Hosted WordPress sites are a popular option for artists seeking customizable websites with added flexibility provided by plugins. Band themes are available that emphasize WordPress features and plugins for musicians. Foxhound offers multiple examples of such themes. In addition to a wide range of plugins now available, Ribcase is a record label management plugin currently under development.
Foxhound Band Themes for WordPress
Foxhound Band Themes enable band sites on Wordpress. They're not the only such service but they're a good example of an affordable solution that allows DIY artists or team members to focus on WordPress features and plugins for musicians.
Jack Hammet has 30 High Quality Music Related WordPress Themes 2012.
Ribcage: Record Label Management Plugin
Ribcage is an open source project to create a Wordpress plugin based on Records On Ribs' in-house development efforts. Though not yet ready for general use, the "record label management tool" will enable the following:
"Anyone who can install WordPress and the Ribcage WordPress plugin can pretty much make their own record label that runs along similar lines to Records On Ribs. We hope this will democratise music production and distribution to a previously unprecedented extent."
- Management of artists, releases, reviews associated with those releases and press cuttings associated with artists. Upload artwork easily via your browser and have it resized.
- Supports uploads of MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files for releases.
- Artists can list their upcoming gigs and other events.
- RSS feeds for individual artists’ releases and releases for the label as a whole.
- Press areas for hosting one sheets and high quality artwork.
- Widgets for recent and forthcoming releases.
- Integration with Paypal for donations and purchases of physical versions of the releases.
David Das has 27+ Best Free WordPress Plugins for Musicians.
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