Photography websites are a great way to showcase your best images and also share with readers the story behind how they were made. Our new series explores the secrets to starting and running a successful photo blog.
In this tutorial, our expert, Amy Davies, reviews some of the top free photo blogging sites on the web. Here, we take a look at some of the top free photography websites for blogging your photos. With these the emphasis was, well, being free, but also we chose photography websites that are easy to use and allow you to get your work out there right away.
We’ll also tell you some invaluable tips for running successful photography websites, such as how to prepare your images, when you should pay for a blog, the best templates for photography websites and tricks for drawing readers and increasing your traffic.
The best free websites for building your photo blog
Starting a photography blog is a fantastic way to share your work, whether it be for fun or for a more serious reason, such as a portfolio. For the uninitiated, a blog is basically a website which you can upload your images and words to and update as frequently as you want to.
The good news is that you don’t have to outlay any cash to get an impressive looking showcase for your best work. Blog providers have come a long way and offer a lot of useful features that can boost your photography website’s appeal. Below are some of the best providers we’ve used.
One of the most popular blogging platforms out there, WordPress.com allows bloggers to sign up for free. Pretty generous with storage, you get 3GB for free – which should be plenty if you resize your images for the web.
There’s plenty of customisable themes, also available for free, which you can use to make your blog feel more personal. Added benefits include the ability to share connect your blog automatically to social networking sites, so, for instance, a Tweet will be posted every time a new blogpost goes live.
Several of the restrictions of the free blogging platform (WordPress also offers a paid-for version) can be lifted by chargable upgrades. For instance, you can buy more storage space, custom designs, and premium themes.
Free sites always have .wordpress.com in the address – ie. mysite.wordpress.com, but this is something which can be removed via another premium upgrade. There’s lots to appeal to photographers, such as Gallery formats and Slideshows.
Many of the themes on WordPress look great on mobile platforms, especially the iPad, too.
Google’s Blogger platform is another one of the big boys. It’s been around since 1999 which in terms of the web is an incredibly long time.
Like WordPress, there are loads of free templates to help make your blog look more individual, with the added benefit of being able to drag and drop page elements so you can position them exactly where you want them.
If you already have a Google account, if you’re using YouTube or Gmail for instance, then you will be able to login and start using Blogger right away.