If you have a band, have a buddy in a band, or once met the roadie for a traveling gig band, you might have a use for EbandLive. The site is an all-inclusive band website builder that includes all the hosting and WYSIWYG editing you’d expect from a good host, but is geared exclusively towards musical groups.
Lots of extras make this specialty obvious: tour date calendars, current band news blogs, band line-up (members), etc. Interestingly, no mention of streaming music or other options are forthcoming from the site or its marketers.
The idea is that a band, its management, or indie record labels could utilize EbandLive.com to quickly build and maintain a website (or sites) to promote the band and give it a name. Two options are available, including âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬You DesignâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ where the band’s representative builds the site themselves and âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬We DesignâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ where the band pays some extra money and the people at EbandLive.com build the site for them. In the future, the option of just choosing a ready-to-go site that needs only some minor information to fill in the blanks will be available.
The site has a good concept and one that has been done before and, really, isn’t offering anything special through their service. Similar sites like Rock-n-Roll-Design.com and BandZoogle.com have been around for a while and seem to be offering more services at lower costs.
One advantage that EbandLive does seem to have is its integration with iPhone Mobile, allowing the site to automatically generate an iPhone-ready version of itself for viewing on the go. Whether that’s enough to make up for the cost differential of $200+ versus the other sites mentioned, is a matter of opinion, I guess.