David Dufresne

Bandzoogle: Band websites that work... for bakeries ?!

Greetings Bandzooglers ! It is no secret that Bandzoogle is home to a community of many thousands of musicians, songwriters and bands of every genre possible, and from every corner of our little planet.

What is less known however, is that a small percentage of the websites we host are for very different ventures and endeavours. Usually, those sites are created by "Music Bandzooglers" that also have a day job and figure that, since our platform is the best, affordable, way to easily build beautiful and effective websites (and we're always very humble about it, too), they might as well use Bandzoogle for it. We applaud that decision.

In other cases they'll build it for someone else (that was impressed by their artist site, and asked "can you make me one like that ?").

Let me give you some examples, and then I'll suggest how you could use that trend to your advantage:

Many "non-band" Bandzoogle sites are music related, of course... examples:

The Goshen Theather, a venue in Goshen, IN:

The Goshen Theater

goMusic Production Studio, in Arlington, MA:

goMusic

Jasperbridge: The Percussion Guitar - a cool piece of gear you didn't know you needed ;-)

Jbridge

The Native American Music Awards : The Nammies !

Nammies

Higher Reign: a studio and marketing firm (and great guys) from Quebec City:

Higher reign


And then we have many that are outside of music, but still made for and by artists:

Foxfires: visual artist Aimee Stewart:

Foxfires

Thirteenth Floor: an art gallery and gift shop in Massilon, OH:

13thfloor

Joel Salom: a comedian (and more) from down under:

Joel Salom

Dreams: an award-winning documentary film about, well, dreams:

Dreams


And then there are many good-looking Bandzoogle sites that fall in the "other small business" category:

Sweet T's Bakeshop
: a mouthwatering bakery in Haddonfield, NJ:

Sweet T's

FreeFi: a provider of Free Wifi solutions:

FreeFi

Tokyo Joe: a Japanese restaurant in Richmond, VA:

TokyoJoe

Emerge: fashion design from Orlando, FL:

Emerge


... and maybe my favorite "they have that !? awesome !" website:

The Cat Wheel Company: Exercise wheels for your favorite pet:

Cat Wheel


Bandzoogle: Everyone Is Welcome. And those are just a few examples. So... why am I showing you all of these ?

A) Because we love showcasing good looking Bandzoogle websites, and the diversity of website designs you can build on the platform. Can also help with inspiration for your own designs.

B) Also, because I think there's an opportunity for Bandzoogle, but also for our members to make use of our member referral program, save some $, and get free membership months.

For those not familiar, when you refer a new user, they get a 60 day free trial (instead of the 30 day standard), and if they become a member, you get a free month of Bandzoogle service. You can use the widget we have in the "home" tab of your control panel (top right) to either send e-mails (don't spam!) or add buttons to your site. Looks like this:

widget

Both options create a link to bandzoogle.com and a promo code that is unique to you, so anyone that signs up from it is automatically your unique referral. You can share the link in other ways, too.

So... yes you can keep telling all your musician friends about the wonders of Bandzoogle (and many, many thanks to all of you who have been doing just that), but now you know that you can do the same with that small restaurant in your neighbourhood that has a terrible, all-Flash website that plays muzak midi files when you visit it. And when your second cousin asks you for advice to build a website for her new flower shop, you can actually offer to build it for her ;-)

Let us know in the comments if you're aware of other "non-band" Bandzoogle sites that deserve a mention. And thank you for flying Bandzoogle.

Posted by David Dufresne on 08/11/2011 | 26 comments

Comments

The Knurd Skwad
Posted by The Knurd Skwad on Aug 11 2011 12:02 PM
Way to go, Bandzoogle! This IS the best place to have your web site! :agree:
METAL 'CUSE
Posted by METAL 'CUSE on Aug 11 2011 12:18 PM
Hi David, Bandzoogle is also the home for my Cancer Benefit website, and it does just fine ;)
Foxfires Art
Posted by Foxfires Art on Aug 11 2011 1:19 PM
Speaking as one of the 'non-music' artists that you featured (thank you!!) - I LOVE Bandzoogle! It has been such a fantastic way for me to build and maintain my artwork website. Thanks for the spotlight!!
"FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING"
Posted by "FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING" on Aug 11 2011 1:38 PM
:agree: Yes Sir! I started Bandzoogle for my band, after everyone ran to college and far away from the group I took that same website and overhauled it into my clothing line!
dwoaction.com
Posted by dwoaction.com on Aug 11 2011 2:25 PM
don't forget about us Wrestling entertainment company based out of RI USA. www.dwoaction.com I first found bandzoogle when i was creating a site for my old band (no longer playing together :( ) i also have a website on here for other projects i run like film / photography at www.brokinrose.com . Bandzoogle is a great place to build ANY website you need built keep up the good work.
Sammy's Little Hearts Daycare
Posted by Sammy's Little Hearts Daycare on Aug 11 2011 2:43 PM
Band websites that work for... Daycares! I love my Bandzoogle daycare website. It is so easy to keep parents up to date on schedule changes using the Events feature, menus, and even post photos from our outings! Because of high competition on my area, I was having trouble filling spaces in my daycare until I built this site. Now I am turning families away! Thanks for letting me show off my business http://sammysdaycare.com/
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Aug 11 2011 4:01 PM
Nice! A friend of mine has a wine-tasting concert series called the "Decanted Series" that has a Bandzoogle site: www.decantedseries.com Wine + music= :) Cheers, DC
WWW.QUIETSTORMBEATZ.COM
Posted by WWW.QUIETSTORMBEATZ.COM on Aug 11 2011 4:08 PM
had no clue there were bakers within the bandzoogle family, amazing stuff:)
The Goshen Theater
Posted by The Goshen Theater on Aug 11 2011 5:21 PM
Thanks for featuring us! -Nate, the Goshen Theater
Revitalize The Scene
Posted by Revitalize The Scene on Aug 11 2011 8:20 PM
Nice! My website http://www.revitalizethescene.com isn't a band but totally music related!
Musical Accents
Posted by Musical Accents on Aug 15 2011 10:12 PM
Don't forget Music Teaching Studios & Private Instructors! www.musicalaccents.net
AC Media Services
Posted by AC Media Services on Aug 16 2011 6:06 AM
Hey BZ Team, It's Aviad Cohen from AC Media Services :) Thank you for including the FreeFi website (www.FreeFi.com) I was hired on to produce and designed for the client and posting it as an example here. I love building sites for your clients on your superb web host platform and it's always fun working with you all for the past 5 or so years! Also check out another new site I built and designed for a client: www.PromoVerve.com Just launched about 10 minutes ago, is this site I created for a client as well: www.HillsideAcresRetreat.com Much love, Aviad Cohen info@acmediaservices.com www.ACMediaServices.com
Carrie Armitage
Posted by Carrie Armitage on Aug 16 2011 8:51 PM
I have set up BZ sites for two great organizations I support: World Youth Music Organization: http://wymo.org/home.cfm Songwriters Music Festival: http://songwritersmusicfestival.com/fr_home.cfm My production company also offers a site set up (using BZ) with our production packages and we support that for a few months then pass it on to the client if they wish to continue. It's a great way to offer support and offer additional services at minimal cost and effort. http://www.villageworkscanada.com/landingpad.cfm BZ Rocks! :love:
Cesar Pardo
Posted by Cesar Pardo on Aug 18 2011 4:44 AM
Bandzoogle websites also work for animators: http://cesarpardo.com/ ...who can create your next music video. :)
For your screen printing & custom apparel needs!
Posted by For your screen printing & custom apparel needs! on Aug 18 2011 5:16 AM
BANDZOOGLE works for clothing lines as well. We also specialize in silk screening for band merchandise:) Check us out! www.dissorderclothing.com
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Aug 18 2011 9:16 PM
Wow, I checked out all of the sites that were posted here in the comments, really great stuff. So nice to know how diverse the Bandzoogle family really is! Cheers, DC
Carrie Armitage
Posted by Carrie Armitage on Aug 19 2011 7:36 PM
This was a great idea....perhaps we need an official feed for BZers to peruse other types of musician support services here.
Viewmont Vikings
Posted by Viewmont Vikings on Aug 31 2011 8:29 PM
I've been using bandzoogle for my little league football team! I'm also using it for my band, but this is the 5th year I've coached football and everything out there that is designed for sports suck! I'm loving it! I wish they had a couple of other things, like the ability to post PDFs or download PDFs but I understand too that it's not really what it's designed to do. BUT!!! I love it!
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Sep 1 2011 6:57 PM
@ViewmontVikings I just emailed you instructions for how to make PDFs downloadable on your site. Cheers! Dave Cool Community Manager Bandzoogle
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Sep 1 2011 7:00 PM
@Carrie Armitage Would that feed be to see all of the other kinds of services using Bandzoogle to build their websites, or a feed to see different kinds of services available to specifically musicians? Thanks! DC
Carrie Armitage
Posted by Carrie Armitage on Sep 1 2011 7:42 PM
I was specifically thinking if I personally was looking for services I would need as a musician (like merchandising ideas, regional agents for example) it would be nice to have a resource to peruse services being offered by the Bandzoogle family first. That might get complicated for the community forum, given it's a live stream, and it might also create unwanted competitiveness amongst members. It's just a thought, to keep business in the BZ family.
Allison
Posted by Allison on Sep 1 2011 8:54 PM
Hey Carrie - Great idea. I will add this to our suggestions list. :)
Etare Neged
Posted by Etare Neged on Sep 2 2011 2:18 AM
Cosmetic company, Aquamint Laboratories, Inc. http://www.aquamintlaboratories.com
Ken O'Malley
Posted by Ken O'Malley on Sep 6 2011 3:15 PM
Don't you also have "sitezoogle" with different available graphics? Some small businesses might prefer those -- if I refer them to the other site how do I get the referral credit?
John Rowles
Posted by John Rowles on Sep 6 2011 5:07 PM
Will there be the ability to edit video before putting it on sites? I work a lot with short film and normally get a copy that is not .swf. After converting it, there doesn't seem to be a way to put a frame around it or a start/stop button; it continuously loops. Maybe there is another way to edit or a tool that would allow me to do what I need and then make it .swf? I would love any suggestions. Thanks.
Allison
Posted by Allison on Sep 6 2011 11:49 PM
Ken O'Malley - We don't currently have any 'Sitezoogle' banners, but you will still use your same referral code to refer non-band members. :) JohnRowles - Please email us from the help tab and we will be glad to help you.