Who has a wordpress site on here... if so what is the address, ive just got one and from what i can see so far im not 100% sure its going to be what i need i just want to see other peoples ideas and how they have used it
£126 ( and there are discount codes available).
You can get cheaper ones, you can get free ones, but pro photo is a one off install, requires no messing with any code, creates fab SEO friendly content, so easy to use, the new one will even create a mobile version of your site automatically.
I find it so easy to use, it probably saves me 20-40 hours a year in hassle, even for someone as (not very) busy as me it's paying it's way. When I hear other people talking about tweaking the CSS of their Wordpress sites, or struggling with incompatible scripts to do the simplest things I have to smile, Pro Photo just needs a couple of (free) add ons and it's perfect, spam filter and backup.
There are plenty of free or cheap templates, just google free Wordpress templates for photographers.
BUT like anything else, if you want something that works brilliantly, it has a value.
I used to use a flash template site, it looked great (to me at the time) but was roundly ignored by google. My pro photo blog hit page 2 of google for my no1 search term within a month, and has been on page 1 from about month 3. What is that level of advertising worth?
IMO that's the important stuff. As a small business owner, spending weeks learning how to write code or design skills to build a website from scratch is a waste. But learning about SEO is an important part of your total marketing skillset;
Understanding your customers
Understanding your competition
Getting yourself in front of your potential customers (where SEO comes in)
Closing the deal