites a snap. It costs about $75 (about 50 pounds?). Just a suggestion if your webmaster is a Mac person. I would also be willing for free to build your initial website, but you would have to keep it up and fresh.
     
  11. Elwood

    Elwood New Member

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    Thanks DocFox, but the website was setup some time ago.
     
  12. DocFox

    DocFox Retired

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    No worries. I am disabled by a car accident and have plenty of time and love to share.
     
  13. Bankman

    Bankman New Member

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    Aren't musicians now on Instagram or Twitter? Websites are old stuff for musicians. I think you should look into Youtube.
     
  14. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

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    The OP's query was about a website for a band - not something for individuals to upload the few words or pictures. Uploading a video of yourself or your band playing may be of interest for people idly browsing around YouTube, but precious little help for somebody who knows nothing about brass bands, but is interested in learning to play, and would like to find out if there is a band in their area, talk to someone about what's involved, what sort of stuff they play, how much do instruments cost, how about lessons, etc, etc.

    I don't see Instagram, Twitter or YouTube being much help for somebody like that - yet that is exactly the kind of person we want to encourage to come and join us.
     
  15. rootertooter

    rootertooter New Member

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    Judging by the age of this thread I think they are !
     
  16. Pauli Walnuts

    Pauli Walnuts Moderator Staff Member

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    If you look at most social media, you cannot get a real presence without some kind of website. The bulk of succesful retweets link back to a website or blog post or a youtube video. Twitter alone doesn't do an effective job because of the character limitations.
    Succesful marketing requires use of all of the effective SoMe tools backed up by an excellent website to host content, run ecommerce for ticket/cd sales. Yhe earlier comment on SEO is vital - people need to be able to find you.
     
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