We live in a digital age in which singers, musicians, and bands operate professional websites that help them connect with existing fanbases, reach new audiences, and expose their talent to industry professionals.
A good site can include a variety of useful features and content such as discography, song lyrics, performance videos and photos, future gig dates, information about upcoming albums, and even a blog, eCommerce store, and a newsletter.
A great website can help new and established artists promote, distribute, and sell their music, tickets, and merch, and create a successful presence online.
After buying a domain name and building an eye-catching site, you will need to find a company that will host it on its servers so music lovers, fans, and industry insiders can access it.
As you might imagine, there are hundreds of different web hosting providers that operate in a very crowded and competitive market.
So how do you actually choose a WebHost? How do you decide which company is right for you? We hope that the following 5 tips can help any musician with selecting a service to subscribe to.
Tip #1: Use a familiar and popular company
Industry leaders are more likely to provide better levels of server speed, storage, memory, bandwidth, support, and security. Avoid using new or unfamiliar hosting companies.
Tip #2: Understand which type of hosting you need
Most musicians use the most basic (and cheapest) service format, which is shared hosting.
However, some may have more demanding needs, so be sure to take them all into account before choosing a package.
Tip #3: Use a host that guarantees your satisfaction
Choose a large, well-known web hosting company that offers a money-back guarantee. In case you are not satisfied with their service, you can get a refund and look for a better alternative without losing money.
Tip #4: Read reviews from actual customers
The internet is a great tool for conducting consumer research. Found a company that seems promising? Use Google to look for user reviews and check the host’s track record.
Tip #5: Avoid overly cheap prices
Most shared hosting plans are quite inexpensive, which means that even the best and most reputable companies in this business are quite affordable. Avoid taking the unnecessary risk of dealing with questionable providers who present unrealistically cheap prices.
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