New Year, New Website: How to easily give your band website a fresh look

Happy 2015 Bandzooglers! We hope you had a great holiday season and are ready to tackle the year ahead.

The new year is a great time to start fresh in many ways, including with your website. Last year we released tons of new features and design upgrades, so it’s easier than ever to give your site a quick makeover. Here are some ideas that will help get you started:

1. Change your theme

One of the nicest things about Bandzoogle is that you can change designs as often as you want and your content and features won’t be affected. Why not give one of our new themes a try? It’s a super easy way to totally change the look of your site, in a few seconds.

Just go to your Design tab and click "choose a different style". You can always go back to your previous design.

Here are examples of our new themes in action to give you some inspiration:

Vesper 

www.theyearlings.net  
www.swampdonkeyjass.com

Manhattan 

www.ashleighstonemusic.com
www.anthonytylermusic.com

Cavern

www.yukatadano.com  
www.danwebstermusic.com

Surround 

www.syndicatecitymusic.com
www.beatricedeerband.com

Dusted 

www.samantharocks.com
www.moselyband.com

Cross & Fade 

www.followkimscott.com
www.tiffanyashtonmusic.com

Primer

www.kicktherobot.com
www.sickofsarah.com

2. Change your header

Another simple way to give your website a makeover is to change the header image. You can of course change the image itself, but you can also use some of our new design tools to change up your header:

Edit header text color
Don’t like the default header text color? No problem! You can edit the header text color for preset themes. Check out the new tool in the Design tab > Site title

Add a slideshow header
Slideshows can be a great way to show off your best photos, display great media quotes, and advertise upcoming gigs or new music. To add one, simply go to the Pages tab, click your header image, and add more images.

Add a logo to your header image
Another new design tool we introduced last year was the ability to upload a logo to your header image. This tool opens a whole new world for customization of your site. Check it out through the Design tab.

3. Add new photos

Maybe the easiest way to give your website a new look is to add some new photos. We added several features that let you display photos in new ways on your site:

Add a slideshow photo gallery
You can add a slideshow photo gallery to the content area of any page on your site. Maybe some holiday pics? Photos from recent shows? Fan photos?

Add an Instagram feed to your website
A simple way to keep your website constantly updated with new content is to add our Instagram Gallery feature. The feature is designed to match the style of your site, and automatically refreshes to display new photos from your Instagram account.

For more tips on using photos on your website, be sure to read our post: 8 Ways You Should Be Using Photos on Your Band Website

4. Create a different layout

Using our content layout options is another quick way to change the look of your website. You can easily arrange your content as 3-columns, 50/50, full-width, or in a left or right sidebar.

You can use the left or right sidebar options to display your mailing list signup and upcoming shows like Emily Strom: www.emilystrom.com

Or maybe arrange content in a 3-column layout like Brad Perry did on his Homepage: www.bradperrymusic.com/home

And if you have a featured video, be sure to use the full-width option to show it off like Jeff Tynan did on his site: www.jefftynan.com


We hope this post helps inspire you to give your website a fresh new look to start this year. Have you given your website a makeover recently? Post the link in the comments below!

Comments

Jeff Tynan
Posted by Jeff Tynan on Mar 18 2015 7:27 PM
Thanks for the mention Dave! Bandzoogle is by far the best DIY website option out there. Always great with customer service for even basic questions to help a 1st-timer like me to create a unique & pro website with it's own feel to suit my music. Cheers! www.JeffTynan.com
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 19 2015 7:16 AM
You're welcome Jeff! And great job with your site, glad you're enjoying using Bandzoogle.