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5 Best Hosting Sites For Your Photography Portfolio

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In our last article, we covered some tips on breaking it into the photography industry. One tip discussed how crucial it is to have a portfolio that reflects who you are as a photographer, but the question is, where do you begin with so many portfolio hosting sites out there?  Check out our favourite 5 that don’t require any web-building skills.

Squarespace

One of the most popular drag-and-drop web build hosting sites, Squarespace caters for not just photographers, but anyone who has a need for a website. After you opt for a monthly or yearly payment plan (prices range depending on your website needs), choose from a collection of ready made templates that you can easily customise later. You’ll also have access to an integrated analytics and even a free logo design suite. For an addition $5 a month, you can also create a customised email address. There are also e-commerce add-ons if you’re looking to sell your work online.

500px

Slowly building a reputation as the site for ‘serious’ photographers, 500px is somewhat similar to Flickr. What started out as a social media/networking site for photo enthusiasts has now expanded to a paid portfolio web service with an online store addition so members can easily sell their work. You can choose from a (small) selection of ready made templates, and edit them later via HTML, JavaScript or CSS in real-time if you have the know how. There is also a convenient drag-and-drop function for choosing which work you want featured.

Zenfolio

Another customisable photography portfolio site, Zenfolio offers a number of themes that you can choose and customise later on. Select the kind of navigation buttons, welcome messages and more with ease as this site is rather user friendly. Your subscription packages comes with a music-accompanied slideshow option and built-in social media integration. Add-ons include more soundtracks, RAW file processing and colour correction. This is one of the cheapest option available, with the basic package going at just USD$30 a year. For USD$60 a year, you can create your own domain name and from USD$140-300, you can sell your work, include watermarks, have all signs of Zenfolio branding removed and even more.

Format

Perfectly integrated with Adobe’s Creative Suite, Format offers dynamic themes that look good on all devices. As per other sites, all themes are customisable easily with the site’s built-in drag-and-drop tools, or you can code it yourself if you have the know-how. For photographers who utilise Adobe Lightroom, Format offers a publishing plugin that allows you to manage galleries, upload new images and sync edited imagees straight from Lightroom. There are 3 plans available starting at USD$6 a month for a basic plan, with the most expensive at USD$21 a month.

PhotoShelter

Actually used by famous, professional photographers, PhotoShelter offers over 100 features across their DIY temples, all editable in real-time. This is customisation at its finest, as the site allows you to fully control the appearance of your portfolio with barely any limitations. You can even use your own domain name, upload your logo and watermark to make your site 100% yours. Photographers will also love that their Cloud Storage system accepts nearly all file formats like RAW, PSD, TIF, PDF and JPG, and you can upload said images directly through Lightroom, Photo Mechanic or Aperture plugins. Their basic plan starts at USD$10 a month, but we recommend their Standard Plan (USD$30), which allows you to upload any image format, create lightboxes for your clients, sell your prints, optimize SEO and use your own domain name with 10GB space for images and Cloud storage.

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