This series has been a long time coming. Some of you may not know that before I was a photographer I owned my own web design and development firm. We handled all manor of web related work from design all the way through to marketing so during the eight years of being in the web design industry I definitely learn’t a few things. I’m going to attempt to pass on some of the information in this 5 part series in an attempt to clean up some of the major website stuff ups i’ve seen. I’m going to attempt to also provide solutions that are easy to use. One thing I’m sure you can all agree on with me is updating a website with fresh images is a painfully long and boring task so everything I mention in this series is to make it as quick and effortless as possible.
By the time you have read all 5 parts to this series you will have a terrific web presence that is easy to use and professional. So let’s get into it.
Part 1 – Scratch it all and let’s start from the beginning
It may seem radical to scratch everything and start from the beginning but sometimes it’s the easiest way forward. I should mention that I don’t mean to go as far as deleting your facebook and twitter profiles, what I’m talking about is starting with a clean slate in what is called the development stage where we are going to tackle you website base first. “What’s my website base?” you ask, your website base is your website and blog. These are your two main areas of contact and communication, they will always be there and you can control pretty much how everything is displayed.
Put your hand up if you fall into any of these categories:
- Your blog ends with .blogspot.com, .tumblr.com, .wordpress.com or any other hosted blogging platform.
- You don’t have your own domain name
- Your portfolio is built on some free website builder like Wix which results in an address with .wix.com at the end or any other hosted website builder including Carbon Made, CargoCollective, 4ormat, Virb, Smugmug, Photoshelter etc… you get the picture.
- Your website is built entirely out of flash
- You built it yourself using a program for building websites and you are not a designer, or your not even sure what things like html, css and ajax are
Now if your hands are up don’t worry it will all be better soon. As far as your concerned you have no website or blog at this time. As I said before don’t get trigger happy and start deleting everything as you will see in the next few posts some of you may just require a few simple alterations to get you on the right track. Now if your hands are down well your just great aren’t you. Stick around anyway because you might pick up a few tricks.
Some of you may already have questions and that is fine you can ask them in the comments below, but chances are most of your questions will be tackled in Part 2 where we will go from nothing to a functioning website as quickly as possible. Remember this series is all about simplicity for you the photographer.
Congratulations you’ve taken your first steps to complete website recovery.