Whether you are just getting started with your music career or you have experienced the artist festival life, a music website is the perfect place to engage with fans, sell music and merch, and connect with industry professionals.
When you start building your website, you’ll want to think about the design elements, like your color palette, font choices, the placement of your site title and menu, and even where your main image will be placed. Designing your own music website might sound daunting, but it can be a fun challenge to match a music website template with your vision.
To help inspire you to create a look that complements your sound, we’ve put together a category of staff picks: featuring our favorite themes for any type of music project. Let’s take a look.
1. Tone (Playful)
When you add your header image to the Tone template, it fills the page background and sits below your content as fans scroll. With that in mind, this theme sets your content to span the entire width of the page and opaque borders pull focus to your sections.
If you’re a singer-songwriter with an upcoming single release, you can use your cover art for your header image and add your single right at the top of your Homepage for maximum exposure. The decorative titles and bubbly text fonts pair well with an upbeat agenda.
2. Shade (Neutral)
Featuring a compact site title, menu, and social media icons, the Shade template starts off strong by presenting gateways to all of your artist content. These elements are amplified by the shadowy overlay that sits beneath your menu area and above your header image. The full-height header image area speaks volumes when you add a picture from your band’s press photo shoot.
Similar to the Tone template, your content will slide above your header image as fans scroll the page. With this theme, consider adding one statement image in your header area and switch the site title for your band logo. This template works well for a metal band with a dramatic main image.
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3. Nosi (Elegant)
Frame your band website with the Nosi template. The elegant Nosi variation adds a white border around your page, which draws focus to the content on offer. Unlike the Shade and Tone template, your header image sticks to the top of the page. The palette for this variation features slate-grey text and claret links against a white background.
Each page of this template gives you space for a header image. Try adding different images at the top of your pages to introduce your content. For instance, if you have a photo from a professional shoot, apply it as the header image on your EPK page. This variation of the Nosi template pairs well with a punk rock project.
4. Pulse (Elegant)
Ambient-electronic musicians should take a look at the elegant variation of the Pulse template. When fans load your website, they’ll see a box highlight animation around your site title and menu (which use unique fonts for another stylish effect). This theme offers three distinct section styles that will enrich your content with flax and gray hues.
On the first page of your Pulse-themed website your header image will cover most of the top of the page, offering a spotlight on a professional press photo or artwork from your latest EP. On the inner pages, the header image area will create a banner beneath your site title, social icons, and page names. As an ambient artist, try adding interesting artwork on the inner pages to create a visual gateway for your content.
5. Honey (Playful)
The playful variation of the Honey template has a retro-diner inspired palette. With its teal and coral statement colors and bouncy fonts, this theme is perfect for a pop artist who likes a retro, summery vibe.
With the Honey template, your menu sits at the base of your header image and the current page is highlighted with a different font color and a white box around the page name. This is great if you want to use the same header image across all pages of your website, since it will easily identify which page your visitor is on. Try adding an image slideshow in your header and apply it to all pages on your website for a dynamic, but simple, customization.
6. Nose (Playful)
Although this version of the Nosi template features a black border and page background, the variation adds playful elements with turquoise links, a cursive site title font, and a solid cell around the selected page. This version of the Nosi template is ready to host music from your rap or hip-hop project.
For added customization, the Nosi theme allows you to upload a page background image. Try adjusting your header so that it’s just a small ribbon across the top of your page, then, adjust the page background opacity so that your background image shows through on all of your pages.
7. Empire (Sombre)
Empire is a bold music template that amplifies your header image by reflecting it from the thumbnail into the upper area of the page. In the reflected area, you can add a call-to-action that encourages fans to sign up for your mailing list, listen to your latest album, or navigate to a specific promotion on your website.
This theme is black, white, and gold. It has subtle, stylish elements like a drop shadow beneath the thumbnail image, a site-wide music player, and centered content. The Empire template is perfect for the energy of an R&B artist.
8. Pulse (Playful)
With eye-catching lemon hues and deep cobalts, the playful variation of the Pulse template complements an Americana-Folk artist who likes to blend tradition with a splash of modernity. The playful version also offers animations, with your site title puffing in during page load and a square border appearing when visitors hover over your website menu. These animations are great if you want to add a whimsical visual element to your website.
While your content, title, menu, and social icons are centered on the page, the site-wide music player sits in the bottom right of your webpage. The music player uses the lemony hue from the titles across your website and it will expand to show more details about the track that’s being played, like the single or album artwork.
9. Filter (Sombre)
A country music website will feel natural in the Filter template. This theme pairs a saturated mint-green with an otherwise monochromatic color palette, making your links and styled sections stand out. This theme also features a call-to-action, which sits below your site title, so you can engage fans with a message of your choosing.
The Filter template uses a thumbnail image that’s mirrored in the header area, but this theme places the thumbnail to the left of your site title and call-to-action, making it easy to make a personal statement right from page one of your website.
10. Anthem (Neutral)
Every band needs an anthem, and the Anthem template is perfect for an indie band with a dedicated fanbase. This theme features a full-height header image that’s framed by a thin border, with your site title at the top left and menu to the right. As fans scroll through the page, the border fills with a solid black that makes it easy to focus fans’ attention to your website content.
Each page of your Anthem-themed website offers an area for a full-height header image. Try to add images that are related to the content of your page to encourage fans to browse the page content. You can also add music to the site-wide player that sits in the border of your website so fans can listen to your tracks as they check out what you have to offer.
11. Resonance (Neutral)
Promote your latest merch drop or get fans to sign up for your mailing list ahead of an album launch or international tour with the oversized call-to-action on the Resonance template. From the top of the page, fans will see your site title, your call-to-action, then your website menu sitting on top of your main header image. Only your front page features a header image, so use this opportunity to make a statement.
The neutral variation of the Resonance template uses a monochromatic color palette, crisp fonts, and a solid white page border so your website content can take center stage. This template is great for a rock band that is just getting started, since you can make an impact from the first page.
Music website templates are a great place to start when you’re building your website. Like all of our templates, these staff picks are easy to customize and will look great on any device. Get creative with your template by changing colors, fonts, and other elements that will make your template unique to you. Have fun creating!
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