How to Build a Sheet Music Website

By Michael Cantrell

  • Overview

    More and more people are playing musical instruments these days. With the rise in popularity of games such as "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," people want to learn how to really rock on guitar, and how to bang out their favorite songs on the drums. This means that there is an increase in the demand for sheet music. You can build your own sheet music website and help these aspiring new musicians to grow in their art and craft with just a few clicks of a button.
    How to Build a Sheet Music Website
    • Step 1

      Pick a domain name and purchase the rights to use it. Pick a domain name that is closely related to the name of your website and try to keep it as short as possible. The shorter it is, the easier it is to remember. There are many places on the Web you can go to purchase your domain name. Do an Internet search and you will find plenty of companies from which to choose.
    • Step 2

      Purchase a web hosting plan to publish your website. Web hosting companies sell space on their servers to people who are putting up websites so that they can be published on the Web. Most companies have different types of plans depending on what you plan on doing with your site. If you plan on making money with your site you will want a business package. If you are building it just for fun you can go with a cheaper monthly plan with fewer features.

    • Step 3

      Use the Web host's Web-building tools to design and build your website. These tools are perfect for someone who is building his first website, as they don't require you to have extensive knowledge in Web page building. These tools will allow you to customize each page of your website.
    • Step 4

      Create or compile the sheet music for the songs you would like to post on your website. If you are a master of the instrument you play you may just want to go ahead and use your own sheet music to put on the site. You can purchase at any music instrument store or website software that will help you write the music. All you have to do to upload it to your site is to scan your work and save it on your computer. You could also compile sheet music from other sources to post up on your site as well; you just need to get permission from the person who owns the sheet music.
    • Step 5

      Organize your sheet music on your website. Organization is extremely important to a good website. If people can't find what they are looking for on your site, they will leave frustrated and never come back to your site. They also won't recommend the site to their friends and fellow musicians. Put the sheet music in alphabetical order by artist, album title and song title. Also divide up the music by genre.
    • Step 6

      Publish your website and advertise it. You can use a variety of different tools to help spread the word about your site, such as Google Adwords, a blog and forum posting.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Computer
    • Internet
    • Scanner
    • Music notation software
    • Domain name
    • Web host

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