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I have recently bought a Nikon DSLR and would like to set up a website to show my photos to family and friends.
I have looked at both Photium and Clickpic. I would also like my own domain name if possible.
Does anybody have any advice for a novice on which websites to use?
Any pros and cons with certain hosts?
Many Thanks in Advance,
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Both the two you mention have free trials as does foliopic.com which is run by the same team that made ePHOTOzine. There's also smugmug and zenfolio that are well worth looking at.
Here's my foliopic site so you can see what's possible with that option. Most options will let you use your own domain name.
Actually, I just signed up for a free trial here: http://www.creativemotiondesign.com and I really love their options. I was about to post a thread asking for help selecting from their designs when I saw your post. Check em out!
And oh yeah, I found a 10% off coupon for them on facebook: http://on.fb.me/SVhoFu
May i suggest http://www.moonfruit.com/
Thats where i now host my sites, their sitemaker software is a piece of cake to use, and they have 100s of templates, always adding more. The sites are all in flash, but they will be introducing the all important HTML5 version shortly, plus you can edit the site specifically to view with a smartphone. The shop feature is a godsend, i didnt expect to sell so much initially but the orders have come in steadily over the past 2 months and i am already in profit, and i barely have to lift a finger.
This is my site, its not based on any template on offer, i began with a blank canvas instead and built it from scratch, it is the most simple sitemaker software i have come across.
I have just spent a few weeks looking and playing with some of the various options - my current favorite is Photodeck as it seems to do everything I need.
I've previously setup a free test site on foliopic and quite like it, its the only one i think i might run with when i get going properly.
The lite package only has one album which means next year i may well want to try a more expensive package as i also want to move the page content around a bit - at the higher levels i really like the idea of ephotozine integration. http://jackalltog.foliopic.com/ its a vanilla style that i started a few months back - don't use mine as a good example though - it was done in 30 mins with old images.
The comments section is nice but you'll need to drive traffic to it.
If you are just looking to show your work to family, friends and to have a bit of a web presence then you can't go far wrong with a World Press Site, they are free, easy to make your own and easy to use.
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