As a musician, I learned how to create websites out of pure necessity. I am not a professional programmer – I learned through trial and error and studying on my own what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve now written hundreds of websites for artists, musicians, bands, galleries, and other organizations.
In 2009 I created this class, “Web Design for Artists” as a class I teacher in-person around my area. The class has been very successful, and I’m really excited to bring it to an online platform. My goal with this class is simple: I want all musicians to have a website, be able to manage their website, and to never, ever, have to pay someone to do it for them.
This is a hands-on class: I am going to make a website for myself during this class, and walk you through every step. Nearly every video is a “walk through” on how to do something. And because I’m not a technical web designer, we won’t get bogged down with any abstract terminology – only what we need. Lets dive in!
Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen
“Dr Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”
“The Best Teacher ever, who make you understand the in & out Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don’t want to know.”
“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
What are the requirements?
No experience necessary
Students will need to purchase a domain name and hosting plan (about $50) during the class if they don’t already have one.
Having a domain name before starting the class is NOT required.
What am I going to get from this course?
By the end of this course, you will have a working, gorgeous website to show off your material.
In this course you will learn how to create stunning websites without learning any tedious code.
Students will learn how to setup a hosting account, domain name, and WordPress website.
What is the target audience?
|Section 1: Overview|
Welcome & Overview
How We Will Learn
My super big PDF handout for reference
|Section 2: Setting Everything Up|
Mac or PC? It Doesn’t Matter!
Picking a Hosting Company
Picking a Domain Name
Domain Setup and Hosting Walkthrough
Transferring a Domain Name or Hosting Plan to a New Company
Transferring a Domain Name, Part 2
Setting up Email Accounts
Installing a Temporary Password on Your (New) Website
All Done with the Setup!
|Section 3: General Maintenance of your Site|
Finding a Theme
Installing a Theme
Configuring a Theme
The Dashboard Overview
Pages Vs. Posts – Keep it Simple!
Organizing Your Menu
Setting up the Menu
Setting up the Home Page
Selling Stuff! (Part 1)
Selling Stuff! (Part 2)
Selling Stuff! (Part 3)
Video! (Or, How Embedding Works)
More with Video
Setting the Store Link
|Section 4: Incorporating social media|
Adding Social Media – Overview
The Case Against Calendars
Keeping Everything up to Date
|Section 5: Extras!|
Overview of the Extras Here
Password Protecting Pages and Scheduling Pages
Take that Password Protection Off!
Basic HTML For Widgets
Thats All Folks!
Bonus: Recurring Payments
Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
Jason Allen, Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer
J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.
J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.
J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.
If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)