The first thing is you need some professional images. Please tell me you have other images that are not on you mm page? Resume, education, a few lines about yourself. I kept a file of other sites I liked. Then I narrowed it down so when it came to building my new site I had something to show the web designer. R-
rick lesser wrote: The first thing is you need some professional images. Please tell me you have other images that are not on you mm page? Resume, education, a few lines about yourself. I kept a file of other sites I liked. Then I narrowed it down so when it came to building my new site I had something to show the web designer. R-
Use wix, 4ormat, any free site that if you pay will remove their banners because it's not that expensive. I hate when I see sites with all of the ads still there. Invest in YOURSELF when you have many opportunities that those who built their sites even five years ago did not have.
I know, youre right, my site looks so sad with the pictures i posted on here. I havent done many brides yet, or photography just event make up so that is a huge thing on my list that I need to do. Having professional pictures with my work will make such a big difference.
I know virtually nothing about webdesign, my previous site was built by a developer using flash, but since apple products and most smart phones don't handle flash well, I decided I need an html 5 site. My developer moved out of state and has a full time job. He suggested I use Wordpress. Which I did, I don't know if you'll like my site, but I did it by myself. I picked photography theme from ThemeFoundary, but there are ones probably better at Photocrati.
Any questions I had the themefoundary answered immediately and there is more than enough help on Youtube. One thing I did do was to ignore the galleries that are predesigned with the sites and used MyAwesomeFlickrApp, which works perfectly. The only issue is that I have to upload them to a flickr account and then organize them.
Spend the money for a pro site, no freebies. Its your first impression, make it a good one. No free blogger, no free wix, no free website tonight. IMO say away form Wix. If you dont invest in yourself why would anyone else?
I use WWW.WIX.COM I pay for the unlimited option,its comes with a domain. I started with a black template.It user friendly and they have tutorial video to walk you through building and adding widgets. I like it because is no artsy and visual and its perfect is your in beauty industry. Take a look at mines to get an ideas www.keilasone.com
Flash isn't iphone/android friendly & I know many artists who even when looking for an assistant will close right out of a flash website.
With that said, I use 22slides. I pay $10 a month, and it is both android/iphone friendly. They have amazing customer service. I'm not tech savvy and I can email customer service any time of the day & they reply almost immediately. I've been using them over a year & I absolutely recommend them.
I used 4ormats.com for my website. I was using wix.com for about two years or so but I wasn't 100% happy with it. Felt like the quality wasnt worth the $$ hated how it looked on tablets and iphone/smart phones. Looked cheap. Felt 4ormats was a better choice (for me.) here is my site www.themakeupvixen.com
It's professional, chic, there are tons of layouts, and it's SO simple to use. You can even access the portfolio that you make on your phone or table and the experience is just as beautiful. As a MUA I find that it's really easy to just pull my page up and slide through the images to show other people.
In my opinion it's better than blogger and wix, both of which I personally find to be a bit dated and passe. AND you don't have to pay for a web developer you can just do it yourself.
The only downside to 4ormat is that it is $6.99 a month, and that doesn't include the purchase of a domain name (domains are what? Like $14 a year? Still not bad). But in my opinion it's well worth the $7, you're paying for a clean, straightforward professional looking site.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US
Sofia Engerran wrote: im trying to build a website, however i am so lost when it comes to where to start. If anyone could give me a head start on where to go from here, id be much appreciative!
I sincerely suggest in investing in a website designer, especially if you're feeling lost just thinking about where to start. There are some key things you'll want to keep in mind when going this route though. If you don't know someone who you trust who builds websites already the following tips should help:
1) You want to be the one to purchase the domain name. This means that you'll be the one that owns it if in the worst case scenario you work with someone who disappears.
2) Avoid flash. It looks cool but as others have mentioned it doesn't always show up. As an added disadvantage search engines can't read it which means that as far as they're concerned certain pages on your site don't exist.
3) Make sure that it's designed in such a way that it looks good on multiple screen sizes and across different browsers. You don't want a site that looks amazing on a wide format screen but horrid on a standard one nor do you want a site that functions fine in FireFox but looks like crap in Chrome.
4) Don't include music or if you must don't have it automatically load and make sure you're cleared to use it by licensing it or using something public domain.
5) Only include professional quality images and add them with a critical eye. In this case less is more and it's far better for you to have 10 amazing shots, then to have 100 shots where the majority are subpar. Additionally, if you want to make updates frequently either ask your web developer to show you upfront how to make your own additions, negotiate a fee structure for a set number of uploads at preset times or ask for the inclusion of a blog that you can control.
6) Try to avoid a site with a database back end, it makes certain things easier but one errant line of code and your whole site goes down.
7) Only include relevant information: an industry bio, images, a resume or credits rates and a contact page are all key elements. Additionally you may want to integrate social media links provided they're strictly professional or even some behind the scenes footage if you have it and have the rights to use it. Avoid things like a guestbook or a site counter, they're anachronistic and the mark of an amateur.
Maria R Shaw
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US
Hi! I just recently launched my website and it was a lot of headache. If you're good with computers, I'd say DIY it like I did. I only paid for the hosting and the domain, and used WordPress. Be careful though because some hosts do not support the WordPress platform.
I also got a free theme (looks really professional, don't know why it's a free theme), but message me if you need some help designing. I might have some free time coming up. http://mrsartistry.com (still a working progress, but there's some stuff there now).
Not to threadjack but has anyone used Foliodrop? Currently I have some one who does my website but it will often take him way too long to update the images and I would rather have more control. They have some really nice templates on there.
Edited to add: Wix looked good too but I noticed that you can't use seperate hosting? So even with a paid account you will have wix in your web address. I know there are ways to like, re-route the address so they type in one thing but end up somewhere else but.. I would just rather not.