How To Create A Free Photo Blog
Article from Beyond Megapixels
A few readers over the past couple of weeks have e-mailed me, asking my advice on how to go about creating a photography blog of their own. I understand that website/blog creation can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but the process is extremely simple, and extremely flexible to every individual’s creative needs.
I have a couple of go-to weblog publishers that I recommend to friends – the best part is, they’re completely free.
- Personally, I use WordPress for all of my (many!) personal blogging needs – in fact, this site you’re reading right now is a WordPress blog. It’s a free hosted blog service which allows you to create your own domain name, suffixed by “wordpress.com”. If you’ve purchased a domain name you can use it as well, and get rid of the wordpress reference in the URL. There are many site templates to choose from, several of them specifically oriented toward photo blogging. My experience with their customer support has always been excellent, and the administration is pretty intuitive via their dashboard system. You can be up and running with your own blog in no time flat, and no programming or HTML experienced is required.
- Another popular and free hosted blog service is Blogger (also known as BlogSpot). After creating an account, Blogger will guide you through choosing a blog name (and URL suffixed by “blogger.com”), choosing a template, and publishing your first posts. Purchased domains can also be used to substitute the Blogger-generated URL.
- Photoblog is an extremely simple site to use, and offers bare-bones photo-dedicated blogging. The drawback to this site is that user pages contain distracting ads. Photoposts does a better job of this photo-only format, with no mandatory ads.
Now, I personally upload very few photos to my blog site – I tend to use the HTML code provided via Flickr to post my photos to my blog without having to occupy my blog’s memory availability. Most blogs have a limit to how much storage space is provided with their free service (many offer upgrades to give you more space). Linking the photos from Flickr saves space on my blog.
Another note to be aware of – once you publish something to the internet, it’s there FOREVER. Sites like the Internet Archive Wayback Machine hold cached copies of website pages even after the website itself has been discontinued. So if you’re at all concerned about your work being “out there”, think about that before you publish on your blog. Photo copyrights still apply, so be sure to add a copyright notice to your blog to cover your work (this is the one I use). It can be difficult to track down violations and pursue legal action. Watermarking your photographs helps, and reverse image search engines like TinEye help you find where your images are being used.
I hope you’ve found this information useful, if you have any questions about getting started you can shoot me an e-mail. Do any of you have any free photo blog sites to recommend, or positive/negative experiences with those that I’ve already mentioned? Feel free to let us know in the comments!
Photo credit: “Latte blog” by Filipe Ferreira on Flickr Creative Commons.
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