Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Terri Walsh, Feb 7, 2008.
I respect that. Ok, here is a quick HTML refresher for you (something I like to refer to even now): Google "The Bare Bones Guide To HTML". Print it out and start experimenting. There is no better or faster way to learn.
Please let me know if you have questions. I am not into web design, but I might be able to help.
Thanks Yeti, I just may come at you with a few questions!
I quickly skimmed through the threads here and didn't see SmugMug mentioned...I hope
I hear the pro-account and support services are really good. http://www.smugmug.com/pro/
I spent $79 on FotoPlayer Pro http://www.fotoplayer.com and use a registered www domain from godaddy $8/yr and built my site with limited html knowledge. I think the most I've learned was how to use google webmaster tools and google analytics. Fotoplayer Pro does give shopping cart funcitionality (print sizes, color, quantities, coupons, integrates with paypal, pw protected session galleries and much more...plus it's flash-based like smugmug which I prefer for preview viewing via www). I only use the cart functionality on my nature gallery for allowing users to securely download the full-resolution post-processed jpg files and it's completely frictionless, i.e. I don't lift a finger and the www customer pays via paypal and auto redirects to a secure folder on my domain with a page containing a zip file of all the images he/she ordered and the page has a 4 minute expiry so that it can not be sent out or re-used. The print options and the order options integrate with smtp/pop or your paypay email and sends out invoices etc. Nice album IMHO, you just need to integrate a navigation menu etc. and you are gtg. It also integrates eailsy into an existing website.
Don't worry about the awkwardness of pricing, he designs for a living. He is probably used to it. I would definitely ask. Send him an email if you are more comfortable.
I like portfoliositez.com. I also use picturespro.com for shopping cart. I was going to use them for my site but I prefer portfolio sitez. It is easier and saves alot of time to have someone else do it!
I knew nothing about html/css when I wanted to try my own site. Luckily i had a friend that designs pages. I dont know how to create a page from scratch, but i do know how to modify one. Once the layout is correct, there are a ton of open source image viewers out there I use simpleviewer.) All you do is plug the code in and your done.
I use open source coding and heavily modify it to suite my needs. Check out http://www.oswd.org They have a ton of templates that are wonderful starting points. From there you just modify the code to your liking.
The two pages I have are: http://www.widsa.com and http://homepages.wmich.edu/~j2cervin
Make sure you own the domain name and have control over it. Your shopping cart you will want someone else to host, the biggest cost of owning a website is hosting the selling on it and the cost to develop it. If you want to sell prints find someone who will deal with the financial transaction at a percentage. Owning the domain name and cost of hosting the site you can do for a reasonable price. You want to pay and register the domain name, that way you always own it. You should learn some of how the site is done, if you can change and or add more photos yourself it will save you money rather than having to pay for maintenance. If you hire someone to do your site, pick locally and make sure you and your developer meet in person, have them show you how to maintain it and be able to change minor aspects and if you want over time you can learn enough to take over all the work. I cannot state strongly enough make sure you have control of the Domain Name, this is vital, I have seen people have disagreements with their designers and the name is held hostage. The more you can learn the more control you end up with over looks and updates. With hosting look at packages and go with someone who will let you up or downgrade once you get a better handle on what your bandwidth needs are. One more thing, once you find a domain you want you should just get it and pass on the parking, the cost is negligible I have owned sites that I wanted to develop and never got around to it, but as long as owned them I could do or not do, they were mine. You don't have to wait for hosting, some places offer the name with hosting but in the fine print many still own the name should you want to change hosts and it can just lead to headaches, just pay for it, and you own it.
i have a blogger page myself (found in my sig) blogger gives the option to do many things and you can use either templates, modify said templates or cmpletely create new HTML, i modified the plainest template using tutorials online...
my brother used dreamweaver for his site. ive taken some basic html classes but dreamweaver seems pretty comlicated. i think it looks really good.
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