This 54 minute tutorial covers how to first organize all your materials needed to build your musician site, demonstrates a demo site that you will be able to duplicate, shows how to choose your theme and setup the theme options, install plugins, add pages and categories, and edit the site title/tagline and user profile. To view the Musician Website Demo go to musicianwebsite.info. (This is part 1 of a 3 part tutorial)
Tutorial Resources are listed below.
By Tomas Toman
SongWriter is an easily customizable multipurpose theme. It is a fully responsive and Retina ready theme that allows for easy viewing on any device. SongWriter theme offers 3 pre-defined color schemes, 220 Google fonts, Theme Options panel for easy adaptation to your needs, sidebar and footer widget areas, contact information in header, ability to set your header logo and favicon, theme documentation and much more. Supports popular plugins WooCommerce and Breadcrumb NavXT. Available in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
Create beautiful, fully responsive audio playlists.
Sell and Offer Free Digital Downloads Through WordPress.
Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart. It can be easily integrated with any WordPress blog and takes less than 5 minutes to set up.
GigPress is a live performance listing and management plugin built for musicians and performers. *Note: You can link the Buy Tickets link from GigPress to any 3rd Party ticket sale provider to sell your tickets. Some good examples: Eventbrite, Brown Paper Tickets, CrowdTorch Quick. You can post your shows and events FREE. Click on the company names for details.
The Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox.
Adds a responsive author box with social icons on your posts.
Delivers a clean, secure, plug-n-play contact form for WordPress.
Assign custom, widget-enabled sidebars to any page with ease.
Converts SoundCloud WordPress shortcodes to a SoundCloud widget enabling you to display your songs and playlists on your site.
A family of shortcodes to enhance your site functionality. Add columns, dividers, boxes, tabs, icons, buttons…the list goes on and on.
Use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar or add your own Default Avatar.
This plugin was not mentioned in tutorial but is recommended.
This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar, including the ability to set Font Family and Font Size. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.
This plugin was not mentioned in tutorial but was added later and is recommended.
Translate your Musician Website with Google Translate multi-language plugin to make your website multilingual.
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