Resources to help you Build your Artist Website

For Beginners

No experience with code

If you've never built a website before, click HERE.

Need a sample privacy policy?
SAMPLE: Privacy Policy

For Beginners

No experience with WordPress

If you've never used WordPress before, click HERE.

Need a sample of Terms & Conditions?
SAMPLE: Terms & Conditions

PDF

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Download free PDF, Step by Step: Create your Website

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Blog + Website

WordPress.com

WordPress.Com gives you a simple blogging option. You can use an assigned domain name or use your own. You can build your own customizable site. You can even set up a store. The basic option is free, and there are paid upgrade options.

 

 

Blog + Website

WordPress.org

WordPress.org is the option you want if you want full customization options. Extendable with over 45,000 plugins. Add an online store, galleries, mailing lists, forums, analytics, and much more. There are virtually no limits to what can be done with a WordPress website.

 

 

Host

Bluehost

An incredible host that's committed to WordPress. You have many options in terms of monthly payments and hosting space. Unlimited space, hosting, and domains. Get a free domain, 1-Click WordPress Install, and 24/7 support.

Host

Siteground

Another excellent WordPress host. They also (as the others do) offer Joomla support as well, and are active in both communities. They are a Premium Host with great developer features, excellent support, and outstanding performance.

 

 

Image Editor

Photoshop Elements

BELIEVE ME, you are going to need an image editor if you engage in building a website. Images are some of the hardest things to work with in terms of making them do what you want on the page. There are free ones available, but Photoshop Elements gives you a simple editor mode to help you do exactly what you want.

 

Must Have Plugins

Website Functions

If you're not familiar with plugins, they add functionality to your website. They allow you to do things on the site that don't come with the basic website outlay. Or they allow you to enhance some things that are already there. There are over 45,000 plugins available for WordPress, but this is a list of plugins that you MUST use if you are going to make your website do what you want it to do!

 

Email Manager

AWeber

As your followers grow, you'll need to be able to manage keeping in contact with them. AWeber helps you with every single aspect of client email management, and setup only takes minutes.

 

 

Avatar
Management

Gravatar

Gravatar stands for globally recognized avatar. It's the premiere place to manage your avatars that show up everywhere on the web. Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

 

Free Software

FileHippo.com

This is the most comprehensive (and safest) place on the web to get free software. Web browsers, anti-virus, anti-malware, defrag, cache cleaners and more. Any type of software that you need, if there's a version of it available for free, you'll find it here.