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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 7:56 AM

I'm looking to completely revamp my website which hasn't been changed in 2 years.

I'm currently with Photium

http://www.nickwaltonphotography.co.uk/

with a small Folipic site for my DM work.
http://nightmaresanddreamscapes.foliopic.com/

I'm really looking for a site that's easy to maintain, but is easy to customise. As I'm wanting to showcase more and more of my creative stuff, I want it to look fairly distinctive and unique, not like a standard photo site.

I have 2 options, either have someone design one for me, or create one using for example a Wordpress theme. I'm open to options and won't rush in. So if anyone has some good examples I'd be very interested.

But I'm thinking I want my main online presence to be my website, that is visable to non- photographers.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 19 Apr 2013 - 7:58 AM
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robthecamman
19 Apr 2013 - 8:53 AM

iv been looking at building website.it seems word press is central theme of the all website builds.its a bit like choosing a broadband provider to try and see who gives a good service but for websites but also try to design it to doesnt seem to easy

llareggub
llareggub  3664 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 - 9:04 AM

Mine is a wordpress theme called Core http://bjonesphotography.co.uk/ Smile

If you purchase a theme then setting up wordpress is surprisingly easy!

robthecamman
19 Apr 2013 - 9:19 AM

nice one bj

llareggub
llareggub  3664 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 - 9:58 AM

Cheers Rob, still a lot of work required but it really is incredibly simple...

Once you have your hosting set up you just need to find a theme you like, themeforest has bucket loads and plenty of them aimed at photographers... I'm not a coder very much a drag and drop kinda guy and so long as you do your shopping around first and make sure you are buying something very close to what you want you will be ok, unless you are relatively versed in CSS then you may have to make some compromises in terms of getting it precisely how you want it, but that is always going to be the way unless you have very deep pockets Wink

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 10:25 AM

spend your time looking for the right theme Nick - once you've found that, it's usually pretty easy

I say usually because some themes can be a bit quirky - they may need specific categories setting up - my Blog (http://www.mcfade.co.uk/blog/) was like that.

There are some cool full-screen themes - my original site (http://www.mcfade.co.uk/photos) uses Shuttershot, which I love, but it's not very tab/phone friendly as the menu cocks up, so I'll need to change that eventually. I used it for a landscape gardener client too... http://www.bennettgardendesign.co.uk/

i've used Eclipse for the training site - that's more about banners promoting stuff than showing photos, though you can show HUGE photos in the theme - its not one which limits widths - you can see on this page that the e-flyers are large... http://www.mcfade.co.uk/training/leeds-photography-summer-workshops/

the best thing though - if you get bored of your theme, you just change it - the old one remains in place should you make a mess Wink

woo-themes are pretty cool

there are loads though

oh - a pretty complex paid one is "HQ Photography" - http://www.dockstreetstudios.com/ - which takes a bit of getting used to, that site's a work in progress. Should the studio ever come off.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 10:50 AM

Thanks everyone for the examples.

Is there a downside of using a Wordpress template? Whats the best way to host it? And how easy is it to customise the template (I have some basic knowledge of HTML, Javascript etc).

Last Modified By Nick_w at 19 Apr 2013 - 10:51 AM
llareggub
llareggub  3664 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 - 11:02 AM

I can't see any downside but that is because, I can't code so it gives me an opportunity to go"shopping" install tinker and when I get bored change it up 12 months later Grin

If you can code a little then I am sure you can head in there, set up a child them and really make it your own, hosting is simple... Register your domain, set up your host and most decent hosts have a softalicious install for wordpress, press the button fill in half a dozen boxes and bish, bash, bosh you are ready to install your theme.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 12:25 PM

nick - if you can get a host with "CPanel" installed, it's the engine behind most web hosting packages, you usually get a thing called "installertron"

that is amazing

you can install any number of different web aps - Joomla, Magento, Wordpress... all at the click of a button.

once you have your word press installed, you "log in" to your wordpress admin panel, go to Appearance->Themes and you can install any theme you like

I think my host runs on UNIX... though it's pretty friendly even for a windows used like me.

wordpress is rather addictive... be warned..

oh - if you find yourself cutting code a lot - you're doing it wrong.... use plugins and themes and widgets....

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 12:32 PM

Thanks Ade

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 12:57 PM

http://ukwebsolutionsdirect.co.uk/

I use them

they seem reasonable and the control panel is fine.

I've not used anyone else so can't compare - sure there are better/worse out there. It's a start point on your search anyway.

If you're after the "wow" factor, that HQ Photography theme has it all - but I found it a bit slow. You can run full sized movies as your background and all kinds of visual things Wink

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 2:22 PM

OK I've started to update the existing website as a stopgap.

I've registered with Wordpress, but find it a little difficult to follow (granted I've spent all of 10 minutes trying). Does anyone know of any good tutorials on how to change the design? if you use one of the paid for templates do you get full functionality?

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 2:46 PM

are you hosting the site yourself, and installing an instance of Wordpress

or are you doing it on wordpress.com - e.g. nickw.wordpress.com

they are different - that's the main thing

With wordpress.com, you are limited to the templates available

if you self-host you can install any template you like, by uploading a ZIP file with the template code inside.

Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73823 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 2:53 PM

Thanks Ade, I was looking at the Wordpress site, then If I was happy I was going to upload it to my service provider that supports Wordpress This is what my service provider says.

I already have the domain name registered with them - and have a free site I dont use - so its a bit of a no brainer - if I can get it looking proffesional enough.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 3:05 PM

I've never used 1-2-3 but know they are very popular - so assume it's really easy to install a website.

with my hosts you can create a blank wordpress in under a minute - just a few drop down boxes to choose the domain (e.g. www.mcfade.co.uk) and optional subfolder (e.g. www.mcfade.co.uk/training) - then click go and bingo, a brand new blank wordpress site.

then you install your theme

create your pages

set up your menu

upload your images if needed

and you're off Smile

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