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Hi, I am a photographer and want to create a custom made website.  I have created a basic design in photoshop and was wondering how to go about creating it with HTML/CSS code.  I have no experience with coding, so if anybody could tell me how simple this would be to do, and if there are any good tutorials, lessons out there for a beginner.  I will attatch my design.

Thank you!

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First thing to realise is people use mobile phones far more than they use a desktop. This means you need a responsive website - one that adapts to the device being used.

The best options for you is to buy some hosting and install a content management system. There are loads to choose from. One more popular choice is Wordpress (which is free). You then upload all your content then choose a theme (template). There are thousands of them, many designed for photographers and not too expensive.

If all this seems too daunting, get someone to help you set it all up. The whole process can take less than an hour. DIY is fine if you know what you are doing but frustrating if you are learning from scratch.

In your profession you expect people to pay for your expertise and not try to do it themselves. Do the same for your website.

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On 1/7/2019 at 7:43 AM, fisicx said:

First thing to realise is people use mobile phones far more than they use a desktop. This means you need a responsive website - one that adapts to the device being used.

The best options for you is to buy some hosting and install a content management system. There are loads to choose from. One more popular choice is Wordpress (which is free). You then upload all your content then choose a theme (template). There are thousands of them, many designed for photographers and not too expensive.

If all this seems too daunting, get someone to help you set it all up. The whole process can take less than an hour. DIY is fine if you know what you are doing but frustrating if you are learning from scratch.

In your profession you expect people to pay for your expertise and not try to do it themselves. Do the same for your website.

 

Thank you Major.  I failed to say that I am actually going to run it through cargo collective, which has its own templates as well as having the option to write custom HTML script..

 

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5 hours ago, Cerny said:

I failed to say that I am actually going to run it through cargo collective

Don't do this. Might seem like an easy win to start with but if you want the website to be a key element in your marketing strategy you will regret your decision. A good CMS offers far more than cargo collective does. Features you haven't thought of yet may not be possible with cargo but freely available on the better supported platforms.

And with a most CMS platforms you can switch themes in seconds without changing your content.

And cargo create truly awful code which Google doesn't like. The few I looked at scored 30/100 on the speed test. And this will affect your ranking.

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On 1/12/2019 at 8:34 AM, fisicx said:

Don't do this. Might seem like an easy win to start with but if you want the website to be a key element in your marketing strategy you will regret your decision. A good CMS offers far more than cargo collective does. Features you haven't thought of yet may not be possible with cargo but freely available on the better supported platforms.

And with a most CMS platforms you can switch themes in seconds without changing your content.

And cargo create truly awful code which Google doesn't like. The few I looked at scored 30/100 on the speed test. And this will affect your ranking.

Oh really?  I had no idea it was so bad..  Are there any CMS platforms you would recommend?  My friend suggested SquareSpace.

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I use Wordpress. There are loads of really great photographer themes you can get for around $50.

you will need hosting but after that everything is free forever.

You also have the opportunity to add pretty much any feature you want using plugins. For free.

And if you don’t like the photographer themes there are thousands of others to choose from. Many of them free and all responsive so the site still looks great on a phone.

Or use Square Space and keep paying forever

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