Whatever you are a full-time or part time photographer, you should have a portfolio website. You can hire a web developer to build a photography website for you, but if you want to create it yourself, this article will definitely help you.
In one of our previous article we have covered in general how to get started online as a photographer, but here I will show you how to create your portfolio website using WordPress.
Buying Web Hosting and Domain Name
The first step in building any website is to get a good web hosting plan. For WordPress sites I recommend BlueHost or InMotion hosting. BlueHost is one of the largest cheap hosting providers having a wide range of plans for both small and larger websites. InMotion is another great option you can choose, their business plans include BoldGrid, a free WordPress builder which can be used to create custom layouts and works with most of free and commercial themes.
If you sing up with one of the above mentioned hosting companies you will get a free domain name. When registering a domain, choose a name that is easy to remember and can be branded. If possible, register your name, because you can build a brand from your name also.
Once you have the web hosting account and domain name ready, you can start building your website. In the following I will walk you through the steps necessary to create a portfolio website using WordPress.
Installing WordPress and a Portfolio WordPress Theme
So the next two steps are to get your WordPress site up and running and get a nice looking WordPress theme to build your portfolio website. You can install WordPress manually, by downloading the software from WrodPress.org and uploading it to your server. This process is more time consuming and requires lots of extra steps.
In this article we have covered both manual and automatic WordPress installation: How to install WordPress to your website.
After you installed WordPress, you need to configure it. You can learn more on about how to configure a WordPress site in the linked tutorial. Once everything is set, you can look after plugins and themes you will need for your photography website. If you choose a free theme that has very few features, you might need some additional plugins such as galleries and slideshows to display and manage your photos. I recommend using a WordPress theme that was specially created for photographers and portfolio websites.
At ThemeForest you will find lots of high quality photography themes. Just perform a search using the keyword Photography WordPress Themes and choose the design you prefer.
“Photography” Responsive WordPress Theme
This theme costs $59 and is made by ThemeGoods which offers 6 months support. You can live preview and share the theme from its page.
ThemeGoods is an elite author and it has many badges and a large portfolio. Photography has more than 1800 sales and 280 comments having also a 4.56 average buyer rating based on 90 ratings.
The theme was created on 25 October 2015 and its last updated was released on 4 March 2016. It is widget ready, IE9, IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome compatible. It also has high resolution and works with WPML, WooCommerce 2.4+, and WordPress 4.3+. The themes files include PHP Files, CSS Files, and JS Files.
Photography is built for the photographer. It has 24 predefined stylings from light demos with left align classic menu, center align menu, top bar menu, full-screen menu, left the vertical menu, black frame, one page, boxed layout, full-screen video, animated gallery grid, photoblog and gallery archive.
There are also available layouts with dark demos having the same type of menus and layouts.
Additionally, there are available more than 70 photo gallery and portfolio templates with infinite scroll, photo proofing, client’s galleries with login support, live customizer, drag and drop content builder, 8 menu layouts like left align menu, transparent left align menu, center align menu, transparent center align menu, left vertical menu, side menu, full-screen menu and with top bar menu.
The theme is fully responsive and is Google mobile compatible. Even for SEO, having a demo content importer, 2 plugins included Revolution Slider and iLightbox WordPress plugin.
Photography has WooCommerce, shortcodes, typography with live preview, retina ready and custom sidebars. It also offers translation support, custom widgets and amazing backgrounds. CSS3 animations and Sharp font icons are also available in this theme.
Diamond Photography WordPress Theme
Diamond is a photography WordPress theme that costs $49. It is created by the elite author GT3themes. It has more than 1100 sales and 250 comments with 4.52 average rating based on 65 buyer ratings.
It is an old theme created on 28 October 2014 and it was last updated to 15 January 2016. It has high resolution and it is widget ready. It has more than 4 columns having a responsive layout and including PSD files, layered PSDP, PHP Files, CSS Files and JS Files.
This theme is compatible with the following browsers: IE9, IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. WordPress 4.2 and newer versions are compatible with this theme.
The developer team offers instant help via support forum, Facebook, and Twitter. But also, on the theme’s page in the commentary section, you should receive help and information.
Diamond offers full-screen slider and it has a lot of features such as background image and video, gallery albums, masonry portfolio and gallery, ribbon gallery, portrait format, full-screen blog.
Also, you can see other features such as GT3 Page Builder plugin, Awesome theme options panel and GT3 module for photo editing. It has a password Protected Gallery, it is translation ready and SEO friendly. The theme comes with keyboard support, high speed and extra optimization. It is responsive and retina ready and offer easy color management. Google fonts and Fontawesome icons are also available.
RevolutionZ Photography and Portfolio Theme
RevolutionZ is an expensive theme that costs $59 and it is made by Serzh. They offer 24/7 support for 6 months using a specific forum.
Serzh is an elite author which sold RevolutionZ 170 times and received 7 ratings with an average of 4.71 buyer rating. There are 56 comments, the theme is newly developed on 18 October 2015 and it was updated last time on 28 October 2015.
High resolution and Widget Ready are available for this theme which is compatible with IE9, IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome. Also RevolutionZ is compatible with WPML, WooCommerce 2.2+, Bootstrap 3+, and WordPress 4.0+.
With RevolutionZ, you save more than $35 dollars because it has included two premium paid plugins such as LayerSlider 5 and Slider Revolution.
The theme is Fully Responsive and compatible with all devices. You can select any type of page as homepage and there are also special features such as mega gallery, live customizer, gallery grid, background image, horizontal scroll, layers 3d slider, masonry blog.
Additionally, there are available a lot of photography WordPress themes. Some of them being also Portfolio or even e-commerce themes. Most of them are responsive and have at least one plugin included like Slider Revolution. Their prices are between $40 and $60.