Building a WordPress website can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve never built a website before or have limited technical skills. Still, if you want complete creative control over your photography website, there’s simply no better platform than WordPress.org.
WordPress is open source software, so it’s free; it is also one of the most widely used content management systems (CMS) for building websites. Creating a WordPress website will give you full control over the look and functionality of your photography website.
Choose from tens of thousands of WordPress themes; many themes are free and others will average between $19 and $200. You can build your site from scratch if you have strong coding and design skills.
Customize your site using WordPress plugins, which add additional functionality to the site. There are plugins for all types of functionality including e-commerce, appointment scheduling, event calendars, social sharing, client galleries, watermarks, invoicing, client proofing and WordPress SEO.
There are two WordPress options – WordPress.org vs WordPress.com – and it’s important not to confuse them, as they are quite different. WordPress.com hosts your website for you, but has strict constraints on what you can do. That’s why Forbes recommends photographers use WordPress.org for their professional websites.
With WordPress.org, you must purchase your website hosting separately. The best WordPress hosting services offer secure and reliable hosting at reasonable prices, ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per month, depending on the services you purchase. You will also need a domain for your website; the best domain registrars charge between $8 and $25 to register a domain.
Who should use it:WordPress.org is the best website platform for photographers who want full control over website design.