One word: Personalized. Most actor and artist website developers on the market are more like website factories. They take your pictures, your text, and your resume and pump them into a template (or ten templates of your “choice”), and call it a website. Or, they give you the platform and tell you to design your own site. For many artists, this is an affordable option that allows for more user control. But, unless you are a designer, you will be limited in the customization and personalization that these types of sites are capable of accommodating.
At ArtistUpgrade, we take a more personal approach to website design. We work with you one-on-one to create an original design that complements all your materials and career goals. It’s not just about making a site that looks good, but rather, developing a brand image that will highlight your unique qualities and talents.
If you’re looking for a customized look, you get customized. If you’re looking for personal service, you get personal. We don’t hide behind phone operators and automatic emails. Your website is completely in our hands, which means, your website is complete in your hands. ArtistUpgrade is committed to working with you to develop the most comprehensive, professional, personal, and effective website on the market. We will guide you step by step through the process and continue to offer our support, advice, and personalized service, before, during, and long after your website has been launched.
While we are adept at Flash™, we do not find that it serves our clients well. Flash™ is useful for a number of purposes: online applications, cool web-ads, and showing off your Flash™ skills to people who require Flash™. But in a world that values time, you’ll wind up doing more damage than good with a thirty-second Flash™ intro to your website, or distracting your viewers while they visit your website with extraneous movements.
It’s amazing how many people lose interest (rather than gain) after having to sit through half a minute of whooshing images and funky beats. The point of a website, especially your website, is to give your audience information about you, not showcase how talented your Flash™ designer is. Not only that, but Flash™ is not compatible with all devices. It’s true, most people have access to the Flash™ plug-in, but there are still those who do not. For this reason, most Flash™ sites have alternative HTML sites that will render in browsers or devices that don’t read Flash™. Keep in mind that this means the development of two websites, and usually twice the investment.
If you do decide that Flash™ is the way you’d like to go, we’re happy to discuss options and point you in the right direction. In our experience, Flash™ is an option, but not the best option for the majority of our clients.
There are dozens of browsers on the Internet. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Yahoo, Google Chrome, and many many more. Each browser interprets or “reads” websites in a slightly different way. We do our best to create your site so that is viewable in all major current browsers and many mobile devices. For security purposes, we do not design for the lowest common denominator or outdated versions of browsers (like IE 6 or AOL). Please contact us if you have more questions about specific browser compatibility!
ArtistUpgrade gives you the option to set up your photo gallery through Picasa so you can easily upload and edit all the photos in your gallery. For all other photo edit requests, such as edits to banners, buttons, and design elements need to go through us. But the good news is, making edits to these types of design elements is always easy and affordable.
Yes! We are happy to reDesign websites. If you want to keep your own host and maintain your own site, we can make arrangements to transfer the finished site to your server. Otherwise, we’re happy to offer complimentary hosting to all of our clients.
Yes! Your domain is simply your address in cyberspace. When we’re ready to launch your website with ArtistUpgrade, we tell your domain to call up the website from our host and, ta-da, your site works on your domain! Okay, it’s a little more complex than that, but we won’t bother you with the boring details. Suffice it to say, we can work with your domain registrar to get your site up and running.
Your Domain is simply the “.com” (ie. www.MickLauer.com
). It is also commonly referred to as a “URL”. Many designers will charge monthly fees for your Domain. The truth of the matter is that Domains are generally purchased by the year, not the month. We feel it’s only fair to do the same. Purchasing a website from ArtistUpgrade will guarantee your Domain name for the first year. After that, if you choose to renew your website with us, the cost will be about $10 for each consecutive year or equivalent to the industry standard to keep your website up and running on the web.
The Host (or Server) is where is your website lives. Think of the Host as a garage that is rented out to your website (the car). Some hosts can only handle a few websites, but ours has room to spare! So, instead of charging you a monthly fee, we’ll gladly host your website, free of charge, for as long as you’re our client with us. What can we say? We like to share!
Personalized design support and guidance for your unique artistic needs.
Our in-house designer oversees every single aspect of the web design, tailoring the site to meet all your specific needs, discuss options, and find the best solution for you. We’re there for you every step of the way before, during, and long after your website has been launched.
Yes and no. Yes, because we create every ArtistUpgrade Signature Website to include CMS technology, which allows you to login to your account and edit all the text on your site. So, if you need to change you phone number, or add a credit to your resume, there’s no need to contact ArtistUpgrade. All the changes take place in real time, so as long as you have internet access, you can edit your site from anywhere in the world.