Artists love to engage in the work of their passion. Whether it’s photography, painting, sculpting, or other media, artists prefer to have their time free to do what they do best – create.
A professional artist has a business to run. Not only must he or she create his or her work, but they must also promote and sell their work, track income and expenses, maintain business and strategic partnerships, and more. All this can take up a lot of time, and an artist doesn’t want to spend a great deal of time concerned about a website host.
A web host is like a strategic business partner. The host is essential in keeping an artist website up and running, and providing technical support when needed. However, choosing a web host can be a daunting task, especially since there are literally hundreds of hosting companies available, all vying for small business owners like artists.
What should an artist look for in a host? Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a web host:
Scripting and Multi-Media Support
Artist websites are different from other website owners. An artist website must be a creative masterpiece that not only shows off the work of the artist, but also is creatively designed with interesting features that are in line with the artist’s theme. That may mean using Flash animation, java scripting, and doing other design inspired things with a website that makes it unique, like the artist. Be sure your web host supports the popular scripting that helps take a website to the next level.
Lots of Disk Storage Space
An artist website will likely need a lot of disk space in order to store the images of completed work. Photos, videos, graphical art, and other medium, all must be displayed on the website, and these types of files are not minimal. Get a host that offers lots of space, or even unlimited disk space so you don’t have to worry about having too many files on your website.
Let’s face it – the starving artist metaphor is a reality to artists. Sometimes it’s feast, and sometimes it’s famine. Your budget should not have to have a big chunk dedicated to web hosting. There are plenty of hosts available that offer affordable web hosting.
Most artists are concerned about the environment. It goes without saying that choosing a web host that is environmentally conscious as well can be a big deal. There are many reputable web hosts that have “green” energy use policies, and even purchase 100% or more of their electricity through alternative energy sources.
Supports Nonprofit Arts
A web host that supports the arts? Many web hosts are not just in it for the profit. Plenty of web hosts will support the arts by offering reduced or even free hosting plans to artists and non-profit arts organizations. If this is important to you, you can easily find a web host near you with a few simple Google searches.