Whether you want to set up a stock photo website, sell digital photographs, or just want to showcase your portfolio, you should look into what the world of best web hosting for photographers has to offer.
There are a couple of alternative paths you can take with web hosting for photographers.
- First, you can create a website using a content management system like WordPress and be in full control of that website.
- Alternatively, you can opt for a more all-in-one setup with solutions like Wix.
- Lastly, if you want to keep things entirely hands-free, a photography-dedicated platform like SmugMug might be the best choice.
Still, when it comes to web hosting providers, there are many factors to consider and features that you should have access to. In this guide, we go through them all and show you what to pay attention to most of all.
This is a guide made specifically for photographers and photo enthusiasts who want to build a photo website.
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What to look for in your best web hosting for photographers
From a technical point of view, a hosting setup for a photo website can be quite similar to a normal web server, but it can also be very different depending on what your needs are and what sort of website you want to build.
Consider the following things when selecting a host:
A hands-free setup:
Some photographers – if not most of them – don’t want to have to deal with various technical aspects of the setup when building their photo website.
For that reason, working with a fully hosted online platform might be a better solution than looking for open-source software and then attempting to build a website the DIY way.
If you’re this kind of user, look for a service that handles as much of the technical heavy lifting for you as possible.
Available disk space:
The trouble is that an image file consumes more disk space than a text document.
For instance, a web page with 2000 characters consumes only about 2KB of space. However, a very small image that’s only 300 x 400 pixels might require 60KB of disk space. A big photo that’s actually nicely produced and sharp? Now we’re talking in the range of 500KB to 1MB.
This is simple; you want your host to be able to handle a big volume, thus, it has to offer you a lot of disk space.
Bandwidth and traffic allowance:
Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred in a given amount of time. Make sure the hosting you select has high bandwidth capability.
Think about those image files again. So one good photo can be 500KB. If you want 10 people to see it, it will consume around 5MB of bandwidth. This adds up quickly the more photos you have on the site. If you want to build a photo website and actually hope for it to get popular, you need good bandwidth included with your hosting package.
This article was written by Pulkit Bhardwaj and originally published on CodeinWP.