WordPress For Photographers

Like a lot of photographers I grew up in an age before the personal computer and the internet.

As they say, life was simpler then.

Now, I think it’s fair to say it’s hard to work as a photographer without computers and the internet.

I suppose if you stick entirely to film and never digitize your output you might survive.

But for most of us, we have to work with digital files and probably go online.

How are we going to do this?

There is of course, the rich photographer’s way – pay someone else to do everything – this is known as outsourcing.

The poor photographer’s way is to do it yourself – this is known as insourcing.

There are perils in both:

  • Outsourcing means a loss of control – it’s back to the old discussion of whether photographers should print their own photos.
  • Insourcing will take up the photographer’s time and of course will need lots of specialist expertise to be successful.

So every photographer must assess his or her own needs and abilities carefully and of course, these may change in time.

So what does this mean in practise, if you want a website.

It means you can pay someone to design and maintain your site,

Or you can do it yourself.

This post is about doing it yourself – but with the proviso that this is much easier now than it was because there are many resources to help you.

There has been a growth in free resources but I have decided to build my sites using WordPress.

I believe that using WordPress for photographers is a practical option.

WordPress started as a blogging platform and has now developed so that there are two flavours.

  • WordPress.com

and

  • WordPress.org

WordPress.com is mainly a blogging platform.

  • It’s hosted by WordPress.
  • It’s completely free.
  • It’s possible to do great things with WordPress.com but it has limitations.

If you’re serious about using WordPress for Photographers, then you need to look at WordPress.org

WordPress.org is the best wordpress for photographers because:

  • It’s a CMS (Content Management System) which means that you can manage all your pictures and texts, make all the changes you want from one control panel or dashboard.
  • You can use your own domain name, with email and so on.
  • You can choose an appearance to suit your site – this is done by changing Themes.

If you want a different Theme you can:

  • Use a free one.
  • Buy a ready made one.
  • Order an exclusive, individual one.
  • Design and build one by yourself.

If you want to go ahead using WordPress for photographers you need to do these things:

  • Find a Host.

There are many hosting services available at different prices.

WordPress have some recommended hosts.

If you decide to use an independent hosting company, make sure they meet the WordPress minimum requirements.

  • Find a domain name – the address of your site on the internet.

Your hosting company will probably offer to sell you a domain name.
This is this easiest option but may be a problem if you decide to change hosts alter.
You can use an independent company.

I use Namecheap

In future posts I’ll look at some approaches to WordPress for photographers with a detailed look at plugins and themes.

My picture this week is of an Omani Village by the Water.

My picture of an Omani Village is here.

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