Portland, Maine Photographer :: 7 tips for creating a website :: Linda Barry Photography

I am currently working through yet another redesign of my website and I’m so stoked about it! This will be the last change I hope until I can hire a graphic designer. I figured I would share seven tips with you that I’ve learned in the process of creating a website! As a disclaimer, I am not an expert with website design. This is just what I’ve learned along the way!

  1. Unless you are an HTML guru, I would suggest working with a program that lets you drag and drop your elements onto the pages. It is WAY easier! I use showitfast.com for my website and I absolutely love it!
  2. Don’t use too many different fonts. Also, it’s important to make sure that your font is big enough and easy to read on a screen. If you are using a lot of different fonts then your website will lack a cohesive, professional look.
  3. Make sure you put in a bio page! That is one of the first pages that any person looks at when going to a website! So, make it good  and let your personality shine!
  4. Easy navigation. If your viewers have to make a bunch of clicks to get to where they want to be, then it’s not going to be a fun experience for them, and they will probably leave your site!
  5. Include a contact page! I receive several of my inquiries through the contact page on my website, and it works like a charm! It’s a great way to get some initial information from them so it better streamlines your conversation.
  6. As with fonts, make sure you keep a consistent theme with the colors throughout the website.
  7. This one is more of a personal preference. I don’t use music on my website because it drives me slightly bonkers when I go to a website and music starts playing and I have NO idea how to turn it off! Also, a lot of my brides and inquiries are at work when they land on my contact page. So, if you decided to have music, make sure that it is easy to locate and able to turned off for those who don’t like it 🙂
  8. If you have any social media pages attached to your business, put those links on your website! It will help drive traffic to current updates and work instead of only having the static website to rely on.

There is more SEO stuff that I have learned along the way that I could share, but that comes after you’ve initially created the website. The important part is to have fun with it and let it be a true reflection of your brand!

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You can usually find me adding books to my never-ending “to read” list; challenging myself to do things like not shop for a year; sneaking crispy m+ms from my secret hiding spot so I don’t have to share them with my daughter; and melting over seeing my children smiling at each other.

Oh and I guess I should mention - I’m a seasoned Portland wedding photographer who provides not only kick-ass wedding photos, but also a meaningful and laid-back experience from the time you book to the delivery of your final images. 

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