Developing your own photography website from scratch requires as much careful creation and crafting as your best shot. If you want a top notch, working photography site that matches both your current and likely future needs then the first step is always to plan your site.
At the development stage it is important to consider two things; the first is what you want your site to do. It is key here to consider not just what you feel your site will need now, but also to consider the future of the site. What may you want to add in future in order to keep people visiting the site?
For example, if you are simply building a site to showcase your work, then that is fine, but if at some point you want to consider selling your pictures, then ideally you would like your site designed so that this change (and any others) can be implemented as quickly, securely and inexpensively as possible. For example, websites like rebilly.com can help you out with all the recurring and subscription payments implementation system.
Designing your site is therefore key as is picking the right team in order to develop your site. There are many companies and individuals out there that can build you a website from a template, but depending on your budget, you may wish to spend a little extra to make yours unique.
Another aspect to consider is protecting your photographs. You’ll need to make sure that people cannot simply download your images for free. A little research is always a good idea here to see how other sites protect the intellectual copyright of their photographers work.
If you are planning on selling your photographs, then you’ll also need a secure, reliable and integrated shopping cart system. Not only does this have to be secure for your potential customers, but also for you and your site to ensure that hackers cannot gain access to the cart and manipulate it or the information that it may contain.
Lastly, you need to consider size. Storing photographs can eat up a lot of space, so buying a smaller website initially may only meet your requirements for a short space of time. Consider how much space your site will need now and in the future and build accordingly.
Clever planning now will ensure that your new site hits the ground running and people will spend more time appreciating your shots, rather than complaining about the problems encountered on the site.