Every photographer needs a website to showcase their work. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to set-up the ultimate photographer’s website from scratch, using the tools and services I use myself. By the end of this tutorial series, you will have a beautiful website, complete with professional selling functions and a blog.
I have created a series of short videos that will show you every step of the process. Follow these steps and you will be able to set-up a complete website in less than an hour!
In this tutorial series, I am going to create a real website. It will be a library of my wildlife photos called “Wildlife Photo Library”. You can see it here: www.wildlifepl.com
Step 1: Register Your Domain Name
Your website starts with a domain name (i.e. www.yourname.com). Click here to register your own .com domain name for just $1.00/£0.69.
In this video I will take you through the process of registering a domain name:
Action: Register your domain name
Step 2: Set-up Your Website
When it comes to selecting a photographic website provider, there are so many options available that it is easy to become overwhelmed. The good news is, I have investigated many of these services while assessing options for my own business. After careful consideration, I am of the opinion that PhotoShelter offers the most comprehensive set of features for the amateur, aspiring pro or pro photographer. I use PhotoShelter to power my private client galleries at http://clients.burrard-lucas.com/. You can sign-up for a free 14-day trial of PhotoShelter here.
This video will take you through the process of setting-up and configuring your website:
Step 3: Point Your Domain Name to Your Website
In this video I’m going to show you how to point the domain name you registered in Step 1 to your new website:
4. Selling with PhotoShelter
In this final video, I am going to show you how to add advanced image-selling features to your website:
Ready to build your website? Click here to start your 14-day free trial of PhotoShelter.
In Part 2 of this tutorial series, I show you how to add a WordPress-powered blog to your website.
Bonus: I have created a brief guide with ten quick tips for promoting a new website. Click here to download it for free.