Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, don’t let your website give you a bad name! Rock music is all about a carefree attitude, but don’t let your rock band website suffer because of it. You put a lot of work into rockin’ the stage, so your online presence needs to do the same.
No matter if you rock grunge, metal, or classic, your site needs to have a nice design that functions well. You might be skeptical because all the rock sites look the same but let us reassure you: with Bandzoogle themes you can customize your rock band website design to fit your personal style.
Let’s take a look at three different rock music websites using our Encore theme. You’ll see that although they’re using the same template, each site is unique to their own brand.
Image is Everything
Regardless of which template you choose, your main header image needs to be top-notch. This is your introduction and the first thing people will see, so it makes a big impression.
When you use mobile phone images or candid photos it can look amateurish. This can be damaging to your music career, so it’s more than worth it to invest in professional photos for your band.
Take a look at the header image for the rock band, Wayland. Their image is crisp, clear and eye-catching. They used a black and white photo overlay to complement their site colors. With our built in photo filters it’s fun to play around with different colors and textures too (think Instagram).
What’s in a Name?
After the band image you want to make sure your band name stands out as well. You can do this using a header title or a logo. With a header title you can select from many different font sizes and styles, or upload your own custom font.
You can also choose the font color so it will match your design. If you have your band branding in place you may already have a logo. In that case, it’s easy to add and will keep your branding consistent across all platforms.
Whatever you decide, the most important factor is to make sure your band name is prominent. We recommend staying away from wacky fonts with jagged edges or lots of swirls. These may be fun, but if it’s difficult to read it defeats the purpose. You’ll want to stick with streamlined fonts with clean lines. If you are using a cursive font make sure it’s not too elaborate.
This brings up another good point about your site style. Along with fonts you’ll want to pay attention to the site colors as well. It might be tempting to throw a bunch of colors onto the site to spice it up, but that can look messy. A lot of rock bands are also into dark colors. This is ok, but if the site is too dark it can be unappealing to visitors.
Your best bet is to stick to three to four colors. All the colors need to complement each other so you wouldn’t want to go with say… orange, pink and green (please no!).
Hard rock band, Death by Fetish, gives us a great example of keeping the mood dark but making it easy to view the content.
Primary colors: black and gray
Secondary color: white
Accent color: light beige
This fits their style but still looks like they take their music business seriously.
To take your website to the next level and consider adding columns. This seems harder than it actually is, so let’s look at an example.
Canadian rock band, Tribe Royal, show how a varied layout can give the website more depth. They display their video in one large column so it’s easy to view, but then add a ⅔ split underneath. This adds a sidebar look for upcoming events, but allows more room for latest news.
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With our built-in column chooser it’s easy to create all sorts of cool layouts. This especially comes in handy for things like band bios and and press quotes.
What do you want?
Getting fans to your site is great, but what is the goal once you get them there? This is where a call-to-action (CTA) comes into play. A call-to-action is the one thing you want a visitor to do once they land on your website. You might ask them to listen to one of your tracks, watch a video or buy tickets to a show.
Those are all great CTA’s, but the mother of them all is the mailing list signup form. Getting fans on your list is super important. We recommend placing your mailing list signup form as high on the page as possible.
Email is still the number one way to keep your fans engaged and in the know about you and your band. It’s better than social media, as these fans have given you permission to contact them over and over again. Having a database of fans gives you an outlet to stay in touch about latest news, songs and events.
Bring it Together
The last step to designing a great rock band website is to make sure everything works well together. If you had to code all the little touches it could take quite some time, but with our built-in theme editor it’s a breeze.
With so many controls, our website templates become your playground. You can customize your buttons, link colors, header heights and more. This is where your style and personality can really shine through.
Although we’ve shown you three excellent rock band website examples, you can get more inspiration by checking out Website Design Inspiration: Best Rock Band Websites, our blog and examples page as well. With all the available options, you’ll be showing off your rockin’ new website in no time!
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