Archive for August, 2010

How To Make a Band Website in 1 hr without knowing a thing about html for Under $50 bucks!

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SXSW Prep: Make a Website in 1 hr without knowing a thing about html using WordPress *and with Under $50 bucks! With SXSW approaching, we want every band/artists/business person in Houston to have a website. It makes you look more legitimate and it’s a great way to sell merch,cds, etc. We at Indiehouston don’t know how to code and neither do you. Simply follow these instructions and within an hour, you should have the start of a kickass website!

#1 First you are going to need a domain – We recommend Godaddy because their cheap. Be careful though because they try to sell you on too many products you really don’t need – And use this coupon: cjc749fat at checkout so we can make sure you stay under poor band budget. Pick a good name too because after building links to your site, you don’t want to have to go back and change everything. If your bands name is already taken try adding the word music after domain to see if that’s available.

#2 Now your going to need hosting for your domains – We recommend Hostgator because you can host unlimited domains for one set price-which means if your in more than one band you pay one set fee for all of them rather than paying each one separately! -It costs About $10 bucks a month- Click Here to go to Hostgator or the image below first because indiehouston gets affiliate credit which helps pay for our own hosting. But wait -remember that Big Billboard you probably past off 45 – Enter the Word Houston at Checkout and you get the first month Free – This is crucial to saving money that I’m sure could go towards much more important things.

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#3 Forward your domains Nameservers from godaddy or wherever you purchased the domain you are using to Hostgator – Their are very easy to follow instructions to do this that come in the welcome email after signing up.Login to your godaddy page and click on the domain you purchased until you find an area titled nameservers – Change the current nameservers to the ones sent to you in the welcome email just by clicking on Nameservers (This forwards your domain to your hosting so you never have to pay godaddy’s high prices for services)

Heres a Screenshot

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#4 Now you almost got a website – but now you need to decide if you want to learn to code or learn Indiehouston’s favorite program – WordPress!

The next steps require you to have already purchased a domain, a hostgator account, and forwarded your nameservers (There is a delay before the forwarding will work – It should take about 20 minutes – Go take a smoke break, get some food, then come right back to your computer so you can get this out of the way before SXSW. We at Indiehouston want to link to more than just your myspace page.

Part 2

Step 1 – log in to your cpanel through the link in the hostgator welcome email you should have gotten by now– your username and password should be in there as well – It will look like the following screenshots

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Step 2 – Scroll down and click on add on domains. By default the first domain you setup with HG is ready to install wordpress in, but if you have other domains forwarded here you have to follow this next step. If you only have one domain and you used it to setup your hg account skip to step 4 under fantastico.

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Step 3 Type in your other domains, and leave Document Root Blank, Enter a password, and then click Add Domain!

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Step 4 Now go Back to your Cpanel Home Screen and scroll down till you find Fantastico De Luxe and double click it.

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Step 5 Click on WordPress

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Step 6 Click on New Installation

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Step 6 Select the Domain you want to install WordPress on and enter a username and password

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Step7 Print this page so you won’t forget your login information

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Step 8 Open up a browser and go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php – then login using the information you entered from the step above.

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Step 9 Click on Appearance on the left under Dashboard – These are the screens you will be seeing to modify, create, and change up your website – Its kind of like a myspace page builder – or website maker for dummies tool

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Step10 -Next as you can see there are not a lot of Themes you can choose from after a new installation – But there are 10,000,000s of themes on the internet which will help make your website look unique – For starters try doing a google search for themes. Once you have found one you kind of like save it to your computer and unzip it if you need to. Next you will need to install Filezilla or Cyber Duck. Open Filezilla up and then under host type in the same information you used for cpanel – only under host, type in the first domain you signed up with Hg.

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Step 11 – The files on the right are the ones on your hosting account and on the left are files on your computer. Filezilla is intended for you to easily transfer files back and forth from your computer(Left) to to the Internet(right). Your website that is publicly viewed to the world will be under the folder on the right that says public_html

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Step 12 Double click on public_html –> then double click your domain –> then double click wp-content –> then double click themes. This is the folder you want to drop your wordpress themes into.

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Step 13 Go back to yourdomain.com/wp-login dashboard page from step 9 after dropping your theme into the themes folder – Now click on Appearance again – You should see the new theme you dropped into the theme folder in the previous step – Click Activate and it should look similar to what was advertised on the theme download page. That’s it – Now you can commence band practice.

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After you  like your layout,add information like pictures, news, music, links-myspace,facebook,twitter,last.fm,etc.

Next your going to enjoy installing wordpress plugins-There are many that are useful for bands -here are a few:

Last.fm for Artists
Integrates your Last.fm account into your website.

GigPress
Manage all of your upcoming and past performances or events right from within WordPress, and display them using simple shortcodes or template tags on your WordPress-powered website.

Twitter Tools
Integrates your Twitter account into your website.

Podcasting
Gives you an inline music player and turns your whole page into a podcast (fans can subscribe via iTunes and whenever you post a new mp3, they’ll get it).

NextGen Gallery
Easy maintenance of photo galleries with some sleek browsing options.

ShareThis
Lets your readers easily share your posts via email, AIM, text message, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Twitter, Blogger, Reddit and many more social sites.

Social Homes
Adds a sidebar widget containing a subtle list of all of your social homes including delicious, digg, facebook, flickr, last.fm, myspace, twitter, youtube, friendfeet etc.

Google Friend Connect Integration

Lets your fans join and create profiles and interact socially.
See an example here: http://www.socialarrow.com/

Flickr Thumbnails Photostream
This plug-in will let you show flickr photos directly from your blog

There are plenty more – if you have any problems, check back here or reply to this post -

To Install plugins – simply download them, unzip them, and move them to the right of filezilla inside the following folder

public_html_domain.com/wp-content/plugins

We hope this helps!

 

B L A C K I E at Warehouse Live -This was a comment left that deserves to be a post

Ok, so let me clarify this a bit. This was a comment we received for one of our posts. I decided that this truly was too good to let go as just a comment and deserved to be posted up for all to read. This is an honest opinion from a guy (Nathan) who was at a show last night. This is exactly what people need to see and know. I hope Nathan can encourage anyone to send us their honest opinion from time to time.

The punkest rapper in Houston

– Nathan of  Warehouse Live

I went into work this morning at Warehouse Live, expecting the usual – setting up and sitting through mediocre bands for a a shit wage and for the most part I was right. They had 7 shitty, completely generic bands battling in a competition where the winner gets to go play some jerk-off national music festival in Tennessee. Halfway through the day, after the all the bands had got there and unloaded their gear, this beat up old car pulls up outside the back door. The backseat had been gutted out to fit a huge raggedy-ass looking speaker box and an amp. This weird looking black dude with a fly ass fro steps out and scopes the place out. Being my job to help him unload his crap in some corner backstage, I introduced myself and helped him drag the speaker cab out of his back seat, and I asked him what band he was with and he said he wasn’t with any of the bands, he was going onstage after the battle of the bands was over and before they announced the winner. I queried, and he said his name was B L A C K I E (all caps with spaces) and he played hardcore rap. Fuck, I thought to myself, this day just got even worse. If you can’t tell, my taste in music is pretty close-minded and narrowed down to anarcho-punk rock and some grind and some metal. I hate rap and I was sure I would hate this guy. He looked funny, he was socially awkward and didn’t articulate when he spoke (which wasn’t often) and he was a rapper.

Fast forward to the end of the night. The last band just got done playing their generic radio rock bullshit, and I started packing up equipment and coiling up cables on the stage. B L A C K I E drags his speaker box up on the stage, hooks it in to his amp and plugs up a little beatbox that he had recorded some of his beats onto. Turns it on, grabs a mic…then jumps right off the stage and starts spitting some serious fucking antiestablishment lyrics with perfect articulation. Within seconds the first circle pit of the night – hell, the first even attempted moshing of the night – is formed around him. He starts just going right the fuck off, moshing with the crowd…the energy was fucking incredible. I could not describe to you in a way that would not sound retarded the way he just totally puts his entire heart and soul into his performance. But he did and it wasn’t retarded. It was fucking amazing. After standing there on the stage for a while, just totally dumb struck and mesmerized by this guy, I jumped down into the mosh pit, which had definintely picked up – even the chicks were moshing. Hard, too. It more than made up for having to sit through all of the shitty bands before him. My appreciation for this man’s music shocked me, and I felt like all of a sudden my worldview was revolutionized. I realize now that it doesn’t matter what genre of music (if any exists to describe what I experienced tonight) you play, as long as you play it for the right reasons, it is still something to be respected and B L A C K I E has my utmost respect. The man is totally DIY (I found out later he even built that speaker cab himself with parts he got off ebay), and speaks truths that spread intelligence. He becomes one with the crowd in a way that I’ve never seen and just rips everybody’s face right the fuck off. He’s the punkest motherfucker I’ve ever met, and he’s not even a punk. His music is something that is truly his own, and I know that nobody will ever take it from him.

 

Save 91.7 KTRU in Houston, Texas – Sign the Petition!

SAVE KTRU!

It seems our favorite radio station 91.7 KTRU will be heading off against a move to pull the plug and trasfer the signal to classical station/NPR KUHF. Many people have joined in to petition against this move. There have been rallies, concert promotions, bar bickering and countless hours of hard work from listeners to save the station. I along with many people have stories of special moments with the station, and it would break my heart if it was suddenly gone. So many wonderful things in Houston have been taken away due to unforseen circumstances. Angelica Theater which just closed shop was a favorite of many folks, but there was no warning or nothing that could be done. Luckily, there is a chance for KTRU to be saved – Join everyone in signing the following petition. Time is of the essence.

Click Here http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/save-ktru/

 

Trash Town Video: 1816 Calumet

Recently we had a complaint about our yard because we tried to put junk in the front to be picked up for heavy trash day. Unfortunately one neighbor specifically had a lot to say. She had a beautiful car which is worth mentioning because you could tell she had a beautiful life. Our yard was getting in the way of enabling her to function. She yelled of the beer drinkers whose beer cans missed the trash, which she appeared to think was on purpose.  Luckily, we have this wonderful video to reflect upon while we fantasize about how we could make this upset neighbor feel better.

Wild Moccasins Guitarest – Andrew Lee in video

Trash Town

Directed by Chris Folkerson, Collin Hedrick of Giant Princess, and Christopher Patterson

Trash Town Andrew Lee of the Wild Moccasins from Christopher Patterson on Vimeo.

 

Somebodys going to Jail! Listen Listen, Robert Ellis, Buxton,

In this video catch rare performances by Listen Listen, Robert Ellis, and Buxton – As an added bonus -view part 3 – Camera Guy, ahem un-named goes to jail for …? Recorded Live below indiehouston headquarters in Paper Stamp Records.

Part 1

1816 Calumet – Robert Ellis, Listen Listen, Buxton from Christopher Patterson on Vimeo.

Part 2

1816 Calumet – Robert Ellis, Listen Listen, Buxton part 2 from Christopher Patterson on Vimeo.

part 3

1816 Calumet – Robert Ellis, Listen Listen, Buxton part 3 from Christopher Patterson on Vimeo.

 

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