Licence & Webshop: Photodeck or Squarespace?
@Lee-White Thanks! I wanted to say this since joining svs in February: I am really Impressed how you, Jake and Will take the time to answer our questions and do all the lessons!
@SabineB our pleasure! : )
KC last edited by
If you don't have any experience with Wordpress and want to focus on your art then I would also recommend Squarespace. It will run you a little over $200 a year and be easy to set up.
If you go with Wordpress you will want to use Wordpress.org as that will allow you to use plugins and do a store. Here's some info to compare the free vs. hosted Wordpress platforms. https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/
Since you would need to use the hosted Wordpress to use plugins (ability to add a store) then you will have the cost of hosting it. That can be as cheap as $36/year but typically will be closer to $100/yr. The main thing is that it will take you longer to set up and you will need to stay on top of the security plugin updates ( you do need to add security plugins like Wordfence and Limit Logins to keep your site from getting hacked). It is cheaper than Squarespace but will take you more time and that time will take away from your illustration time. If you love learning new things and really want to customize your store and save money then go for it. Like a previous commenter said, there are tons of free theme templates and plugins and lots of tutorials out there to help.
Hope that helps, even if just a little.
AndyIllo last edited by
I used to have squarespace and I loved it. Switched to Wordpress thinking i'd make it more personalised and interesting, but after weeks of setting up, tinkering, learning etc etc my site looked basically the same as my Squarespace site!
For a first website, I would definitely recommend Squarespace. Then when you have some time/drive that would be when to think about switching if at all
Hi @NessIllustration, I love your art and your website. I’m in the middle of setting up my wordpress site. Do you recommend any templates similar to yours? I like how simple and effective your site is.
@Jeremy-Ross Absolutely! In fact you can have the exact same site as me and if you already pay for Photoshop you can even get it for the low low price of nothing hihi.. My site is done with Adobe Portfolio, which is free with the Creative Cloud I just connected my domain and voila! The theme I used is Mercedes!
Thanks @NessIllustration! Sadly, I’m not; I’m using procreate exclusively at this time. Thanks for your reply though!
@Jeremy-Ross Oh that's too bad! Well then if you're building a Wordpress site, what I'd recommend is to get Elementor Pro with their lightweight free theme Hello Elementor. Elementor is a drag and drop block page builder that makes building sites easy, intuitive and gives you 100$ control
sisimite.azul last edited by
Does anyone know how Wordpress, Photodeck and Sqarespace compare to Wix?
Thank you for the recommendation @NessIllustration!