Posted on January 18, 2017 by John Hughes in Resources |
With so many people now discovering and listening to music online, it’s important for any serious musician to have an impressive website to showcase their talent. What’s more, unique design elements and functionality could be the difference in getting your music heard, your songs downloaded, and your gig tickets sold.
An incredible music website needs a great theme behind it, and WordPress has plenty to choose from. This article will highlight the 19 best WordPress themes for bands, musicians, and recording artists in 2016. However, before we get to that, let’s take a look at some key features you might need.
Firstly, a dedicated music website has lots of benefits, not least the ability to have complete control over how you and your music are presented. You’re able to directly serve your fans (i.e. your customer base) in a way that’s not possible with social media. All in all, a well-designed site can help you reach new fans, get your music heard, and sell tickets or merchandise.
What you look for in a music website will, of course, depend on your exact needs. However, a way for visitors to play your music is vital – and a full-featured playlist creator is the best option of all. You’ll also want to look for a way to add and showcase your upcoming gigs, display your discography, and embed popular streaming music solutions such as SoundCloud.
Of course, you’ll likely benefit from a theme with design flexibility too – so let’s take a look at the solutions available.
The themes presented in this article all come with stellar reputations – whether that’s through their sales figures, customer reviews and ratings, or the download figures – and also offer a range of features that support the creation of an amazing music website. We’re sure the right one for you is among them.
Harmony is our dedicated music theme that offers nearly all the components required to compose a stunning music website. It comes with a built-in audio player, and can also display your discography and events. Harmony also has plenty of pre-built page templates available, making it easy to create galleries, contact pages, blog feeds, and more.
You can use the intuitive theme customizer to create practically limitless design possibilities, and also take advantage of our large collection of shortcodes to add all manner of elements almost anywhere on the page. If you want your sell your merchandise, Harmony also comes with full WooCommerce support.
Jam Session is an edgy yet professional theme with a lot of flexibility to help you showcase your music. There are custom post types for discography and photo galleries, and you can also display your events as a list, or in a masonry format.
You can also make your design stand out with the inclusion of a full screen slider, a responsive masonry layout, and different backgrounds for every page. This theme also has a built-in audio player, and supports YouTube video and SoundCloud embedding.
SPECTRA is a music and events theme designed with DJs and producers in mind. It enables you to combine bold imagery with neat effects such as parallax scrolling to create an eye-catching and impactful site design. It comes with a built-in audio player and SoundCloud support, and boasts continuous playback during page browsing.
The demo design can be imported with just one click, although you can easily craft your content and layout with the built-in Visual Composer. Finally, you can add manage any site comments with Disqus, and also take advantage of MailChimp integration.
MusicPlay is a bold, lively, and busy music theme. If you’re looking to create an energetic design for your site, this theme could be a great choice. You can use a combination of sliders, unique header styles, and multiple pre-built layouts to create a truly standout site. Its extensive options panel also enables you to customize the design to your liking.
In addition, the album overview section has 12 layouts ready to be adapted to suit your needs. You also have 14 custom widgets, over 300 Font Awesome icons, and a myriad of Google Fonts at your disposal.
Obsidian is a clean and elegant theme that offers features not found in many other themes. It comes bundled with the AudioTheme plugin, which is packed with music-specific features such as discographies, gig lists, and videos. The theme also includes access to the premium Cuebar audio player plugin.
There are a myriad of customizations, including over 30 hand picked Google Fonts. Finally, the bundled Billboard plugin helps you to create landing or splash pages, should you want to add even more depth to your site.
Remix is a versatile music theme with a relaxed and funky design. The diversity of its striking demos is an indicator of the flexibility you get with this theme, although you can create your own layout design with the included Visual Composer plugin.
As for your you music, Remix’s shareable audio player will have you broadcasting your tunes in no time. It also offers radio support for SHOUTcast, Radionomy, Icecast, and more.
Uncode is a modern multipurpose theme that has the customization and flexibility to suit a broad range of niches, including a music website. There are no shortage of ways to flaunt your talents in Uncode, and the theme also offers SoundCloud support for those using the popular platform.
You can create layouts within the included Visual Composer plugin, and also take advantage of options such as sliders, carousels, and scrolling effects. You also have use of dozens of pre-built layouts, thousands of fonts, and over 1,000 icons to choose from.
Vice is an edgy, almost futuristic theme that offers plenty to create an impressive music website. Video backgrounds are impactful enough to stand alone, but when combined with parallax scrolling, as in the demo, you’ve got a pretty big ‘wow’ factor. You also have the option of an off-canvas menu to make your site completely clutter free.
Vice also includes a music player, and has five custom post types created specifically for your music needs. With ten modules, over 120 custom icons, and a selection of Google Fonts, you’ll have no problem creating your perfect website.
Speaker is a music theme perfect for anyone looking for a one-page layout. The demo site can be imported with one click, although you can customize the theme by adding image or video backgrounds and parallax scrolling effects.
This theme also comes with a built-in audio player and custom post types for creating tour dates, discographies, and galleries. Finally, Speaker includes a selection of Google Fonts, practically unlimited color options, and custom backgrounds.
SLAM! is a funky theme with contrasting color schemes and abstract components clearly designed to make a big impact. Key features for your music website include a powerful site-wide audio player, a Mixcloud podcast importer, and radio station support.
You can take advantage of custom post types such as release, artist, and podcast, and auto-embed Mixcloud, SoundCloud, and YouTube content. You can also customize your site further with an included drag-and-drop page builder, and 24 pre-selected color choices.
Replay offers a diversion from the focus on hero images that many music themes appear to have gravitated to. It has a clean and structured look, and while the demo site is a great example to get up and running quickly, the customizations available with enable you to tailor it to reflect your music.
This theme also includes two slider types, seven built-in widgets, and nine page templates offering lots of design flexibility. Replay also comes with a built-in audio player, and six custom post types including the ability to display your releases and events.
IronBand has an intriguing look, which is sure to grab the attention of your fans and entice new visitors to listen to your music. Although the demo is impressive, there’s still plenty of customization under the hood to make it your own.
This theme also comes with an integrated audio player, smooth scrolling, and the Slider Revolution plugin. You can set a different background image for every page, and augment your content using a selection of Font Awesome icons and Google Fonts.
Lush is a versatile music theme that can be easily molded to fit your own needs. Its range of eight demos covers everything from rock to classical music, and can be imported with just one click. If you want to enhance your site further, you can take advantage of Lush’s animated sliders and parallax scrolling.
Key music features here include an audio player, a discography, and a countdown timer for events. There’s also support for YouTube, Mixcloud, SoundClound, and more. Finally, you can design your layouts using the bundled Visual Composer plugin, and choose from a virtually unlimited selection of fonts and colors.
Flycase is an edgy music theme designed to look great no matter how you set it up. Its intuitive setup and easy to use features will have even beginners up and running in no time.
This theme includes pre-built templates for photo galleries, discography, tour dates, and video galleries. You can also stream your music with an advanced audio player, and sell products through the built-in WooCommerce plugin. Finally, Flycase offers sliders and parallax effects along with a vast array of design components to help design your site.
Berliner offers a brighter alternative to some of the more dramatic music themes available. It’s a beautifully styled modern theme with a classic twist. Its custom audio player enables visitors to sample or download your tunes within a built-in track listing system, and you can also use the included event management system to help promote your upcoming gigs.
Berliner also includes a number of custom post types, and you can further customize your design by adjusting layouts using the in-built options and widgets to create a truly unique homepage.
Music Club is an easy to use theme with a striking design and an obvious focus on showcasing your music. It comes with almost everything you need to create a unique website, and you can play your tunes from built-in music player – either a traditional boxed type, or a floating player at the bottom of the page.
An especially relevant feature of this theme is the event post type, which comes with different options for displaying purchase buttons. There’s also an Album post type, which enables you to simply click below the album cover to start playing. Another cool feature allows you to add song download buttons, as well as Apple and Amazon purchase buttons for every song.
Superstar is a clean and crisp theme with some handy music features, and plenty of customization options. You’ll have no problem wowing fans and coaxing visitors to listen to your tunes with this theme.
Superstar offers SoundClound playlist support, and site-wide playback for uninterrupted listening. You can show off your discography and galleries with custom post types, and also create events with a built-in ticket system.
Music is a beautiful theme that will definitely catch your visitor’s attention. Most noteworthy are its full screen header and gallery options that help to make a big impact. You can create a full width background using your latest video, and display photo galleries and tour dates in a minimalist style. There’s also a music player for the footer, enabling visitors to listen to your music as they browse.
Music also includes a myriad of custom post types, and an intuitive drag-and-drop builder help you to create your layout. Finally, you can make your website really pop with animated background colors for full pages or sections.
If you have an Elegant Themes membership already, then you’re in luck. You already have access to a great theme for bands, musicians, and recording artists!
Our own Divi is a beautiful multipurpose theme that has almost all of the tools needed to craft your site. With over 40 modules to choose from, you can tailor your design and functionality with ease. You can combine as many modules as you like using either our intuitive drag-and-drop Divi Builder, or our front end Visual Builder.
The Divi Audio module will enable you to place your music almost anywhere on your site, and you can also utilize the Shop module to sell your merchandise. In addition, there are also modules on hand to help you display videos, timers, portfolios, and much more. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Anyone who is serious about promoting their music needs a great website as part of their marketing strategy. With so many themes to choose from, pinpointing the one that’s right for you can be a difficult task.
Selecting the right theme could springboard you to success, and in this article we’ve provided you with 19 of the very best to choose from. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite and get started!
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