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Should I Have My Own Domain and Website?

Posted on | March 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

A tough question for the musician or aspiring music professional, should I have my own domain and website? Some get by on Facebook fan pages, myspace pages and other social networks, and maybe a hosted blog. In this day and age, is there really any excuse for not having a self-hosted domain and website?

The short answer is no, in my opinion – here’s why…

  • Professionalism – Its all about the presentation as the old adage goes. Do you want the first somebody sees of your music on a blogspot domain or one of those .webs domains? It might be enough to put somebody off before they listen to one bar of your music.
  • Ease – It’s easier than ever to get a website whatever your knowledge of the world wide web. WordPress make it easy to run a website via their content management system, and there are thousands of free themes you can choose from. You’ll also need hosting, for which I’d recommend 1and1, who also make the whole website process uber easy with their “MyWebsite” scheme, allowing you to make a website in a few minutes with absolutely no technical knowledge.
  • You need a hub – can you rely on other websites or social networks? Will they always be huge? (Think Myspace), is there really any excuse for relying on someone else to host a slice of there website for you when you can be secure in the knowledge you have the whole website to yourself?
  • Affordability – If you don’t know much about the area, it might be easy to assume that a website costs a lot. Not true. There are so many tools nowadays that will allow you to complete the design aspect of your site for free. Hosting can cost as little as 2.99 a month, and a .com domain is about $10/£10 a year. Think what that is per day, practically nothing.
  • The Future – Think there’s a big band in the world without their own website? Nosiree. If you’re planning to make a living out of your music or even any sort of reasonable income then it’s worth the investment of a website.

Its not just the benefits of a website that should attract you to the prospect, but the fact that it really isn’t difficult nowadays. Whats more, you probably have a friend who will be able to help you out, a lot of people know at least the basics, if you are a beginner don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

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