Do you already have a website?
If not, is it because it seems like it would be too stressful/time consuming/expensive?
It really isn’t – I’ll show you.
In case you need convincing about taking the leap…
Here’s why I think having a website is such a great thing
NOTE: if you don’t want to read all this, just check out the video at the bottom of the post.
1. You get your own email address
Yes, I know it’s all about social networking these days, but people still email. One of my favourite things about having my own domain is that I get my own email address (and I’ll never have to change it!)
Even if you have no interest in a website, having a personalised email address that can stay with you forever is great. Plus you can create as many email addresses as you like. You could have firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and they can all arrive in your Gmail/Hotmail/YahooMail.
2. It looks professional
If you’re networking with other musicians it’s quite likely that you’ll exchange email addresses. Whether you know it or not your email address can make a good impression.
Not only does email@example.com look nicer than firstname.lastname@example.org, but it subtly says that you’ve gone to the trouble of getting a domain and website and that you mean business.
Oh, and did I say that you never have to change your email address again?!
3. You have a 24/7 calling card
The three main gigs I landed since I moved to London to try and become a professional drummer were all helped by my website. It’s a calling card that’s always available for potential employers or band mates to check out.
With Pendragon and Wishbone Ash I didn’t even audition. We spoke on the phone, I gave them my website address, they checked it out and I got the gig.
The mere fact that I had a website made it look like I was a professional. It wouldn’t have been as effective to send them to Facebook or make them search for me on YouTube.
Also, as with email addresses, it’s much better to have jakejacobs.com than jakejacobs.wordpress.org
Why you should get a website now
If you’ve ever thought about maybe getting a website then you should do it. You should do it now. After all, there’s no time like the present!
If you’ve been putting it off for financial reasons, or because you think you’ll need to set aside a few hours, or because you figure you’ll need someone else to help you with the technical aspects, then here’s the thing…
It’s REALLY easy to set up a website.
Believe it or not, you could have your own website up and running in the next 10 minutes!
How to get set up in under 10 minutes…
I just set up a website which I intend to move some things across to and it took me 8 minutes. I made a video so you can follow along and be done in the same time. Once you’re up and running, adding content is easier than writing an email.
Are you ready?
Watch the video below and follow along. In the video I recommend Bluehost as the provider, though there are plenty out there to choose from. I recently moved my PolyNome site to InMotion Hosting. This wasn’t because I had any problems with Bluehost – I just wanted to try something new. Both services have great customer support.
Bluehost promote themselves as being very WordPress friendly and WordPress is what we’re going to use (that’s what this blog is created in.) They also usually have great discounted pricing for new users and they’re one of the oldest hosting companies out there so a lot of people rely on them to keep their website up.
If you decide to go with InMotion Hosting the process is pretty much the same. You’ll still be able to follow along in the video.
On a side note, when I was filming the video, I accidentally bought the more expensive option and didn’t realise until it was too late. I contacted them on their “live chat” system and they refunded the difference within 10 minutes. That’s great customer service. They also have an any-time money back guarantee so you can cancel at any time if you change your mind.
Here’s the video where I guide you through the process… If you get your site set up post a link in the comments then at least I’ll check it out 🙂
Haven’t thought of a domain name yet? Bookmark this page and come back to check out the video when you’ve thought of one.
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