Monthly Hosting Fee: $50
Domain Registration (optional): $20 (must be ordered separately)
Here’s how it works. You are responsible for your own content, meaning that you have to write your own material. I can add posts or images for you if need be, but I can’t write them for you or generate your graphics. I will help if you run into any troubles. What I provide is set-up and hosting. All material posted to your web site should be posted by you through the WordPress interface. Of course, I’ll be glad to answer questions until you get up to speed. But if you’ve never used WordPress before, you’ll be surprised by how flexible and easy to use it is.
The following is a break-down of what you’re getting for your money.
- Web site set-up (installation of WordPress, provided plug-ins, statistics code, SQL database and domain integration – everything you need for your artist web site to kick ass).
- Web site hosting.
- 15 e-mail accounts.
- Weekly web site traffic reports delivered via e-mail.
- WordPress maintenance and updates.
- Plug-in installation, maintenance and updates.
- Theme installation (should you find a preferable theme, I’ll install it).
- Code modifications as necessary (to make themes work just like you want them to). Please note that this is not the same thing as writing custom code. This is tweaking existing code, not writing new code from scratch. Custom work will have to be commissioned at a fixed rate.
- Mobile device integration via a responsive theme. Your web site will adapt to whichever device your fans view it with, whether that’s a PC, tablet or smartphone.
- Technical assistance, advice and friendly encouragement as needed.
I will, of course, install any specialized plug-ins you prefer. The list below is the basic set which comes with all installations (Subject to change). These are plug-ins I’ve tested and tweaked, and use on all my own web sites.
- Any User Twitter Feed – Embed your Twitter Timeline or display tweets based on a keyword. Fully compatible with the latest Twitter API and guaranteed to work even with the forthcoming Twitter changes!
- YouTube with Fancy Zoom – A media viewing application that supports webs most popular YouTube video. Provides a media page which will display all videos from a YouTube page, which is updated automatically when you add new videos to your YouTube channel.
- Newsletter – Newsletter is a cool plugin to create your own subscriber list, to send newsletters, to build your brand. You won’t need an outside service to send out newsletter to your mailing list.
- WooCommerce – WooCommerce is a free, powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully. If you sell merchandise, it’ll come in handy.
- Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. It helps cut down on the B.S.
- WordPress SEO – The WordPress SEO plugin is the first true all-in-one SEO (search engine optimization) solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
- Anti-Spam – No spam in comments. No captcha. This plug-in shuts down spammers cold.
- Contact Form 7 – Allows you to add a feedback form easilly and simply to a post or a page, and supports multiple contact forms.
- Hupso Share Buttons – Add simple social sharing buttons to your articles. Your visitors will be able to easily share your content on the most popular social networks.
- Nextgen Gallery – A fully integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features.
My default theme for artist pages is the amazing, flexible Canvas theme. It incorporates everything you’ll need for a business web site, in either Blog, Magazine or Business configurations. Customization will include your logo, color scheme and the background of your choice.
You can find a full listing of available themes in the Themes Archive.
Keep in mind that I’ll install whatever theme you wish to use. But our default themes are very flexible and will be customized and tailored for your needs. One of the reasons I do web sites cheaper than other professional developers is that I use existing tools to cut down on the development time. Let’s face it, most of us can’t afford to pay someone what it’d cost to reinvent the wheel. That’s where Windhaven Network comes in!