Organize your webmail with message filters

If you get a lot of email, you can now make sorting it simpler by using automatic message filters to filter messages into folders using criteria you specify. It’s time to organize to your heart’s delight! Here’s how.

If you’re using Moving Pictures but not using this feature, you should be!

I found myself on a great-looking HostBaby site the other day, the home of the Dirk Quinn Band. When you first land there, you can see they’re making perfect use of the Moving Pictures theme: with some great live footage of the band looping continuously, their site is dynamic without being overly busy, and […]

Are you missing out on sales because you’re making this mistake?

There are a handful of things to discuss here in regards to the above tweet:

First, Dave is using the word “purchase,” not “stream” or “listen to.” Dave seems to be the kind of fellow who enjoys supporting bands via buying their music (artists love guys like Dave!), but I’m not sure that even […]

A decade-old indie music DVD taught me the importance of having your own website

I suppose I should say “reminded me of” the importance of having your own website, because it’s something we’ve been championing for years! And if you’re a HostBaby user, you already know how important it is to have your own web address and a site YOU control.

When we talk about the benefits of your […]

Resizing images on your site

You’ve got options. Let’s make ’em quick and easy.

Resizing images to fit the needs of your site is something you’ll have to do occasionally, whether it’s a design choice, a file-size consideration, or maybe pushing a low-res image to its size limits. Whatever the reason, you’ll want to find a process that works […]

Featuring your instruments on your site

Does your instrument tell a story? Well, really, they all do – but for our purposes, it’s a matter of whether that story is interesting or not.

I think we can agree that “It’s blue and I just bought it on sale at Guitar Center last week” is not very compelling.

However, how about: […]

Adjust your site’s colors to match your latest release

If you’ve got a new album or single ready to release, you’re gonna want your site to look its best in anticipation of more visitors – especially those who have never been there before. Need some inspiration? Look no further than the artwork accompanying your project.

HostBaby makes it simple to change the overall look […]

Setting goals for your music and using your site to accomplish them

We often talk about getting visitors on your site to take specific actions, and the importance of making clear exactly what you want them to do via your site design. Sometimes these can be ongoing projects like gathering emails via an eye-catching form on your site, or highlighting your tour dates front-and-center if you’re […]

Using videos on your site to tell your story

We’ve talked before about your musician bio and how it should tell your story using the aspects of your career that fans, bookers, and journalists are apt to be most interested in. This can extend to your videos, too: in fact, sometimes it’s even more effective to show rather than tell.

While you can’t send […]

Picking your domain name (when the one you want is taken)

Picking the right domain name (your web address) for your site is an important step in solidifying your online presence, but it can also be a stressful one, particularly if you can’t get “www.yourbandname.com.” This is a common problem for many artists, but there are plenty of solutions – some basic, some a little […]