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How to Make a Photography Website: Hosting and Templates

How To Make A Photography Website Hosting

I had no idea how to start a website. People were saying you needed a host and your own domain. “What is a host?”. It all seemed pretty technical.

You don’t need any technical IT skills to start your own website. I will show you how to make a photography website in the steps below. It will only take 4 minutes to have your website set up, then I’ll go over how to create a photography website design using templates.

By the end of it you can have a website that looks like this:

How to Make a Photography Website: Hosting and Templates

First let’s go over some basics on how to build a photography website.

The Basics

The Tools We’ll Be Using: I’ll be showing you how to set up and make a photography website using WordPress. You can easily update and upload your photographs when you have it installed on your website. This will be easy to set up as Bluehost, the same web hosting account I use, installs Wordpress for you.

What is a Domain and Hosting: To set up your own photography site you are going to need a domain name. This will be in the form of a .com. A domain is your address on the web.

Hosting is where you store all of your files that you use for your website (photos, text, logos, etc.). Whenever someone visits your website, your host will send the files to their computer so they can view your website.

Your Hosting Account: The hosting company we are going to use is BlueHost. It’s the same one I use for this website, and for my home deign website Home Tree Atlas.

When you sign up with BlueHost you get a free .com domain name and they will install WordPress onto it for you. The plans range from $3-5 a month, depending on the length of the plan you get (12- 36 months). This is paid upfront to save you money. But you are not locked in. So if you want to cancel, BlueHost will refund you the months you haven’t used. Ministry of Canvas is an affiliate partner with Bluehost.

A Name for Your Photography Website: Even before you start creating your photography website, the first thing that you need is a name for your website – a name that you can register as a .com. If you don’t have one yet, you can check out my post here (How to Create Photography Name Ideas for Your Business or Blog).

Step 1. Photography Website Hosting Set Up

To get your photography website set up, head on over to the Bluehost sign up page, and select the starter plan:

How to Make a Photography Website: Hosting and Templates

On the next page we are going to enter our name for the website in the new domain section:

Photography Website Setup

Then you’ll be asked to enter your account details.

On the same page there will be a package section where you get to select which plan you want to go with. As mentioned above, the longer the plan you go with, the cheaper it is month by month. This is all paid in one lump sum to save you money, but you are not locked in. If you decide to leave after a few months, Bluehost will refund you for ht months you haven’t used.

When it comes to the add ons, only go with the Domain Privacy Protection. This keeps your personal details private for your domain name.

Wordpress Set Up

There you have it – you have just created your photography website hosting account. The next step is to install WordPress, then get yourself a photography friendly design theme.

Step 2. Setting up WordPress

Once you have your web hosting set up, the next step is to install WordPress onto your domain name. This will only take a few minutes and is easy to do since Bluehost will do it for you.

Go ahead and log into your Bluehost account. Then click on the Install WordPress button:

Installing WordPress On A Domain Name

Next click on the green Install button:

Wordpress Set Up

On the next page click on the Check Domain button:

Wordpress Set Up

If a warning comes up saying “installation directory is not empty” just check the box that says “OOPS! Looks like something already exists there!”

On the next page you’ll see a box that says Show Advanced Options. Click on the box and enter in the details for your blog. Once that is done check the box for “I have read the terms and conditions” and then click on the Install Now button.

Right now Bluehost is installing WordPress onto your new website. After a few minutes, you can visit your domain to see your new photography website.

The next step will be to install a WordPress theme that works well for showcasing photographs.

Step 3. Installing Photography Website Templates

In this next step I’ll show you how to design your photography website using WordPress templates.

WordPress themes and templates allow you to quickly design your website however you like. Some templates are better suited for corporate businesses and ecommerce or bloggers, while others are better for photographers. You’ll even be able to find templates suited to your style of photography, whether that be wedding photography, fashion or commercial photography.

WordPress has a lot of free website templates and themes. But you’ll want to opt for a paid theme as they include added features (full length sliders, portfolio pages, etc) and are designed a lot better. The average price for a premium theme is around $40-50.

One of the best places to shop around for themes is ThemeForest. Here are some of their best photography website templates:

Pond Photography Website Template $43 – available here

Photography Website Template Setup

Core Photography Gallery Website Template $48 – available here

Core Photography Website Template

Berger Photography Portfolio WordPress Theme $16 – available here

Berger Photography Portfolio WordPress Theme

Creative Market is another place to find elegant and simple website templates. On their site you can find a special section just for photographers here:

Wordpress Photography Themes

Here is a very versatile WordPress theme for photographers. It has a number of options on how you can show your photographs on a page – from gallery thumbnails, to vertical sliders – available here:

Photography Website Template Gallery

Once you have bought a theme, you’ll then be able to download the theme as a zip file. In the next step I’ll show you how to install the template onto your website.

Step 4. Installing a WordPress Template onto Your Photography Website

Once you have downloaded your theme as a zip file, you’ll then need to log into your photography website. You do this by going to your domain name and add /wp-admin to the end. So like this: www.mynewwebiste.com/wp-admin

Once you’ve logged in, on the left hand side you’ll see a tab that says Appearance. Hover over it, then click on Themes.

At the top of the next page click on Add New. Then on the next page click on Upload Theme (found at the top). Here is where you can upload your theme’s file.

Once it is uploaded, you’ll then need to activate your new theme.

Now you have a fresh, beautiful and professional photography website.

Step 5. WordPress Settings

There is just one more thing you need to do before you can start creating and posting to your portfolio website.

When you log into your website, go to the Settings tab on the left side and click on Permalinks.

When you create a new post on your website, WordPress will name the post as a number in the url – so you get something like this www.mynewwebsite.com/434232. Which isn’t good when it comes to search engines finding your website.

To change this, select Customs Structure and enter /%post_id%/%postname%/

Changing WordPress Permalinks

Your New Photography Website

Now you are ready to start building your photography website.

Here are some other photography related posts:

Standing Out as a Photographer: 16 of the Best Photography Business Cards

Standing Out as a Photographer: 16 of the Best Photography Business Cards

Here are some quick tips if you are looking to create your own photography business cards:

  1. Just because you’re a photographer, it doesn’t mean you have to include a photo on your business card. From the examples below you can see that less than half of the business cards use a photo.
  2. It’s best to avoid using a camera graphic/illustration on your business card. Just the word “photographer” on your card will do.
  3. Focus on having the design of your business card reflect the style and type of photography you do. If you do high end photography, then you want a high end looking business card (thick, minimalist, and embossed). If you do wedding or sport photography, try and show that somehow in your business card design. Check out the designs below for ideas.

Elegant black and white business cards for commercial photographer Andreas Kleiberg - by Joakim

Elegant cool black and white business cards for commercial professional photographer Andreas Kleiberg – by Joakim

Joe White's business card design for Brazilian photography company Vitooz

Joe White’s business card design for Brazilian photography company Vitooz

Simple vintage style business card design for Triciclo

Simple vintage style business card design for Triciclo

Daniel Espírito Santo is a Photographer & Cinematopher based Portugal - designed by Italic Shift

Daniel Espírito Santo is a Photographer & Cinematopher based Portugal – designed by Italic Shift

Business card sleeves holding examples of the photographers work

Business card sleeves holding examples of the photographers best work – by Beast Pieces

Polaroid business cards for wedding photographer Matt Allen

Creative Polaroid business cards for wedding photographer Matt Allen

Simple and whimsical business card design for wedding photographer Jessica Little - printing by Ever Lovin

Simple and whimsical business card design for wedding photographer Jessica Little – printing by Ever Lovin

Minimalist black and white business card design for commercial photographer Ty Cole - printing by AccuColor

Minimalist black and white business card design for commercial photographer Ty Cole – printing by AccuColor

Minimalist letterpress business card design by fashion and luxury photographer Zachary Goulko

Letterpress fashion and luxury photographer business cards by Zachary Goulko

Premium business card printing for advertising photographer Christian Garibaldi - printing by Dolce Press

Premium business card printing for advertising photographer Christian Garibaldi – printing by Dolce Press

Elegant and minimalist embossed business cards for wedding photographer Eric Yerke - printing by Studio on Fire

Elegant and minimalist embossed business cards for wedding photographer Eric Yerke – printing by Studio on Fire

Transparent business card design for fashion photographer Matteo Gastel - printing by Fontegrafica

Transparent fashion photographer business cards for Matteo Gastel – printing by Fontegrafica

Vintage business card design with gold edge painting for Tin Can Photography

Vintage business card design with gold edge painting for Tin Can Photography

Black and white business card, stationary, and branding design for photographer Mary Tsouloufa

Black and white business card, stationary, and branding design for photographer Mary Tsouloufa

Custom die cut business cards for wedding photographer Lester Miyashiro - printing by Beast Pieces

Unique custom die cut business cards for wedding photographer Lester Miyashiro – printing by Beast Pieces

Letterpress business cards for wedding photographer Wedland - printing by El Calotipo

Letterpress photography business cards for wedding photographer Wedland – printing by El Calotipo

Have a look at my other posts for more business card design ideas and inspiration:

Create Your Own Photography Website

If you want to set up your own photography website, then check out my post here: How to Make a Photography Website: Hosting and Templates.

How To Create Photography Name Ideas for Your Business or Blog

How To Create Photography Name Ideas for Your Business or Blog

In this post I’ll go over quick tips on how to come up with creative photography name ideas – whether it be for your photography business or blog.

Step 1. Write A Paragraph About Your New Business

The first step in coming up with a good photography name is to really define the business/blog/personal brand you want to start – by writing a paragraph about it. Be as specific as you can – to do this just keep asking your self different why/what/when/how/where/who questions like this:

What sort of photography business do you want to start? Will it be about a certain type of photography (action, adventure, black and white, street, studio, travel etc.). Try and get more specific (street photography in London, adventure and travel photography).

If you are starting a photography business, why are you starting it? “I want to help couples remember their special day”, “I want to photograph real estate to help the owners sell it”

If you are starting a blog, why are you starting it? Is it to showcase your work, showcase a place, or help people learn photography?

If you want to help people learn photography, what areas do you want to help them with? Is it the creative side, the technical, help in the studio, lighting, traveling and photography, doing street photography, or is it something else.

If you want to showcase your work, why? Is it to get work, is it to sell your photographs?

Who/What do you want to photography, why?

Where will you be photographing? When?

How will you be photographing? Will it be with Canons, the highest range cameras, action cameras, in a studio, or with natural lighting.

A good way of getting specific about your photography business is to keep asking why. “I want to teach people how to photograph” why?  “I love the creative side of photography and want to show creative ways to use a camera.”

Here is my paragraph defining my new photography blog:

“I want to start a street photography blog. I’ll be going around my city, of Berlin, showing people how to do street photography – what’s the best equipment to use, what to look for in shots, and how to get creative with your surroundings. I’ll also be highlighting special places around town (markets, parks) for anyone who is planning on visiting Berlin.”

Step 2. The Next Step – A List of Words

To create some photography name ideas, we are going to need to build 2 lists of words. One list is going to be the words and phrases specific to your photography venture – so for me that would be words like Berlin and street.

The second list is going to be general words relating to photography. I have create a long list of these words for you to use below.

The First List – Getting Specific

From the paragraph describing your photography business or blog you should be able to pull out words/phrase/themes that describe it.

For me, using the paragraph from above, my list of words would include:

  • Street photography
  • City
  • Berlin
  • Equipment
  • Creative
  • Surroundings
  • Markets

Now you want to brainstorm more words that are specific to your business/blog. You can use the thesaurus, or enter words into Pinterest and see what words come to mind while looking at the images.

Here are some more words I can add to my list:

Street: pavement, roadsides, maps, traffic lights, markets, alley, concrete jungle

City: skyscraper, cops, subway, buses, parks, tycoons, people

On my huge guide on how to name a blog, I go through creative exercises you can do to build out your word list – check it out if you are having any trouble coming up a list of words.

The Second List – General Photography Words

Here is a list of words that relate to photography that you can use:

ISO

Street

Light

Flash

Camera bag

Focus

Blurred

Exposed

Lens

Process

Capture

Close up

Darkroom

Develop

Digital

Exposure

Fisheye

Frame

Glossy

Matte

Grain

Noise

Hi-res

Negative

Pic

Print

Cheese

Shoot

Shutter

High definition

Slide show

Snap

Snapshot

Tripod

Viewfinder

Zoom

Studio

Media

Crop

Analogue

Light leak

Lens flare

Agency

Caption

Black and white

Color

Edit

Format

Hand held

Images

Instant

Landscape

Portrait

Wildlife

Candid

Pose

Time lapse

Cartridge

Filter

Light meter

Reel

35mm

Developer

F-Stop

Greyscale

Highlights

Shadows

Midtones

Photo

Histogram

Editor

Resolution

Jpeg

GIF

Megapixel

Panning

Sharpness

Thumbnail

Step 3. Time To Brainstorm – Mix and Match

Now it’s time to mix and match words from both lists to create name ideas. Pick out memorable words that paint a picture in your mind. In the 30 Available Photography Name Ideas section below, you can see how I’ve mixed and matched photography words to create business name ideas.

Have a look at my naming post if you want to see a checklist of what makes a good name, it will also show you how to check if your name is available as a .com, and what to do if it is not.

If you have come up with a photography company name, then you can head over to my next post which will show you how to register your name as a .com and set up your photography website: How To Make a Photography Website.

If you don’t have a business or blog name yet, then check out the 30 available names below.

30 Available Photography Name Ideas

30 Available Photography Business Name Ideas

Photographer ID

Beauty and the Photographer

Zoom Zoom Click

Street Click Studios

Adventure Click Studios

Caption Studios

Street Captions

Adventure Captions

Wedding Captions

Black and White Captions

Studio Captions

“I Do” Captions

“I Do” Camera Bag

Color Street Snappers

Seeing in Black and White

Darkroom Journal

The Darkroom Door

My Home Town Snaps

Photographer Couture

Heart and Shutter

Heart and Pixels

Street Signs and Pixels

Street Signs and Camera

Planes and Pixels

Your Name‘s Pixel Studios

Spoons of Pixels

Camera Bag Darkroom

Maps and Snaps

Wonderlust Snappers

The Blue Camera Bag

Step 4. Getting Your Name Registered As a .com

The 30 photography domain name ideas above are available as .coms. If you want to use one, then follow along with my guide here (How To Make a Photography Website) and I’ll show you how to register the name as a .com and get you set up with a photography website.

16 of the Most Unforgettable Designs for Restaurant and Food Business Cards

Restaurant and Food Business Card Designs

Whether you are starting a restaurant, pastry bakery, diner, or are a food blogger or personal chef, here are some quick tips to designing some food business cards.

  1. You don’t have to show food on your business card. Only a few of the business cards below show graphics of anything related to food. Most of them instead go with a certain style. Is your food luxury, bbq, fast food, gourmet, from a country, for kids, or for vegetarians?
  2. Some premium design touches that you could include on your business card include: embossing (12 of the Most Attractive Embossed Business Cards Ever), foil printing or creating a die cut (just like the Super What Not restaurant business cards below that have rounded corners).

If you want to get creative and create your own business cards, then have a look at my (6 Super Easy Ways to Create Handmade DIY Business Cards) or my post on printable business cards [coming soon].

Here is a collection of food related business cards:

Bone Daddy Restaurant Business Cards Menu

Bone Daddy’s BBQ restauarnt business Cards and branding design – by Matchbox Studio

Fat Cow Food Business Cards

Fat Cow Restaurant Menu Design

Fat Cow’s wooden business cards and menus by Foreign Policy

Kispiac Restaurant Business Cards

Kispiac Restaurant branding design by Eszter Laki

Ingierstrand Bad Restaurant Vintage Business Cards

Coaster and business card design for Ingierstrand Bad – by Uniform

Underground Cooking School Business Cards

Branding design for the Underground Cookery School by Two Times Elliot

Tokyo Cafe Business Cards

Minimalist business cards for Tokyo Cafe by Marlon Mayugba

Super What Not Business Stationary

Super What Not business stationary by The Hungry Workshop

DIY Food Business Cards

Handmade DIY business cards for Dobrotti food importers by KAT

London Cafe Business Cards

London Coffee House branding design by Reynolds and Reyner

Project 67 Restaurant Black and White Business Cards

Menu and business card design for Project 67 Restaurant by Philippe Cossette

Ylajali Restaurant Business Cards

Business cards and uniform design for Ylajali gourmet restaurant by William Stormdal

Prototype Cafe Branding Business Cards

Simple white business cards for Prototype No.1 cafe and pizzeria by Ipek Eris

Botanica Food Business Cards and Branding

Botanica Food business cards and branding by Oh Babushka

Colorful Catering Business Cards

Colorful catering business cards by Nic Design

Creative Table Business Card Design

Creative table business card design by Foreign Policy

Food Photograph Business Cards

Food photograph business cards by Jane Reaction

12 of the Most Attractive Embossed Business Cards

Embossed Business Cards Design Ideas

Embossing on business cards adds a subtle and premium design element. Since you are not adding printed graphics or text, it keeps the design of the business card clutter free.

The 2 Types of Embossing

Embossing is when you raise the card to create text or graphics, and there are 2 types of embossed business cards:

  • Blind embossing is when you raise the card and leave it as it is (you don’t add any ink or color to the embossed area). Most of the business cards shown below are blind embossed.
  • Foil embossing is when you add a special foil over the custom embossed area to give it a different color. You can get special metallic foils like gold and silver.

Going DIY

Whenever you add an element to your business card, whether that be printing double sided or having your card embossed, you raise the costs of having it made.

A simple way of adding embossed graphics or text to your business card design is to have a custom hand embosser made, then you’ll be able to add your own embossing to your cards. Check out my DIY post (6 Super Easy Ways to Create Handmade DIY Business Cards) to see how it’s done.

Here is a collection of the best embossed business card designs:

Atelier Black Embossed Business Card Design

Atelier by Joe White

Janine Blind Embossed Business Cards

Blind embossed wings by Badcass

NLS Embossing

High quality embossing by Badcass

Fox Yard Embossed Business Cards

Epic embossing – Fox Yard by Jukebox Print

Lord Fern Brewery Embossing

Another epic embossing by Jukebox Print – Lord Fern Brewery

Inkster Maken Minimalist Embossed Business Card

Minimalist embossed business card designed by The Hungry Workshop

Blind Embossed Bar Lane Studios

Minimalist pure white, blind embossed by Jamie Hutchinson

Blind Embossed Accountants

Steffler Accountants blind embossed pattern by Workhorse Printmakers

Hand Embossed Black Business Cards

Hand embossed black business cards for The Flightless Design Group by Caspian Ievers

Breif Business Card Stationary

Brief‘s hand embossed business cards

White Blind Embossed Business Cards

Philip Attar’s minimalist business cards – printing by Terrapin Stationers

Cement Embossed Business Cards

Murmure made their own cement business cards

There is also the option of going the debossing route – when you make an indent into the card. Here are a few examples of debossed business cards:

Debossed Business Cards

Debossed Business Cards

Kate Roxs debossed business cards by Pajka

Have a look at my Letterpress Business Cards post [coming soon] for more premium design ideas.

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