What to Do BEFORE Building Your SiteTaking some time to properly prepare to build your photography website will help the process go smoothly. It will also likely help you end up with a much better result. So, before you jump into the process of creating your site, make sure you’ve spared a thought for each of the following:
- Establish the goal of your site: Your site’s goal will affect everything, including your content, the pages you need to create, and the features you need to implement. Your goal can be any of the following:
- To sell your photographs
- To showcase one or more portfolios as a type of online resume
- To run a photography blog and build a community of followers
- To host albums that showcase your services to prospective clients or the shoots you did for existing ones
- Come up with a budget: The upfront and total cost of your site will vary dramatically depending on your features and needs. You might want to think of a maximum amount you’re willing to spend, as it’s easy to let the cost creep up without noticing. Don’t miss these helpful tips to lower the cost of building your site.
- Organize your photographs/content: Organizing your photographs and building your site at the same time can end up becoming a messy, frustrating process. Make things easier on yourself by first organizing your photographs into folders. Label them according to how they’ll be used. Remember, you also need filler images for your website layouts.
- Think about your pages and layouts: Next, visualize your site. Think about the pages you want and the content you should feature on each page.
- Create your branding elements: If you want your site to look professional and complete, invest in a few branding elements like logos (get light/dark versions and different sizes), a favicon, and settle on a color palette for your site.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Wix Photography Theme
1. Sign up and pick a pricing planWix has a number of pricing plans suited to different users with different needs. You can even build your site for free! However, it will be on a Wix subdomain, and have Wix ads and only 500MB of storage — not nearly enough for a photography site. However, if you want a site that’s truly yours, and if you want to blog or have an online portfolio of your work, the Combo and Unlimited plans should be adequate. The Combo plan just has a very limited bandwidth, which should be a problem only once you have a decent-sized audience. However, to be able to sell on your site, you will need either the eCommerce or VIP plan.
2. Choose a templateNext, set the foundation of your site’s look and feel by choosing a Wix template. Wix has over 900 templates to choose from. You can afford to be picky when it comes to design, as you don’t have to restrict yourself to the Photography category. You can also add features to any template; however, it might be easier to start off with a relevant template. Don’t miss our list of the 6 Best Wix Templates for Photography Websites. To demonstrate, the Photography category has a number of templates geared toward heavily using images in their layouts: But, you could also opt for an online store template if you want to sell images, a Portfolio or CV template if you want a resume, or a Travel Tourism template if you do travel photography.
3. Start creating your pagesNow that you have your template and content ready, it’s time to start designing your site. At the very least, a typical site has the following pages:
- Contact page