Being a photographer means that everything around you must be colorfully and skillfully designed, and every successful and aspiring photographer takes this seriously. Virtually every business has a site, and if you want to succeed, you should have one. A site that puts your hard work to display. There are a lot of web builders, but you should focus on something that will look classy and enhance the beauty of your portfolio.
Speaking about building websites, it does not have to be anything complicated. In fact, it is something that you can build by yourself. Most websites for photographers now come with templates that require no coding skills to set it up. In fact, you can set it all up in less than a day.
Every photographer wants people to look at their site and go wow. If you want to amaze people with your photographs, then you need to upload them on a template that enhances the pictures.
There are currently a lot of web builders on the internet that can help build a photography website for you but can you really rely on them? Do their themes make your photo works pop or just look bland? Is their load time long? You need to find out how credible these people are because of the effect that they have on your site.
There are currently four companies that build websites for photography, and they have been rated the best that there is. Wix, Squarespace, SmugMug, and Weebly are four of the best websites for photographers. Let’s take a look at how they function and who knows, you may see what you want from the list. Let’s get started on how to start a photography website.
We are going to review these websites and state their advantages and disadvantages for photographers who want to start a business.
Wix site builder is regarded as one of the best website builder for photographers in the world. It was created for both professionals and rookies alike. Wix has over 50 photography templates that suits your business needs to choose from. Each template is very beautiful and will make your images pop out. If you have little knowledge of creating a site, Wix has the ADI option that can help you. All you need to do is set up the necessary parameters and watch your site create itself. For people with advanced skills in designing websites, there is the editor option that has drag and drops features for you to use. Also, you can build from scratch. If you have advanced knowledge of building web applications, you can make use of the corvid option. You can setup LSI keywords too.
Wix comes with its app market where it displays its plugins and that of third-party applications. Now, you can add those things that make the app look extra classy like the live chat button, subscribe button, fill your form, Google AdSense, etc. However, for these third-party applications, Wix cannot be held liable for whatever happens to those apps. To put it simply, if the third-party application crashes, you cannot hold Wix management responsible for it. It cost between $4.50 to $24.50 monthly.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using the app. Let’s look at them:
Squarespace is a beautiful site designer with over 100+ templates to choose from. Their site responds well on both mobile and personal computers. They are a specialized site that deals more around portfolios, online stores and blogs. So, this would be the best for photographers. It has galleries that can be customized to display your artworks beautifully. You can even protect with password some of the work in your gallery.
It comes with its analytic tool to help you track visitors, visits, and get an in-depth analysis of your site. You can also integrate popular plugins like Zapier, YouTube, Twitter, Xero, DropBox, etc. on your website. Everybody likes how easy it is to modify your site using the Squarespace analytics tool.
However, there are some usability issues. They have very few themes to choose from. This can be limiting since it would be better to have a lot of options to look at and make a decision. Allows you to do a free trial without including your credit card details. You cannot have a free site, though. After the trial expires, you would need to buy a plan which ranges from $12 to $40, which I honestly think is pricey.
SmugMug is an e-commerce site that builds professional photography websites for photographers. SmugMug was made for photographers and vice versa. This photography website builder allows you not only to store and display all your beautiful works of art but also make money with them.
Think of it as a storage for your photos that everyone can see and pay for what they like. It is more of a site that helps to give meaning and importance to your hard work. You can design a site in less than an hour, and it is pretty simple to do. No matter the kind of device that you display your site from, it will render beautifully. You can even create passwords to protect your work. Whether you just want to save your photos on the site or use it for your profession, it will serve the purpose perfectly.
You do not have to be a photographer to use this site maker, but it has only two weeks free trial, and unless you really mean to use it for business purposes, it would be pretty much useless to you. No one wants to pay for services that they are not serious about. Every plan has a price and starts from $48/year to $360/year
From all the reviews, Weebly seems to be the website with a very clear interface and easy to build. If you want to make a photography website with no coding skills, Weebly can do that for you. It has a simple drag and drops feature that is on the side, making it user-friendly. So, you do not need to be a professional site designer on how to make a photography website on Weebly. If you are a starter and do not have enough money to pay for a site, you can start with their free version. However, you should note that beneath the screen, you will see Weebly adverts. If you do not mind, then you can carry on. Also, it will not come with a proper domain name. It will still have Weebly included in your site web address. There is also a cheaper plan that allows you to pay $5 for the site but still has ads at the footer.
When you buy a plan, the domain name is free for the first year, but payment of $19.95 will be made from the next year.
Not necessarily. They all function very well. Some all-around websites have different templates, depending on what you are trying to achieve. For instance, Wix web maker has different categories that you can choose from, and photography is one of them.
This means that when you click on it, you will be taken to a page with templates designed specifically for photographers. Unlike SmugMug, that is solely for photography purposes. It all depends on what you want to create, its features and pricing, etc. In all, be sure that the website possesses the features that you need to build a site.
If you want to create a photography website as a trainee, will the site accommodate those needs? Also, you need to know its load time, in order not to create a poor user experience for your business. You also need to consider the user experience. Check if it can automatically create a site for someone for whom web design is not their specialty or whether it has advanced tools that can help you build your site from scratch. Always look out for features before making payment to them.
All site builders have their advantages and disadvantages, and when you figure out which one has an advantage over the other, then you can easily figure out which one can work better for you.
Yes, you can, but features can be limited. If you want a site that has the name of the website maker added to your web address and the site’s adverts embedded in the footer of your website, then yes, you can use the free version. Secondly, using the free version limits a lot of features, storage options, bandwidth size, options to upload videos/audio. Also, imagine, building a website that crashes at will or is riddled with adverts that you did not put. Imagine how it will make your website look. Very unprofessional and uncool. Wix and Weebly will give you the unlimited spaces that you need, but you will lack certain features.
However, it is best to go for paid plans. You can start with basic ideas and upgrade to a premium plan as you grow. The paid versions give you access to a lot of benefits that you cannot get in the free plan.
If you mean serious business for your product, then you can go for the paid version, if not, stick to the free one.