Best Website Builder for Photographers
The previous article covered “How To Choose Your Photography Domain Name,” but if you remember, we told you guys to hold off on purchasing your domain name because your hosting company may offer it at no cost. The next step is deciding which website builder to choose. Note: You’ll hear website builder and content management system used interchangeably, and while they are not technically the same thing, for our purposes, you can think of them as such.
Free Website Builders for Photographers
Blogger.com, WordPress.com, and others offer the ability to create a custom blog for free on their publishing platform. There is no cost to creating the site, customizing the site, or hosting the site. In addition, since the domain is going to be a subdomain of each of these sites, you don’t have to register a domain either. While 100% free always sounds great, this is not the best option for the serious photographer. Here are the primary reasons:
Limited customization – While WordPress.com and Blogger.com offer the ability to customize your website, you are going to be limited to customizing via templates and the options available within their existing framework.
Unprofessional domain name – While it is possible to customize your domain name, it’s going to be registered as a “.blogspot.com” or “.WordPress.com” website. This makes your business seem like a hobby rather than a serious business.
Lack of SEO Tools – With a custom website, there are more SEO, marketing, and analytics tools available to help in marketing and growing a website. So while it will cost you more to set up a custom website, you are going to be better off in the long run.
WordPress or Squarespace
For those reasons, we recommend using either WordPress or Squarespace. There is no clear winner between the two and very strong pros for each. We’ll be discussing each in the next sections, 1) WordPress for Photographers and 2) Squarespace for Photographers.
Besides Squarespace and WordPress, there are a few other hosting services and content management systems for photographers. Wix.com, Imagely,com, and SITE123 come to mind.
SITE123 is doing some interesting things and deserves strong consideration. They have a good selection of modern galleries in their free website builder; and they have a free plan as well as a paid plan. Like the others on our list, their websites are fully responsive and work well on all devices.
Need more options? See this breakdown by Beautiful Life of the Best Website Builders.
- 1.1 Photography SEO and Web Marketing Intro
- 1.2 Why You Need SEO
- 1.3 Why You Should NOT Hire Out For SEO
- 1.4 Overview of Chapters
- 2.1 How Do Search Engines Work?
- 2.2 Understanding Search Results
- 2.3 Search Results Quiz
- 2.4 What is a Keyword?
- 2.5 How To Determine Keywords For Your Photography Studio
- 2.6 Using the Keyword Planner
- 3.1 How to Create Great Content
- 3.2 Web Page Ideas
- 3.3 How to Create Great SEO Content
- 3.4 Grow Your Business with Google Image Search
- 3.5 Balancing SEO with Workflow
- 5.1 Importance of Correct Internal Linking
- 5.2 Broken Links
- 5.3 Under the Hood Accessibility
- 5.4 How to Speed Up Your Site
- 5.5 Avoiding Duplicate Content
- 5.6 Conclusion
- 10.1 Why Social Media is Important?
- 10.2 How to Get Started with Social Media
- 10.3 How to Create Quality Content
- 10.4 How to Post Your Content - Rules and Guidelines
- 11.1 Use Wedding Slideshows To Showcase Your Work On Social Media
- 11.2 Increase Instagram Followers With These 10 Tips for Photographers
- 11.3 2 Apps To #MaximizeEngagement
- 11.4 Using Facebook to Grow Your Business
- 11.5 Using Twitter to Grow Your Business
- 11.6 Using Google Plus to Grow Your Business
- 11.7 Using Pinterest to Grow Your Business
- 11.8 Using Instagram to Grow Your Business
- 11.9 How to Post Videos and Photos to Instagram From Your PC
- 12.1 Local Listing Accounts & On-Page SEO and Local Links
- 12.2 Decide On Your Name, Address, and Phone
- 12.3 Set Up My Google Business Page
- 13.1 Create a Photography Website
- 13.2 Photography Business Names | How to Choose
- 13.3 Photography Domain Names | How to Choose
- 13.4 Best Website Builder for Photographers
- 13.5 One Website vs. Separating Your Blog
- 13.6 How to Create Multiple Websites to Improve Your SEO
- 14.1 Wordpress for Photographers
- 14.2 Recommended WordPress Plugins for Photographers
- 14.3 Squarespace For Photographers | Pros And Cons
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