How to Make Popular Photography Websites: should you pay for a photo blog?
One of the best things about blogging these days is that you can do an incredible amount for free. That said, if you’re willing to part with a bit of extra cash you can get all kinds of upgrades for your photo blog. Here we take a look at the key elements of photography websites for which you may consider making paid upgrades… or those you may not.
Should I pay for my photography website’s domain name?
Most free blogging platforms will include the name of the platform in the standard address. So for instance, you might have myphotography.wordpress.com or myphotography.blogspot.com.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but having a personalised domain name is easier for people to remember and looks just that little bit more professional. Depending on the domain you want, you can pick them up relatively cheaply these days.
Lots of photographers go for their name as a domain name, which is a good idea as again it’s easy to remember and, especially if you have a less common name, will be easier to buy.
If the name you want is taken, consider adding extensions such as “photo” or “photography” to the name and see if you can get hold of those.
Try to avoid hyphens in a domain name for your photography website, as these can easily be forgotten. If you can, try to get hold of a .co.uk or .com address, as these are the most commonly recognised. Alternatives include .net, .org or .me.
Once you have acquired your domain name, you have a couple of choices. You can either set it up to redirect to your photography website’s address, or you can choose to do something called domain mapping.
The former means that when someone types in your web address to a browser, they will simply be redirected to your current photo blog site. When browsing your site, it will still show as .wordpress.com (for example) in the toolbar.
If you opt for domain mapping, you will usually need to pay extra for this, then every page on your photography website will have the .wordpress (for example) part of the address removed.
WordPress offers this as a paid-for upgrade within its free packages and is pretty quick and easy to do. You can buy domains from a variety of places, such as GoDaddy, 123-reg, and LCN.
PAGE 1: Best free photography websites – WordPress, Blogger
PAGE 2: Best free photography websites – Tumblr, Jux
PAGE 3: How to prepare a photo for blogging
PAGE 4: Should I pay for my photography website’s domain name?
PAGE 5: Should I pay for a photo blog template?
PAGE 6: Should I pay for hosting my photography website?
PAGE 7: Should I pay for an email address?
PAGE 8: The best free WordPress blog themes for photography websites
PAGE 9: The best free Blogger blog themes for photography websites
PAGE 10: The best free Tumblr blog themes for photography websites
PAGE 11: 5 ways to increase traffic to your photography websites