Musician Friendly Web Hosting Services - dummies

By Jeff Strong

Some hosting services make it easy to create a website for you or your band and allow you to offer downloads or streams of your music, CDs, and other merchandise. All the following sites are geared toward musicians. The one you choose will likely depend on the fit for you or your band. Here are some options:

  • Bandvista ( Bandvista’s plans start at $15/month, and it has hundreds of templates to start your design.

  • Bandzoogle ( Bandzoogle has plans starting at $10/month, though if you want to create a design of your own (not from a basic template) it’ll run $15/month.

  • HostBaby ( HostBaby has one plan ($20/month or $199/year — your unique domain name is another $12/year) and offers five free CD submissions to CD Baby, so it’s pretty competitive with the other sites.

  • Rock web ( Rock web has hosting plans starting at $10/month and offers pretty much the same options as other sites for the money, but their templates are somewhat limited for a band or musician. Still, you can be creative and set up a site quick and cheap. And like all the other sites, you don’t need to know HTML or any other web code.

Each of these sites offers slightly different features for the money. Take a close look at their plans and keep in mind that, while all offer free trials, you’re unlikely to move from one host site to another, so choose the site that you feel best about and whose features most closely match your needs.