No Label Needed: How To Make Your Own Website

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As part of winning the No Label Needed Contest and Series, Iron Thrones received a new website that they can easily manage. ray ban aviator crystal The site was built using the Sons of Nero artwork and Wordpress content management system (CMS) as that is one of the easiest to update and manage. adidas shoes The Syndicate’s Bill Shouldis explains how any band can create their own, inexpensive website below and provides more detailed information after the jump.

Here’s a list of some suggestions for getting your band’s website up and running. On the website for Iron Thrones, we did more advanced coding by creating a customized Wordpress theme based off the blank 3 column theme from nike air jordan soldes The bare bones theme allowed us to easily add and subtract features as we needed them

Below I break down a few different options in various categories that I think bands will find useful. Buy MU Online Legend Power Leveling ugg men If you have any positive / negative experience with some software that you are using for your band, feel free to leave in the comments. This is meant to be a stepping stone for people who don’t know where to start, if you have any questions leave in the comments and we will try to answer them for you.

Free and easy to use and customize if you have some html skills. Allows you to easily update your fans and connect your site posts with Twitter and Facebook. cheap mu Legend zen Also has a community feature so that other tumblr users can follow you. Another plus is that the free themes are better designed and look more modern than Blogspot and other competitors.

Costs: Free + price of domain to map. adidas bambino Some themes may have additional charges.
A version of wordpress that is hosted on and can be set up in a few steps. UGG for Women Boots Allows users to easily update blog posts

Costs: Free with additional add ons for fees.
This is what we used for This is open source software that you set up on your own hosting/database. This is by far the most robust solution in comparison to the other we are discussing here. Similar options would be to use Joomla or Drupal which have slightly more of a learning curve for non developers.

Recommended Plugins: Gigpress, Vipers Video QuickTags, WP Stats, All In One SEO, Google Sitemap, Audio Player, Next Gen Gallery and Various Mailing list plugins

Costs: Free software but you need web hosting and your own domain. Depending on the template you use that could cost between $0 – $50 on average.
Easy to set up / super clean and professional looking websites.

Costs: $20 a year

ONLINE STORES – Free and easy to use, just upload a header image, change colors, add your product images/details and you have a classy looking store in a fairly short amount of time. nike air max pas cher Offers lots of good statistics and lets users pay via credit card or PayPal. A huge plus is that it has a Facebook application to add your store to your Facebook fan page for users to shop your store and the site also features community features so that others can follow your store and keep up to date with your new products

Costs: Free! you just incur PayPal fees when you sell something – Similar to Storenvy in that it has an easy use interface that allows you to do customization to the code to style the store as you want it. air jordan 9 Storenvy seems to have a lot more features now and a lower price tag, though BigCartel has been around a few years longer and many are familiar with it.

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Costs: Free for up to five items then monthly fees kick in as well as PayPal fees – Best choice for digital sales. Shorts & Trousers chaussures louboutin Can offer your songs in a variety of digital formats at a set price, a sliding scale (like Radiohead) or for an email address. The site gives you 200 digital download codes to distribute for people to redeem free downloads. nike air max 1 argent More codes can be purchased at a very reasonable price. The site also allows for you to sell physical products with immediate digital download only downside is that it is not well suited to selling your shirts and hoodies alongside your music.

Costs: Free + charges for PayPal fees and additional download codes if desired.

MAILING LIST – I recommend mail chimp because it has a simple interface and they allow you to send up to 500 emails a month for free. Perfect for when you’re building your fan base and once you have enough fans on the list to where it will cost you the monthly fee, you should hopefully be making some money as a band to cover the cost.