Bandzoogle Reviews by Users & Experts

  • Last updated: 2018 October 22nd2018 October 22nd by
  • Bart K.
Overall Rating:
7.0
Performance
6.9/10
Pricing
6.0/10
User friendly
8.0/10
Support
8.0/10
Features
6.0/10

Finding a niche is a great way of differentiating your brand from hundreds of other web hosting companies. Some companies try to gain a competitive advantage by offering better technical specs, while other give their customers unbeatable support. In this Bandzoogle review, I will be investigating an offer of a company that chose a slightly different approach – they’ve decided to target a narrow group of potential customers.

What Is Bandzoogle and Who Was It Created for?

Simply speaking, Bandzoogle is a website builder that allows its users to build stunning band websites using a convenient WYSIWYG editor that requires no coding skills.

It was officially launched in 2003 by Chris Vinson who, as a musician and a band member himself knew exactly what bands often struggled with when it comes to online presence.

Today, it’s artists and bands (both unknown and with an already established fanbase) who are their main target group. How much do they charge their users for access?

bandzoogle review get started

Bandzoogle – How Much Does It Cost?

It turns out that, despite having a very niche offer, the company doesn’t charge much for its services compared to a standard hosting service.

Their basic plan starts at as little as $8.29 per month for an annual contract ($9.95/mo. if month-to-month) and their pro plan goes up to $19.95 per month for a monthly commitment.

bandzoogle review pricing

There are slight pricing differences depending on the length of the plan but they are not as high as some other companies use.

The savings between the monthly and annual contract vary between $19.92 for the Lite plan and $39.84 for the Pro plan. Not bad, considering we are talking about a company that targets a very narrow audience.

Month-to-Month (1 year)AnnuallySavings (per year)
Lite$119.40$99.48$19.92
Standard$179.40$149.52$29.88
Pro$239.40$199.56$39.84

A Quick Glance at Bandzoogle Services

How It Helps Musicians?

Naturally, branding is one thing. The real value is in the actual services offered by the company. After researching their offer for some time, I can honestly say that I’m impressed by what they’ve prepared for their customers.

I’m sure that if you are a musician, you probably don’t want to have anything to do with coding and just want to have a site where you can interact with your fans, present and sell your music, merchandise, and tickets. That’s exactly what Bandzoogle lets you do. And much more!

Lite

Pro

Basic

Bandwidth

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

SSL Security

Included

Included

Included

Fan Analytics

Yes

Yes

Yes

24/7 Live Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pages Limit

10

20

Unlimited

Tracks Limit

10

50

Unlimited

Photos Limit

100

500

Unlimited

eCommerce Platform Fees

0%

0%

0%

Sell Music Downloads

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sell Merchandising

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sell Videos

No

No

Yes

Sell Tickets

No

No

Yes

Discount Codes

No

No

Yes

Inventory Tracking

No

No

Yes

Album Preorders

No

No

Yes

Mailing List

100 subs.

1000 subs.

Unlimited subs.

Free Sitewide SSL & HTTPS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Website Builder

Yes

Yes

Yes

Website Templates

100+

100+

100+

Free Trial

30-days

30-days

30-days

Another important element of their offer is a built-in email marketing system.

That’s an important promotion element which is often neglected by people who aren’t marketers themselves – simply because it requires a lot of work and the use of external tools. With Bandzoogle, you can manage both your site and emails at the same time! And setting up your site is far from hard.

The 3-Step Site Creation Process

The platform offers a 30-day free trial which means you can get everything ready before you even spend any money. And getting your site up and running is a piece of cake and can be done in three simple steps.

1. Choose a Theme

First, you will be asked to choose a theme. There are lots of different designs that you can choose from. As you could expect, they are categorized using different music genres. To pick it, simply scroll down to the one you like and confirm your choice.

Keep in mind that, should you need any help, you can contact support using a convenient chat at any stage of your web design journey.

bandzoogle review theme

2. Add Header Imagebandzoogle review add image

In the next step, you will be asked to add a header image to your theme.

This can be changed at a later date and, if you don’t have one yet, you can just choose to use the already included photo.

At first, you’ll be provided with some stock image that you can change later if you like.

Of course, you will like to change it later, there’s nothing cool about having a stock image as your header.

Just keep in mind that you should use a high resolution, an eye-grabbing image with some artsy elements.

Your header is much more than a cute picture, and in my honest opinion, it should be somehow related to your band…

Try giving your visitors some context!

3. Set the Site Title and Logo bandzoogle review set title

The last step is to provide your site title and pick a logo.

Similarly, if you’re just giving the hosting a test ride, you can just input something like “test”, “my band” or “The Fallen Children of the Hellraiser”. 

Everything can be changed later.

Once that’s done, you will be taken to the actual control panel.

There, you can edit the content, redesign your site, manage eCommerce and mailing options, as well as view or analyze data.

Bandzoogle’s Control Panel:

bandzoogle review control panel

Bandzoogle Performance

As Bandzoogle is a niche website builder, I didn’t expect it to excel when it comes to performance. But, I was happy to see the positive speed test result. While the response time is a bit behind industry leaders, the results are very decent.

bandzoogle review performance

When it comes to uptime, the situation is a bit ambiguous. When I contacted their support, they told me that technically, they do not offer any guarantee but that their hosting has an average of 98% uptime.

Upon checking that in our uptime calculator, I realized that this means quite significant downtimes every now and then. Of course, that doesn’t mean your site will be down every day for half an hour, but there could be situations when you won’t be able to access it.

Not the best scenario.

bandzoogle review uptime

Bandzoogle Pros

What are their most prominent advantages? It’s time to start summing my Bandzoogle review up!

Focused on Data Critical for a Band

The primary reason why anyone from their target audience, be it a musician, a band member or even a band manager would want to sign up and host their site with Bandzoogle is the fact that they are entirely focused on making the life of musicians easier.

But not only that – all of their features and backend options are designed to help users grow their music fan base. Even their analytics is presented in a way that features data most important for someone who makes a living as a musician.

bandzoogle review fan data

Easy Email Marketing

The second big advantage is the integrated email marketing. While it’s significantly limited in the first two tiers, once you sign up for the Pro plan you get access to unlimited email lists which makes staying in touch with your potential customers much, much easier.

bandzoogle review email marketing

Commission-free eCommerce

The third great feature and a huge benefit of the platform is their commission-free eCommerce. To be honest, considering how niche they are I would expect them to charge hefty fees for the service. Not only they don’t do that, but they actually help bands sell all the most important products and services – from music files to merchandise and tickets.

Support Focused on Musicians

On top of all the things that I have listed so far, they offer the best support a musician can get. Their support team is made of people who focus exclusively on the needs of those who are making a living in the music industry.

Free for Non-Profit

The last point I think is worth noting in my Bandzoogle review is their policy towards non-profit organizations. If you are a charity, simply get in touch with them and host your site at no cost!

Bandzoogle Cons

So far, I’m super enthusiastic about the platform. But, as usual, there are a few things that are not as good as the average user would expect them to be.

Extra Cost to Add a Custom Mailbox

While their email marketing offer is very good (especially considering that it’s already included in the price of the hosting), you will be charged $14.95 per year for an additional custom inbox.

I guess they have to make up for all the great features that they already offer for a flat fee.

bandzoogle review custom inbox

Basic Plans Are Quite Limited

Even though you could technically host your site for as little as $8.95 per month, both the Lite and the Standard plans are very limited – especially when it comes to eCommerce. That’s why I think that if you are serious about hosting your site with them, you will have to migrate to the top plan pretty soon.

No Official Uptime Guarantee

This is one of the very few times that I’ve come across an issue like that. Considering that some web hosting companies offer 100% uptime guarantee, having nothing about it in their SLA is a huge red flag. While the majority of their audience is not focused on performance, that doesn’t mean Bandzoogle shouldn’t strive to make sure their servers are online 100% of the time.

Bandzoogle Review Summary

Simply put – if you’re a band, a solo musician, or for any other reason need a website in the music industry and don’t want to spend thousands on designers and web developers, don’t hesitate and give this platform a try. Their features are excellent and their 30-day trial gives you more than enough time to thoroughly review this website builder yourself!

Pros

  • Easy Data Access
  • Simple Email Marketing
  • Commission-free eCommerce
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Cons

  • Limited Basic Plans
  • Extra Cost to Add a Custom Mailbox
  • No Uptime Guarantee

Main Features

  • Features Dedicated for Musicians
  • Commission Free Store

Hosting Prices

bandzoogle review main

Server Locations

  • Canada

Server OS

  • Linux logo Linux

Leave a review