There are many "all-singing, all-dancing" websites about, however they don't always function well, sometimes having compatibility issues and not rating well in search engines. If you would prefer a less "flashy" website which is functional and provides you with an internet presence, with a high (hopefully - unfortunately it's impossible to guarantee) search engine ranking, integrated with your social networking sites, then Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can help you.
Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can offer a range of website solutions for you: from a simple single webpage to something more complicated which also incorporates the WordPress, Blogger type websites. Furthermore, Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can integrate a music download and merchandise facility into your website.
It is preferable to have your own website rather than using one of the social networks. Although the social networks are usually free and easy to set up, with your own site you have more control, particularly over the meta-data which is a factor in determining your internet presence and where you come in search engine searches. There are numerous stories about vast amounts of time invested in configuring social network pages only for them to change or disappear without consultation. No doubt social websites are useful (see Social Network Promotion below) but they should be used to help drive traffic to your main website and not be relied on to be the centre of what you do.
Having your own site sends out the message that you're serious about what you do. Prices
The social networks should be the "spokes that lead to the hub" that is your website. Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can set up and manage your social networks so that they can be used to drive traffic to your website. Prices
Mailing lists are considered more valuable than "fans", "followers" or "likes" on the social networks because you can take your mailing list subscribers with you should you need to change a mailing list provider: this isn't always possible with the social networks. Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd currently uses Your Mailing List Provider for mailing list functionality and can set up a mailing list and customised sign-up form for your website. Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can also use this functionality to run competition campaigns for you. Prices
Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can configure web pages using BandCamp from which your fans can buy CDs and download your music. These web pages can be stand-alone or integrated into your website. Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd for a small percentage can also collect the monies raised and then subsequently pay you. One of the advantages of using BandCamp is that you receive a greater percentage of the cost of a track than you would through the major online stores such as iTunes etc. Prices
Since 2000, I have been using Easily for my domain name management, website and email hosting. I don't know if they are the cheapest but I've been satisfied with their service to the extent that I would be reluctant to move.
Obviously you can arrange your domain name purchase etc yourself. However if you are unsure of how to proceed Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd can do this for you. Prices
Once you have your own website address, you can have email addresses that are also associated with your domain name (i.e. the part after the "@"), either using a dedicated email account or having emails routed through an existing account that you own. I believe having email addresses associated with your website gives a professional impression. Prices
Not Only For Musicians
Although Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd is primarily focused on providing a service to music artists, it can also help clients in other fields. If you're looking for help in document production, proof reading, website design or social media promotion, Affaire de Coeur Music Ltd may be able to help you, whatever field you're in.