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Oct 21, 2013 22:29 |  #1

Hey all, just ordered my new Canon Powershot SX50 HS and I'd like to prepare a portfolio for when I start taking pictures.

What's the best website I can do this at? Looking for something simple, but not too "n00b-like" even though I am indeed new to this stuff. Also, would like to find something that's cost-free right now until I get better / more serious with my photos unless you think it's worth the money; in which case I'll throw down the money.

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Oct 21, 2013 22:44 |  #2

Really depends, on your take on "best". There's PLENTY of free portfolio hosting sites that will do different things, but many offer only 1 or 2 layouts. The basic functions of them are still all the same, upload photos and display, but it really depends on HOW you want them displayed, and that goes with the layout offered by the webhost. If you do a simple google search for: "free portfolio website", there's tons that come up. View their examples/samples, and choose the layout that best fits what you want to do. Wordpress and tumblr are always great alternatives as well. I've personally used carbonmade before, but they limit you at about 30 photos or so..

Also, if you're looking for inexpensive hosting, John offers a POTN discount on the forums. It's $4/month for hosting, and with a free wordpress layout, you can honestly get yourself a better looking portfolio for very cheap. You can also buy a domain name, which usually goes on sale on GoDaddy for $1/year.

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Oct 21, 2013 23:01 |  #3

supfresh wrote in post #16389088 (external link)
Really depends, on your take on "best". There's PLENTY of free portfolio hosting sites that will do different things, but many offer only 1 or 2 layouts. The basic functions of them are still all the same, upload photos and display, but it really depends on HOW you want them displayed, and that goes with the layout offered by the webhost. If you do a simple google search for: "free portfolio website", there's tons that come up. View their examples/samples, and choose the layout that best fits what you want to do. Wordpress and tumblr are always great alternatives as well. I've personally used carbonmade before, but they limit you at about 30 photos or so..

Also, if you're looking for inexpensive hosting, John offers a POTN discount on the forums. It's $4/month for hosting, and with a free wordpress layout, you can honestly get yourself a better looking portfolio for very cheap. You can also buy a domain name, which usually goes on sale on GoDaddy for $1/year.

Link to deal: https://photography-on-the.net …810&highlight=w​eb+hosting

Thanks man, I'm now realizing that a lot of these sites are for professionals. I'll be shooting nature shots / skateboarding / snowboarding shots / pet shots for the most part. I like the look of viewbook.com though, it looks simple and possibly worth the money if I get more serious.

I looked at carbonmade too, not a bad option either.




  
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Oct 22, 2013 03:04 |  #4

I'm a happy user of smugmug, i pay 60$ per year for a 'power'account


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Oct 22, 2013 03:48 |  #5

I have been very happy with Zenfolio.


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Oct 22, 2013 18:54 |  #6

Johandyman wrote in post #16389432 (external link)
I'm a happy user of smugmug, i pay 60$ per year for a 'power'account

Lowner wrote in post #16389457 (external link)
I have been very happy with Zenfolio.

Thanks guys, will be checking those 2 sites as well!




  
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Oct 22, 2013 18:58 |  #7

I have a Smugmug account, but my main site is a Wordpress site. You can use the free www.wordpress.com (external link) service or if you have your own domain, you can use the self-hosted option (www.wordpress.org (external link)).


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