Do you need a band website?

Every band and artist today has some kind of social media presence, so do you even need a band website anymore?

I get it. I’ve been playing in bands for years and I know from my own experience that there’s already enough stuff to do with constantly posting on social media and trying to get your music in front of your fans.

The last thing you want to do is waste time to learn how to build a band website yourself.

That’s why I reckon you don’t need a full website these days with tour dates from 10 years ago and a billion photos nobody will look at.

But… having a basic responsive band website with EPK (or electronic press kit) will set you apart from the amateur artists in your scene.

You just need something to make it easy to share with the right people in the music industry who need to see what you’re up to right now.

And a place your fans can find your most important info in one place, your tour dates, and how and where to buy your music and merch.

Having a slick looking EPK that works perfectly on mobile will make it so much easier for music industry partners to see what you’re up to and contact you easily.

Your band or artist EPK can be used to showcase your latest promo photo, bio, music videos, music player, and other key info.

No need to send email attachments or links to download clunky PDF press kits, band photos, or bloated biographies that will probably be deleted before you can say ‘amateur local band’.

SwiftSites will get your custom band site sorted for you with the right amount of information to help promote yourself to record labels, booking agents, and other players in the music industry, with a central place where fans can find you too.

Check out the band and artist website and EPK package below.

Band Website and EPK Package

Band or Artist Home Page

  • Simple design and layout with your logo and colour scheme
  • Icons linking to your social media, music streaming, and online store
  • Email list signup form
  • Text section for tour dates if needed
  • All web pages designed and built to look great on all screen sizes especially mobile and laptop
  • Built with WordPress so you can add on to your site later
  • Search engine optimised
  • Integration with tracking and analytics software, and marketing tools
  • Everything done for you so you don’t have to spend time learning how to design and build a website yourself

Normally from $1100

EPK Web Page

  • Designed with a simple and clean layout that’s easy for people to read and navigate so they can find out everything they need to know about you in one place on any size device or screen
  • Includes your logo, photo, bio, embedded videos and music player, and social media links in a simple layout
  • Eliminates the need for clunky and outdated PDFs and other unprofessional looking promo materials

Normally from $550

Band or Artist Home Page

On top of your website you also get website care and support that ensures your site is always online and running it’s best including:

  • Ongoing website care and priority support
  • Regular backups
  • Software updates
  • Security monitoring
  • Performance enhancements

Also included:

  • Secure website hosting*
  • Domain name registration*
  • Advice, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your website and internet marketing

Normally from $66 p/m

Special Pricing for Bands and Artists

AUD$660 one time + $44 p/m*

*minimum 12 months.

BEST DEAL - AUD$990 one time**

**$44 p/m after 12 months

Got any questions? Read the FAQs below or contact us.

Testimonials

I have used SwiftSites too many times to count now, and I keep going back because Adrian is extremely efficient, knowledgable, a quick response time, and just very easy to deal with all round. His work is slick, and he really knows what works in an up to date way. I have recommended him to many people, and will continue to do so!

Basil Cook – ABC Music

SwiftSites have been the best decision I’ve made for my business. Adrian has worked tirelessly to create a website that’s clean, smooth and achieves results.

Brad Weeks – Abunai Media Group

It’s been great working with Adrian and SwiftSites. The collaboration has worked really well for us, taking our ideas and vision for the site and making them actually work online. Since our redesign we have kept an ongoing relationship with Adrian and have always found him responsive and helpful anytime we have had a query or issue.

Matt Kirkegaard – Brews News

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll need to supply all the content you want on the EPK and home page. The best way to do this is by using Dropbox or Google Drive, but email is ok.

At the very least you should have:

  • Your logo in a high resolution format
  • One band or artist photo in a high resolution format
  • Packshot of your latest album cover in a high resolution format
  • A text file (Word doc, Google doc, .txt) containing
    • Your latest biography
    • Your lineup
    • Your best quote from a review if possible
    • A link to your latest album on Spotify, Apple Music, or a song on Soundcloud
    • A link to your latest music video or pro shot live video on YouTube
    • Basic information about your latest release
    • Links to your social media accounts

Yes you can! With basic computer knowledge, it’s easy to add, edit, and delete sections of your content. We’ll show you how.

The best way is to upload them to your YouTube account and embed them straight on the EPK or home page.

If your music is on Apple Music, Spotify, or Bandcamp, you can embed your music on your site using their embed codes.

It’s a good idea to keep your EPK page as simple and easy to use as possible so visitors can find your most important info quickly.

See first FAQ above for the recommended content.

Let us know if there’s anything else you would like and we’ll let you know what’s possible.

This package includes a simple home page and an EPK page.

It doesn’t include a full website structure with a header and footer, and navigation menu which is needed for multiple page sites, so adding extra pages is not included.

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss building a full website.

WordPress powers 34% of all websites on the internet, is open source, and widely supported so you’ll never need to worry about finding someone who knows how to use it or fix it.

It’s super flexible, extremely customisable, and search engine friendly out of the box with loads of add-ons available to take it to the next level.

You could totally build yourself a basic website using a website builder like SquareSpace or Wix, or any of the other lesser known systems.

It depends how much time you want to spend figuring it out and doing it yourself.

SwiftSites isn’t a DIY platform so you don’t have to do it all yourself.

You send us what you want on the site, then we set everything up and design and build your home page and EPK for you.

In our experience, a self hosted WordPress site is much more flexible when it comes to adding features down the track and has the option of making technical changes that can help with search engine optimisation (SEO) and other performance improvements.

These are much more difficult to do, or often cannot be done with Wix, SquareSpace, or other all-in-one website builders as their platforms are closed, proprietary systems. We know because we’ve tried!

This also comes from a lot of well respected experts and colleagues in the web design and SEO spaces.

The band website and EPK package is a full ‘done for you’ service which includes designing and building your home page and EPK.

If you want to do it yourself, there are plenty of DIY options out there.

You’re free to use your own hosting once the site is built.

If you choose to use your own hosting, you would be responsible for moving the site there, and ongoing website care and support such as regular backups and software updates, security, and performance of your site.

You would also need to contact your hosting company directly with any hosting related issues that may arise in future.

Looking after your own hosting isn’t recommended unless you’re prepared to spend some time learning how hosting works and managing it – and pulling some hair out!

Simple! Your site will be switched off until your payments start again.

If you don’t continue to pay for the domain name after 12 months, it will expire, our domain provider will put it back onto the market, and someone else could potentially buy it.

We understand cash-flow in a band can be tight so there are monthly payment options for website care, hosting, and domain.

If you pay up front for 12 months, you’ll get a discount of $198

Alternatively you may be able to find your own hosting for less and look after it all yourself (see above).

If you decide to move the hosting you will need to do it after 12 months, or you will need to pay out the difference.

After 12 months, we’ll happily provide you with all the the website files and database and you can transfer the domain name to your own management.

No. You would need to upgrade the hosting and website care plan for a full website.

If you go with our website care and support package your site is covered as long as you’re with SwiftSites.

If you decide to use your own hosting, your site will no longer be covered, and any support will be an hourly cost.

If your band or artist name is unique, it’s highly likely you will appear at the top of Google a few weeks after the site is launched when people search for ’yourartistname’ or ’yourartistname band’, although nobody can guarantee this.

Search results depend on what people search for, where they are located, how unique your band name is, how much competition you have, how many quality backlinks you have, and many more factors that are constantly changing, such as voice search.

It can also take some time before search engines recognise your website in their index.

Advanced search engine optimisation (SEO) is a separate and ongoing service that can become quite costly depending on how much time and effort is put into it.

It’s a good idea to integrate Google Analytics and Search Console with your new site so you can can track your website visitors and make informed decisions about your internet marketing.

The best way to do this is using your Google account. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how it’s done.

I also recommend adding a Facebook pixel that can be used down the track for ads. We’ll also show you how to set that up.

Mailerlite and Mailchimp are both great options and are the cheapest. 

There are other better options for more serious email marketing, but these are fine for a small list and can be moved later if needed.

Got any questions?

Contact Us

Ask me anything about digital marketing, custom website design, WordPress business websites, branding, sales funnels, or anything to do with internet marketing.

Give me a shout! I’m always happy to help.

Cheers,
Adrian Griffin