ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Website Solutions You Can Plug Into Quickly

By August 13, 2009May 25th, 2016Strictly Business Blog

If you don’t have a website yet and need one, or want to get a portfolio or body of work onto the web quickly, you might consider using a template kind of web hosting service. These providers generally offer some kind of predesigned model that you can plug your work into quickly that will give an attractive, well organized presentation to showcase your work.

There are a number of such hosting services out there, one of which is Sitewelder. My own site is hosted by Sitewelder, and my experience with them has been very positive (I am not affiliated with them in any way, I am just a happy customer). Sitewelder offers a variety of templates, decent customer service, and reasonable monthly fees. You can tinker with your site directly, making changes or add/swapimages at any time and from any location, without having to go through a designer and waiting for them to update it. If you want or need design help, it is available.

Sitewelder hosts many photographers across a variety of specialties, and has a number of options for presenting web galleries of work. When I transferred my site to Sitewelder several years ago, I worked with their staff to slightly modify one of their templates to keep continuity with the look and feel of my previous site. This worked well for me, and my site has been there ever since.

The down side of using providers like these is that some people complain they are too “cookie cutter” and similar to each other. But if you want your site to look unique, its not too hard to make modifications that give your site its own distinct look and feel.

With services like these available that are both a good showcase and fairly economical, there is no excuse not to have your work up on the web.

Some examples of photographers’ sites powered by Sitewelder:
Brian Smith
Chip Simons
David Burnett
Paula Lerner
William Coupon