Having a taste for photography? Looking for a platform that can showcase your art to the world? Great! Create a stunning photography website with following easy steps.
Step 1. Choose a Flashy Domain Name and Reliable Hosting Partner
In order to make a photography website, first, you will need to come up with a good website name. Unfortunately, most of the good names are already taken. However, you can use domain name checker tools such as Nameboy, LeanDomain Search, NameStall, etc. to check the names available for registration. When choosing a domain name, make sure it is short, simple and does not include any special character.
After choosing your domain name, your next step should be choosing the right web hosting plan and reliable hosting partner. Since most of the aspects such as speed, uptime, etc. depend on a web hosting service, choose it carefully. Don’t hesitate to have a look on different web hosting review sites offering comparison page of top hosting services. It would give you an idea of which hosting service has better features, pricing models, and support system.
As a newbie, you can start with a basic shared hosting service. For those who don’t know, in shared hosting, multiple websites are served by one physical server. Comparatively, it is a cheaper option.
Step 2. Select a Website Building Platform
Once you have finalized your domain name and hosting option, your next step should be choosing a website building platform for your photography website. Make sure you pick one that is compatible with photography niche.
Although there are plenty of options out there, we would advise you to choose WordPress only. It is cheap, popular and supports different themes for photography especially.
According to WordPress, they are powering more than 28% of the internet. A study reveals, WordPress dominates Google’s search engine results with 583,000,000.
In addition to this, the platform does not require you to have any coding skill to work with it.
In order to install WP in an easy way. Go to the Control Panel of your web hosting provider. Search for the Auto-Installer; choose WordPress and then follow the instructions.
During the process, you will be asked to create your WP administrative credentials. You will use them later to access the dashboard. Once you are done, you can use: yoursite.com/wp-admin to access your website dashboard. It will look like as below:
The dashboard allows you to take control over every aspect associated with your website.
Step 3. Choose Theme for Your Website
It is the most fun part of building a photography website. Choosing the right template for photography may take some time. In the WordPress theme repository, you can search for photography theme.
To install a WP( WordPress) theme, follow the steps given below.
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard->Appearance section.
- Hit the Add New
- Next, write the theme name in the search bar.
- Click on the Install button and then Activate to apply it.
Now, navigate to Appearance-> customize section. Here you can edit your theme, its sidebar, footers, header, etc. as per your requirement.
Step 4. Install Some Important Plugins
Though there are a number of plugins that you can install to bring different functionalities and features to your site, we would suggest installing only the important ones.
Yoast SEO- This is all in one tool to fulfill all your search engine optimization requirements. With the help of this tool, you can set canonical tags, generate sitemaps, create meta titles and descriptions.
WPForms– Your purpose of creating a website will not be fulfilled until you give your targeted audience a better way to reach to you. WPForms lets you create contact page so that your users can contact you.
Envira Gallery– As a photographer, you would like to show your talent to the world in a well-arranged manner. And what can be a better way than having a picture gallery on your site for the same? Envira Gallery plugin helps you create an eye-pleasing gallery and showcase your work.
TinyPNG-Most photographers add high-quality images on their websites resulting in slow website loading speed. Well, you can easily deal with this issue using TinyPNG plugin. This image compression plugin compresses images without reducing the quality.
Follow the below steps to install these plugins
- Navigate to your WP dashboard.
- Go to the Plugins-> Add New. In the search bar, type in the name of the plugin you want to install.
- Click on the Install Now button and then Activate to enable it. In order to manage plugins, go to Plugins->Install Plugins.
Congratulations! You have successfully created your photography website. In order to make your site engaging, you can create an About Me page and set up a photo gallery.
For the success of your site, we advise you to keep posting new posts, improve your SEO, integrate social media channels and stay active within the community.
In this post, we learned how to create a photography website. Do share your experience with us.