Building a Photography Website

By Joshua Duvauchelle

  • Overview

    The Internet offers photographers new ways to interact with their medium and their customers. A photography website can showcase a photographer's work, act as a digital portfolio, and build a repertoire for viewers. A photographer should be aware of his options in displaying photos on a website. Just like a picture frame, it takes the right website and the right photo hosting software to properly display the art of photography on the Internet.
    • Step 1

      Sign up for a web hosting account that supports the PHP and MySQL web technologies. Popular web hosting providers that provide economical prices include companies such as and Select a hosting service that provides a large amount of data transfer as digital photographs will use up a lot of bandwidth. Any service that offers more than one gigabyte of bandwidth should be sufficient for starting purposes, though you may need to increase your paid bandwidth as traffic increases.
    • Step 2

      Register a domain name (e.g. This name will be the Internet address with which viewers will find your website. Choose a name that's short and easy to remember. Most web hosting service providers (see Step 1) provide a domain name as part of the web hosting package.

    • Step 3

      Download photo hosting software to display the photographs on the website. One of the most popular photo hosting programs is Menalto's Gallery 2 (a download link is in the Resources section of this article).
    • Step 4

      Upload the Gallery 2 software to your web hosting account using an FTP program. Various free FTP programs exist for both the Mac and the PC. Examples include Cyberduck (Mac) and SmartFTP (Windows PC). Follow the included directions in Gallery 2 to install the software on your server.
    • Step 5

      Go to your Gallery 2 webpage and log in using the credentials you created when installing the program. Click "Add Photos" and upload your digital photographs.
    • Step 6

      Navigate to your main domain ( and test your web page to ensure that you can see all of the photos you uploaded in Step 5. You now have a fully functioning photography website with the potential to expand as needed. Rearrange or organize your photos as needed by logging back into Gallery 2 and selecting the appropriate action.
    • Step 7

      Tell your friends about the website and where they can view your photos. Monitor your website's bandwidth usage. Photos will take up a lot of bandwidth as people click on them. You may need to increase the amount of paid bandwidth in your hosting account as your website becomes more popular.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Digital photographs
    • Gallery 2 software (freeware)
    • Registered web domain
    • Website hosting
    • FTP program
    • Tip: Add the address of your website to your business cards to let customers know where they can view your online portfolio.
    • Warning:
    • Check that your web hosting account supports PHP and MySQL as most gallery programs require these technologies to run.

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