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04/13/2010 08:57:35 AM · #1
I have my domain name and I will be hosted at exposuremanager. But I am not real familiar with html or setting up a site. Are there sites where I can get premade templates? Should I just find tutorials on html and try to wing it or do I need to hire someone to design it for me? What are your suggestions?

I want my site to have a gallery of sample works, a gallery to purchase art prints and then a place to put proofs and for clients to purchase their stuff. I am not sure but I think the adding galleries and such is just uploading to a gallery but not sure on how to do the rest. Perhaps I need to get a book or something? Please throw your suggestions and inputs at me.
04/13/2010 09:13:21 AM · #2
I would say if you're not familiar with HTML / CSS then doing your own site is going to be a MAJOR undertaking and you have to think about how much your time is really worth given the amount of effort you will put into it on all the learning, design and fixing.

There are a million and one good web designers out there who should do the job pretty cheaply, or you could just go with a pre-designed template, or use one of the many photo hosting sites that people around here use and use your domain name with that.

If of course you WANT to take the time to learn HTML then go for it, but if you're only going to be doing it because you have to, then I would say look at one of the other options.
04/13/2010 09:26:35 AM · #3
I have noticed there is a lot of software available for website design as well asiWeb for the Mac, but I am not sure how those work with exposure manager. I may look into it a bit but may end up hiring someone out if this is going to take me weeks to do an crappy job.
04/13/2010 09:31:07 AM · #4
Spending weeks (longer) doing a crappy job is exactly the position from which I speak. I've done that a number of times trying to do my own websites, and I'm fairly familiar with HTML as well!

I think if I ever have a photo website, it will be one of the "pick your theme, upload your photos" type ones, save me going through all the hassle over again. Thought I would try and spare you the pain :)
04/13/2010 09:35:20 AM · #5
Originally posted by Covert_Oddity:

Spending weeks (longer) doing a crappy job is exactly the position from which I speak. I've done that a number of times trying to do my own websites, and I'm fairly familiar with HTML as well!

I think if I ever have a photo website, it will be one of the "pick your theme, upload your photos" type ones, save me going through all the hassle over again. Thought I would try and spare you the pain :)


Thanks I appreciate that. I may goof off a bit seeing what I can do with what I have but I will be doing that as I look for someone to design it for me.
04/13/2010 09:44:30 AM · #6
How about Photoshelter? They have ready-made themes (you also have to ability to manually customize the themes or integrate into wordpress), ability to sell prints through Exposure Manager, AdoramaPix and EZPrints. Ability so sell rights-managed and royalty-free licensed photos, personal downloads and various other things.

They have a offer now. You can try out Photoshelter for $1 for a 14 day period and see if you like it.

I have a website with them at www.trivoxphoto.com

Message edited by author 2010-04-13 09:50:57.
04/13/2010 10:36:26 AM · #7
iWeb is easy to use, but won't offer the features you're looking for like print sales or protected galleries really. You might be able to create the basic site with it though and then use smugmug or something for prints. I'm in the same boat and haven't figured out my solution yet. :-)
04/13/2010 10:40:17 AM · #8
Originally posted by ladyhawk22:

iWeb is easy to use, but won't offer the features you're looking for like print sales or protected galleries really. You might be able to create the basic site with it though and then use smugmug or something for prints. I'm in the same boat and haven't figured out my solution yet. :-)


I just found freeway and it may work well for what I want. Plus it has a fully functional 30 day trial. I am going to download it when I get home and see what I can do with it.

Link
04/13/2010 11:09:12 AM · #9
Since you already have your own hosting, I don't know if you'd be interested in this or not. However, you may want to take a gander and see if this is what you are looking for. I ran into this a couple of weeks ago and thought it looked interesting...

Shutterbug Storefront

It seems to make the business end of things much easier. They do take a percentage of the cut in exchange, however.
04/13/2010 11:16:50 AM · #10
Originally posted by e10icus:

Since you already have your own hosting, I don't know if you'd be interested in this or not. However, you may want to take a gander and see if this is what you are looking for. I ran into this a couple of weeks ago and thought it looked interesting...

Shutterbug Storefront

It seems to make the business end of things much easier. They do take a percentage of the cut in exchange, however.


That seems almost identical to exposuremanager. Not sure if the site design is easier or not as I couldn't tell from just reading through the site. Only thing I did't like was I am limited to the amount of web traffic I can receive and will be charged extra if I go over that amount (sure I won't be going over anytime soon but I can have high hopes)
04/13/2010 11:31:02 AM · #11
I'm in the same boat right now. I am thinking of starting a website for my photography as well as my wife's candle's. She currently sells on etsy and I sell through dpcprints. I was thinking of going through GoDaddy for domain and hosting. They seem to be the most affordable at $4.99 a month for the cheapest 10GB space site and up to $9.99 for unlimited. Has anyone ever used GoDaddy before?

I have not sold much through DPCprints or the etsy site although we advertise pretty well, so I figured one main website with links to the etsy and dpc sites for purchasing might be the way to go for me. Domain name that it easier to remember and having a website with my companies name might make it easier for peolpe to remember and be more attractive to customers.

Any ideas on that?
04/13/2010 11:35:48 AM · #12
Originally posted by SEG:

I'm in the same boat right now. I am thinking of starting a website for my photography as well as my wife's candle's. She currently sells on etsy and I sell through dpcprints. I was thinking of going through GoDaddy for domain and hosting. They seem to be the most affordable at $4.99 a month for the cheapest 10GB space site and up to $9.99 for unlimited. Has anyone ever used GoDaddy before?

I have not sold much through DPCprints or the etsy site although we advertise pretty well, so I figured one main website with links to the etsy and dpc sites for purchasing might be the way to go for me. Domain name that it easier to remember and having a website with my companies name might make it easier for peolpe to remember and be more attractive to customers.

Any ideas on that?


I just used godaddy to register my domain name and am hosting through em, so I am not real sure how godaddy is for creating an actual site but once you get a domain name you can pretty much host anywhere as long as they allow domain mapping.
04/13/2010 11:48:19 AM · #13
From the little bit of research I've done GoDaddy has tools for building a site if you host through them. Is this correct?
04/13/2010 12:08:10 PM · #14
I've used GoDaddy before and had no problems with service, and their default reporting systems are OK. (traffic, bandwidth, etc...)

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that they are not ASP.Net accounts. So the kind of site that you are talking about using will be PHP, MySQL, Linux, hosting. If you get pre-packcaged or designed sites you'll have to keep that in mind.

One option is to look for someone familiar with "Joomla" CMS (Content management system).

Google Joomla and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about. Competition between designers is pretty hot right now, and if they know what they're doing, it shouldn't take them long to get it done.

On the bad side, you'd have a learning curve on how to keep your site up to date.

On the good side, you'd have access to your own shopping cart, adding customer accounts (with password protection), event calendars, scheduling, portfolio, etc...

ETA - after that long splurge, I just realized I was thinking of my host provider, not my domain name provider (DOH!). You may want to look at Joomla anyway...

Message edited by author 2010-04-13 12:10:51.
04/13/2010 01:02:49 PM · #15
Originally posted by jminso:

I just used godaddy to register my domain name and am hosting through em, so I am not real sure how godaddy is for creating an actual site but once you get a domain name you can pretty much host anywhere as long as they allow domain mapping.


Is it $10.99 a year for the domain name or is that a month and does it auto renew?
04/13/2010 01:11:16 PM · #16
Originally posted by SEG:

Originally posted by jminso:

I just used godaddy to register my domain name and am hosting through em, so I am not real sure how godaddy is for creating an actual site but once you get a domain name you can pretty much host anywhere as long as they allow domain mapping.


Is it $10.99 a year for the domain name or is that a month and does it auto renew?


That is for a year for the .com and it does auto renew but I believe you can check or uncheck that option.
04/13/2010 01:16:08 PM · #17
If you want to build your own site, check out Zenphoto. I have it integrated with WordPress on my site, linked below in my sig.
04/20/2010 01:44:40 PM · #18
Anyone looking to set up a website for a reasonable price, I suggest Elance.com

It is a place where freelance web designers etc come together and they can bid for your job. You name the price. I have had several websites created using it as a source for talented cheap web designers.
04/20/2010 01:45:38 PM · #19
Anyone looking to set up a website for a reasonable price, I suggest Elance.com

It is a place where freelance web designers etc come together and they can bid for your job. You name the price. I have had several websites created using it as a source for talented cheap web designers.
08/02/2011 07:57:58 AM · #20
I'm in the same boat as the OP, want to put up a simple bare-bones website showing my work with galleries, contact info, paypal, links to Alamy and here etc, nothing fancy. So far been clunking along on iWeb but my webexpert bro started to build me one with WordPress, saying how easy it was. Uhm not for me. So may have to scrape up some pennies and try to hire someone.
08/02/2011 08:14:16 AM · #21
Originally posted by snaffles:

I'm in the same boat as the OP, want to put up a simple bare-bones website showing my work with galleries, contact info, paypal, links to Alamy and here etc, nothing fancy. So far been clunking along on iWeb but my webexpert bro started to build me one with WordPress, saying how easy it was. Uhm not for me. So may have to scrape up some pennies and try to hire someone.

spend some more time with your bro, susan. WP really is the easiest, least expensive way to have your own photo website. i'll admit that the administrative dashboard can be intimidating at first, but once you get used to it, it's no big deal.
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