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#2192273 - 12/04/13 06:02 AM Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools"
Classical Piano Offline
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Registered: 11/22/13
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This is a reposting of my last posting on the thread "Best web hosting/building tools". It may have gotten lost in the shuffle. In the previous thread, I had asked what web hosting/building tools the people on this board use/recommend.

Thanks, Moro, ezpiano, and Pathbreaker, for your input (SEE "Best web hosting/building tools"). I'm still digesting what you all have said. I don't plan to convert to a paid subscription for SimpleSite (for web hosting) when my free trial period expires (in about 4 days). It's more expensive than any other option, although it is really easy to use, and I can actually get a free domain name (with Google Sites or Webs, with their extension), to practice on until I'm ready to buy a domain (which I'll probably do). I'm debating right now between Google Sites and Webs for "practice" purposes. I've read how Webs.com apparently decreased the functionality of their free service around 2012, so I'm leaning right now more toward Google. I've read how Google has a limited number of templates, but I've seen other reviews that said by doing an extra step (I can't remember what that this), you can get a lot more templates. There are other free services like this too, though.

If you use Wordpress, though, I think there is a way (have to check my old info) that you can get a free (with extension) website for practice purposes. I just want to have my website like I like it before I start paying for web hosting.

Or, do I really need paid web hosting? QUESTION: Does anyone have any experience with free web hosting?

Also, how much sense does it make to not have a website at all; to instead just post your info on Facebook (free), advertise on Craigslist (free), and put up flyers? I want people in my local area (preferably within a mile or so) to know about me, but I don't want to run into trouble with the HOA (we just bought this house, and the HOA has rules saying technically that piano teaching isn't allowed, but every HOA says that, and it seems to be a "don't ask don't tell" situation.)

Any other suggestions are always welcome - I try to check this thread every day. You can also send me a private message, if it's something you don't feel PianoWorld will allow.

Thanks for reading this long, rambling post.

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#2192291 - 12/04/13 07:05 AM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
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I think that marketing just really depends on your area. For sure, you should be doing all the free stuff too - Facebook and Craigslist and whatever other free listing services you can find. It certainly can't hurt and only costs a bit of your time.

For me, I've gotten 1 student from Google Adwords, 1 from Craigslist, and 1 from a referral from a fellow singer in the past 2 months. So the first two were direct efforts from having my website launched and using Google Ads and everything else I can think of to get traffic to my site. Really, you get one student and it pays for your hosting for a year in no time. I think there's always a trade-off with free: lack of customization, banner ads, limitation on number of pages or bandwidth usage, things like that. Ultimately, just do your homework. Look at other sites and see who they host with. Look at the sites of companies you are considering.

Having a website, however, I think is very necessary unless you already have a full studio. Even then, it shows a level of professionalism. Without one, you may be seen as a hobbyist teacher - doing it on the side for a little extra cash instead of a professional teacher by trade. So go ahead and start out with something free. You can always upgrade later if you need to.
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#2192331 - 12/04/13 08:46 AM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
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I use Wordpress free of charge and it meets my needs just fine.

#2192587 - 12/04/13 06:31 PM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
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Registered: 12/20/11
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Loc: Canada
As long as you get a domain name (i.e. yourname.com or .net, etc) you should be fine. Basic piano teacher websites don't take a lot of space so you don't really need high-powered hosting. With that being said, some hosts are more reliable than others.

You don't have to pay for hosting if you don't want to; just get a Wordpress site or something. The domain name is the important part. You don't want your brand to be stuck to Wordpress.

If you do pay for hosting, make sure your host and domain name are registered by different companies. If you happen to get into a dispute with your host, you'll be in deep trouble if that same host happens to have control over your domain name-- that means you can't leave without their blessing. (It's rare that you'll be in dispute with your domain reg company.)

I have a few recommendations based in Canada/US, PM me if you need help.

(Ok, to be picky: the closer the host is to your visitor's location, the faster your site will load. I'm not sure where you're located, so web hosts in Canada/US may or may not help you; I don't want to spam the thread with a dozen business links.)

I've been doing this for years, so I've racked up a nice/naughty list.

P.S. Your website CAN attract students like a magnet. I've spent years studying design on my own.

If you want to gain a ton of students through your website, this might help you out: how to succeed in music, the smart way

#2193816 - 12/07/13 05:35 AM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
Classical Piano Offline
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Registered: 11/22/13
Posts: 5
Thanks for your info/advice, Moro, Ann, and Bluoh. I'll look over it. I think probably going with free web hosting for now might be a good idea. We're trying to keep our expenses to a minimum at this point.

#2194240 - 12/07/13 10:09 PM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
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Registered: 10/20/13
Posts: 139
Loc: Chicago
If you are looking for free hosting, you can start by looking at wordpress (dot com, not dot org), and also at blogspot.

I personally use hostmonster.com/ as a provider, but that is a paid service.
It all depends on what you need.

I think you can get a lot of publicity by using free services.

#2194245 - 12/07/13 10:12 PM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
Florentin Offline
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Registered: 10/20/13
Posts: 139
Loc: Chicago
also, I believe there is a way to purchase a domain for just a few dollars, and have it uploaded unto a free wordpress (dot com) account. This way, you can advertise your website as whateveryouwant.com/ and have the url point to your wordpress free account

good luck to you!

#2195434 - 12/10/13 06:16 AM Re: Repost of last response on "Best web hosting/building tools" [Re: Classical Piano]
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Registered: 11/22/13
Posts: 5
Thanks, Florentin, for your latest responses. I sorta knew about getting a domain name (I believe 1to1.com or something like that), and I think I might just develop a site using Wordpress and then have the domain name point to it. But, don't you have to get a domain name first before you can work with Wordpress? Or, can you get a free domain name first, and where exactly do you do that?


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