Website construction

Elwood

New Member
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.
 

alks

Member
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.
 

GordonH

Active Member
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.
 

Charles Parnell

New Member
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
 

John Brooks

Well-Known Member
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.
 

katieeuph

Member
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).
 
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.
 

DocFox

Retired
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.
 

Bankman

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

Jack E

Well-Known Member
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.
 

Pauli Walnuts

Moderator
Staff member
Aren't musicians now on Instagram or Twitter? Websites are old stuff for musicians. I think you should look into Youtube.
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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