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:
The Goshen Theather, a venue in Goshen, IN:
goMusic Production Studio, in Arlington, MA:
Jasperbridge: The Percussion Guitar - a cool piece of gear you didn't know you needed ;-)
The Native American Music Awards : The Nammies !
Higher Reign: a studio and marketing firm (and great guys) from Quebec City:
And then we have many that are outside of music, but still made for and by artists:
Foxfires: visual artist Aimee Stewart:
Thirteenth Floor: an art gallery and gift shop in Massilon, OH:
Joel Salom: a comedian (and more) from down under:
Dreams: an award-winning documentary film about, well, 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:
FreeFi: a provider of Free Wifi solutions:
Tokyo Joe: a Japanese restaurant in Richmond, VA:
Emerge: fashion design from Orlando, FL:
... and maybe my favorite "they have that !? awesome !" website:
The Cat Wheel Company: Exercise wheels for your favorite pet:
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:
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.