How to make a photography website?

As a photographer, having your own website is really a must. There simply is no better way to advertise your services and show off your skills.

Once your website is up and running it takes care of the job of finding new clients for you, while you’re out and about taking beautiful photographs.

And setting up your own professional website is easier than you might think, especially if you’re using an online website builder. This short video shows you how it works:

By the way, this is the site that was being created in the video. We used Jimdo’s website builder to make it.

Your requirements

  • The site can be updated without any programming skills
  • Relatively small site (about 5 to 20 pages)
  • Photo gallery or portfolio feature
  • Plenty of storage space for high-quality image files
  • Social media integration (e.g. Facebook, Flickr,…)
  • Option for password-protected client access
  • Domain name and email account included
  • Attractive design templates (optimized for mobile devices)
  • Possibility to optimize for search engines
  • Blog option
  • Technical support offered by the provider
  • Cost: US $5–12 per month, up to $25 with e-commerce

You don’t need

  • Membership pages with login and different levels of access for different user groups
  • Ability to manage hundreds of individual pages
  • Forum integration

Recommendations

wix logo

If your goal is to impress…

Without a doubt Wix offers the most sophisticated designs and image galleries available from website builders today. That is the very reason why it has become so popular with anyone who wants to showcase a portfolio.

Their blogging feature on the other hand isn’t up to very high standards. What you can do is rather basic won’t receive any bonus points from search engines as they can’t interpret its content. Also Wix’s online store is not very powerful as we’ve found out in our review.

Despite these minor flaws we still think that it’s the top choice for photographers as its visual appeal is simply unmatched: Learn more in our full Wix review.

squarespace logo

If you want a proper blog and online store feature as well…
Squarespace is slightly more expensive, but in return offers e-commerce at its best. You can use the Squarespace Business plan to sell your photos or other digital and physical products. It is not quite as easy to use as the previously mentioned website builders but diving into it could prove as a wise investment for your business.

They are one of the few site builders that offer responsive templates, i.e. they will always adapt perfectly to the device your user navigates your site — be it a smartphone or tablet. A professional blog is also included in the package. Find out more in our detailed Squarespace test report.

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If ease of use is your main concern…
Weebly offers great possibilities to present your photos. It’s very easy to use and it also generates a mobile-optimized layout automatically. Another advantage is the blogging feature that you can use to write about your latest photo shoot. Weebly is insanely flexible and features a stunning header banner with a slider effect.

> Find out more in our Weebly review.

Examples of photography websites

Other Website Types

Photography Website

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Our reviewer

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Robert Brandl is the founder of WebsiteToolTester and he has been analyzing the market of website builders since 2009.