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Mar 02, 2011 22:47 |  #1

I have a domain name purchased and want to build my own site however not HTML savvy. I know there are website builders out there but some are too technical , others i found not having slideshows, anyone know of a good site that provides simple templates and building for a photographers page? id like to build it myself then ill buy the host afterwards.


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Mar 03, 2011 07:07 |  #2

Look into WordPress.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 16:36 |  #3

Im doing the same as you. I had a Smugmug for a year, but i dont really need the online shopping cart, and i hated the customization options even when you get into the advanced stuff. I also knew zero about html ,css, etc.

I recently purchased my own domain/hosting etc, and I couldnt find/didn't really want a 'pre-built' template site. Im using Adobe Dreamweaver & Adobe Flash software to build and maintain my site. I have a background in print design and already had the entire Creative Suite 3 on my computer so i didnt invest any money in expensive software or templates. Sure its been challenging, and I had to purchase some books to learn the basics, but Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG software so what I design on my computer generally (barring a few wonky graphics floating to random places) is what appears on my live site.

If you aren't up to learning web design from scratch, or have the money to invest in a program like Dreamweaver, Godaddy which is my host, has a Website Tonight option, where you can buy hosting space and they provide lots of premade templates that you uplaod your content to and can customize. I personally havent used it, but it may be something worth looking into. Godaddy's control panels are kind of cluttered and 'interesting' to use, but so far I havn't had any down time as far as their hosting reliability, but I'm still paying by the month and will continue to do so for a few more months just to make sure that realibility holds up before i commit to a longer amount of time.


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Mar 04, 2011 16:38 |  #4

WordPress.

Or, if you use Lightroom, try the templates from The Turning Gate, which make it very easy to get a full-functional portfolio website (and even client-side stuff, too) using only Lightroom.


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Mar 04, 2011 23:17 |  #5

Template Monster and others have cheap subscriptions - or you can go to hostgator for your hosting and they have templates you can use free. There's a few I liked but didn't fit my needs/wants so doing one on my own, html is easy to learn.

Word Press & Graph Paper Press is good combo, if only I knew how to update them as I already have them installed, just haven't done it and probably won't for my personal site, but going to use it for a different business soon as - if I - figure it out.


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Mar 05, 2011 05:14 as a reply to  @ MJPhotos24's post |  #6

Dreamweaver and Lightroom work for us but I'm a qualified web designer.

Wordpress seems to the be the one everyone is using these day and so every one looks the same :rolleyes:

So final advice would be
1) Short of time PAY someone to do it!

2) Ok on time Wordpress and follow the sheep.

3) Better on time do a local collage course and learn the basics and the correct tools and you'll be able to build a site however you like :)




  
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