How to display your Instagram photos on your website


Display Instagram photos on your website

Add an Instagram feed to your website’s photo gallery

Your fans can now view your latest Instagram pics on your HostBaby website, and they can click to follow you on Instagram right from your site’s photo gallery!

[What kinds of photos will keep your fans interested in your music? Click HERE for some ideas.]

It’s super easy to add your Instagram pictures to your HostBaby website, and the display will seamlessly match your chosen theme. Here’s how… Continue Reading . . .

5 steps to a pro musician website with HostBaby

5 steps to a professional music website with HostBabyJust because you have a bunch of social media profiles doesn’t mean you’ve established a web presence. A serious musician needs a professional website.

Luckily, HostBaby makes it easy to look like a pro online.

Create a website for your music in minutes!

Then follow these simple tips to build your web presence on a solid foundation:

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Making text look awesome on the web: how to optimize your copy

Optimizing Web CopyPeople scan when they read websites. They don’t read every word. It’s just a side effect of our caffeine-infused, technology-addled brains.

So, to make it easier for readers to quickly discern what you are jabbering on about, make liberal use of the following techniques:

1. Learn to love lists. Lists are easy to read. Lists with bullet points are even easier to read.

2. Double space between every paragraph. It gives your text room to breathe.

3. Use headers that describe what the text that follows is about.

4. Never use fancy fonts for body copy. Use something like Helvetica, which is easy to read. Continue Reading . . .

Website optimization tip: reduce the clutter and noise on your pages

Reduce clutter and noise on web pagesSometimes visiting a website can be like visiting an amusement park.

You walk into it for the first time and your expectations are high. It seems like there’s lots of fun stuff to do, but you may not know where to start and you don’t know what choices will bring the most fun. So you start scanning the landscape looking for signs, looking for the biggest or shortest lines, looking for something to grab your attention and say “this way to the best ride you’ll ever experience.”

As a website owner, you can help direct the glazed-eyed visitors by reducing the distractions that do not contribute to your primary website goals.

1. Don’t use auto-play on videos or audio. There’s nothing quite as off-putting as a website that starts blaring audio as soon as you land on it. Let your visitors hit the play button themselves. Continue Reading . . .

5 tips for simplifying your website’s navigation

Sticks Downey NavigationPeople get stressed when faced with too many options, and my guess is you don’t want to stress out your website visitors. I know I don’t.

Crowded or confusing navigation creates a bad user experience and discourages return visits. If you have more than six primary navigational links on your page, try cutting it back.

Also, use easily recognizable menu items. Being clever can confuse your not-so-clever visitors. Thus, “Store” is better than “Joe’s eShop” and “Contact” is better than “Holla at me.”

Quick tips for making a simpler nav for your website:

1. The fewer clicks it takes for a site visitor to get to where they are trying to go, the better. Continue Reading . . .

Scientists discover what makes something go viral online

What makes content go viral?In this story, we meet Neetzan Zimmerman, an editor for Gawker who has the enviable job of posting content that’s on the verge of going viral. His posts generate roughly 30 million pageviews a month.

To what does he attribute his success? Simply put, “he understands the emotions that might compel a human being to click on something online.”

Oh and here I was, thinking it was all about adorable CAT videos! Instead, it’s  about stirring up emotion (which cats can do, I suppose).

The story goes on to say that:

Articles, posts, or videos that evoke positive emotions have greater viral potential than something that evokes negative feelings, but both do a better job recruiting clicks than neutral content. The finer details tell a similar story: triggering high-arousal emotions, such as anger or humor, is a surer path to click gold than triggering low-arousal ones, such as contentment or sadness.

Maybe that sounds like common sense — and it probably is — but as a content creator, it’s worth hearing again. Continue Reading . . .

Craft better calls to action by defining your website goals

Crafting a Better Call to Action for Your WebsiteToday, the web is a whole lot bigger than it used to be, but it’s also a lot easier to create and manage a website. You don’t need to know how to write or read code or use complicated programs. Creating a website is quite easy. The real challenge is standing out amongst the millions of websites that are competing for attention on the Web.

In order to boost traffic, sales, and return visits, it’s important to highlight the goals you have for your website.

What is the most important thing any given visitor on your website can do? Sign up to your email list? Buy a product? Download a file? Leave a comment?

When you ask your website visitors to do something on your website, it’s called a “call to action.” Calls to action are found everywhere on the web: “Sign up here!” “Join my mailing list,” “Fill out this survey,” “Buy the eBook.” Commands like these are a simple and effective way of letting your website visitors know what to do when they land on your website. Continue Reading . . .

HostBaby’s new music pages are here!

With HostBaby’s new music pages, you can easily import your CD Baby albums and tracks into your HostBaby audio page, where we’ll link up your artwork, format everything to match your theme, and even make a “buy” button that links to your CD Baby album page. Want to link to another store? You can do that, too. Want to upload tracks that aren’t on CD Baby? No problem.

It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and comes with every HostBaby site! Log in today, try it for yourself, then tell your fans to check out your new page and share it!

Found any unique ways to draw attention to your new music page? Let us know in the comments!

25 Free Website Backgrounds


It’s amazing how simply changing the background image on your website can make it come alive. That’s why we’ve compiled 25 free website backgrounds created by our in-house designers at HostBaby. These backgrounds can be easily added to any HostBaby Site Builder site with just a few clicks. If you have a self hosted site, you are welcome to use these as well. We’re gonna just let these backgrounds go like a suitcase full of money on the interstate. Grab as many as you can!

Check out the samples below and click the download links to get the real deal! (Note: Depending on your computer set up, you may have to right-click on the link (Cntrl-click on Mac) and select “save as” to save the image)


Background images 1-10 are available in two sizes. The dimensions of the larger images are 1920×1234. The smaller ones are 1400×900.

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10 free things to add to your website

There’s just about a ba-zillion website widgets and apps floating about the interweb. Some are super useful and some are not. But who wants to weed through a ba-zillion of anything to find the good ones? Nobody, that’s who! Not even me. That’s why I looked at just a fraction of a ba-zillion and chose just 10 of the most useful and free website add-ons I could find.

Note: Installing web aps on your site should be easy–even for the website-challenged. Basically just copy the code they give you and insert it in your website. If you use an HTML editor (most websites, including HostBaby’s Site Builder, do) you should have an HTML button that you can click before you paste in the code. That’s it. Copy code, click “html,” paste, save, done!

1.Google Analytics

One of the greatest analytic web tools available is totally free. Monitor traffic, social engagement, search rankings, and more. If you’re a HostBaby client it’s super easy to set up. All you have to do is enter your Google Analytics ID on your settings page. See our tutorial.

Create your Google Analytics account here:

2. Google Webmaster Tools

Monitor how your website is represented in search engines and get timely notifications if there are issues with your website. Google Webmaster tools is a powerful ally. Also, check out Bing Webmaster tools.

Google Webmaster tools:

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