Create a professional dubstep artist website
Lately I get a lot of questions on how to become a more professional dubstep artist in terms of publicity. As you know almost all dubstep artists have their own website with their gigs, biography, news and all that kind of stuff on it. Lots of those websites are custom made and if you don’t know anything about programming you won’t be able to put something like that together. But we’re going to change that. I’m going to show you how to create your own artist website without knowing lots of coding and stuff..
1. Preparation of your own dubstep artist website
Before we start creating a cool website for you as an dubstep artist, we have to prepare ourself for it. We need several things:
1A. Domain name and webhosting
First click on the web hosting or on view web hosting plans button, they’ll bring you to the same page.
Choose for the cheapest – it will give you a free domain, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space (so you can upload as much tracks as you like ;-))
Click on ORDER NOW just like the image above shows.
What name will we choose? Of course you have your nickname, but is it available? Type it in the box to see if it’s available, keep on trying till you’re happy.
This name can’t be changed after you’ve registered it. Proceed to Step 2.
Choose for the Hatchling package (in case it isn’t selected). Then select the amount of time you want to register your domain and web hosting for. The longer the billing cycle is, the cheaper it gets.
I recommend to pay your website for at least 12 months.
After that we have to choose our username. Just pick one which fits you, but make sure you keep it in between 2-8 characters long (imo that sucks, cause DubstepTutor is 12 chars long). Also create a security pin.
I think this form speaks for itself. Just fill your credentials in and proceed to the next step.
You don’t need any of these hosting addons. They’re a waste of money. Make sure you UNCHECKED them and proceed to the next step.
Review your order details, make sure you CHECKED the terms and conditions button and then press CREATE ACCOUNT.
I’ve chosen for paypal payment. Choose Pay now to pay. Or if you want to subscribe to the recurring payments you choose subscribe.
Check if your details are right and press the PAY NOW button. (Nu betalen = Pay now in Dutch)
Your payment is made! You’re now owning your own dubstep artist website!
By now you should’ve received a e-mail with your login credentials. Save this e-mail somewhere others can’t see it, and don’t delete it. We need it – a lot!For this tutorial I created the website: natsdubstep.com – I’m gonna show you how it’s done on the basis of this site. Ok, that’s it for part 1A. Lets head over to part 1B.
1B. Downloading WordPress
The easiest way to create your own website without knowing lots of coding and stuff is to install WordPress. This is very easy, even for beginners like us!
Go to http://wordpress.org/download/ and press the Download WordPress 3.x.x button.
Save it somewhere you can find it. Put it in a folder where we can save other files too.
Woaw, that was easy! Let’s head over to the fun part, choosing a WordPress theme!
1C. Choosing a theme for your wordpress website
I’ve chosen for the Shapeshifter 2 template, it’s a very nice responsive theme for our WordPress installation. Responsive means that the website adjusts itself to any type of visitor visiting your website – whether they’re on a tablet, pc, laptop, smartphone.. it doesn’t matter, they can watch your site without a problem.
If you want an other theme, I can understand. But this tutorial will focus on the Shapeshifter 2 theme.
Ok, did you found one? Yes? Let’s go then!
2. Setting up our WordPress
Ok, to create our super cool dubstep artist website we have to start with install our just downloaded WordPress on the server. To do this, we need a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program. We use FlashFXP, in my opinion the fastest and easiest one around. Download it, install it and we can start!
Open FlashFXP and go to Session -> Quick Connect
Fill in your login details and press connect. Use your sites name (without http://www.) as address / url.
Cool we logged in! Double click on the “www” folder and proceed to the next step.
Delete the default.html file. We won’t need that anymore.
Ok, now we’re going to upload our WordPress! Browse to the folder where you’ve saved WordPress. Double click on it and drag the contents of the folder into your FlashFXP like I show you above.
Press right mouse button, and press: “Transfer” or press CTRL+T.
Have some patience while our WordPress is uploading to our web hosting account. When it’s uploaded continue to the next step.
Go to the e-mail you got from Hostgator.com before, and click on the link like you see above.
Log in with the username and password which you also find in the e-mail you got from Hostgator.com. You’ll see a screen with a LOT of different buttons. Scroll down and find the heading “Databases” and click on “MySQL databases”. This is where we’re going to create a database for our WordPress installation.
Go to new database, and fill in “wp”. After that press the button “create database”.
Go to username, and fill in “wp”. Fill in your password twice, and click on the “create user” button.
Make sure, you add your user to the database. Click “add” like you see above.
Make sure you hit the “All privileges” button, and after that the “Make Changes” button.
In FlashFXP rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php. Install Notepad++ – the best editor around – and open “wp-config.php” with it.
Find the DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST lines and fill it in like this:
Save it, and upload it.
After that, browse to your website.
Fill in your website’s name, your admin username, your admin password (twice), your email and keep the Privacy tab selected (you want to be found by Google). When you’ve done that, press “Install WordPress”.
Succes! You just installed your first dubstep artist website! Press “Log In”.
If you want, you can go to your website and check it out. You’ll see that it’s a very blank website.. Let’s do something about it. It’s time to install the WordPress theme.
3. Installing the dubstep artist theme
Ok it’s time to install our super cool dubstep artist theme!
Go to your theme folder which you saved before, and drag it to the wp-content/themes/ folder in FlashFXP. Give it some time to let it upload.
After you’ve uploaded it, login to your back-end of your website. Which can be found at: http://your-website.com/wp-admin
In your back-end click on “Appearance”.
Find your theme, and activate it.
Read the message on top, and click on “Begin installing plugins”.
Make sure you select “Install” from the drop down menu, and press “apply”
Done! Ok we’re all set.. Ready to edit your own dubstep artist website!
4. Making the dubstep artist website ready for editing
We’ve done a LOT of work now.. If I were you, I’d take a break for a moment.. I’ll do that too.. Maybe you can take a look at your website..
Holy shit, there’s nothing on it?! What now?! Hmm lets think.. Oh yeah! We have to import some stuff.
Go to Tools > Import > WordPress and import the XML file found inside the Resources folder that comes in the download zip from ThemeForest. Download/import everything.
Make sure you select your own existing username on option 1. and 2. and then hit the box for “download and import file attachments”. Then hit submit.
Now we’re going to install a plugin, which help us making the website visible. Go to Plugins > Add new and search for Optiontree. You should find it right away, click download.
Note: Make sure you activate the plugin after the installation is done!
When it’s installed, go to Optiontree > Settings and hit the import bottom.
Go to your theme installation folder (on your hard drive) and find the Resources folder. Inside that folder is a file called: demo-theme-options.txt. Open that and copy all that’s inside. Paste it in the Theme options area like shown above. Make sure you press Import Theme Options.
This is the moment, you’ve been waiting for. You have your own dubstep artist website! Ofcourse you have change a lot, but that’s only textual – which you can do by your own. Go take a look at your artist website!
Because everyone will change their website in their own way, I won’t go in to detail on that part. You have to change the website by your own. I do have some tips and tricks for you:
1. Use the theme’s documentation: They give a lot of information on how to change your theme.2. Get some basic info about worpress here.
3. If you need help, post it in a comment.
I hope you enjoyed your new dubstep artist website and have fun with it! Thanks for your time, and I see you next time
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