How to prepare for your new website

We both want this website to reflect you and the things you wish to display to the world. To best do that, here are a few things that I’ll need from you before I begin. 

Keep in mind that my role is to structure and design your website, and help edit the language throughout. Your role is to give me the raw material.

Please start collecting and sending me:

  • Your best and favorite photos of you doing what you do. Make sure they are large photos that will look good sized for your site. If you pull a photo up on your screen and it is the size of a postage stamp, most likely it won’t work for this.
  • Your bio, if you are including one. The size depends upon what you’ve done in your life. Regardless, make it as short as it can be without losing any of the quality. Write it in third person (“Mike was awarded…”) and don’t be shy about tooting your own horn!
  • Your discography if you have one and want it on the site. All I need is a list of the albums and any information you wish included such as date, personnel, record label, etc.
  • Links to important videos you want used. If you want video on your site, identify the best videos for their purposes. The links can be YouTube or Vimeo. 
  • At least three articles/posts if we are including a blog. Three articles is a good start to a blog. They can be between 100 and 1,000 words. If you have an article with over a thousand words, consider breaking it up into parts (different posts).
  • A few great testimonials. If appropriate for your site, gather a few testimonials from some of your biggest fans. For some people, you might consider writing something in order to get them started. Not everyone can or has time to write a good testimonial from scratch.
  • Links to at least three websites you love. I want to see what catches your attention from a well-made site that you admire. Tell me as specifically as possible what you love about each site (colors, organization, photos, style, etc.)
  • Your user name and password to your hosting provider, if you currently have a site. This would be a company like BlueHost, GoDaddy, DreamHost, etc. If you set up a PIN, please give me that as well.
  • Your user name and password to your domain registrar. This is the place you bought your web address. Again, it is a company like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Domain.com, etc. If you set up a PIN, please give me that as well.
 
If I am building you a brand new site and you do not currently have one, you will need to secure a domain name from GoDaddy or someone else, and also secure hosting services. The Host is the computer on which your site will live and operate in the cloud.
 

I’m happy to help you with both of those processes including choosing the right service for you. Please let me know if and how I can assist you.

Mike Lake
Music Savvy

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!