Create your own website for free - part 1

A website is an important way for a photographer to become known and to display his or her portfolio, but paying for website design and maintenance a website can be expensive.

And although there are several free hosting options available, most of them put very ANNOYING advertising on your website or just don't look professional. (I'm thinking of Bravenet, FreeWebs, Yahoo GeoCities, or WebSpawner).

My two favorite free hosting options are:

1. Google Page Creator (but they are no longer accepting new signups, and now are transitioning to Google Sites.)

Link for Google Page Creator: http://pages.google.com

Link for Google Sites: http://sites.google.com

Google Page Creator allowed users to create their own website on a subdomain, however, Google Sites does not unless you have a Google Apps account (then you can create subdomains off of your own domain). (A Google Apps account is a service for small businesses, in which you must purchase a domain name.) Google Page Creator has about 40 different template to choose from, and they are all sleek and professional.

(I manage a domain that uses Google Apps for small businesses. It uses the starter edition, which is free except for the domain name, which is $10.00 per year - still very cost effective. The domain I manage is here: )

(Links for two sites that I have created using Google Page Creator:

2. SynthaSite

Link for Syntha Site:

SynthaSite allows users to create their own website on a subdomain, and has a wide range of templates to choose from - even more choices than Google Page Creator. The only downside is because it's not through Google, it doesn't go along with your other Google account services if you are signed up with Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and other Google services.

I haven't used SynthaSite as much as I have used Google Page Creator, so I am not as familiar with it, but after experimenting with it a little, it looks like it works just as well.

(Please don't think I am an expert or pretending to be an expert on website design - I'm just sharing what I have learned and hope it will be useful for someone.)

That's all for now, folks! :)

Photo credits: Eclecticelegance.

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May 26, 2011

Voytekj

If you decide to go different way - I own a hosting, and website design company- all of our servers have been replaced/ updated to newest/ fastest. This is the site it is in polish language, but servers are located in- IL USA-, and all control panels will be in english when requested. - contact me and i will give you big discount! or to save money- Our hosting comes with free website creator- FREE - no ads!

January 14, 2009

Eclecticelegance

True, if you need a more professional website, probably it would be better to get one that you have to pay for, as it is probably less hassle to set it up, but I was thinking that these websites would be good for newbies or others who are not full-time photographers, because it is much more cost-effective for non-professionals.

Also, I know that many softwares, and other supposedly "free" services online offer somewhat crippled products - they either put a watermark on the finished product, or only let you use the service for a certain number of days or months, or put advertising in somewhere - BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE with the two hosting services I have mentioned. I have had websites hosted on Google Page Creator since March 2007, and have never had any major problems or complaints. I am not as familiar with SynthaSite, but as far as I can tell, they are the same way. I don't claim to be an expert, but I wouldn't recommend these guys unless I had used them myself and really believed in them.

(The only condition that I can think of for the free hosting services is that Google Sites and SynthaSite both put a small link to their main page such as "powered by Google Sites" or "hosted by SynthaSite", but it is at the bottom of the webpage, and it is very small. (for an example, see http://forourpatients.skeltonorthodontics.com) To me, that is not a big deal and much less invasive than ads on sites hosted by Bravenet.

Thank you for reading my article and for your comments, though! I can definitely understand your skepticism about free stuff.

January 13, 2009

Creativei

Sorry missed something, And all free website comes with a condition, they will have ads or some other issues, what if after few months they say you need to pay its big hassle, I was dealing with these kind of sites before, now I don't as this in pain in the wrong place.

January 13, 2009

Creativei

Well thanks, but I'm not comfortable with these guys, if you wanna sell your images and then you will have lots of issues. just for the sake of having a site its ok. I host with a hosting company where i pay 96 USD per year, which includes loads of features. and you can host unlimited domain. for example you have few friends, like 10 if you guys share its same cost as 10 USD, you mentioned. Here you get unlimited webspace and unlimited bandwidth. what else you need?????

January 13, 2009

Fultonsphoto

Thanks for the tips, Ill be sure to check them out.

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