It really depends on what you require. The amount of disk space really depends on how much you will need, and most hosts come with features such as MySQL and a control panel etc.
If you're looking to stream songs, then I'd suggest a large amount of bandwidth, yet it still depends on how many people you expect to be streaming from the server, and how much you're willing to spend for the hosting
i'm really at the beginning of all this.
but my hopes are high, as the songs i'll be posting actually have had great feedback (friends, musicians, even a radiostation).
but i have no idea of what is a common number of streams per month.
as i said, its really in the beginning. i would upload an EP of 5 songs, average 3 minutes in length each, in about 1 or 2 months.
but i want to be prepared for that event... and build my website all equiped now.
i plan on selling this EP, but im not sure a shopping cart will do the trick, as i KNOW there is a lot of hassle to make that available. like if people are really gonna trust using a shopping cart of a band they dont even know.
and i dont want to spend more than US$5/month. i think more than that would be unnecessary at this stage.
if one of you fine posters with webhosting companies would like to help me out... id prefer THAT than to contract these impersonal companies whos adds all seem like they are trying to trick me
$5/month on just the hosting end or $5/month total on the web site? If it is $5/month total then a shopping cart is sort of out of the picture as you would need an SSL certificate, dedicated IP (required for the SSL certificate), and a merchant account. Your best bet would be to use something like paypal's shopping cart feature that they offer for free to merchants. There would still be processing fees but it would be a lot cheaper than having your own shopping cart. I believe the fees are $0.30 + 2.9% of total purchase. Even if you had your own shopping cart, you would still require a merchant account for credit card orders which would charge a processing fee as well.
Originally posted by Fetusborg
edit: im not sure what you meant by the 'hosting end' or the 'total website'.
By hosting end I meant the price of hosting itself. Total website means the cost of hosting, SSL certificate, merchant account, and any other expenses related to the web site. Sorry if my wording confused you.
Also I would probably suggest the Silver plan for you. One of my friends used to have their band's web site hosted with my company, until the band broke up and even with the few mp3s they had on their site, they never used more than 6gb of bandwidth. However, the amount of bandwidth used would depend on how wide spread your audience is and how popular your band is. Feel free to send me a pm, email, or instant message if you would like to discuss this a little more indepth.
Don't ditch you shopping cart dreams just yet. There are many web hosting companies out there (including ours) that have shopping cart scripts available free of charge with every web hosting account. Look for web hosting companies that include the Fantastico package. It comes with blogs, shopping carts, all kinds of premade FREE programs to help enhance your website. Most require absolutely no programming knowledge to get it up and running.
As far as SSL certificates. They are nice, but they are definately not required. You could setup the osCommerce shopping cart system. And setup paypal as your credit card processor. The actual credit card transactions are done on paypals secure servers. Once paid the customer is returned to your website. This example would eliminate the need for paying for SSL certificates or dedicated IPs.
If you are using front page to edit your websites, make sure the web hosting company you are considering allows the front page extensions. We allow you to turn them on if you choose in your cpanel but not all web hosts allow this.
Don't give up dig deep and you'll find the right hosting company for you. One of our clients is a local new orleans recording studio. If you like I could put you in touch with them on some more suggestions.
Last edited by UberDragon; 06-09-2005 at 04:13 AM.
You need a high bandwith account to stream audio . You might want to have a look at surfspeedy.com , they have a good unmetered bandwith deal for cheap. They are very reliable because I host one of my websites on it ( www.freeformforum.com ) and we havent had any downtime apart from once where the hard drive crashed but they refunded us for 2 months in compensation.
Make sure your host will allow you to upgrade your plans, just in case things to take off and you require a larger plan than you first purchase - another thing to be wary of would be excess usage charges, some hosts will charge an arm and a leg if you go over your monthly quota.
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Originally posted by neb1211 You learn something new everyday. I was always under the impression that you needed an SSL certificate for a shopping cart.
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For selling your CDs, a fast way to get going is to use CDBaby. I think you pay a one time $35 charge, ship them the CDs and then they hold them until they sell. The customer pays on the CD baby site itself so you never have to worry about the details.
I currently run a band website for our band. It doesn't use much, but when it does get noticed, it gets noticed hard.
Do you guys play a lot of gigs? I mean, a TON?
We play maybe 3 a month, and each time we mention the website.
If you do a LOT of them, with a LOT of people, and you get stickers and merchandise with the site on it, then your site will be huge.
But, if you're not all that big (hey, everyone starts out small), then your standard run-of-the-mill hosting package should suffice.
500mb is more then enough, and I'm sure you'll want to host songs, but unless you're super popular you don't need a ton of bandwidth either.
However, I've had friends who needed entire VPS' just to host their website, but that's because they're much more popular then us.
It really depends on how big you are.
As for merchandise:
If you're not that big, don't even bother with a cart. Nobody will use it. Either make the shirts yourself, or use a service like Cafepress to make the shirts, you buy some, then sell at shows, to friends, etc.
Unless you're big, then use OSCommerce or something.
As for CDs:
CDBaby is good, but still not great unless you're big. If you're doing small gigs, burned CD's with labels will work just fine. Just make sure they're good
NEVER, EVER EVER EVER TURN DOWN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY!
Purevolume, myspace, and the other band sites help some too!
Unfortunately, a killer design will bring in more people. However, a TM or something would unfortunately suffice as well.
Have anymore questions feel free to send a PM my way.