As a music fan, I would suggest looking at your own network of friends, who may have the skills or know someone with experience of website development; from which they can showcase the site to build their portfolio of clients and generate fans of your band.
This is a website I created for a band, www.neonballroom.co.uk. If you like what you see and want to discuss your project, then please get in touch, xanthestudios.co.uk.
Very simple: Go to our website and send us a message with your available budget. We'll be able to work with any budget you have. I know the perfect way to design your website and make it cool. Give us the opportunity to be awesome!
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1) Register your domain -- there are hundreds of places to do this, but don't pay more than $10/year (check the second year, because that's when everyone jacks up the price). I like Namecheap.com.
2) Use a website builder platform -- Weebly and Wix are drag and drop builders, and much easier than Wordpress. I prefer Weebly, which has an audio player, so you can easily load music samples.
3) If you want to sell anything, don't use Weebly's ecommerce. Instead, use an Ecwid or Shopify plugin. If you want to focus on ecommerce, you may want to go with Shopify for your total site.
4) You'll want to optimize your site for search (visit my website for a free guide that explains what this is and how to do it).
5) Launch the site by pointing your domain name to your Weebly site.
That's the technical side. Creating the right content is the other -- be sure to deliver just what your fans are looking for, from a great description and band pics, through sound clips and buy now options and gig calendar.
You can pick up a free Wordpress site on Wordpress.com and upload an inexpensive theme like this one. https://themeforest.net/item/sound-stage-a-professional-wordpress-theme-for-music-bands/15742657?s_rank=9
Learning Wordpress is fairly easy and you can customize thousands of details.
If you're not a tech savvy person, just pick one of these highly customizable music WP themes http://www.templatemonster.com/category/music-WordPress-themes/ and add your content. If you aim to build an effective and aesthetically-pleasing website for your music band, be sure to go with any of those themes!
Start by grabbing a domain via go-daddy or a similar plaform. Install wordpress, add a theme, it's all pretty simple from there and the ones running the servers will walk you through most of it.
A website for a band is important, but more important is being found, so it is more than just having a website. A website is an investment in your future and is a marketing/sales tool that has to be kept up to date and has to be found otherwise it is wasting money if it does not look professional or if it cannot be found.
If you are looking to spend a couple hundred dollars you will get exactly what you paid for. I am not sure where you are but to professionally done website that is search engine optimized and has all of the right security in place (avoid hacking) it would be around $1500 - $2000. (Canada) by a smaller web firm out from large cities.
You could probably find some web developers who would do it for less on a template on one of the CMS systems that would still look professional and would be hosted by a company and customized a bit so it did not look like the standard template. You might get something closer to $1000.00.
Non-techies can create websites on Website platforms such as Weebly, Yola, Wix....., but the issue is if you do not have web expertise and understand web, SEO, size of pictures, colour schemes and such - it will be difficult.
There are a lot of companies in Eastern Europe & Far East that do web development for a lot less. - it is about finding one that is reputable There are companies that are - but I would ask to speak to references in your area.
There was a company we dealt with here that hired an overseas firm that charged them $1500.00 - it looked great but they stole all of the content off one of their competitor's site and almost ended up in a lawsuit for copyright infringement. If you are going to look for someone for less - check out their credentials. You might find some young web developers starting out who are looking to build up their portfolio.
Here is a great article I saved a while back that I share with some of my clients. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/cost-to-build-a-website/