Launch your very own online portfolio and showcase your photography in no time through our collaboration with Cloudways, the 1-click Photography bundle.
Having your own online photography portfolio is the perfect way to show and not just tell what your experiences are in your professional career. You can also showcase your creative direction and how you have evolved as an artist. It’s also a great opportunity to get your name out there, impress potential employers, or even close clients.
There are plenty of Content Management Systems (CMS) designed for building your portfolio online like Behance, Adobe Portfolio, or Portfoliobox. If you’ve been a user of these platforms, you may have felt that you have limited design options and want to take your online portfolio up a notch.
However, it can become a complicated process if you don’t know where to look.
Our collaboration with Cloudways makes that process unbelievably easy for you. Cloudways is a cloud hosting solution that makes hosting websites a breeze, but with our partnership, we’re going a step further for all you photography professionals and enthusiasts. To make things even better, you’ll have total control over your design.
So what is Cloudways anyway?
Cloudways: A Managed Cloud Hosting Solution
Cloudways, simply put, is your managed cloud hosting partner that adds ease and simplicity to your online endeavors. Their highly intuitive platform allows even an average Joe with no coding or dev knowledge to launch radically fast websites and start focusing on their business.
From choosing your cloud provider to launching your server or application, you’ll feel like you’ve done it all before, even if you haven’t. Here’s why Cloudways stands out and why it’s the perfect solution for you:
The Ultimate Photography Online Portfolio Bundle
While Cloudways makes it really fast to launch a website, it can still take a few more steps to find the right plugins and design a photography portfolio that works the way you want. This is where the Cloudways bundle proves to be the winning factor.
How does it work?
This is where Stackable and other plugin partners come in! In addition to the power, performance and reliability of Cloudways hosting, you get:
A completely customizable lightweight and innovative theme that will serve as the foundation for your new portfolio. It’s eCommerce ready in case you want to add an online store where you can sell prints or photography packages on your website. It’s the perfect theme for beginners or people with no technical knowledge in coding because of its state-of-the-art customizer, allowing you to design your website’s typography, colors, header and footer with just a few clicks.
Envira Gallery by Imagely
Envira Gallery is a premium and functional gallery builder that will enable you to create photo and video galleries. Galleries made with Imagely are responsive, so you won’t have to worry about how your photos will look, whether viewed from a tablet or a mobile device. Other functionalities include a drag and drop builder and a lightbox, so your website visitors can view your photos in full dimensions and high resolution!
Stackable is the all-in-one solution for creating stunning websites by transforming Gutenberg into a page builder. It is the ultimate Gutenberg companion with powerful yet lightweight custom blocks that will give you the ability to customize your website to fit your creative vision. We have various blocks that are perfect for those in the photography industry so you can better showcase your talent and artistry.
Add all these together and you get a working website with a template that can guide you in designing your distinctive portfolio. It includes various pages and placeholder galleries that will help you in getting started. Here’s a quick preview of how it looks like:
How to Launch Your Photography Portfolio
Thanks to the intuitive interface of Cloudways, it’s very easy to get started. Follow these steps so you can get started!
Step 1: Go to the Photography Bundle page by Cloudways and click Launch My Portfolio for Free to sign up – it’s free for three days and doesn’t require a credit card. If you’re already a customer, just sign in.
Once you’ve signed up at Cloudways, you’ll be greeted by the server selection screen:
Step 2: Photo Portfolio Starter will be preselected under applications. So just name your Managed app, Managed server and Project as demonstrated in the image above.
Step 3: Next, select your cloud provider and server size from a choice of 5 top ones (DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, AWS & GCP):
Step 4: Select your server location from the drop-down. Pick the location closest to where your website’s audience is:
Step 5: Click the LAUNCH NOW button.
In a few minutes, your server and application will be ready with your photography bundle pre-installed. All you need to do is go to Applications from the top menu, select the application that you just launched, and use the provided URL to launch your WordPress-powered portfolio! To access the admin dashboard of your website, simply click the URL in the Admin Panel section. It should look like this:
Viewing Your New Photography Portfolio
Before we dive right into editing your premade portfolio website, let’s explore your all-new portfolio website!
You will be getting four template pages to get you started. These are:
Your homepage already includes primary information that your website visitor will need to know about your work or business. It’s designed to keep your audience interested and motivated to keep engaging. It includes a hero, an area to add your popular works, some statistics about your work, a call to action, and more.
This is the archive of your blogs or articles. It also includes a hero section, a sidebar, and an area where your articles will be listed. Every time you publish a new blog, it will be listed at the top of the latest news page. If you look at the posts section of your dashboard you will see drafts which you can change to the content that you want and publish them or you can simply delete them.
The about page is a page where you can add more specific and important information about yourself and your photography business. This includes a hero section various icons and photos which you can change to assets that apply to your work period it also has an area where you could talk about yourself and even team members if you have any.
The contact page is very straightforward. It includes a form where your audience or website visitors can input their information so that they can relay any inquiries and contact you. It also includes a section where you can put your address and contact information like your business number or your email.
How to Edit Your Photography Portfolio
Since we’ve explored the pages that come with your portfolio, let’s now proceed to customizing your website to make it completely your own.
Step 1: Enter the credentials that were provided to you and click Log in.
Step 2: Create a gallery containing your work
From your Dashboard, go to Envira Gallery > Add New. Enter your title you want to name your gallery and import your photos. You can do this by dragging and dropping them into the uploader, or by clicking on Select Files from your Computer. Make sure to click on the Publish button.
As an example, we used some stock images of product photography and named it as seen in the image below:
Step 3: Edit your pages
On your WordPress admin dashboard, click Pages on the panel on the left and click on the page that you want to edit. Select the block that you want to edit and add your text or asset. You will find all the design options on the right panel called “Inspector”.
To display your gallery, just click the Envira Gallery block. On the inspector, you will see settings to modify the block, select the gallery you just created. In this example, we used Product Photography.
Always make sure to click Update so that your changes are saved. Do this for the rest of your pages.
To learn more about how to edit Stackable blocks, check out Stackable Learn.
Step 4: Publish your first blog
Go to Pages and select any of the drafts or click Add New. If you selected a draft, just delete the placeholder text and add in your own. On the other hand, simply type in the content that you want to write if you created a new post.
This will automatically inherit the theme used for your blog posts and once you hit Publish, it will be displayed in the Latest News page of your portfolio.
Start creating the best portfolio for your work!
There you have it! Now you’ve launched, explored, and even learned how you can update your new portfolio website! Our partnership with the cloud hosting platform means that you get the best of services and focus mainly on your passion. So head over to our partnership page to learn more about the photography bundle and get started with your dream of showing the entire world what you are capable of from behind the camera lens!
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