Houston's 5 Best Live-Music Venue Web Sites


5. Warehouse Live

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Look and Feel: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Calendar: 7
Updates: 1
Mobile Friendliness: 6
Overall: 4.6

The Warehouse Live website is about what one would expect to find from a typical live-music venue in most cities. It's dark -- a little too dark -- and heavy on shows. It scores low on updates as the front-page news is four years old. It also gets low marks for difficulty in locating directions. It's not on the home page and not under "contact." It's actually under the "about" section, requiring two clicks. Not good.

On the plus side, the calendar is well-maintained and the site looks basically the same on a mobile browser as it does on a desktop -- no Flash or weird code. It also has good access to the venue's ticket vendor, making that fairly easy, though they might want to update the site's template on the vendor page because it is out of date.

Recommendations: Get that address and map onto every page of the site. Update your news or remove it. Consider going with a white background and dark text instead of the inverse. It would make it a lot easier to read, particularly on a smartphone.

Location Info

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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Firehouse Saloon

5930 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Nutty Jerry's (Winnie)

18291 Englin Road, Winnie, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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9 comments
paul
paul

I disagree with your assessment of the Fitz website. I would like to see, at a glance, the price of each show, and, ideally, a description of the bands playing the show One has to click a link, for each show, to find that information. Other websites (e.g., Empty Bottle, Chicago) handle this in a much better fashion. It would also be nice to be able to see, at some point before the show starts, estimated set times posted somewhere...I suspect a lot of places, though, want you to simply guess. 

 

And, why does Walters not make a priority putting their info. on some website?   Their new site has been open long enough to do something, I would think.  

H_e_x
H_e_x

I finally found the Walters website. Looks like it hasn't been updated since June. They used to have an alright website, I wonder why they got rid of it after the move? 

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

 @H_e_x I didn't mention it in the story, but I do get that websites are expensive and a pain to maintain. It's tough for ANY small business to maintain a decent web presence. But, if you are established, you need some of the absolute basics to make it easier on your patrons.

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