So... you want a website?

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I've just bought a web domain name (.com) and really haven't a clue who to use for web hosting (??), sorry, but I'm lost in this field with total lack of computer/website experience. I take it 'WordPress' is excellent to install (free) ?
Are the likes 'HostGator' any good for hosting I wonder...?

I'll be using a web-host for a personal photographic website, single domain name etc... I want my photographic site (eventually) to look quite 'Pro' like. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Your questions have already been answered in your other thread. ;)

Yes wordpress is free to use and comes with some basic themes, custom themes can be bought for a small fee from various places

Again do not use Hostgator LOL
 

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As extensive hypertext markup language XHTML or XML is no longer the most recent or versatile, I would do the coding in HTML5 instead. The canvas and video are done far more efficeintly.
Also, avoid flash as it is not supported by Apple and is being dropped by Google soon.
 
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I use behance for some art project and flickr just for relax.
 
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Digital Ocean for hosting, Let's Encrypt for free SSL certificate, WordPress for the CMS, JetPack for gallery layouts.

Digital Ocean have a simple step by step guide to setting up a WordPress site - it doesn't need any technical knowledge although it is command line, you can just copy and paste from the guide.

There are LOADS of free themes that will give a great looking website very quickly.

If you need to sell prints etc then you can add WooCommerce - it's free too :)
 
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I am currently working on a photo club script that I would like to offer for free when its done.
I joined here to see what photographers are looking for in a complete online club.
I have also checked out some photo clubs that are already up and running, some are good some are not.

Currently I am writing the script in PHP, JQuery, and AJAX. I want it to be as interactive as possible between all members, where the members can share their work and their techniques. Admin can select features they want to be on their club, and manage the entire website without any real coding experience.

So far I have incorporated:
  • Unlimited Uploads
  • Album Creation
  • Photo Comments
  • Profiles
  • Manage Your Photos
  • Admin Control Panel
What I want to add:
  • Online Chat
  • Facebook style index view
  • EXIF INFO
  • Google Map GEO Location
  • Photo Description
  • Photo Rating
  • Community Calendar
  • Trophies
  • Moderation
  • Newsletter
  • Member PM and Email

Are these features something photographers would be interested in seeing as options in a club?
What are ideas of things you as a photographer would like to see? Any idea/help is appreciated.

Thanks.
 
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Wordpress is indeed a great platform for building websites but not necessarily for photographers. Every new feature that you need requires you to find the appropriate plugin and even slight change in the design requires you to get into coding. A photographer should spend more time taking pictures rather than designing websites.
A better option is to go with decent portfolio builders and let them handle the main part while you upload your best shots and sometimes work on the design of website. Pixpa or Squarespace are good to start with, both being inclined towards photographers websites. Pixpa also has the features where you can sell your photos as digital product or prints within the same website. Try out their free trial and choose the one that works best for you.
 
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I do event photography in the summer and have a photo printing service and sell digital files and prints from my website.

I've stopped my subscription with Zenfolio and changed over to TheImageFile https://www.theimagefile.com

Very happy customer so far in my first three months. Zenfolio, in my experience, was fantastic until about May 2017 when they lost the plot. Many moans on their forum page and they don't seem to listen which is why I changed. I tried Smugmug, Squarespace, etc but only TheImageFile had 99% of what I wanted. One big wish was an attractive menu system and I got exactly what I wanted.
 
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Thinking of trying to build a website, any recommendations on who to use?
 
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Thinking of trying to build a website, any recommendations on who to use?
Wordpress is excellent if you have the time to understand it and do all the plugins etc... Squarespace is easy, quick and very good but depends what you want out of it - ecommerce, SEO, portfolio?
 
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Thinking of trying to build a website, any recommendations on who to use?
Like the above, have a think about what the purpose of your website will be. That will help you understand what your host/platform needs to provide and will help with your decision.

I almost switched over to squarespace a month ago but decided to stay with Wordpress and double down on learning it. Square space is VERY expensive for what it is.
 
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This is not for everyone but for a long time (probably about 6 years now) I’ve been using PhotoFloat to build my website. It generates the HTML and thumbnails from albums and then you host it somewhere. My internet is fast enough I could do it from home now, but I look for cheap VPS every Black Friday and find something with enough storage. As it’s all static it needs virtually zero resources to run, right now it’s using 48 MB of RAM. It’s a low traffic site, just family but could handle more. No e-commerce or accounts or anything fancy but I like the clean, minimal look, EXIF info is there and people can easily download the original if they want.
 
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