Easy Artist Websites
September 21, 2015 in Marketing & Promotion
Looking to get yourself a professional-looking, fan-friendly and industry-impressing artist website to corral all your fan info, social media feeds, electronic press kit and more?
We totally recommend you speak to a professional website developer if you're able to go that route (and funding for such can be applied for under Creative Sask's Market and Export Development Program, among others).
If you are looking for a faster, more economical model for right now though, here are some build-it-yourself options to consider, ranging from free to fairly low-cost, with most offering extra bells and whistles if you wish for an additional fee. You can register your domain name (ie www.yourbandname.com) and have it direct to your artist website built upon the following resources. Note: we are not endorsing any specific platform, but we've got artists using these.
CBC Music artist page. Note: we recommend you set up a CBC artist page no matter what other additional options you build pages in.
Bandzoogle "THE all-in-one website platform for musicians"
Wix "Drag n' drop website builder"
Reverbnation Artist Pages "ReverbNation provides the tools that help Artists grow. All at prices every musician can afford. Including free."
Wordpress "WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site." Note: in our experience, it's easy to update; but if you wish to really dig in to customizing your site look, fonts, etc, Wordpress can be tricky for those without HTML coding experience. Free option includes advertising.
Sonicbids "We provide a suite of tools and resources that connect you with promoters, venue owners, and great music opportunities all over the world." Note: Not free, but some booking/showcase/promotion opportunities will only accept submissions through Sonicbids,in which case you'd need to build a profile here regardless of where else you build.
And, options to register your band domain:
Blacksun.ca (Canadian, with a Saskatoon office)