How to Build a Music Website with Indie Host: Everything You Need to Know
When you start your music website, you take control of your career. At Indie Host, we work with artists, engineers, producers, and any other industry players to build an online presence that promotes original work, fosters collaboration, and sell some merch along the way.
Discovering artists today is radically different from 20 years ago. In the old days, you had to travel and do shows, hoping a DJ or radio producer heard one of your sets and liked what they heard. It meant getting your music and beats out to the broader public was a constant graft.
How Indie Host Helps Artists Create Their Own Website
The most popular hosting site on the internet is WordPress. It was one of the first open-source website builder projects, starting in 2003. It has evolved into a complete Content Management System (CMS), with more than 59% of software built websites using WordPress today.
Since the platform’s launch, the tools and features grew exponentially, allowing us to build sleek and efficient sites for our customers with all the necessary bells and whistles. Power includes embedded video, merchandise stores, blogging pages, and individual band member bios with complete social media integration.
Indie Host will also make it simple for artists to post their content as desired. Once we’ve helped you set up your web presence, we’ll also support the site if required and apply the latest updates and security patches as they become available.
Indie Host Music Website Design
The great thing about WordPress is that there are thousands (if not millions) of different templates available for your music website. Most of these are free, but you’ll need help to ensure they operate smoothly and create the kind of vibe and feel your outfit is about.
Just like the music or art you create, your site should reinforce the experience. Your design and branding will need to pop while the navigation should follow the latest industry standards. Expecting artists also to be developers isn’t feasible, so Indie Host is here to help. Here are some of the steps required for how to create a music website and earn money.
Choosing a Music Website Template
The first step for any artist is to choose a website template they like. This could be more complex than you may think, as it will influence the entire look and feel of the experience. Changing the model is possible, but it would require significant rework, so it’s worthwhile to find the right template upfront. You can see some of the Indie Host templates here.
Considerations for choosing a template include:
- Header image – Your header image is a significant visual component of your site, so you’ll need a photo or logo on-brand with your band or group.
- Menu layout – The menu layout is how people will navigate to different pages on your site. How it displays on different devices is an essential consideration before getting started.
- Content layout – How the content on your page looks and feels depends on the content layout. If you plan for lots of images instead of text, choose a design that provides striking visuals.
- Color palette – Every band or artist has a unique identity, and your page’s colors should reflect that.
- Fonts and text – Depending on your color palette, you’ll also want a font that makes the version easy to read for visitors.
Keeping these considerations in mind when choosing a template will help keep your messaging and brand consistent throughout your online channels.
Registering a Domain Name
Just like the name you perform under, you’ll want a domain name that ensures people can find you quickly. You can use our domain registration tool to find the perfect name for your music website. While your preferred extension may not be available, you can check which ones are and decide what your website’s address (URL) will be.
Hosting Your Music Website with Indie Host
Once you have the domain and template you want, we’ll work with you to build and host it. You’ll receive a username and password, and depending on the package you choose, you can log a support ticket at any time. For a complete guide to getting started with Indie Host, please see this knowledgebase article.
Make Your Art Discoverable with a Music Website Design from Indie Host
At Indie Host, we care about what we do. Supporting artists and helping make their work more discoverable is why we started in the first place. We also understand the industry as we’ve been working with artists for almost 20 years.
We use all the latest WordPress technologies (including Divi as our music website builder) to help artists create an online presence quickly and efficiently. You can make your music available for download or sell any of your art to companies with commercial interests.
If you need more information about building a music website, or getting started with your online presence, get in touch with Indie Host today.