~~~Web Builder Express News - Issue No. 1~~~
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~~~IN TODAY'S NEWS~~~
----> Another Newsletter?
* Music On Your Website
----> Is it a good idea?
----> If you decide to use music
* Things You Might Like:
----> Share this newsletter with a friend
----> Let us know what you think
* News Wrap-up:
----> Winter in Ohio
*** Welcome ***
Welcome to our first newsletter!
Monica and I look forward to sending you a quick, useful
newsletter every other Wednesday as a way to share
information, provide you with tips on how to build
a better web site, and perhaps build a better business or
++ Another Newsletter? ++
We both like receiving news from others, and we hope that you
will like this format - quick, easy to read, and direct from
to your PC.
On to the news! - Herb & Monica
*** Music On Your Website ***
People often ask us about putting music on thier web site.
After all, people buy and sell music every day on the web
on sites like www.iTunes.com.
++ Is It A Good Idea? ++
There are only two circumstances when you should consider
putting music on your web site:
1. If you sell music, your visitors will want to hear
a sample of your product before they buy. All of
the popular online music sites offer this feature. Visitors
to those sites expect it and know that they will
have to wait for the short download to begin playing.
2. If you are a musical performer (singer, wedding dance
band, etc.), then your visitors will want to hear you
before they book you. By putting clips of your
performances on your web site, you can instantly
"perform" for your visitors. Those who like what they
hear can contact you for more information, and when
they do you will know they are serious since they
liked what they heard.
In most other cases, music is a bad idea.
1. When unexpected, music usually seems out of
context and unprofessional. Unless you are
selling music or musical services, your
visitor is not coming to your site to listen
to music but for another reason - to make a purchase,
to read a story, to learn a skill, etc.
2. When repeated, music becomes annoying. If your
visitor is spending time on your web page (which
is a good thing) and your web page is playing
the same piece over and over again
it quickly becomes annoying. You don't want
to drive your visitors away.
3. When large, music files can take a long
time to download. Not everyone has a high
speed connection and if the music files associated
with your page are large they can take a long time for
your page to download for some. Most just won't
4. When illegal, music files can you get into
a heap of legal trouble. Do you have the proper
legal rights to "broadcast" the music? If you
don't, you are stealing and stand the chance of getting into
legal trouble. Unless you composed and performed
the music, you probably need permission
and rights to put the music on your site.
++ If you decide to use music ++
If you determine that music is appropriate for
your site, be sure to give your visitors a
choice about turning it on or off by including clear,
prominent buttons (a welcome choice for visitors and
a super way to make you page load faster). Don't pay
it automatically when the page loads.
*** Things You Might Like ***
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*** News Wrap Up ***
Winter in Ohio seem to finally be comming to an end.
The flowers have started to poke out of the ground, and
we actually see the sun peek out on occasion (a rare
treat in these parts).
Monica's been experimenting with baking bread, and Herb
has been busy eating it - very, very yummy!
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