What are you using to build your websites?

Discussion in 'Working in the Industry' started by musicalweather, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. jbstanley

    jbstanley New Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    I've used Wix and have been pretty happy with it. Easy to figure out as well. Here's my site if you'd like a reference for both mobile and desktop: www.johnstanleymusic.com
  2. JeffvR

    JeffvR Active Member

    Dec 4, 2010
  3. AllanH

    AllanH Senior Member

    Oct 11, 2015
    Central Coast California
    I would encourage caution regarding free web-builders, such as WIX: the moment a web host free, it will be used to host malware and pornography (two name the top two). For that reason alone, wix is blocked by many, if not all, content filters in education and fortune 1000+ companies.

    There is a lot to be said for hosting at either Google (great free websites that ties tightly with YouTube) or AWS/Amazon, as those two hosts realistically cannot be blocked (or many commercial services will stop working).

    I'm simply using WIX as an example, as I have personal experience with the issue. The same challenge applies to e.g. Pinterest and many other "post what you like" sites.
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  4. Perhaps with a free hosting setup such as "username.wixsite.com/musiccomposer", but I doubt it has a bad rap with it's regular paid plans. I know a lot of pros using it.
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  5. MarcusD

    MarcusD Active Member

    Jul 25, 2015
    Originally a Wordpress user. Awesome and easy to use, great if you don't want to do eCommerce stuff. Loads of apps too which are mostly un-paid for (bonus). Switched to Shopify (ages ago) because did some eCommerce things Wordpress couldn't handle when it came to digital downloads. Shopify still not a perfect platform, and there's hardly any decent apps. I'm sure Wordpress has come much further now.

    If you just want a portfolio type of website, easy ones to use are...

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  6. S.M Hassani

    S.M Hassani Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    Yes that's how it works.

    It's simple to use, but does offer some fairly advanced features.

    Was around $35 when I originally bought it. ($80 now) Never felt like I needed another tool for that type of job.
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  7. dfhagai

    dfhagai HD

    Aug 24, 2009
  8. Very nice site, love the simple navigation. IMO, sites like WIX, Godaddy and Wordpress are no-brainers. I've been on Godaddy for ten years now, and although they aren't primarily a hosting site, they offer very reasonable plans with very simple building tools (as does WIX). Never had an issue, and most of my work has been a direct result of clients checking out my site.....very small price to pay for the rate of return.
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  9. Grégory Betton

    Grégory Betton Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    I would definitively advocate against CMS such as Wordpress, Drupals, etc.
    Not only they're clearly out of date regarding what new technologies can do today but also they're quickly compromised by bugs and security flaws. If you don't update them regularly, you've got a good chance to be hacked.

    WYSIWYG editors such as Wix are far better options if you don't want to pay a developer and do it yourself. But you may still be limited. If you need to sell your music, perhaps websites hosting solutions such as Shopify or Prestashop could help you.

    But if you've got the budget and your website is not only a simple showcase, I do advise you to contact a freelance developer (ask him if he can manage both Front-end and Back-end parts of your website, and if you don't know how to host and manage it, if he can do it for you). It will certainly be more expensive that a ready-to-go solution, but if you need something both personalised and stable, that's the way to go!

    Disclaimer: I'm a freelance web developer myself, using recent JS technologies everyday at work.
  10. chrisphan

    chrisphan Active Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    Would using Wordpress free domain give a bad first impression? What do you guys think?
  11. Grégory Betton

    Grégory Betton Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Totally. Plus nowadays, a domain name is around 20 USD. You can even have some on promotion for less than 5 USD. Look at no conventional TLD such as .xyz!
  12. GtrString

    GtrString Active Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Unless you need a website for branding, soundcloud and facebook is free and low maintenance. There is also reelcrafter, which is really nice. https://reelcrafter.com/
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  13. And unprofessional IMO. I have actually been told by several clients that they will not visit a composer's site unless it's "official". In other words, not FB, Soundcloud, Reverb Nation, etc. I think having a real website gives a composer more relevance, and a more professional appearance.
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  14. Vik

    Vik Scandi Member

    Dec 15, 2013
    I have used iWeb (discontinued) in the past, and Sandvox after that (which seems a bit limited today). So I'm considering Blocs and Everweb. But even if Blocs looks both advanced and simple when I tried the demo, it also seems a bit incomplete. For instance, I couldn't sort out how to make a simple sidebar with global navigation links. I also had some other surprises when I tried it, so I'm checking out Everweb now. Does anyone here have personal experience with Blocs or Everweb? Happy?

  15. MA-Simon

    MA-Simon Senior Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    Still using wordpress. Never had a problem. Looks good on all devices and gets updated regularly by the host site.

    I could never use a site called... Wix. "heute schon gewixt", "sei ein wixer". Imho gutter trash level advertising.
  16. Vik

    Vik Scandi Member

    Dec 15, 2013
    Viks would have been a better name for sure. :)
    Wix looks good if one needs hosting as well, but I have in some cases helped clients with websites, and need two or possibly three sites for my own projects, which is why I prefer a downloadable app and getting server space separately.
  17. You mean how they promote their services...or advertising on hosted sites?
  18. MA-Simon

    MA-Simon Senior Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    Advertising. I mean it can be a language thing. But they have to be aware. "Sei ein Wixer" = "be an Asshole", "heute schon gewixt" = As in: "Already jerked yourself off today / Did you cum already". Though it seems to work for some reason.
  19. James Marshall

    James Marshall Senior Memer

    Apr 26, 2017
    Isn't using a "site builder" like Wix etc the equivalent of someone bypassing us as composers and downloading some cheap and bland stock music that all looks sounds the same.

    Think of those poor freelance developers trying to earn a living! :eek:

    A tad hypocritical?

    * Disclaimer - tongue in cheek *
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  20. Not at all, I know a lot of composers and bands that use Wix, they have really nice looking sites. What should I pay a developer a ton of $$ for something I can build and host for a fraction of that cost? Would it be no different than a production company using stock library tracks? For what it's worth, I agreed to let a "pro" design my site...his cost was $1200, and it really didn't look that much different from what I already have (needless to say, I declined his proposal).

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