And below is a short review for each:
Wix is a popular online site builder that you can use to create of the best websites for photographers. It is easy to use, comes with a free plan, and offers many professionally-designed photography templates.
Wix offers two editor types. The first is its WYSIWYG editor, which allows you to drag and drop elements and arrange them on the page any way you desire. The second editor is called WixADI, which is an acronym for artificial design intelligence. This editor will ask you a few questions and then create a page for you according to your answers. You can then edit the page according to your preferences.
Wix’s free plan includes free hosting, but storage is a bit limited, and Wix will include advertising in your URL and the bottom of each webpage. However, if you’re cash-strapped and just need a simple photography site to get you started, Wix’s free plan will do! To to get rid of the advertising, you will have to upgrade to a premium plan that costs $5 per month. With this plan, you also get access to more features and templates, increased storage, and the ability to add your domain and URL. The eCommerce plan, which costs from $20-$35 per month, is geared for those who want to sell their work.
- The drag-and-drop feature allows you to let your creativity come to the fore and customize your pages in your unique way.
- Wix’s websites are optimized and will look great on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices.
- It is effortless to upload, review, and edit photographs on Wix.
- Wix allows for in-site SEO optimization through the addition of alt tags for images, and also provides support for site-wide optimization.
- You can choose from over 500 well-crafted templates, of which more than 30 are specifically geared for websites for photography.
- By subscribing to the eCommerce plan, you will have the ability to sell your photographs through the site. Or, you can add a link to third-party applications like Etsy.
- Wix offers excellent upload speeds, which is perfect for uploading photos in bulk
- One limitation of Wix is that it doesn’t allow for template changes to the site after they have been published. This can be frustrating if you feel like refreshing the look of your portfolio in the future.
- Those who are not that adept at web design, or do not have the need to personalize their sites, may find the sheer amount of creative options a bit overwhelming.
If you’re wondering how to start a photography website, Squarespace will help you to create a professional and stylish site. This web builder may not offer the vast array of templates found on Wix. However, the models are well-crafted and attractive.
Although Squarespace’s editor is slightly more difficult to use, you don’t need any coding or HTML knowledge to find your way around. As soon as you have familiarized yourself with the editor, you’ll realize that it is quite easy to customize the layout of texts and images and update elements like page font and colors.
Squarespace does not offer a free plan, however, they do provide a two-week trial period for you to test the program. If you like it, the cheapest plan starts at $12 per month and includes unlimited bandwidth and storage, and connection to your own domain. If you want to start selling your work, you can opt for the Business plan at $18 per month.
- Squarespace’s attractive templates boast stylish photography backgrounds that are geared for creative types.
- Squarespace’s mobile-responsive sites will look polished and good on any device.
- As Squarespace develops all its features in-house, you’re assured of only the highest standards.
- You can update your templates at any given time after publishing.
- You can add Alt Tags to your photographs for SEO optimization
- You can effortlessly add a variety of on-page elements onto your page, including galleries, blogs, or contact forms for customer enquiries.
- With the eCommerce plan, you can either sell directly through the site, or you can add links to other selling platforms like Etsy.
- Squarespace’s pricing is higher than those of competitors.
- As it is a sophisticated builder, it is slightly more challenging to learn how to navigate your way around.
- Uploading photos with Squarespace is a bit slow, which means you’ll have issues when trying to load pictures in bulk. It is thus more geared for smaller, personal photography portfolios.
SmugMug was designed specifically with the idea of providing photography websites for photographers. As a specialized photo web builder, it boasts some impressing features that distinguish it from more all-round platforms. To boot, SmugHug encourages users to grow their business and establish their brands, by for instance providing a watermark function.
SmugMug’s drag-and-drop editor will afford you a lot of customization and fine-tuning options, such as selecting the grid you want for your gallery or the pixel spacing between photos.
SmugMug also does not offer a free account, but you can get a 14-day free trial. The cheapest plan, which starts from $5.99 per month includes unlimited bandwidth and storage and will also allow you to sell physical images. If you want to sell digital images, however, you will need to upgrade to the Portfolio plan that costs $12 a month.
- With SmugMug, you can start selling your photos as soon as you sign up. The builder includes convenient functionalities, such as allowing you to charge per photo and creating a custom price list for customers. SmugMug also allows you to keep 85% of all your profits made.
- You can sync your photo library with Lightroom.
- You can add custom watermarks and image protection.
- SmugMug has partnerships with professional printers, so your clients can order prints directly from your site.
- SmugMug also offers extensive social media integration.
- The upload speeds on SmugHug are excellent and exceeds the speeds offered on Wix.
- SmugMug is super easy to use. After you have chosen a template, you are directed to an editor that will allow you to add or edit elements.
- SmugMug allows for SEO optimization through photo tags, and you can also amend metadata for individual pages.
- Because this site builder is specifically aimed at photographers, it may feel a bit limited in available functions and templates for some users. If you don’t specifically want to create a portfolio, then SmugHug is perhaps not the best builder.
- Priced at $14.99, SmugHug’s full portfolio plan may be a bit steep, especially for newbies.
- With only about 20 available templates on offer, the choice is a bit limited. However, the tweaking ability of the editor does allow for considerable customization.
Weebly is a great option for small business. This builder boasts a user-friendly and simple interface that nevertheless allows you to create professional websites for photographers.
Weebly also boasts a drag-and-drop builder, which affords users the freedom to customize their websites.
Like Wix, Weebly offers a free plan that is perfect for users who are looking for an easy way to get their photographs online—as long as you don’t mind the Weebly branding on your pages. If you’re looking to remove the Weebly branding, opt for the Pro package at $12, which also includes unlimited storage, custom domain connection, and will allow you to sell your photographs.
- The user interface is simple and easy to use
- Weebly boasts an amazing application store that offers a wide range of applications.
- Weebly offers decent upload speeds which will allow you to upload multiple photos simultaneously.
- It is super easy to upload images, and you’re able to continue with editing while uploads are taking place.
- Many of the applications in Weebly’s App Store are geared for SEO, and you can also add alt text to your photos.
- There are no dimension limitations on uploaded photos.
- You can effortlessly build contact forms that enable visitor enquiries with the built-in form editor.
- If you want access to most of Weebly’s applications, you will have to opt for a premium plan, which is costly.
- The template designs are much simpler and basic than the stylish and professional templates offered on builders like Wix and Squarespace.