Website builder for photographers?

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    I have been looking into getting a website. I wan't something that can showcase me and that is a little more professional than a Flickr account. I was just curious if anyone has a website, who they use, and what they like or dislike about them? Also if you have a link to your site, feel free to post it. I would like something that has a basic easy to set up template type deal but leaves some room to make my site unique and also freedom to swap out pics/galleries at anytime.
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    I use bludomain.com. They have templates from $400 to $50. I used their $50 Cleo template for my website. You can view it at www.waxhawoutdoorphotography.com. My daughter who shoots semi-professionally uses a couple of their more expensive templates.
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    I designed my website myself. :)

    You can check out Smugmug if hand-coding isn't you bag! :lol:
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    Awesome. I like the site. Do they actually host your site as well? Did you buy a domain name seperately or through them? Do they limit how many visits or bandwith you can have? Thanks for your recommendation.
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    Thanks!

    No, I use 'ICDSoft.com' to host it. I used Notepad++ to code it and FTP'd with 'FileZilla'. I do use Smugmug only for my Gymnastic photos which are password protected. Everything else is through my own server.
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    BTW, they have a great help forum so you can customize your site if you're interested.
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    [FONT=&quot]For photographers like you, it is best to build your own website and make it as your online profile. If you have built your own, you can make experiments on what information you want to feed to your visitors. ItÂ’s a plus factor![/FONT]
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    My husband and I run an artisan black-and-white printing company, and for that, my husband built our website from scratch. We do use tumblr for the blog (a modified version of one of their templates). Duckrabbit Digital - Home

    For my personal website, I have a template from indexhibit. You do have to know a little bit about coding, but once you get the template, it's extraordinarily easy to add new work and new categories. Home : Tempest NeuCollins
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    I used "wix.com" to design mine- under the recommendation of another photographer on these forums. I just copy the embed code from their site, and past it into my own web domain folder. It's been very simple, and worked great for all I need :) You can view the site in my signatre.
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    Smugmug :D. Love it link is in sig if you want to see how it can be.
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    hikinmike, your site looks great and I believe it's not using any flash. I know how to write html code and style sheets but I've been obsessing that I'm not familiar enough with flash to design a photo website. I might take some tips from your site and roll with it! Thanks for sharing :)
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    Check out the link to my website in my signature. If ya like it I can get you a pretty good deal on one and it's nice because I have the freedom to upload/remove pics and create new galleries whenever I want.
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    One option is to use a open source photo gallery script such as coppermine (Coppermine Photo Gallery)
    or zenphoto. These are PHP scripts that needs to be installed on a host server. Quite a few templates available, but if you need to customize it becomes quite involved.

    I used coppermine for my gallery, not quite finished yet as far as customization go Aurora Digital Paintings - Home
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    I've gone through various changes in how I share and display my images, you can read about it here.

    In the end, for me, I chose Zenfolio for reasons described in the link above. If I were after more business I would change my blog (links in sig below) to match the design of my Zenfolio (or vice versa). The blog would then be less about sharing tips and more about promoting my work and sharing stories about my latest assignment.

    Zenfolio is flexible enough to match some blog desgins, and blogs very flexible to match Zenfolio.

    In the end, I decided the thing I like about Zenfolio is the professional look and layouts, ability to customize the appearance. Also, they back up their servers. When you host yourself, I am not sure what you need to do for backup, or if it's extra. I also like the fact that they handle all the security updates. In a server installed gallery that you run yourself you are responsible to keep adding any neccessary security patches. I don't know how often that is going to be a real threat if you don't, but I decided that I would let Zenfolio handle that for me, and I decided they could do everything else better than I could. But, that's just me, I know that your own hosted domain and coding you can control and personalize, and if you don't mind maintaining it, for many, it's the way to go.
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    I use Squarespace and find it to be a very versatile web builder. It is relatively inexpensive. It is highly customizable and can probably do what most people want from a web site. It accepts HTML, CSS and flash files. There is a learning curve to it, but it is pretty amazing what people can do with it.

    I would avoid the low-end photography web building sites. The ones I have checked out like ifp3 and Photium look tacky and have the look and feel of crappy websites from 12 years ago. I'm not an expert, but the real nice photography web building sites that are incredibly easy to use tend to be on the pricey side. Ones I looked at were well over 100+ a month USD.
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    I use bludomain, see my signature for site as well as blog, and I really enjoy it. Its VERY easy to setup a decent looking webpage and updating it is a snap. I did absolutely no coding and it costs me around 100us a year for everything. Their customer support has been good to me and I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't want to hand code stuff.

    -Dave
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    If you have lightroom, you can get a plugin called LRB Portfolio Pro. I cannot remember the exact price, but it is not a lot, something like 15 US $.

    It only creates the portfolio, you will need to have your own website to host it.

    I have not tried it with LR3 yet, but will soon. It definitely works with LR2.
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    Squarespace, also mentioned by some is pretty user friendly and dependable, good site.

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