Creating a photo website - part 3
The first two posts covered some basic considerations and options for creating a photography related website. Now I want to relate a very quick timeline of the wobbly path I have taken through the maze of website creation possibilities over the last six or seven years.
My first attempt was made before the days of Flickr and the other photo-sharing websites. I think Shutterfly was just getting up to speed in 2002, and if my memory serves, Kodak had typical unusable site created by a committee of clueless people. So I thought. “Screw it, I’ll pay somebody to make one for me”. Four hundred dollars later, I had a bareboned site that was sort of functional, I guess. Adding content involved dragging individual pictures up to a directory on my online server site, and then manually coding links to the pictures. It was just not very easy or fun. Plus, it didn’t really look the way I wanted. The problem I had was that I was not sure how I wanted it to look, but I knew this wasn’t it.
I probably have this website version stuck on a DVD somewhere, but pulling it out for a screen grab interests me about as much as flashing around first grade pictures of me with my brand-new huge black plastic rimmed glasses which served to mark me as a nerd in perpetuity. Best left buried.