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Create a Website for your Photos



This guide by PhotoGalaxy.com will tell you about creating a website for displaying your photographs and the steps involved in getting it online.

Websites are made up of images, text and html code. Html simply tells the web browser how to display the content (ie the text and images) to the web browser. Html is very easy to pickup and there are a huge number of online guides and tutorials that you can use to help you.

There are two options open to you when you are creating your website; you can either build it yourself using html or you can find countless pre-built websites / templates online to serve your purpose. Html will allow you to create a more original website with a design that exactly fits your vision... but it will take time and effort to learn. Alternatively, programs such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver will generate html for you and are a good option if you don't fancy getting your hands dirty with the code. Using a pre-built site offers much less flexibility but it does save a lot of time. Whichever method you decide on is up to you, to find out more search Google with terms such as "html tutorials" or "website templates".

Building your site is only half the story, what comes next can be even more daunting! You will need to do two things; register a domain name and get a hosting account. Your domain name is the address of your websites (eg www.photogalaxy.com). There are plenty of domain name registrars out there that you can use. Next you need to find a hosting account, this is where your website will be stored. When selecting a host, you need to consider how much storage they allocate and their bandwidth limitations. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred from your website, this relates to the number of photos that people can look at. For a photo website, it is important to make sure your hosting account has sufficient storage and bandwidth allowances. PhotoGalaxy.com offers a hosting package designed to meet the needs of photographers.

Once you have a hosting account, you will need to upload your website. You generally do this using an FTP program. Your hosting company will provide you with more instructions on how to do this.

Finally, you will need to link your domain name to your hosting account so that your webpages are displayed when someone types in your web address. You do this by logging in to your registrar account and setting your domain's nameservers; to the nameservers specified by your hosting company. These changes will typically take around 24 hours to propagate and then your website will be live!

Once you have your website up and running, you will need to promote it if you want to attract visitors. A good place to start is by adding your website to photography directories and exchanging links with other photography websites.

PhotoGalaxy.com creates websites for photographers. They will build your website, registering your domain name and take care of hosting all for one affordable annual fee.

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