You do not need to know a code to build a website in today’s age. Many companies make website building a breeze. With so many options you will want to ensure that you are deciding on what will be best for you. In this article discover the difference between the platforms so you can choose the best platform for your artist website.
There are two different types of website platforms available, free website services and websites that you own.
Free websites services such as Blogger, Tumbler and Wix are great services for the hobbyist. If you are an artist that only wants to share images of your artwork, these sites will work perfectly for you. Free sites offer a limited amount of templates that you can use. A template is the layout of your page or pages. Having a limited number of templates will make it near to impossible to brand your site.
Most free services have advertisements on them. You will not have a unique domain name. A domain name is the address of your website, for example, www.nevuefineartmarketing.com is the address for my marketing website.
The main reason that you will not want to use a free service for your business website is because there is no guarantee how long they will be in operation. They are a business and if they are not making enough revenue they will shut down. Everything that you have worked for will be lost forever. You will be starting from scratch.
I have heard stories of bloggers that had 1,000s of articles on a free service wake up one morning and find that their articles and site are no longer available. I cannot even begin to imagine what they were feeling at that time.
Benefits of owning an artist website:
- Full control to be able to brand your business
- Full control of the content you can provide
- Full control of monetization
- Professional look and feel
- Email marketing
Artist Website Services:
WordPress – WordPress is the most used blogging platform on the internet. It can also be used to build a business website. With thousands of templates and plugins, you will be able to brand your site exactly the way that you envision. Many templates offer beautiful galleries and slideshows that will showcase your artwork. You will be able to add payment plans if you wish to sell your work online. You will be able to offer tutorials with a membership option. Some plugins allow you to sell books or downloads for eBooks.
If you are interested in building your website using WordPress go to WordPress Basics for step by step articles that will help you build your artist website.
FASO – is a site for artists to create an artist website quickly. They offer many templates and color choices. FASO is very user-friendly, and the customer support is excellent. You do not have all of the options that WordPress offers but if you would like to have a professional website made easy, I recommended FASO. If you would like to look at my FASO website, go to http://www.davenevueart.com. The price at the time of writing this book is $8.00 – $35.00 per month.
Other options are:
Many other sites offer website services. Now that you have a blueprint of how you want your site to look finding the best service for you will be easy.
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