Why You Need A Website (and how to have your own in under 5 minutes)

A personal website is a 24/7 calling card

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 info@jakejacobs.com, management@jakejacobs.com, contact@jakejacobs.com 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  jake@jakejacobs.com look nicer than jake_jacobs_1941_123@hotmail.com, 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.

Customer Service

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.

Have fun!

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  • Kenneth_Brown

    Sage advice. With the tools out today such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, it’s very easy to create a basic web site with no previous experience. There are also many tutorials available for a nominal cost that will walk you through the whole process step by step.

    Maybe an even more important factor in having your own domain for a professional look is the ability to control what you make private or public. If you are in the creative arts, you also maintain control over the licensing and rights of your creations. Take a close look at the Terms of Service agreements you blindly accepted when you signed up for an account on any of the Social Media sites. Odds are almost 100% that you agreed to grant the site the non-exclusive, perpetual and worldwide rights to use, transfer or resell anything you post without notification or payment. That should be enough to frighten any creative into building their own web site and not post anything they have produced on a Social Media site.

    You can leverage any following you develop on a social media site by sending out notes that drive people to your web site to find your latest work. “Behind the Scenes” photos, small audio files and low-res pictures work great as lures. This can let you keep your private stuff private and separate from your public publishing. FB has been notorious for “outing” private, friends-only material without any notice. This could be disastrous if you are collaborating on a project under a Non-Disclousure agreement.

    Joe, while you can forward your own domain email to a Gmail or other account, why? Google was found culling emails for key phrases like “buy a new car” to sell leads and got in a spot of bother over it. It’s universal now for web hosting companies to have software for web access to email although I find it easier to manage mail with a dedicated eMail application.

    Anytime you are getting a product or service for free, you are the product. Big Data (the collecting and selling of personal information) is how companies can offer a “free” service and still makes obscene amounts of money. By spending a few dollars, pounds, groats, you can distance yourself from much commercial spying.