September 10, 2020
September 10, 2020
If you have a talent for capturing breathtaking moments with a camera or simply love looking through a lens, then starting a photography website is one of the best things that you can do.
One of the toughest parts of any new business or project is getting the right exposure and acquiring potential clients. This is where a photography website comes in.
Without a photography website, only your friends, direct customers, or social media followers will know what you do. But with a photography website, the entire world becomes your market.
Want to know the best part? You can make a website about photography in just 5 simple steps:
Grab a web hosting plan and set up your photography site and online store today!
The first step when you make a photography website is quite simple, coming up with a website name.
Here are a few tips to name your photographers website:
Next, you’ll need to find a place to host your photography website. Make sure your host includes website builder options and has all the resources you need for your perfect website.
With Hostinger’s shared hosting, you don’t need to worry about anything. You’ll find everything you need to build a strong online presence. Such as:
Plus, you’ll get 24/7 live support and round the clock server monitoring to make sure your site is always up!
In case you need more power in the future, Hostinger offers seamless upgrade options to cloud hosting.
There are many website builders that you can use to make a photography website, but none stand out as much as WordPress. As one of the best CMS platforms for creating a website, here are just some of the perks included:
Other popular website builders include Joomla and Drupal. Although they have a steeper learning curve and a smaller selection when it comes to extensions and templates. Therefore we recommend trying out WordPress first.
To install one of these platforms on Hostinger, you need to first login to your web hosting control panel:
Within this panel, you can control everything related to your WordPress site and its content.
Now comes the fun part – customizing all the parts of your portfolio website. Below, we’ll go over the main aspects of your website that you should cover before you launch.
Finding the right template may take a while, but luckily there are plenty of WordPress photography themes to choose from. Here are a few of the most popular:
Choose from different layouts such as nature, fashion, or portfolio. Easily customize your images, logo, and fonts with its drag-and-drop tool.
A minimalist theme for those who want to create a simple website. This theme comes loaded with creative features such as an Instagram widget, theme options, colors, layouts, and more
This dark and mysterious theme comes with a sleek design that will easily show your creativity. Choose from different theme options, responsive design, templates, menus, and more.
This simple and clean theme will help get your beautiful website up and running. Utilize features such as blog layouts, testimonials, SEO tools, and more custom options.
Once you have your perfect WordPress theme, follow these steps to install it onto your WordPress website with photography.
Then, head over to Appearance -> Customize section to edit your theme, header, footers, sidebar, site identity, and so on.
Next, it’s time to add some basic features to your website, which you can do by installing WordPress plugins. Here are some of the best ones currently:
To implement a new WordPress plugin on your site, follow these steps:
Every photography website needs a gallery to showcase the stunning images you’ve captured.
If you installed Envira Gallery (there are many alternative plugins as well), this will be an easy task to perform. Here is how you can make an image gallery:
Another crucial component of your photography portfolio site will be introductions. Do that with a simple About Me or About Us page. In your description remember to:
To begin, go to Pages -> Add New and create a fresh draft with your picture and a short bio.
When creating a photography website will be a great way to get leads and new business opportunities. An easy way for visitors to get in touch with you is by setting up a contact form with the WPForms plugin.
After you install it, go to Dashboard -> WPForms -> Add New and set up a new form.
Select a Template or begin with a blank form. Provide the information needed and click Save when you are finished.
With the first version of your portfolio site about photography ready, don’t plan on stopping your momentum. Here are 5 tips that will help you grow your creation into something bigger and better than the average online project.
Ideally, we want people to find you first when they look up photography related terms. Starting a blog post series is the right step towards that direction. Here’s what you can do:
There are lots of options depending on what you aim to do with your photography website. For example, you could make camera reviews and include affiliate links for a little side income.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is vital if you want your website to perform well organically. While learning may seem daunting, it’s one of the best skills to have when building your online presence.
For example, since photography websites contain a large number of pictures, having image alt tags can greatly increase your visibility on search engines result pages. Here are a few reads that will help you get a better idea:
Staying active within the community is a great way to build trust, engage with your customers, and improve brand awareness. If you are not on social media, then it’s important that you start right away. Sign up with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and start building your audience.
Furthermore, you’ll be able to integrate your website of photography with the help of plugins such as Super Socializer and Blog2Social (for automated article sharing). If one of your goals is to have as much exposure as possible, make sure to integrate your photography business on social media.
Google has confirmed that HTTPS is a ranking factor. This means that websites without an SSL/TLS certificate will have a harder time ranking at the top of search engine results compared to those who use it.
Furthermore, without SSL/TLS, your site will display a “Not Secure” warning on modern browsers such as Chrome.
However, with Hostinger you don’t need to worry about that. You can receive a free SSL certificate with every annual Business web hosting plan purchase. Or grab one separately from our Power Store.
As for enabling HTTPS on your WordPress site, there are additional steps that you’ll need to take. The easiest solution is installing a plugin called Really Simple SSL, which will handle the migration to HTTPS for you.
Here are our top recommendations to make your photography website lightning-fast:
And there you have it. Your very own photography website created in just 5 simple steps.
Keep in mind that websites are a long-term investment, and it will take some time before you conquer the first pages of Google. But if you try hard enough, you can surely make it happen.