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How to Create Your Own Photography Website

Updated on November 14, 2015
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How to Showcase Your Best Work

Build your own Wordpress 2015 Website


Photo sharing websites like Flickr can be fun; however, I am sure most photographers would prefer to have their own websites.

What is the best way to create your own website?

Here are a few pointers.

  • Host your own website. Don't fall for the "design your website in 10 minutes", or create a free website, or quick build hosting packages, as they can cripple you.


  • Don't build flash websites for photography although flash slideshows are fine. A photography website should draw on its photo content for interest and not rely on annoying animations.


  • Don't separate your blog and website, you lose search engine traffic and confuse clients.


  • Register your domain with the word 'photography' in it, such www. John Jones Photography.com for better search ranking. Also, register your domain name for at least three years, domain registration is cheap, and search engines love long expiration times. I find GoDaddy or Hostgator confusing and not very helpful, rather try Bluehost.com - reliable hosting, with clear instructions, plenty of assistance and none of the unnecessary flash bangs.


  • Don't have fancy intros into your site or a series of large 8MB pictures to load as visitors come in, simplicity is the key on photographic sites.


  • Have a portfolio which showcases your talent to the fullest and list your prices packages on line, don't ask someone to contact you to find out prices, they won't bother.


  • Read up on SEO and remember a good website should be easy to find, simple to use, easy to navigate and load fast. The average visitor spends two minutes on your site, so that is the time you have to sell yourself.


  • Blogging is one of the most important activities on the web, but please only blog when you have something to say. Talking about irrelevant things just to say something will drive people away.


Photography Website with Wordpress - Paul McGregor

Use a reliable publishing platform

WordPress.org started as an open source project and evolved to become the most respected publishing tool for both professionals and amateurs. The main advantage for photographers is that it lets you make updates and publish new photos or new blog posts whenever you like.

Wordpress is coded in such a way that search engines like Google easily see what is on the site, and a good ranking gives you more chances for people to find you. If someone builds a website for you, you have to go back to them to add content.

Once your domain name and hosting package are in place, you can download WordPress and install it. Good hosting providers, such as Bluehost, have an "one button install" which makes it so much easier for you.

The installation process, including troubleshooting tips, are on the www. WordPress.org Website so, please use their very good explanation.

Once you've installed WordPress, log on to it access the dashboard; this is the screen where you get to control every aspect of your site.

How to make Wordpress Website 2015

Find the Right Template for your Website

Tips for your new Website


• Have a photograph of yourself somewhere on your website as people prefer to have a photo of a face to go along with a name online.


• Tell people which city your operate in, so that someone who would like to hire you knows where your are based.


• Is it extremely clear how and why people should contact you? Tell them when it's appropriate to email you and what kind of information they'll get back:

For example:

"Want to learn more about what it's like to work with John Jones Photography? Email me and for the juicy details."

Or:

"Ready to book a session, click here to go to the Contact page to get started. Still undecided, phone me on 555 555 5555 to discuss your thoughts."


• Tell people their message will be welcomed even if they are not ready to become a client. Tell them what to do if they just want more information and tell them you are ready to help!


Themes and Plugins

One of the first things you will need to change is your theme, there is the basic free WordPress themes or look at the samples on their site where you may buy a premium theme. These are more polished and functional than the free themes.

Also, you could try www.thephotoargus.com, or www.wordpressphotogaphythemes.com and www.themeforest.net.

Read up on 'Photoblogs and Galleries' on the WordPress.org Site.

Plugins fill the gaps to create more functionality within your WordPress website. Read the WordPress plugin page to find out more.

Useful plugins that should definitely be used are:

Askimet : Filters spam comments left on your blog.

WordPress Related Posts: Generates a list of posts related to the one that the viewer is reading.

WP Super Cache: Speeds up the performance of your Wordpress website by saving cached versions of pages to serve up to visitors.

Shareaholic: An attractive social bookmarking menu and related content widget.

Screenshot of WordPress.org Dashboard

Promoting Your New Website


This is a long term strategy as it takes time to upload a selection of photos and blog posts, and once it is interesting and useful, you want the world to know it's there.

Announce it on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and sites like Pinterest. Write an interesting article on photography on HubPages and tell people within your hub about your website.

Another option is to ask other photographers if you can write a guest post on their blog if they have a popular blog it will bring in a new audience for you.



Ideas to Blog About


Blog about your best images and split it into categories.

Educate your clients: What colours look great on portraits, where to get the best photo with natural light, and anything that will make the process run more smoothly.

If you have favourite vendors or places, blog about them and mention how you think it would be a fabulous place to shoot. Tell the vendors when you do this, and they will remember you if someone needs a photographer.

Blog about personal projects and share. Show people you love photography and not that you have a camera and want to make bucks. It's an opportunity to showcase a style you may not normally use but could draw in new clients attracted to that look.

Theme posts are interesting. Whatever you tend to shoot often and can group together. Perhaps mountains, holidays, buildings, old doors, flowers, fashion, snow or whatever showcases your work.

There is plenty of good information on the net to help you develop your Site, I trust this information helps you on your way.

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      SA Shameel 3 years ago from Bangalore

      You have given good details on creating the photography website. You have covered most points and answered all the questions a would-photo-site owner would ask.

      Excellent

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      While I'm not at a point in my life where I want to create a photography website, I have gleaned from your article valuable nuggets of information that I can use in creating a website promoting a different niche...say, my eBay work, for example. Thank you so very much for sharing this invaluable knowledge.

      Aloha!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent suggestions, Shelley. This is not my thing although I would love to incorporate it into my writing plan at some point...when I figure out how to find more time in my day. :)

      Stilted? No! Informative and factual? Yes! :)

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      zanaworld, Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your comments.

      hawaiianodysseus Aloha Joe, Thank you for stopping by. It would be great if something here was useful to you on your eBay site, that would make me so happy! Great to see you doing so well on your 30/30 Challenge.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Thank you billybuc for the visit and the comments. Going back to your article, I don't suppose I could put much emotion into website building, but then again, I could find some great adjectives for frustration and the subsequent elation at getting it right!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Great information. I would love to have a site but just no time. Voted up on your hub.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      moonlake, Thanks for stopping by. I agree there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything we would like to do. Pity sleep cycle takes so long.... ha ha

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow I am very interested in doing this, I have some fantastic photos and thousands of them! Also thousands I would give away! Will bookmark this, sure glad I cam across it! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for all of these great suggestions. I want to set up a page and the photo layout on blogger and weebly have been disappointing, so I am going to look into Bluehost. Thanks again.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      I wish you success, and thank you for visiting. I do love your canine hubs.

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      EmilieCox 3 years ago from Hereford

      Brilliant article, as an aspiring photographer looking to showcase my work, this will be very useful, thanks!

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment. I wish you luck and success in your very fulfilling career.

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      Lana Zakinov 2 years ago from California

      Very informative! Building a photography website is something I always wanted to do, and this is an excellent guide for it! So many website how-tos can be confusing...I'm not a techie per se, but it seems like just writing isn't cutting it anymore. You have to know a myriad of other things including website building, promotion, marketing, the ins and outs of Google... Voted up!

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      Anita Saran 2 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Wonderful informative hub. I always wanted a photography website and now I know how to go about it. Thank you!

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      Anita Saran, Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a marvellous comment.

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