Art Website Building Frustrations – Part 2

In my first blog, last week, I outlined the difficulties I was having setting up a website to present my art to the world. Well the good news is that after about three weeks of concentrated work, during which painting has had to take a back seat, it is now up and running and on the whole I feel pretty pleased with myself. It has definitely been a slog. Everything seems to take so much longer than you expect and you definitely need a very patient other half, as they won’t see much of you till it’s completed. I was even waking up in the middle of the night and working on things that were bugging me. I just hope it’s all been worth it! One of the big realisations has been that with WordPress you basically need a plugin for everything that you want to do and there are so many it can be a bit of a trial and error process till you find the right ones for you. In the end I ended up with: NextGEN Gallery – to show my works in galleries and albums. MailChimp – to allow people to sign up to a mailing list. Contact Form 7 – to allow the creation of a contacts page. Simplified Social Sharing – to allow me to add social sharing icons to my pages. WooCommerce – a complete eCommerce solution. Simple Twitter Tweets – to add a twitter feed widget. All the above are free plugins and seem to be working really well. They take a bit of setting up, but there is a lot...

Art website building frustrations

I have spent the past week desperately reworking my online presence. It is time to get my art out into the world and, along with, it would seem, every other artist on the planet, I am about to fight for my little corner of cyberspace. I have built a number of websites over the years for different projects – hell I’ve even been paid to design a couple of them! – so you would think that it would be a breeze wouldn’t you? But no! Each time I come to design a site, the nature of the web has changed and I have to learn a whole load of new stuff. This time I decided that I would build a WordPress site and for the first time try my hand at eCommerce. Well the good news is that there is a lot of really useful information out there on the web on how to build a good eCommerce site. I particularly took great encouragement from Roos Schuring, whose YouTube videos on how to grow your art business are full of excellent ideas and tips. Roos is an excellent Plein Air painter and her website at http://www.roosschuring.com/ is well worth a visit. So armed with a head full of new ideas, I set to building my perfect web presence. The good news is that you can do most of this really really cheaply. WordPress is open source and as such is free and there are a load of great themes out there that you can use to make your site look great and work really well without parting with any cash...

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