Well, well, well. I had my first Dreamweaver class last night. I’ve been sitting on this expensive program for two months now and I’m finally using it. What took me so long? This thing is fantastic! I still only know the basics, but I am loving it and loving life right now. I only wish the ArtBizCoach.com site was created with it.
I counsel a lot of artists to hire a Web designer and guru like mine. (Okay, I do most of the designing, but Pat is my right arm.) Your genius is in your art and it takes years to be proficient with the Internet. If you devote too much time to a Web site, you’ll have little time to work on your art. And, the truth is, most first-time Web sites really stink. I remember my own. And I visit awfully ugly artists’ sites each and every day. (Is yours one of them?)
Most artists use their sites as a portfolio. But, even with all of the above in mind, if you are taking your art and turning it into a Web-based business with lots of Web-based sales (maybe e-books, DVDs, etc.), you really have to know the basics of Web design.
Take a class if you need to. But, if you’re one of those artists who needs to spend less time online AND if you want a quality site, hire someone (someone who knows what they’re doing and doesn’t take you for a ride) to set it up for you! You can always learn to edit it later.