You need a website

People need to Find You and Talk To You.

Finding you is called Marketing and talking to you is called Sales.

I have now just saved you 3 years of study at University.

Yes, it is that simple.

For this you need not just a website, but a web presence … but a website is a very good place to start.

I love building websites and have been doing it since 1997.

Let me help you with yours.

See more at: http://blog.briancurrin.com/portfolio/

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Exciting Opportunity Not to Be Missed – FREE Industry Workshop | Paul Bothner

E-Newsletter – 29 October 2012 Having trouble reading this email? View it in your browser

Greetings All

You undoubtedly are aware that every October in the SA Music Scene is a rather busy one.
Dubbed Band Academy, Paul Bothner Music, The Assembly and Assembly Radio take the opportunity to give back to the industry, by developing and sharing knowledge from more experienced musicians to those still in the process of scaling that wall.

Now in its eighth year, 2012 is no different! The emphasis, this year, is mainly based on building a strong foundation, for independent musicians.

Please note that the workshops listed below are open to all over 18s.

As you probably know by now, BAND ACADEMY is taking place on Tuesday, the 30th of October. All other details you might require, are listed below. Feel free to contact any of our branches, or visit our website for more info www.bothner.co.za.

The location will once again be The Assembly, with the time and all other details listed below.
Entry, as usual, is FREE! We hope to see you there!

Just a cheeky request: If you know of anyone that might find the information helpful (or whom could do with a set of headphones J), please could you forward this info to them?

Band Academy 2012

http://bothners.co.za/news/band-academy-2012-free-artist-independence-workshops/

Brought to you by Paul Bothner Music, The Assembly and Assembly Radio

www.theassembly.co.za
www.theassembly/radio

Date: 30 October 2012
Where: The Assembly

Please note – Licensed Venue:
We regret over 18s only, due to prevailing SA liquor legislation.

Cash Bar will open

Address: Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

WIN!!!
Studio Quality Headphones and Spot Prizes sponsored by Fender and Roland!!

Free Artist Independence Workshop

Independent Recording: Achieving Higher Quality
Presented by Louis Henn @ Burning Tone Studio

Getting Your Independent Released & Aired on Internet Radio
Presented by Kevin Kai @ Assembly Radio

How to Effectively Equip Your Band for the Age of Social Networking
Presented by Mat Willis

Methods for Independent Bands to Tap into Distribution
Presented by Kyle Petersen

The Virtual Braai

Twitter is like those newspaper headlines that you see on lampposts. Just a quick bit of news to encourage you to investigate more. Minute-by-minute information of what is happening right now.

Facebook is like a newspaper that you buy and scan through, picking out the interesting bits and throwing the rest away. Day-by-day information of what is happening in your world.

A Blog is like a magazine, that you read more thoroughly, and perhaps even keep for future reference.

A Website is like a coffee table book with lots of detailed information on a subject you are really interested in.

And all of this is so we can stand around our Virtual Braai and discuss topics that are close to our hearts.

Brian, My Web Guy

Brian Currin is known to many of his friends and clients as “My Web Guy” and to a number of people all over the world as “a guy who knows a bit about music“.

These people say ... Brian is My Web Guy
These people say … Brian is My Web Guy

A few of his recent and current projects include:

9th Aug – Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town

Rock out with Seether, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, Eagles of Death Metal and KONGOS at the Grand West Casino’s Grand Arena on 9 August.Doors open at 14h00 (2pm)

The South African power trio of vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey that is collectively known as Seether makes a welcome return to South Africa since their last visit in June 2008.

9th Aug - Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town
9th Aug – Seether and friends live in concert in Cape Town

Seether has sold millions of albums to date worldwide and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year.

Seether have had 11 #1 singles and 17 Top 5 hits across multiple formats at radio.

Seether
Seether

The South African trio’s latest single “No Resolution” from their Wind-Up Records release, Holding Onto Stings Better Left To Fray, hit #1 at Active Rock marking the first time the band has had 3 consecutive chart topping tracks from the same album. “No Resolution” follows in the footsteps of previous #1 singles, “Country Song” and “Tonight,” and continues the band’s undeniable dominance at the format. “Country Song” spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 over the course of the year, achieved Gold status for sales of over 500,000 units digitally by the RIAA and was named Active Rock Song of the Year by Billboard. “Here and Now” will be the next single to make waves at radio around the world including the US and South Africa.

Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on U.S. hearts and eardrums with 2002’s Disclaimer. Seether’s hit “Broken” featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered Disclaimer, adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set Disclaimer II, which went Platinum.

In 2005, Seether released Karma & Effect, which is certified gold and followed that release up in 2007 with the now Platinum Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces, which went Gold in South Africa and is well on its way to being certified Platinum. Finding Beauty also went on to win Best Rock album at the SAMA’s 2008 and Seether was also awarded Best Alternative Act at the 2010 MTV African Music Awards. Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, was released in May 2011 and debuted at #2 on Billboard Top 200. The album has sold over 300,000 copies to date.

Kerrang! magazine presented Enter Shikari with the Best Live Band award on 7 June 2012 and in August we get to see just why – live! Enter Shikari (the name comes from a boat belonging to Rou’s uncle), made their debut in 2003 with a unique mesh of hard-core punk and break-beat techno; determined to do things their own way, the DIY way, the right way. A Flash Flood Of Colour is their third full-length studio album; the follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Common Dreads. An incandescent snapshot of the modern age – of globalisation and recession, repression and protest, commerce and control, activism and engagement – it’s music for a newly jolted generation, a soundtrack for the mosh-pit, the dance floor and the front lines. This is your only opportunity to see and hear them – adrenalised, beats-heavy punkrockdubstephardcoremetalambienttechnonoisecore, custom-built to shake Grand Arena foundations.

“We are the generation that are going to change the world,” says vocalist Rou Reynolds. “We have more power than any generation that has come before us. We have the power to choose whether we continue as a species and prosper or just literally ruin everything. We’re already seeing the signs of the collapse of our world and it’s got to that point now where we absolutely have to start changing. Or it’s game over.”

Bullet for My Valentine comprises lead singer & rhythm guitarist Matthew Tuck, drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, lead guitarist & backing vocalist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget and bassist & backing vocalist Jason ‘Jay’ James. The group, named Best British Band in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by metal magazine Kerrang!, formed 10 years ago in their hometown of Bridgend as Jeff Killed John, covering Metallica and Nirvana songs. Citing Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer as influence they found their niche in 2002 on signing a five album deal with Sony BMG dropping The Poison in 2005, Scream Aim Fire in 2007 and Fever in 2010. With over one million albums in the United States and exceeding 2 500 000 worldwide sales, Bullet For My Valentine’s debut for their South African fans has been a long time coming.

Just when you thought it was safe to take your lady-friends out again, Eagles of Death Metal are perched and ready to swoop in. Unlike their name, the Californian cult heroes Eagles Of Death Metal however do not play death metal but rather a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals.” Capetonians will get to see why Jesse Hughes is known for his enthusiastic interaction with audiences at live performances

KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of multi-million-seller British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are now based in Phoenix, AZ. They return to South Africa, hot off the heels of their stellar 2011/2012 SA tour and sold-out performance at Hatfield Carnival. No relation to Cheick Kongo, the conga drum, the Congo people of Africa, Donkey Kong, Kongos Norman, Kongos pizza, Kongos Club in Oklahoma, twitter.com/kongos, Kat Kongos, Lasse Kongos, the Japanese class of battleship or Kevin Bacon.

Gates open at 14:00 and tickets will be available from Computicket and are priced as follows:

Golden Circle – R450 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

General Standing – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

Seated – R380 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

Disabled – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees

Visit www.facebook.com/onenightincapetown for more information and updates.

Using WordPress.com to create a Mobile Presence

Wordpress. com Mobile Themes
WordPress.com Mobile Themes

It is becoming more and more important to optimize your website for mobile.

The Smartphone is transforming communication and publishing.

490 million smartphones sold in 2011. – Jeff Bullas

When a visitor browses to your WordPress.com blog website using a mobile device, WordPress.com will show special themes designed to work on small screens focusing on fast load times.

Some WordPress.com themes are mobile-ready, also called “responsive width”, that adapt themselves to the device of the user.

However all WordPress.com themes are already mobile-friendly by default. The Minileven theme (a modification of Twenty Eleven) is displayed on modern mobile devices.

Users using older mobile devices  will see a version of the WordPress Mobile Edition theme.

WordPress.com also provides a special theme called Onswipe for the iPad.

So by using WordPress.com your website is already mobile-ready without you having to  do anything.

Just another great reason why you should be using WordPress.com for building your Web Presence.

Sources:

WordPress.com Mobile Themes

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

3 Steps To Success With Digital Marketing – Jeff Bullas

See also:

Why you should be using WordPress.com for creating a Web Presence – Brian Currin

Why you should be using WordPress.com for creating a Web Presence

and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

The Yoga Factor
The Yoga Factor

The quick version:

People need to Find You and Talk To You.

Finding you is called Marketing and talking to you is called Sales.

I have now just saved you 3 years of study at University.

Yes, it is that simple.

A WordPress.com website is the perfect tool for marketing and sales without breaking the bank, especially if you are passionate about your business and would like to get involved with your own online promotion.

I love WordPress.com because you can have a website where ordinary people can update their content without paying for web hosting, graphic design and web development.

Not that those things are wrong, of course, but you can always build up towards having them as your business and brand grows.

Some examples in action:

Some of my pending projects that will be using WordPress.com:

  • Triple M Entertainment
  • Stars Of Africa Football Academy
  • Masauko Chipembere (from Blk Sonshine)
  • The Production Person

The long version:

WordPress.com is a hosting platform that utilizes the same WordPress software that anyone can download from WordPress.org.

With WordPress.com, the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of for you.

With the freestanding WordPress.org software, you need to install it on your own server or a 3rd party hosting provider.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free and much easier to set up
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc.
  • Your website / blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your content is backed up automatically
  • You get extra traffic from the WordPress.com community
  • Your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networks

WordPress.com Cons

  • Provides 170+ themes (and adding more every day), but you cannot upload a custom theme
  • You can’t modify the PHP code behind your blog
  • You can’t upload plugins

If you are a web developer, or you are happy to pay a web developer for their time, here are the benefits of WordPress.org:

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Benefits

  • Ability to upload themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Great community
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

However, for me, the Cons far out-weigh the Benefits:

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Cons

  • You need a good web host, which can get expensive.
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You have to handle backups
  • You must upgrade the software when a new version comes out
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic your site will probably go down unless you have a robust hosting setup

Why I love WordPress.com

For no charge, WordPress.com provides web hosting, unlimited database storage with redundancy and backups, automatic software upgrades, community support forums, multi-lingual administration and themes, real-time traffic stats, comment tracking, blog and post rankings and other features not available anywhere else. These features will always be free for blogs started on WordPress.com.

WordPress.com offers paid upgrades as a way to provide premium features without forcing people to host their website / blogs elsewhere. These upgrades are optional.

  • Currently over 170 themes to choose from, some are Premium, but most are Free.
  • Integrated Statistics on where your visitors are coming from, and a whole lot more.
  • Excellent support available from fellow users (on Forums) and WordPress staff.
  • Robust server back ups.
  • Multiple users, great for clubs, communities, bands and so on.
  • Mobile-friendly

Resources for this article:

WordPress.com, WordPress, and WordPress.org

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