Need a website

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  1. Joshua907

    Joshua907 TPF Noob!

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    I'd like a website to start uploading a portfolio for my side biz. I live in the Bay Area, Ca. Know anyone, or any good companies? Not looking for anything special, just a couple pages for galleries. Thanks
     
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    I absolutely love SmugMug .. you can check out my site below for examples.. I've managed to make a couple of bucks off of it also.. :D

    Just purchase yourself a domain name (cheap!) and set it up with Smug... They have great customer service and will answer all of your questions..

    just one of the many suggestons you'll receive, Im sure...
     
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    I build sites and host - Live in the Bay Area..

    What do you want or hit me up offline if you want...

    In many cases a mix of options out there save you money and give you want you want.
     
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    You have a lot of choices depending on your budget. Anymore, I'd recommend looking for a portoflio website that has placed a strong emphasis on Search Engine Optimization first and foremost. Next I'd look for portfolio websites that look as professional as possible with Flash and are reasonably easy to update and change as you grow and get better. (No, it's not 2005 anymore, Flash portfolios and SEO can coexist.)

    For a good combo of SEO and presentation I'd recommend:
    Photoshelter
    SmugMug

    More pricey options are:
    Clickbooq
    Livebooks
     
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    You might want to check out Zenfolio, they just did a major release which allows you to design your pages. It is a very simple process, and the people at Zenfolio are great. I did the free 14 day trials of both SmugMug and Zenfolio and even though they are both great, the cost of Zenfolio is a little less and to me it was easier to use. I have my site attached here you can check it out....also new updated SEO.

    www.etnphotography.com
     
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    I own a Web Design company, and have over 60 different image galleries. If you are interested, let me know, I will create you a professional site and I also specialize in SEO.

    Catherine
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    Browncoat No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get your own dot com and use WordPress, which is a blogging platform. The interface is very easy to use and you control all the content, not some 3rd party like SmugMug or Zenfolio. There are tons of themes available, which are also no-brainer installs...including a wide selection of photo/gallery themes.

    SEO has become a buzzword for a lot of people who don't really know what it means. 99.5% of local photographers use their name in the URL anyway (bobsmithphotography.com) so don't get too wrapped up in SEO. Chances are, you'll end up doing more harm than good. For local guys, geo tagging and optimizing for local search is more important than SEO.
     
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    I agree with the Wordpress route. I have a WordPress site that I enter stories (short blurbs on the photography) on, but I then link to my Zenfolio galleries.

    WordPress is very SEO friendly, as is Zenfolio. I also agree that the SEO is important, but not the end all be all on getting traffic to your site.

    And by the way, if anyone promises they can get your site ranked at number 1 or even in the top 10... challenge them, because there's a million people out there doing SEO, some are crooks and many are full of crap!

    Good luck and let us know what you ended up deciding.
     
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    +1 for Wordpress. There are some FANTASTIC photographer templates that you can apply that look stunning.
     
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    Ask and yee shall receive....
     

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