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Lust4Life

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Building a Photography Web Site, yourself.
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:15:02 PM »

I built my first and current web site using what is now Dreamweaver back in 2006.

"Time to update my sites look" was a random thought that flashed through my mind, and one I unfortunately decided to focus on.

I want a drag and drop building experience, no coding required, that give me flexibility and I own and control the code to build and modify my site.

Here is what I have found:
Word Press is the "shell" that is in favor at this time to build your personal photography web site under that is open code.
To do anything professional looking and not learn a lot of coding, you need to buy a WP Site Builder.

There are numerous "site builders" out there to choose from

After studying at least half a dozen, I first tried Divi from Elegant Designs.
I was disappointed and learned that embedded in my site that I was building are what is called "short links".
This makes it extremely difficult to move to another builder program, so you are basically captive to Divi.
That I didn't like.

Then I tried and are using now (2 weeks tomorrow) a program called Beaver Builder. (yes, I did let out a big laugh when I saw the name!)

Like it more than Divi, but I am finding it interesting that the WP model is built on the purchase of "plug ins" to do the most simple of tasks that are absent in WP. 

Thus, curious how many of us are actually building, expanding and maintaining our own sites?
If you are, what tools have you been using, and what is your degree of satisfaction.

I'm not looking for a site such as Wix, at least not yet.  A bit more frustration and I may be!  :-)

Jack

PS:  Here is what I have accomplished in 3 days of working with Beaver Builder - REMEMBER, I am no where near done, just sharing where I am at.  The need for "nesting" topics in the pull down for Photography is yet to be resolved.
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Re: Building a Photography Web Site, yourself.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:37:48 PM »

I'm done with roll your own websites.  I use Photodeck.com. 
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Re: Building a Photography Web Site, yourself.
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 02:14:14 PM »

Photodeck for me also.  Great system at a reasonable cost.

My clients often comment on how well the system works for them.
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Re: Building a Photography Web Site, yourself.
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 02:52:56 PM »

The only website I ever had is the present one, and it's by Weebly. As it works under my own chosen address, it costs a few bucks a year, but I also get another, free one, as long as I don't mind having the Weebly name present within the address.

It took me years to get there because I have no interest in computer code. The site does all that I need, and could be upgraded to do stacks more stuff I neither require nor desire.

Of course, your needs may be far more sophisticated than mine; for me, my website provˇdes me with a rapid access to the shots I like, and far easier than having to look through my own lists of files. If there's a glitch, it's that I can't figure out how to finds my original file numbers from the website; right clicking doesn't help me get the information I seek.

At least, should all my files be lost, there is a minimal backup present in the website.

Rob

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Re: Building a Photography Web Site, yourself.
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 03:16:40 PM »

Thus, curious how many of us are actually building, expanding and maintaining our own sites?
If you are, what tools have you been using, and what is your degree of satisfaction.

Artist's sketchpad, pencil and Dreamweaver CS6.
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