Setting Up A Quick And Easy Website Using WordPress For Musicians

If you are an aspiring singer, songwriter, musician, or rapper, you really need to have your own website. Having a Facebook page is great, but you really should get your own website on your own domain name. It shows the world you are serious about your music career.

The first thing you are going to need is to register a domain name. I would suggest you register one at Godaddy.com (they are by far the biggest registrar out there, and they can guide you with setting everything up.

Register a domain name

Next, you are going to need hosting. Now, you can get hosting at Godaddy, but I would highly recommend you register for hosting at Hostgator.com (they have some of the best prices and their service is very reliable). Just get the most basic monthly plan and you are good to go.

Hosting at hostgator

Now, you are going to get an email confirmation telling you what the name servers are that you should use. Once you have that, copy what they sent you and go over and log into your Godaddy.com account. Go to the domain manager, select the domain name

Select domain name

and then click on “Nameservers”.

Click nameservers

Now paste the 2 hosting name servers under the first and second spot. This basically tells your domain to point itself the the Hostgator servers.

Set nameservers

Now, you may have to wait a while for the name servers to resolve. It usually takes only a few minutes, but in some cases it can take a few hours. Once they resolve, you can go to your hosting account. To login, it’s usually your DOMAINNAME.com/cpanel and then your log in credentials.

Once you are in your hosting account, locate the button titled “Fantastico De Luxe”

Fantastico de luxe

Next, click on “WordPress”

Click on wordpress

after you click on “new installation”, be sure to fill out all the required fields properly.

Setting up wordpress for beginners

For the site name, be sure to put your musician or band name. And for the description, you can say something like “The official page of …with the latest music, tour dates and info.”

Once you hit install, you can go and log in to your website blog. To log in, you would have to go to www.YourDomainName.com/wp-admin

Once you are logged into your dashboard, you can probably figure things out on your own.

Wordpress dashboard

You can click on “pages” and add an about me page, or a biography page. If you want to change the look of your site, click on “appearance” and you can either modify the theme you have or install a brand new theme that are available (there are thousands of great, free themes). See what suits you best. The great things with WordPress is that you can change then entire look of your site with one click. If you don’t like it, just click on the old theme.  When ever you would like to post something new, like a new youtube video, just add a new post.

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, and I highly recommend you build your website around it. Forget about having a static HTML website. With wordpress, you can modify your own website from anywhere with an internet connection. No need to higher a web designer (of course, you can higher a designer if you want a totally custom look, but then you would be spending money that could go towards other things.

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