Hello and welcome to our series of blog posts on how to start piano studio! This is our third blog post on the topic of piano studio website. And we are focusing on how to turn all your precious content into a public website accessible from the Internet.
By now you have learned already how to pick a unique name, domain name and a branded email address for your piano studio figured out what is at the heart of the Internet and how the websites are structured and built as well as how important the origin story is in connecting to your prospective clients.
From the text editor of your choice to the website
Until now you have been working in the text editor of your choice. Chances are all the content exists now in the form of paragraphs of text hopefully with some photos or images. Our next step is to convert all this content into a functional website. It usually happens after you sign up with one of the managed hosting providers. Its tools of the platform will allow you to create all the pages and upload (or often called host) them with that hosting provider. How do we do that?
Hosting piano studio website costs money
You have learned earlier that Internet is built from the resources or often called pages. Creation of the pages requires a platform and tools. The platform and tools installed on hardware (or often called servers) which just like your fridge require electricity to run hence hosting your website, just like running your fridge, costs some money. The price will vary from provider to provider and you are free to choose any. There are two things though you should be paying attention to a) ability to set your own custom domain and b) no third-party ads. As long as those two are satisfied you are good to go with pretty much any plan in the low-end price range. Note that your piano studio website will not require a lot of space and bandwidth to function properly. Keep in mind that the price will also depend on the platform and tools you go with, more about it down below.
Platforms and tools
The platforms and tools for authoring you piano studio website are usually grouped under a category of software called Content Management Systems or CMS for short. The topic of CMS is always a source of heated debates in the world of Web. Everyone is trying to prove that they made the best possible choice of CMS when in fact it is always a trade-off of cost, easy-to-use, flexibility, and time-to-market factors. Although managed or self-hosting of the more advanced CMS platforms like WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Joomla, Squarespace would be a more flexible option. We are using and recommending WordPress for our clients as this is the most supported, easy-to-use and flexible platform on the market in our opinion. Stay tuned to learn more about how you can set up your own WordPress site by yourself in one of our future posts. If you are eager to put your website out there today you may want to consider one of the website builders.
Long story short, unless you have some expertise with one of the advanced platforms you better off at least for the beginning with a website builder like Weebly, GoDaddy Website Builder, Wix, Squarespace or Google Sites.
All of them provide a free option or trial period, to begin with, and give you an idea about the platform, variety of templates, employ a wizard-based approach and have flexible pricing options. The following links below list the pros and cons of some of the platforms.
- Wix Vs Weebly Vs Squarespace Vs GoDaddy Website Builder Vs Jimdo Vs WordPress: Which is the Best Website Builder in 2018?
- GoDaddy Website Builder vs. Wix vs. Weebly: Website Builders Compared
- Wix Vs Weebly – Battling To Be The Best Website Builder
Pick the platform and the pricing plan which allows you to assign a custom domain to your website and turn off the third party ads. The rest will be a matter of signing up, switching to your piano studio domain, selecting the theme, updating the pages with your piano studio content and finally going live.
Congratulations! Just like that step by step your piano studio website went live. Now you can share the news, communicate the fees, policies, and changes via the link to your piano studio website. You did it on your own, you did it with perhaps a minimum investment of your time and money, and you are now ready for the next step which is going to be the marketing and advertisement of your piano studio.
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