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Create a photo website from scratch: Show off your portfolio in style

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If you've ever wondered whether you should try building a photography website, you're not alone. It might be tempting to think that creating a photo website will take hours of your time – but there are plenty of options to show off your portfolio. 

Whether you'd rather use a photo sharing website such as 500px or Flickr, or you want to build your own site from scratch using a CMS such as Wordpress or Drupal, we've put together everything you need to create a fantastic photo website.

Part 1: Choose a photo sharing site

If you'd rather not spend your time tinkering around in the back end of a website, why not consider using a photo sharing website. While social media sites such as Instagram are ruled by algorithms, website such as Flickr, 500px and others can give your photos more opportunity to be discovered. Plus, photo sharing websites can also make great portfolios, enabling users to scroll through your images with ease.

Part 2: How to build a photo website in WordPress

If you'd rather build your own website, Wordpress has a super easy-to-use CMS (content management system). This means that you can create your own photo website without having to spend hours building each different page. While many see Wordpress as a CMS built primarily for bloggers, photographers can definitely take advantage of this system too.

Part 3: How to build a photo website in Drupal, part 1 

If you love the idea of popping up the hood on your photo website, then why not consider building your own site on Drupal. This is a step-up from creating a Wordpress website, but your efforts can be richly rewarded with ultimate customizability. Plus, Drupal is an open-source CMS that's free to use. Don't forget to check out part 2 and part 3 of our Drupal tutorial too.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.