Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
Indeed best to go with a professional unless it's a personal homepage.
But do take care, there are a lot of companies out there that will not give you adequate service if you're a small customer.
I've encountered it myself, a webdesign firm with several large accounts we hired to design and build the corporate website (apart from the dynamic stuff).
All they did was make a pretty picture of what it would look like, the HTML they provided was nothing more than an empty page with that picture as the background...
Shawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2589 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1271 times:
Also, whoever you choose to help you build the website, make sure to write up a contract of work. Include exactly what work will be done, how much it will cost, and about how long it will take. Otherwise, as Jwenting said, you can get screwed over.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7891 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
Hm, I'm definitely more expensive than Shawn Patrick.
You should start with a concept and work closely together with the professional on this:
Who are your "clients"?
How old are they?
What's the goal of your webpage?
- First and foremost: This ...
- Then comes ...
- Then this ....
and so on.
Some ideas to attract visitors:
- Ecards: Electronic postcards. People will visit your website to pick up a card send by a friend and in return post some more.
- Mixing desk: Let visitors mix their own version of a song you wrote. They can then invite friends to listen to their "work". The funny thing is: Your music remains to be recognizable. Add some links, such as "Listen to the original version" or "buy the new album here" ...
Jgo From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1227 times:
you could consider doing it yourself. it is much much cheaper than hiing someone to do it for you and would do until your band starts bringing in enough money and the site starts getting enough attention. i've got some links for you.
html - there are many page builders on the web, and you might have one or two already installed. it's not the best, but ms frontpage will do the trick for a simple, first time website. it comes with office and is very easy to use for a beginner. the best (imho) is macromedia's dreamweaver, download the free trial from their site. many completely free web editors are available, have a look round download.com or checkout the links below:
hosting - you are unlikeley to need many features, not much bandwidth and not too much space. never go for a company who promises unlimited bandwidth, they are overselling themselves and will only run into serious problems. i prefer windows hosting (i work best with asp and access) but the choice is your's: