WordPress: Using the Gallery Feature and Starting Your Own WP Website

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By Laura B. Williams of Goodinklings– Content writing, marketing and WordPress solutions

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As photographers we love to share our work.

Each picture tells a story and holds a meaning for us. But how do you show the world your very best pictures?

You create a website, that’s how. There are a ton of programs that you can use to build your website and many are free, but my favorite is WordPress and I am not alone. Over 25% of the sites that you see on the web are built using the WordPress platform. It is easy to use once you understand the basics, rarely “breaks” and offers a ton of plug-ins that can add functionality to your site.

On the In Focus Photo Club site we added the ability for our club members to upload photos onto the site. It is easy and only takes a minute. Watch the video below to learn how to do this. We can’t wait to see what you upload. Just so you know, your photos will not show immediately on the page. We approve each photo before it goes on the site.

This month I will give a presentation at the In Focus Photo Club Workshop on how to get started on WordPress. While there is a lot to learn, I am hoping that by covering the basics I can help you get started. Following is the training video that I created.

To further help you I’ve collected some resources that you can refer to.

The Basics

GoDaddy : My go to hosting company. Their prices are reasonable and I find the site easy to use and the support very helpful.

WordPress.com– This is a free platform. It is very basic and you will not own your own domain name, be able to add plug-ins or include advertising on your site. This is a very basic blogging platform.

WordPress.org– This is also free. The big difference is that you have full control over your website, more design capabilities, you can monetize your site and much more. This is the solution that I recommend!

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Plug-Ins That  I recommend:

Jetpack by WordPress– this plug-in features a ton of great capabilities, such as, site stats, easy post sharing, automatic publishing to your social media accounts and much, much more. Free.

WP-Spam Shield– This is an anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, trackback spam, contact form spam & registration spam created just for WordPress. This is a must! Free.

Form Get Contact Form– I’ve looked at a lot of form solutions and this one is not only easy to use and set-up, but it looks great. The free version is more than enough for most of us. Free and Paid.

Insert HTML Snippet– You may not know what this is or why you would need it right now, but soon you will find it is a very helpful addition to your WordPress functionality. This plug-in allows you to add custom HTML code to a widget. For instance, let’s say that you wanted to add your Twitter feed to your site. You can insert the HTML code that Twitter provides into one of your site’s widgets. It is easy to use. Free.

Shortcodes Ultimate– This plug-in allows you to easily add tabs, dividers, quotes, buttons, boxes, sliders and more without having to write the code! One of my favorite plug-ins. Free. 

Articles and Tutorials that are very helpful:

Godaddy.com- How To Install WordPress on Your Godaddy Hosting with Tim Levy 

How to Install a Theme in WordPress

How To Quickly And Easily Install WordPress Plugins In 2015 (video tutorial)

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How to Add a New Post in WordPress and Utilize all the Features by WPBeginner (Blog Post)

This is a very helpful article that guides you through creating your first WordPress blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Add Video To WordPress Website 

Some Great Free Themes for Portfolio Sites:

(Put the name in the search bar under Add New themes to find these themes and easily install)

 

WordPress Portfolio Gallery Theme Demo Web DoradoPortfolio Gallery By webdorad : Visit this page to see a demo of the site.

 

 

 

 

Try out our freshly updated free GK Portfolio theme    GavickPro Blog

GK Portfolio By gavickpro: Visit this page to see a demo of the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictorico  A Free WordPress Theme for Portfolios and Photoblogs

Pictorico By automattic:  Visit this page to see a demo of the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This should be enough to get you started, but if you have any questions please email me at goodinklings@gmail.com. I will be happy to answer your questions or point you towards helpful resources.

Now build something great.

 

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One Reply to “WordPress: Using the Gallery Feature and Starting Your Own WP Website”

  1. Laura,
    Great amount of information. I can’t wait to put it to use. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Thank you for all the wonderful tips.I would like to speak more with you about setting up a site and linking it to my new Smugmug site for sales in my gallery.
    Thanks again.

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