A lot of music lovers like a composer, singer, producer, musician, rapper, DJ or even people who want to engage in music industry have plan to create their own music website. However, the common problem to everyone is on where to start to create their website, what things they needed to do and how to publish their website online. With this mind, you are fortunate to read this guide to how to create your good looking music website fast without spending big bucks!
Things You Needed:
1. Web Hosting Service and Domain Name
2. Content Management System for the Site
3. Touching the Professional Look of Your Website
I. Web hosting and Domain Name
Before you can published your music website on the internet, you need to have your own domain name and web hosting account. Why do you need these things? Your domain name is important for it will handle the unique identity of your website online so that it can be found by its site visitors over tons of website out there while your web host will handle the visibility of your site online, it will serve as the storage on where you will place your website files. Without the two, you can’t publish your website online.
You can get these two at the same company or buy them at different providers. The latter is more advisable since it will give you more security measure when one of your account is hacked or compromised the other won’t get affected. Aside from that, it will give you flexibility to focus in handling a single element per account. You can start by picking your own best domain registrar such as Godaddy and Namecheap. Simply search your desired domain name in their interface and it will return the availability results. If it is available you can proceed in creating your account with the, proceed to check out and set your billing information. Optionally, majority of domain registrars offer addon services like domain privacy, web hosting, email hosting etc, so be sure to purchase only what you needed to avoid any additional bill.
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Step by Step Instructions
1. Go to Hostgator and select your web hosting plan.
2. Input your domain name. Input any verified coupon code you have.
3. Select a package Type and billing cycle.
4. Set up your Account and your billing information.
5. Optionally select addon service if you like, review your details and create your account.
II. Content Management System for the Site
You can minimize the coding part for your website by using content management system(CMS) which will enable you to finish your website sooner than expected. Such popular CMS that is widely used today are Joomla and WordPress. They both have wide selections of themes and plugins/extensions that you can use in customizing your site, they also have available forums and tutorial reference you can refer to in creating your website and above all, they can be easily installed via one-click installer such as Fantastico and QuickInstall. Just remember the login details you have set while you install your content management system via one-click installer.
Step by Step Instructions
1. Login to your cPanel and find the auto-installer icon. Click it.
III. Touching the Professional Look of Your Website
Now you have your domain, web hosting service and you have installed your WordPress or Joomla site, it is time to personalized your website to have a professional look. You can do these by installing themes and plugins/extensions to your site. Themes are available pre-made designs you can use for your site while plugins or extensions are tools that extends the functionality of a content management system like Joomla and WordPress. Themes and plugins/extensions are available in both free and premium types.
To start with, login to your administration backend interface. For WordPress, you can login via http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin while on Joomla, you can login via http://yourdomainname.com/administrator. You can customize the look and feel in your site within your dashboard(contents, post, images, videoes, themes, plugins/extensions and so on). To install any extension and theme in Joomla, just go to Extensions -> Install/Uninstall. You will see extension manager, here you can install Templates, Plugins, Modules, Components and Languages. Select the option upload package file –> Upload file and install then a successful message will appear. It is important though to search first for a Joomla template and extensions in zip file or Gzip or the installation won’t work. In case of WordPress, just go to Appearance->Themes ->Install Themes then search for your desired themes and activate it. To add your desired plugins, just head to Plugins-> Add New then search for your desired plugins and activate it.
The easiest way to upload a theme or plugins/extensions in your site whether it is a premium type or open source is via ftp. Search your desired themes or plugins and extensions and download it. Extract the files. Install a ftp client like Filezilla or Winscp and login using your ftp login details that your web host has provided. Then just drag and drop the files to their respective directory and activate it in your dashboard. Customize anything needed to be customize and view your website if you have achieve your desired look.
Your Music Website
Now you have personalize your website, it’s time to add your articles, contents, post, photos and videos to it. Then from time to time, check your website for any troubles or add in or update your posts. Congratulations! You have successfully created your music website.