Getting StartedTo get started, I first created an account with Wix. This was quick and easy,so I was able to begin creating my website straight away. I went for a blank template so I could have as much freedom as possible.
Initially I added the band logo to thetop of the page. Underneath I decidedto put my navigation bar. Using the‘Add Page’ button I could add eachpage, one at a time and choose thelayout or theme of the page. Thismeant, for example, I could choose thatthe Bio page would include an imageand text.
The ‘Add’ option brought up a menu full of page components that you could add.Each option then had it’s own menu with different styles. For example, below, the different styles of galleries were shown. Clicking on one would insert it onto the current page. To add photos you clicked on the gallery and chose the ‘ManagePhotos’ option in order to upload the images. Wix could then automatically input them into the gallery or you could choose an order.
I wanted to add abackground to mywebsite, but could not find away to upload my ownbackground. However, therewas a HUGE choice ofbackgrounds chosen by Wixthat I could look through.I wanted a slightly ‘grungey’theme to keep with theconventions of alternativerock band websites that I hadalready seen. I also decidedto stick with black and whiteas adding colours wouldmake the page look muchmore complicated when Iadded text and images.
Uploading images to thewebsite was really quickand easy. Once I haduploaded images, theystayed on my account.This was really greatbecause I could accessthem on my owncomputer and on theschool computers. Icould also uploadmultiple images whichwas a lot easier thandoing it individually. Notonly could I upload myown images, but I couldchoose from clipart too.The Wix clipart includedsocial networking iconswhich was brilliant.
I was also able to add my music video track onto the website! You can create a whole playlist and choose the design of the player. As I only had the one song though, I was only able to add one song to the playlist.
I added icons torepresent other socialmedia pages for theband. I actually createda real Facebook pagewhich I could link to theFacebook icon. If Iwanted to create a realTwitter page however, Iwould have had tocreate a new e-mailaddress. This meansthat the RRS andTwitter icons do nothave links.
The Facebook Page My Facebook page for the band included; status updates about gigs, information about the band, a link to the real Wix website and a profile picture of the band’s logo.
I found that trying to fit photos to the top of the page was very difficult and it lookedmuch too plain with just the logo and no images. Each time I tried to resize or crop and images it would crop too much of it or just warp it. Therefore I decided to make my own header for the website in Photoshop. I chose an image of the band, which I cropped to size. I then faded the left side to black so I could put the logo here. However, because the logo was black on white, I needed to invert the colours so thatthe writing was in white. I then uploaded this to my website and placed it at the top of the page, above the navigation bar.
MerchandiseTo make my website look more authentic, I also added a Merchandise store page. In Photoshop, I was able to create two fake t-shirt designs featuring the band logo. I got both the male and female t-shirt images from custom clothing websites. Wix enables you to create an online ‘store’ with your products and prices on show.
I was able to add product descriptions and prices using the Manage Products tool. I was also able to select different colours that the products came in.
Wix also has a feature where you can choose frames for images. I particularlyliked the ‘Tape’ frames which really suited the grunge theme of the website.
When I created the gigs page I did wonder how I would add the information for how tobuy tickets. I then realised that rather than my band having their own tour, they could be supporting a bigger band. This meant that I could link my ticketing information to thereal band’s touring page! I chose You Me At Six because they are of a similar genre to my band. I asked people who heard my track what other bands they liked and sounded similar and You Me At Six were mentioned several times.
The last page to complete was the Contact page. Wix had a number of contact box designs. Idecided to go for a more basic design so I could change the colours myself. I also decided to put an image behind it and change the opacity slightly.
I was able to upload multiple photographs into the gallery at the same time and choosewhich order I wanted them to appear in. There were many different gallery styles to choose from too!
Video PageThe video page was the quickest to put together. Once my music videowas completely I simply embedded the video from YouTube, chose the design and wrote my description.
ConclusionI am really pleased with the final results of my website! Throughout the process, I continually referred to my example websites so that I could keep within the conventions of Alternative Rock band websites. Wix was a really useful website, however at times itwas challenging as there are so many templates and set designs. I managed to work with these and create something that I felt was also my own by adding my own images and designs.