Can you help? My photography website isn’t working, so I know I need to update it. Everyone tells me I should use WordPress to build a new photography website and blog because it’s great for SEO and there’s a great choice of themes. But I’m technically-challenged and have no idea where to start! Please show me how to build a photography website with WordPress so I can get my site up and running quickly…
Brenda C. ~ Portrait and wedding photographer
Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that question 🙂
If you’re like Brenda, you don’t need me to tell you what a daunting idea it is to create your own photography website or blog from scratch.
Whenever you research starting a website, you instantly get buried in a ton of weird terminology and gobbledegook.
No wonder those handy template-based websites feel so tempting, especially to anyone with a new photography business.
Solutions such as Wix, Weebly, and even Squarespace look great on the surface with their fancy drag-and-drop systems that even a toddler could use.
Such convenience can come at a hefty price.
Poor SEO (search engine optimization) features, inefficient code, the inability to use custom scripts, designs that are simply not meant for marketing a business, to name but a few, all add up to frustration and strict limitations further down the road.
Which is why my only recommendation for a photography website platform is WordPress.
In fact, according to a report from the web technology survey company W3Techs, WordPress now powers at least 25% (28% according to WordPress themselves) of all websites.
Why is it so popular?
WordPress has been around for a long time. It’s matured into a stable and robust content management system (CMS) that can handle any website you can dream up. With a vast array of plugins and themes, there’s no limit on what you can do with it.
Anyway, enough background info, here are my 5 simple steps that show you exactly how to build a photography website with WordPress.
And you won’t drive yourself crazy in the process.
You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to get started…
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