It is 2016 and we are entering a new era of music industry. Last year we saw the powerful evolvement of the music industry into digital platform (with a digital revenue of $6.4 billions). With the ever-growing population of musicians, online platforms are very effective communication channels. MySpace used to dominate the online music industry with its highly customizable layout, but now is the time for boring-looking interface of Facebook and Twitter.
It is about time music bands build their own websites to pull people into a musical universe of their own.
For artists without knowledge of code, just need to buy a theme from millions of online WordPress templates store and you can easily build an attractive website with many features at hand. But what features should be included? Here we give you a checklist of must-have features for music band WordPress website:
1. About Us
This is where we get personal with readers (to get them know about us personally, to be specific) and make people fall in love with the musicians.
2. Music Preview/Custom Player
The player should be able to play 3rd-party providers like SoundCloud and Spotify, and it would be more convenient if it can plays self-host music.
3. Social Media buttons
Often a bunch of buttons together on top of the menu. This lets readers open multiple tabs of social sites easier.
Remember to include both photos and videos. Suggestion: group them in albums/categories so that fans can easily scroll back to your previous tour images at ease.
There are many things to sell: pre-order albums, previous music and of course merchandise. Music should have a preview button. WooCommerce is highly recommended: this is the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress.
There shall be lots of people reading your site from their mobiles, don’t forget to find WordPress theme that is responsive to different screens.
7. Tour schedule
Fans will want to find out if you will be performing near their places. Fans need this!
Countdown to your next event, whether tour opening or only a small coffee house performance, forever blinking numbers of the countdown ensure to keep readers entertained.
This feature is also featured in our new musician WordPress theme called City Soul. The theme is still under construction and we will update the demo for you as soon as possible. Stay tuned!
These are only basic necessities for a musician or music band WordPress website. It is still up to your style and your needs that you should include different elements. In the next article we will dig deeper into reviews of WordPress themes for musicians. For now, have fun building your own website!