Hey fellow picture-takers,
Longtime forum creeper, first time post.
I'm trying to get my photo business started and am looking to setup a website.
I've no prior experience with such, and am not sure which companies provide the best options for a budding photographer.
I do have an idea of what features I'd like incorporated in my website:
1.) Multiple Image Galleries/ Categorized Galleries
2.) Online Store/ Paypal option for print sales/ link to amazon store
3.) Complete customization
4.) Ability to be viewed from any desktop or mobile device (I've been told Adobe Flash and Apple products do not play nice)
To be honest, I don't know if I'm asking too much with that feature set, or if it's too simple. Any critique and input is appreciated.
I'm not an expert and not a pro photo shooter making money of photography but I can give you few suggestions which worked for me
The best customization platform for websites is Wordpress http://wordpress.org/
Wordpress is free to download for both MAC OS and Windows.
You have multiple themes website templates available for free also you have bunch of widgets and plug ins to fully customize your website including check out options credit card, paypal, social networks and all.
Moderating website using Wordpress is easy as piece of cake thanks to very easy interface.
Although I can suggest you look for website template here http://themeforest.net/
I bought one of these it cost me 45$. Pros with these templates is that your galleries will look more professionally, especially If you intend to make money out of it.
Some themes are fully automatic adjustable meaning you can view them from any device; PC , tablet ,smart phone and they will adjust to screen resolution without being distorted. I suggest use one of those.
Adobe Flash is not supported by Apple products. Website build in flash ( pics galleries) will not be fully functional on apple devices and you can loose lot of potential clientele.
Wordpress is built in HTML and will be fully functional on any devices ( if you choose proper theme
My website was initially hosted in my home country but eventually I moved to U.S http://www.hostgator.com
Better service and much cheaper then in my country
I've built my website from scratch without using any IT specialist. Wordpress is very simple and I'll put this in capitals YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HTML LANGUAGE TO USE IT, BUILT IT , CUSTOMIZE etc.
There is one guy which has youtube channel and shows how to built website from scratch in 90 minutes using Wordpress
Hope this help you
this guy is actually using one themeforest themes
You can check how looks self learner amateur website here www.dariuszphotography.com