UPDATE: As with everything else, web hosting has continued to evolve since we first published our recommendations for artist’s website hosting. Here are some updated thoughts along with our new recommendations.
Previously, we’ve looked at the best web hosting for beginners, entrepreneurs, photographers, and others. While photographers are definitely considered as artists, what about the broader group as a whole? What is the best web hosting for artists? Would good hosting for photographers also be the best choice for other artists? It could be, but let’s take a look at what features will benefit an artist the best.
As an artist, your goal in having a website is to show off your work. It’s a given you want good speed and the ability to upload as much content as needed. But as an artist, you’d probably prefer a more graphical web site creation tool. And depending on the type of artist you are, you may need a lot of multimedia features such as video and audio streaming, image galleries, as well as possibly some ecommerce capability to sell your work online.
Keeping the above criteria in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best options:
As a visual artist, not only do you probably want to focus more on creating your own art, but you’d also probably prefer an easy to use graphic or template based website creator to save you time.
GoDaddy’s GoCentral website builder is an alternative to traditional web hosting that simplifies your website creation.
While the trend is definitely towards simplifying the website creation process, don’t assume that you need to go with a website creation company such as wix.com or SquareSpace. These days, traditional web hosting companies are also making things easier for website owners.
iPage continues to be a good choice for newbies.
And, if you’re looking for a WordPress solution, Bluehost is an excellent choice for new WordPress site owners as you get guided online help in addition to an easy to use customized WordPress dashboard.
Also, for the best combination of WordPress/Website Builder, check out BoldGrid. BoldGrid gives you the convenience of a site builder together with the power of WordPress.
For multimedia artists with video or audio, the key is to get fast performing web hosting with the right amount of resources. In terms of website performance, I’ve received excellent results with A2 Hosting, InMotion Hosting, and SiteGround.
With A2 Hosting, you can opt for their Turbo Servers which can provide 20x faster speeds. Their environment is also optimized for speed and security.
InMotion Hosting offers their Max Speed Zone Technology, which provides faster speeds when you’re within the designated areas.
SiteGround includes their proprietary SuperCacher Technology for faster loading websites.
Selling Your Art
Website builders such as the ones I mentioned above (Wix and GoCentral) have eCommerce components you can use for online selling. However, if you want a more customized solution, you might want to opt for a WordPress site that uses WooCommerce as your online store. In that case, the web hosts listed under Multimedia are also highly recommended for WordPress hosting.
SSL is an absolute must if you’re planning on selling items online. In fact Google considers https so important it will soon be flagging websites that collect personal data (such as eCommerce sites) as unsafe it they don’t use https. Fortunately, many web hosting companies are now offering free SSL certificates with their hosting plans. And even better, many will install the free SSL automatically with the websites you have hosted there.
Of the web hosts I’ve mentioned above, when it comes to SSL, I would have to say the smoothest experiences have been with A2 Hosting and InMotion.