How to make an artist website?


  • SVS OG

    I’m currently using the free version of wix. It’s really simple to use. Just pick a template and drag and drop you images. I am planning to switch to Wordpress once I get the ball rolling though to save on money.



  • I would say Wordpress too … the Divi theme is so powerful, and honestly, very easy after a bit of playing.

    I would say Wordpress, because you will have so much control moving forward.



  • I’ve been using Squarespace. They’ve got tons of templates that are designed for quality pictures.



  • @dgal If you use Wordpress make sure you keep all your plugin and CMS security code up to date. In February there was a major security flaw in the system that had gone unnoticed for 6 years. The vulnerability was discovered by security researchers at RIPS Technologies GmbH.



  • In my job (digital marketer) I work with different CMS's all the time with my clients. My number 1 website builder I recommend is Wordpress. It's easy to use, highly flexible, and probably the best for SEO.

    While I know many other artists use Squarespace, I would choose Wordpress over Squarespace. I avoid Wix and other CMS's altogether.



  • Thank you for all replies!!!



  • @Adrian-K
    I was looking for your tutorials on youtube. Your art is amazing !



  • @dgal thank you. I currently don’t have any tutorials upload to YouTube yet. They are in process, but are currently a low priority.



  • I use Wordpress for one year now and I love it so far. It didn't require any programming ability and it's pretty simple to manage.



  • Wordpress here as well. Although I have web dev experience I don't need to do more than a bit of customisation, plugin installs and using the free themes already available. Visual Portfolio plugin is the one I use to display images. Hope this helps (albeit a bit late)



  • Just use WordPress



  • If you have a subscription to any Adobe creative cloud programs then Adobe Portfolio (portfolio.adobe.com) is a great free option. You can add a custom domain name if you purchase one elsewhere and I think they look/run really smooth since they're designed for artists. Very easy to use. Here's mine for example www.juliekitzes.com



  • @ShannonBiondi I have also used Wix and I am pleased with it.


  • SVS OG

    @dgal I have a Wix site which is good for most things, but not great for comics. The more research I do the best fit for comics is a wordpress site with a comic easel plug-in. That set up allow for all of the things people expect from a web-comic. I have not found a theme on Wix that can compare. The problem is that to install the plug-in it requires a more expensive subscription. My plan going forward will be to maintain one domain for a portfolio for art directors and a wordpress site for the comics. I haven't put it all together yet though!



  • This is a great idea to have two websites!
    Thank you for reply!



  • I used squarespace because their templates work better on mobile than wix. I spent a good 2 months back and for with wix about issues that were happening on my galleries on mobile devices. They didnt want to refund me my money either when I tried to ask for a refund because their sites had issues (I'm not the only person). I like squarespace also cause it lets you put in your instagram feed directly into a page. I was able to create a separate "personal projects" tab on it.