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Aug 22, 2012 15:00 |  #1

So, I'm working on rounding out my portfolio and as I do so I'm thinking more and more towards the future of becoming a business and charging for shoots.

With that, I need to make a website. I haven't done any coding or web design for probably 7-8 years and wouldn't know where to start now. Is using a site like WordPress and purchasing a suitable theme a good way to go? I worry that using something like a blog site might not seem professional.


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Aug 22, 2012 15:07 |  #2

See my tutorial here. Well, not a 100% tutorial, but it's pretty easy. Wordpress works well, and people won't even know the site's powered by Wordpress if you don't want them too. Check out my website to see how they can look, lots of options though, thousands of themes around.


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Aug 22, 2012 15:52 |  #3

Thanks, that's actually one of the themes I was considering!


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Aug 22, 2012 18:56 as a reply to  @ bmurf's post |  #4

Another vote for Wordpress. I also use the Photocrati theme on my site.


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Aug 22, 2012 19:05 |  #5

I've not dealt with registering a domain name before either. Is it as simple as going to GoDaddy and registering the domain and then it's mine to use?

I can't decide between the Photocrati themes, or this one http://themeforest.net …277741&redirect​_back=true (external link)


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Aug 22, 2012 22:52 |  #6

I would recommend Namecheap (external link), Pretty cheap prices, and never had an issue with them.

Tim mentioned Hostgator, and they are a great hosting provider, your site is always online, tons of options to add on to your site and is reasonably priced. Sure some hosting sites are cheaper but hostgator is great and if you ever have any problems there chat techs are online 24/7 365 Days a year (I know I use to be one :))

Hostgator does provide domain registration but they are kind of expensive.

I like Photocrati, but I know some people on here are using them already. You can try out free themes, just type in photography wordpress themes, and a bunch should pop up. Of course some are better than others, but you can try out some before you buy a theme.



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Aug 23, 2012 00:04 |  #7

I use Namecheap for registration too, not for price, but for their good reputation.


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Aug 23, 2012 05:57 |  #8

Doesn't WordPress host everything? Or do I need one of the hosting packages as well?


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Aug 23, 2012 07:19 |  #9

bmurf wrote in post #14895462 (external link)
Doesn't WordPress host everything? Or do I need one of the hosting packages as well?

I think WordPress does offer hosting but I would recommend finding a web host. 1) they will probably be cheaper/offer more. 2) It gives you more options if you are not happy with the hosting. If you have everything with one company it's convenient if everything is going well but if you want to make changes some people have had problems getting things released, etc...


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Aug 23, 2012 08:04 as a reply to  @ mson's post |  #10

There are two flavours of wordpress. Wordpress.com offers a hosting solution but I believe they limit the amount of customisation you can do, including the plugins and themes that are available. Wordpress.org offers a version of WP that can be downloaded and then uploaded to your chosen web host. As this option is so popular many web hosts already have WP as part of a hosting package, usually with a fairly simple installation option. The benefit of using your own hosting company is that you are generally free to customise WP however you want and use whichever plugins/themes you want.


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Aug 23, 2012 15:04 |  #11

Yes, you need hosting if you want to customise Wordpress.


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Aug 25, 2012 15:23 |  #12

I'll second Hostgator for hosting and Namecheap for domain registration. I use both for several sites and they are great. I have dealt with Hostgator chat support several times and have not had a negative experience.

If you want to look at an alternative option to Wordpress, Drupal is also a good option. I have used drupal 7 for a couple of different sites (links below) and found it to be very versatile.

www.challephoto.com (external link)
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Aug 25, 2012 17:02 |  #13

Hi,

I use Wordpress for a few websites but only use premium themes. Lots of pitfalls with searching and using free ones. This might give you an idea:

http://wpmu.org …-google-or-anywhere-else/ (external link)

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Aug 27, 2012 12:37 as a reply to  @ post 14912916 |  #14

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Aug 27, 2012 12:46 |  #15

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Glad other was able to help others as well. Should hopefully have a site online by the end of the week. Talked to my dad about hosting because he has his own FTP and he said if I bought the domain he'd host my site for me.


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