A domain name is a url (web address) like, "example.com" and you have to purchase one through an online registrar or you may now purchase one directly through Weebly. Personally, I recommend Google Domains (some really cool options for advanced users), but if you are looking for the cheapest solution, Godaddy is available and cost effective. Depending what you choose as your domain name, you'll likely spend $5-$30 (you will pay more for premium domain names) and will have to renew the domain name every year.
If you want to get rid of those Weebly ads on your website you must upgrade your plan to the Starter Plan, which is $14/monthly or $8/monthly if paid annually ($96/yearly) or go big with Weebly Business that offers selling digital goods and more for $35/monthly. The Weebly Business Plan is an amazing solution for music producers or artists to have if they are already generating an audience. If you are not doing big things yet, I would recommend sticking with one of the basic plans for now. Remember, you can update/downgrade at anytime.
Having great images and colors to match through the whole website makes your brand stand out from the competition. Selecting the right colors to match your brand makes the users experience that much more memorable. Be careful about adding images with big file sizes though, this can make the page load time slow down and make the users wait... And 'ain't nobody got time for that'!
A decent homepage is a welcome mat for all visitors, new and returning. Think of this landing page as you would any storefront or local business in your hometown. What is the first thing you want to display to potential clients and returning customers?
Normally, this is a great time to introduce your brand and the solutions. For a music producer these are topics like the kinds a beats (genres) or audio services you offer (mixing and mastering...etc), maybe display new music that you produced with music artists or a commercial that landed you a placement. As a recording artist this would be new songs, touring information or slideshow of you with your fans. All these ideas are Brand related, use your brand voice and make a statement with your homepage that ensures the confidence of any visitors.
An "About Us" page is dedicated for your story. This is how you should tell your brands backstory. How, when, why... Basically, you're creating a page that tells your company's reason for existing. The problems your clients deal with and how your brand processes and succeeds those expectations. In this case, we're talking about your music. Who are you working or have worked with? Why you work with certain producers or artists? Music achievements, goals and processes.
A good 'About Page' is quick to point out the problems music artists or producers are dealing with... maybe their looking for a certain style of beats that you happen to produce. It could also be the way you conduct business that other brands aren't doing. Think of the way(s) your brand sticks out from the others and explain with confidence that you're the right person (music producer or artist) they're looking for.
Music Website Tip: When creating an About Page, build confidence with a list of people you have worked with in the past. This is done by adding producer credits, radio/tv acknowledge or podcasts/interviews. If none of that applies to you, (yet)... Stick to the basics, add value to your brand by providing the problems your brand current has solutions for and what makes you unique.
Weebly website builder comes with an html5 media player. This is awesome if you want to have an mp3 or wav file on your website for people to play. The downfall is that the Weebly audio player is only available to use as a single file playback, not a playlist. So, how do we add an audio player that can play through a playlist (multiple songs or beats)?
First, we'll use the drag and drop "embed code" </> Weebly element and use a third party platform. Soundcloud is still one of the top universal music players used on websites. Still allowing free accounts, SoundCloud is one of the best options to host and play your music on your new music website music page. If you have a BeatStars account, embedding their beat-store is a great solution. As a music artist, Distrokid offers any music player embed options via Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or any other selected providers.
A good way to avoid miscellaneous social inquires is to add your Contact Page (or About Page) url in your social bio. You can also set up an automatic response for inbox messages that replies with your Contact Page link with a message like, "For quicker replies and better service, please message me using this link" (or something or sorts).
Website Admin Tip: The more people who visits your website, the more effective your marketing campaigns (ads) will be.
Website Admin Tip #2: The EAT (Expertise/Authoritativeness/Trustworthiness) also works really well on blog posts.
Weebly now offers domains to be purchase and hosted with them. If you don't have a domain url, simply search through Weebly's Domain registrar to see if one's available.
If you want to connect a domain you already own, click "connect or transfer it now" and Weebly will walk you through the domain pointing steps.
Weebly is a ‘What You See Is What You Get’ (WYSIWYG) website creator tool. Weebly themes come populated with text and images. Simply click to edit or drag and drop elements (list of tools on the left side of screen).
Adding elements and modifying different pages is all the same, using click and edit or drag and drop elements.
Adding or removing pages is fast and super easy. There are six different pages you can add and edit using a Weebly website theme.
Click on the blue "Publish" button (upper right corner) or your Weebly website builder and you're done. Congratulations on your new brand music website!
This is the perfect place to add your website summary description and keywords. You'll want to add any analytics and coversertion every tags here as well.
It might take a little bit of time for search engines to find and crawl your new website pages. Eventually, you will want to submit your website sitemap to search engines like Google or Bing so these search engines fully understand what your website's about.
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