Creating a website.

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    Aug 20, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    I am just starting to recreate my website for my art using http://www.viewbook.com/. Is anyone familiar with this product? It looks very modern and simple which I like. And has great examples of other artists who use viewbook. If there are any other suggestions of what I should use, let me know.
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    Aug 20, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Can't comment on that, but just wanted to say I looked at your portfolio via the link in your profile, and it's a very nice, diverse collection.
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    aww, thank you. i am excited to get it up with a better looking format. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    The design looks pretty simple and clean, actually way too simple, but seems like thats what you look for anyway.

    The coding style is pretty standard, however is not optimized for search engines. Some templates use flash for the image galleries and some others dont, this wont be an issue unless you want your website to render on iPhones and iPads.
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    Aug 20, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    viewbook is compatible with iphones so that is good. i don't want to use flash because then not everyone would be able to see the site.

    i just want a very simple basic website, nothing fancy. the fancy part is the art i want to show case. it's like a gallery, i wouldn't want my art to be shown on distracting colorful walls.
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    Aug 20, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    jprswim said

    i just want a very simple basic website, nothing fancy. the fancy part is the art i want to show case. it's like a gallery, i wouldn't want my art to be shown on distracting colorful walls.


    I personally think thats a paradox. Being an artist, the visual quality of your website should be as creative and appealing as any of your work.
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    jprswim saidviewbook is compatible with iphones so that is good. i don't want to use flash because then not everyone would be able to see the site.

    i just want a very simple basic website, nothing fancy. the fancy part is the art i want to show case. it's like a gallery, i wouldn't want my art to be shown on distracting colorful walls.


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    Aug 20, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    Good Luck! ;3
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    Aug 21, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    Geez, you guys are making this more complicated than what he's asking for. ViewBook, BluDomain, clickbooq, bigfolio, and a few other websites cater specifically to photographers that want to show their work online. They take care of all the technical stuff.. hosting, SEO, etc. You basically pick a template and upload your photos.

    From my perspective, they all suck and it's a matter a picking which one sucks less. A friend of mine has BluDomain and if you pick their low end package, they spam the hell out of your meta for SEO purposes. It really looks unprofessional. But 99% of the people that visit your online portfolio won't even notice. Also, their tech support sucks. But if you're not a needy/whiny customer, then it won't be an issue.
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    Aug 21, 2010 6:41 AM GMT
    like i said, i want my website to be like a gallery. just clean white plain and simple. my art will be the pizazz! as an artist, you don't want a lot of color or heavy design. it will end up clashing with the art and would be difficult to find something to match all the different subjects i am posting. i am liking viewbook so far. it is much better than my current apple website.
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    Aug 21, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Wow, I didnt even know there are sites that can do this now.
    Im gonna place my works on it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 21, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    jprswim saidlike i said, i want my website to be like a gallery. just clean white plain and simple. my art will be the pizazz! as an artist, you don't want a lot of color or heavy design. it will end up clashing with the art and would be difficult to find something to match all the different subjects i am posting. i am liking viewbook so far. it is much better than my current apple website.


    You still can find nice beautiful galleries and damn cheap ones.

    But anyway my point is most actual galleries are places where everybody's work can be exhibited, so they're customization is pretty limited. If you had a dedicated gallery then probably you would have a nice logo on the entrance and some details about your own style going on as part of the decoration and comfort of the gallery.

    Your website is not a place for everyone to show their work, it belongs to you and nobody else. It doesnt have to be flashy, you can still keep it simple and make it look like its yours. Even the most versatile artists have a style that makes them different. Sometimes 3 stripes and a red dot is all it takes.

    Interesting customized websites can be expensive, but they also show professionalism otherwise you end up with a website that looks cheap like everybody else's.

    Go for viewbook now if you need something fast, but you should keep these advices in mind for the future.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Aug 22, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    I've just created an account with www.jalbum.net. Has iPhone capabilities too. Is this what you're looking for?
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    Aug 24, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    YAY it's all finished and up. Because there seems to be a lot of people on this site with their own website, I think I will start a new topic telling people to post their own.
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    Aug 24, 2010 6:53 AM GMT
    I was just at your new website. You do some amazing work. Love iticon_biggrin.gif
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Aug 24, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    I'm not a fan of templates at all myself but what would you expect from a web designer? icon_razz.gif

    I've heard WordPress has some very nice galley/photographer style themes if you want to explore that avenue. I've never heard of viewbook before but it seems pretty good if you don't need to mess with the code too much.

    I'm old school though, if you want a gorgeous site that fits who YOU are and YOUR business...you go with a pro. Just my two cents.