Houston's 5 Best Live-Music Venue Web Sites


2. McGonigel's Mucky Duck

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Look and Feel: 6
Ease of Use: 2
Calendar: 9
Updates: 9
Mobile Friendliness: 9
Overall: 7

Mucky Duck's Web site does a lot of things right and one thing terribly wrong. It is a nice-looking site that is well-maintained and updated regularly. There is good information and an outstanding calendar, as well as a printer-friendly version, which is handy. They even have a full-blown mobile version of the site that makes ordering tickets a snap on the phone.

The big problem, however, is that the desktop version's order system doesn't work. I tried it in multiple browsers and on both Windows and Mac and no order button ever appears where it should -- and as it does on the mobile site -- on each show page. This is clearly a significant issue for purchasing tickets online, which is a shame because the site, overall, is pretty damn good.

Recommendations: Fix that ticket-purchasing system immediately. Add a map link on the contact page for mobile users. Put your phone, address and link to directions on every page, particularly the entry page. Also, may want to check the site in other browsers as it looked pretty funky in Internet Explorer. As much as I hate IE, I recognize a sizable group of the population still uses it and, as a result, programming around its flaws is necessary.

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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