I'm about to set up a website for my photography projects. I'll be building the site with the URL "ResortHomePhotography.com", which I just bought through Google Domains. I use WordPress for my (still-under-construction) real estate web site but noted Google partners with several web hosting services: Blogger, Squarespace, Shopify, Weebly, & Wix. Do you or PFRE readers have a preference for any particular one as a startup business?
There are tons of hosting services the table/link to the right is one of the many review sites. I've used several hosting services over the last 10 years and I'm inclined to only recommend hosting services that I have direct experience with. Here are my recommendations:
- The PFRE blog is a self-hosted WordPress site and I have several blogger.com sites. While you can get free sites at WordPress.com and blogger.com I recommend that you stay away from these unless you are pretty technically savvy. These sites are free and oriented towards blogging but take a fair amount of technical know how to operate.
- There are many template sites like Squarespace.com, smugmug.com, zenfolio.com, weebly.com, wix.com etc. They all have templates that you can use to setup photographic portfolio sites. These are all very easy to use and take no technical skill to setup.
- I have to say that of all the web hosting services I've used (Smugmug, Squarespace, WordPress.com, Blogger.com, bluehost.com and verio.com) I'm happyest with Squarespace.com. That is where I have my lohrman.com site hosted. It took about 30 minutes to setup, it is super reliable and has great performance ( I monitor it and the PFRE blog 24 x 7 for response time and reliability with monitis.com). And it has great customer support.
- Be very careful to check out and hosting service you use to make sure what the site looks like on smartphones and tablets since 50% of your traffic is liable to come from mobile devices these days and not all sites look good on mobile devices.
What favorites to others have?