I'm wondering what you guys think are good features for a portfolio or demo-reel website for composers and/or sound effects creators looking to find work.
There are a few obvious points:
- Should have a built-in music/sound player.
- Should be relatively simple -- you don't want a lot of other content distracting potential clients.
- Should have an easy-to-use contact form and/or contact details.
I see it's pretty common to have embedded tracks hosted on SoundCloud -- is this a preferred way to go, or would a good custom music player embedded into the site be a good option? Should it perhaps be easy to mix and match either or both of these approaches?
What about the back-end of the site as a composer -- are there any features you think are invaluable or particularly important? I would think a quick and easy-to-use way of uploading your music and configuring the music-player (if this is not automatic) would probably be a priority, but is anything else required?