Creating a photo website - part 3

Whoa, what gives? Yes, you are absolutely reading about a Wordpress-based photography site on a blog that is no longer based on Wordpress. I seemed to get a fair bit of traffic on my site from people wondering how to do this, so I am leaving these posts here for posterity. That said, the internet world has evolved quite a bit in the last four years, so I now use a system that is simpler in some ways, but immensely flexible. So read about this newer flat-file CMS approach as I document it over the next few months.

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.

Version 0.3

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.


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