How to start a photography blog

How to start a photography blog

In just 4 simple steps, you can learn how to start a photography blog in under 20 minutes! Using WordPress + reliable & fast hosting, create a custom photo website.

Business Guides | Learn | By Mark Condon | Last Updated: July 1, 2023

Whether you’re a professional or an amateur photographer, it’s important that you learn how to start a photography blog and create your own website.

Community sites like 500px, Flickr and Instagram are great, but learning how to make a photography blog for yourself is the best long term option.

Despite all the website platforms that cater especially for photographers (e.g. Squarespace), I highly recommend you choose WordPress and your own dedicated hosting.

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WordPress is a free website creation tool, which you can use to quickly set up a photography site featuring a blog, a portfolio, a booking form, sales galleries, and any number of other amazing features.

WordPress is also a flexible option if you’re interested in optimising your website for SEO.

I’m going to show you how to start a photography blog in just 4 simple steps.

(I also give my recommendation as to the best website host for photographers, here in 2023.)

4 Steps to Start a Photography blog

Making your own photography blog or website may seem an overwhelming task, but it’s not complicated if you follow my steps outlined below.

Here’s a quick-start guide for how to create a photography blog:

  • 1: Register a Domain Name (Time required: ~5 mins)
  • 2: Set up Website Hosting (~10 mins)
  • 3: Install WordPress (~5 mins)
  • 4: Choose a Theme (~20 mins)

Let me know if you have any specific questions in the comments, but if you follow my guidelines, you should have your blog online in under 1 hours.

So let’s get cracking!

1. Register a Domain Name

build a photography blog for family and friends to see your photography and blog post entries.

A ‘domain name’ is like the ‘address’ for the ‘home’ you’re about to purchase on the Internet :-)

Don’t worry – it’s not nearly as complicated or expensive as it sounds! You see domain names every time you use the Internet, and they’re actually very easy and affordable to buy, or ‘register’ as it’s known.

Learning how to start photography blog actually starts off with something fun and kind of easy: picking the name for your blog!

Brainstorming domain name ideas is a fun part of starting your own photography website! Be sure to put some careful thought into it, as your domain name may be used for all your future branding too.

Most people use their own name plus the word ‘photography’ (e.g.

If you’re not keen to use your own name, try and think of something original and special to you. My own site is based on a quote from the Great Gatsby novel, which my wife and I chose several years ago.

Pro Tip: I recommend using a .com domain for your photography website (e.g. as it suggests that you’re international rather than country specific. It also won’t limit you if you ever decide to change markets (i.e. the locations you offer services to).

There are various companies that offer ‘domain name registration’, but I recommend you use the same one as I do: WPX Hosting.

WPX offer various features for free that other companies typically charge for, such as free unlimited SSLs (to make your site more secure), and free WhoIs Privacy (to protect your identity from hackers).

Domain names registered at WPX are also great value, at only $10/yr for a .com; and between $7.00~$8.99 for country specific domains, e.g. a is only $8.99/yr.

To start your domain name search, click here and enter your chosen domain name(s) into the search bar:

domain name register - a great way to get your blog photography off social media and onto a blog.

You can even enter multiple ideas you have for domain names at once.

After clicking ‘Search’, you’ll be able to see which domain names are still available to purchase – now it’s simply a matter of clicking the green ‘Register’ button and paying the fee.

If you see a red ‘Transfer’ button next to the domain name you’d like to register (and you don’t already own it), you’ll have to keep trying for another name, since someone already owns that one.

Pro Tip: Try to find a domain name that isn’t owned by anyone else, regardless of the location. This will benefit your branding with some exclusivity, and also allow you to register other domain ‘locations’ in the future. Using your own name for the domain can help with this.
check if your domain is available - a blogging platform for your photo blog is better than social media. Starting a photography blog fis a great way to make sure your work gets seen.

Click the green ‘register’ button to grab your chosen domain name before anyone else ;-)

WPX Hosting makes it easy and fast to register one or multiple domain names, and it’s actually quite addictive!

You may find yourself wanting to buy several domains, just so no one else can snag them :-)

It’s a great feeling to have your own domain name registered! For the price of a couple of takeaway coffees, you’ve just ‘bought’ your very own little spot on the Internet for an entire year.

This is the first important step to starting your own personal photography blog. Hopefully it only took you a few minutes…

Now you’ve got your domain name, let’s move on to the next step.

2. Set up Website Hosting

how to start photography blog - forget social media for a moment. You need a blogging platform like WordPress, and a great photographers blog

Choosing a host can be tedious – save some time (and money) by using the same company I use.

If a ‘domain name’ is the ‘address’ of your new home on the Internet, ‘website hosting’ is the ‘plot of land’ on which you’ll build your new house!

There are hundreds of hosting options available here in 2023, and one day if you start getting millions of visitors (fingers crossed!) you may need to change to a more expensive host.

However, for the time being I recommend you take my advice and go with the same company used to register your domain name – WPX Hosting.

(If you’ve already registered a domain name with another company, you can either leave it there, or transfer it to WPX – it doesn’t really matter either way)

Hosting is an essential step when you create a photo blog. Even though it appears very technical, you can accomplish this even if you’re setting up photography blogs for beginners.

Here’s the short process to getting your hosting paid for and set up properly:

  • Choose your Plan

The first thing to do is to choose a hosting ‘plan’.

After clicking the red ‘Start Now’ button on the WPX Hosting homepage here, you’ll be taken to a screen like the one below.

I recommend you start with the ‘Business’ plan which includes everything that 99% of us photographers will ever need.

business plan is great value for starting a photography blog. Want to share photos and blog posts? Blogging photography work is fun and easier than you think,

WPX offers a discounted ‘Business’ plan, which is best value for most photographers.

You’ll also notice it includes up to FIVE websites – this is another reason that WPX is such great value for money.

Most other hosts of this caliber double the monthly fee for 2 sites, triple it for 3, etc etc – it can get pricey really quickly.

Whether you intend to have 1 or 5 websites, the ‘Business’ plan is definitely best.

I also recommend you stick with the ‘Yearly’ option, since you’ll get a sweet 25% discount over paying month by month.

  • Choose a Country

This is a step other hosts don’t tend to offer, and it’s only really beneficial if you live in either USA or UK (and so do the majority of visitors you expect to your website).

e.g. if you’re a UK-based wedding photographer, selecting ‘Host in UK’ at this point can yield a slight speed benefit when your website is displayed to UK visitors.

for a photographer blog, don't worry too much about server location.

Don’t let this confuse you – whichever option you choose is largely irrelevant!

If you’re neither based in US nor UK, don’t worry – just choose ‘Host in US’ like I do (I’m based in Australia).

It doesn’t really matter either way, so just click one of the buttons and move on to the next step.

  • Add your Website Domain

If you already purchased a domain in step 1 of this guide, or if you already own a domain from another company, click the option labeled ‘Hosting Only’ and follow the instructions.

You’ll pick up a lot of useful website creating skills when you learn how to make a photo blog.

Pro Tip: If you already have a website with another provider, choose the ‘Hosting Only’ option – then you can ask WPX’s support team to ‘migrate’ your existing site over to them, for free. This is what I did, and the whole process took under a day, and I didn’t need to lift a finger!

If you need to both register a new domain and set up hosting for it, choose the second option, as shown below:

choosing which hosting option to start a photography blog

If you still need to register a domain name, follow this process. If you already have one, select the ‘Hosting Only’ option.

Then enter your domain name in the ‘Add here the domain(s)’ box, choose the ‘extension’ (i.e. .com, etc), and click the red ‘Continue’ button.

At this stage you can get a further discount by paying for 2 or 3 years in advance if you wish, but I recommend you just stick to 1 for the time being. This way you can re-evaluate after a year.

Then click ‘Order Now!’ and follow the instructions on the ‘Domain Configuration’ screen that follows – usually this will mean simply leaving everything untouched and simply clicking ‘Continue’.

  • Choose your Billing Cycle

Here’s another chance to confirm if you’d like to pay month to month, or one year in advance.

I always recommend going for the ‘yearly’ option, since you’ll save 25% (around $60 over 12 months).

(You can still receive a pro-rata refund within the first 30 days – more info on the WPX refund policy here.)

A few photo blogging platforms even offer discounted trials if you want to learn how to create a photo blog without the full financial commitment.

The last step is to simply enter your payment details, and then you’re all done ;-)

3. Install Wordpress

How to start a photography blog. No need for social media - just make sure your blog posts and photo blog is seen. Use Photos and words to get your message out to the world!

I haven’t spoken yet about WordPress, but the long and short of it is this – if you want the most flexibility, the best value for money (it’s free!), and the most customizability (is that even a word?), choose WordPress over everything else.

It’s quick and easy making it a contender for best photography blog platform.

(If you don’t know anything about WordPress, see the FAQ section below.)

This is where it gets really cool – by registering with WPX Hosting, you can leave the rest of your WordPress website set up to their support team!

With the previous website hosts I recommended in this guide, they either charge you up to $100 for this service (hello WP Engine!), or leave you to get your hands dirty yourself (hello Bluehost, and many others!)

If you’re new to starting a photo blog, then you might as well go with the quicker and easier option for setting up your photo blog platform.

If you’ve had experience with website hosting in the past, you can see the step-by-step guide to adding a new website to your hosting account here.

For all the rest of us, I recommend you open your first WPX support ticket, and leave it to the experts!

Photographers should be out taking photos – not wasting time trying to set up a website! Leave the fiddly initial stages of configuring your new site to your host’s support team.

For most photographers, this is the true value of using a website host such as WPX – whether you’re feeling lazy, too busy, or just not confident, you can leave all the tweaking and fixing of your WordPress site to their support team.

On average, I’ve had any issues resolved via Live Chat in under 5 minutes (often under 1 minute – literally one question and one answer!), or via email in under an hour.

I’ll assume you’ll take the easy option like I did and leave it to the WPX support team, so I won’t even bother taking you through the steps of how to install WordPress here :-)

Pro Tip: You get free unlimited email addresses with WPX Hosting, which means you can use something more professional than a regular gmail or yahoo address – e.g., or whatever. As before, you can leave the entire set up of this to the WPX support team… which is what I did!
It’s this ease of use that makes WordPress the best blogging platform for photographers.

Once you’ve got WordPress installed, it’s time to make it all look nice and pretty!

This is a really fun step when you start a new blog, and a great way to inject some personality and creativity into your site.

Fortunately it’s really simple too…

4. Choose a Website Theme

Customise Wordpress Blog with themes - starting a photography blog has never been so much fun. Want to staty a blog for your photos? This is how.

Every WordPress site has a theme. Think of WordPress ‘themes’ as the paint and architectural design features of your new house.

A theme makes your site look pretty and displays your awesome photography :-)

By default, your new WordPress site may have the ‘Twenty Twenty’ theme installed. It looks nice, but it probably isn’t suitable for your photography site.

There’s also the newly released ‘Gutenberg’ theme, which offers some powerful features for bloggers, but it’s probably not suited to us photographers.

The best photo blog sites all have stunning themes. How do you get your photoblog looking great?

Here’s a great list of WordPress photography themes that’ll make your site look very professional in a few clicks, or you can check out these inspirational website designs to get some ideas for your own site.

You can also choose a free theme by searching within your Wordpress dashboard.

Just go to ‘Appearance’, then ‘Themes’, in the black menu on the left hand side of the Wordpress dashboard. Then click on the ‘Add new theme’ icon.

Add new Wordpress theme to start creating your first pretty blog post

WordPress comes with various free themes for bloggers.

WordPress offers lots of free themes which you can preview at the click of a button, to see how the theme looks with your current content.

Not quite an entirely free photo blog, but these free themes are a great way to create a photography blog without spending too much money upfront.

As long as you haven’t made any custom edits to your site, the new WordPress theme will simply be like a ‘skin’ to your existing content, adjusting how it looks visually, but not touching the actual words/images/videos that you’ve spent time adding.

Just hover over any of the themes you like the look of and click the ‘Live Preview’ button. If you like how it makes your existing site look, click the ‘Activate’ button to overwrite your existing theme with the new one.

preview theme to start a blog. Also get a free email address box

The beauty of themes is that you can preview how they look with your existing website content.

It’s tempting to go for a free Wordpress theme, but I’d recommend spending a few bucks on a Premium Wordpress Theme.

Why? Well apart from the fact you’re less likely to have a similar site to someone else (there are thousands of paid themes), you also open the door to free, unlimited support, and this is extremely useful.

With free themes you’ll usually be left on your own, wasting hours trying to figure out how to make a change, so take my advice – spend a few bucks on a premium one.

In the process of starting a photography blog, you might get the urge to change up your theme. WordPress offers tools that allow to change themes without losing your content, but you might have to moves things around to keep your blog looking great.

Pro Tip: If you’re ready to invest a little more on the design of your new WordPress blog, take a look at what’s on offer from a company called Flothemes. I wrote a review on Flothemes here and offer a Flothemes code too.

One final option is to use one of the many website builders available, to help you create a website without the need to fiddle with any manual code. They can be a good all-in-one solution to getting something online quickly.

You can even add additional sections to your photo blog websites. You can add a contact page, a web store for prints, or even a “write for us photography blog” section if you get the desire to hire freelance photo bloggers!

WordPress also has utilities in place if you need to migrate content from old photography blog websites to your new photo blog.

Here’s a few final WordPress tips to help you create photo blog success. WordPress can help you start a photo blog that is connected to your social media which will help your audience find your new blog.

The most compelling photo blog sites are all linked together with coherent photography blog ideas. Try to develop your niche whether it’s wedding photography blogging or you want to create a rugged nature photography blog.

When you create photography blog, you’re making a space where you can express your style and build an audience. Never forget that even the most popular photography blog sites started small with a few good ideas.

So there you have it! Now you have an infinitely customisable WordPress photography blog!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose WordPress to build your Photography Blog?

  • Price

At time of writing, Squarespace costs $12/month for its personal package, and $18/month for its Business package. This can quickly add up.

On the other hand, Wordpress is 100% free :-)

  • Customization & Flexibility

All-in-one website platforms for photographers like Squarespace do offer some great features, but the problem is that their features are often limited.

If you want your site to do something particular (and trust me, you will!), you may have to hire a web developer to make the changes, or simply it won’t be possible at all.

Wordpress on the other hand is infinitely customizeable. If you don’t feel confident enough to delve into the code, it’s fine. Wordpress offers thousands of ‘plugins’, which allow you to add a feature onto your site quickly and simply.

WordPress plugins are usually free – you usually only pay for ‘PRO’ features, and in my experience, these aren’t necessary.

  • Uniqueness

Website builders like Squarespace offer editable templates to make your photo blog look pretty, but at the end of the day, there’s a high chance your site will look identical to every other photographer!

With WordPress on the other hand, there are over 10,000 themes to choose from! There’s a lot of positives that all make WordPress the best photo blog platform.

Building a WordPress site is a lot easier than you imagine, and there’s a lot of very good reasons why over 23% of the Internet is powered by WordPress today.

What is a photo blog?

A photography blog is a website where you share your photography and your writing about photography. You can write about recent shoots, share  behind-the-scenes details, or write up photography tips for your audience. It’s a blank canvas for your photographic creativity.

Why Choose WPX to Host your Photography Blog

I’ve used numerous website hosting companies over my 10+ years as a photographer and working online.

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s definitely wise to invest a bit of money into hosting – if you skimp at this stage, it’s like having a Ferrari but putting gokart wheels on it! No matter how much you tune the engine, you’ll always be limited by having cheap wheels…

However, that doesn’t mean you need to buy expensive hosting – fortunately, there are some companies who offer great features for affordable monthly fees.

Previously, I recommended other companies in this article, but as I came across better options, I always updated it. I also think it’s important to actually use who I recommend to you, and at this point in December 2023, I’m still using WPX Hosting for my photography sites.

Aside from being the fastest WordPress host I’ve tested, WPX also offers the absolute best support I’ve ever encoutered – seriously, it’s amazing!

If you’re building a photography blog for the first time, it’s all the more important to have 24/7 live chat support. You need to be able to ask support for advice, or to actually fix things at any time of the day, regardless of your time zone.

Don’t just take my word for it though – you can read more about why so many succesful website owners and photographers use WPX here, or watch some user testimonials from the homepage here.

You now know how to start a photo blog and it took less time than you might have expected!

If anything changes and I find a better host in 2023, I’ll update this guide and let you know via the Shotkit newsletter.

However, something tells me I won’t be needing to do that any time soon ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to start a blog for your photography. Leave me a comment below with any questions you have, or a link to your newly created website!

Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.


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  2. Liveshare Moment on August 23, 2023 at 3:46 pm

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  3. Anja on August 18, 2023 at 11:09 pm

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  4. ishi nora on December 11, 2021 at 6:48 pm

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    • Jon Adams Photography on July 26, 2022 at 7:23 am

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  6. snapbrew on August 28, 2021 at 6:18 pm


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  7. David on August 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    The theme is the major issue for a blog site. It helps you to make a site more attractive. This is the brand identity for your site. But high-quality content helps you to make a successful blogger.

  8. Portrait photographer on June 10, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Hey! Thanks for providing clear instructions for us beginners in setting up a blog! This was a great read!!

  9. James Foster on January 9, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for the very clear instructions. I’m still in the stages of deciding on a theme. There are so many great options to choose from. There’s a learning curve to really customizing them to include what I want, and that’s when I hit some limitations and end up changing themes.

  10. Tom on August 7, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Hello, thank you for this post, i subscribed. How do i get traffic to my blog? any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  11. Pradyut Dutta on April 1, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a informative content.

  12. Mary R. Rodriguez on January 25, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Very cool for me, thank you

  13. Masscv on July 3, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Great tips!

  14. Mery Kom on June 27, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Which theme use suggest for photography blog

  15. Aditya on June 22, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Hey, Mark thanx for sharing such an informative article.

  16. Aditya on June 12, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Hi Mark!

    Thanks for this very helpful post!

    • Mark Condon on June 13, 2019 at 5:48 am

      Sure Aditya, glad you found it useful.

  17. Sangeeta Bisht on May 29, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Hii Thats a piece of wonderful information which you have shared. I really like the way you have mentioned all the things. Its a great way of reliving stress. I do photography part time but never thought of doing it as a profession

    • Mark Condon on May 30, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Building blogs as a way of relieving stress?! Ok, whatever works for you Sangeeta! Thanks for the commment ;-)

  18. Amit Mahendru on May 20, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Great article really appreciative content .Thank You Keep Sharing..

  19. Abbeytoy on May 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Very informative. Thanks for share

  20. Ashish Patel on March 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for the Tips to start a blog on photography. really good guide.

    • Mark Condon on March 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Glad you found it useful, Ashish!

  21. Mark Henry on January 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I have found one more plugin that can help you to design an attractive portfolio – Portfolio Designer WordPress plugin. It is a helpful plugin for photographers to present their photography portfolio.
    It has different types of layout like grid layout , masonry layout, slider layout, etc. to make a stunning portfolio.

    • Mark Condon on January 26, 2019 at 5:22 am

      Looks like a nice one – thanks Mark.

  22. nagesh lingayat on December 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Informative blog!

  23. Sanjeev Tiwari on November 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    The article was Very informative but I have a doubt. Can I use other Platform like Wix? Because i don’t know about Wordpress

    • Mark Condon on November 14, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Yep, of course – there are many other good ones. I’m less familiar with Wix though, and have always preferred WordPress. I’d recommend spending an hour or so familiarising yourself with WP – it’s really not that hard. Good luck!

  24. Canon Support on October 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm

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  25. Gasper Guarrasi on September 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for this information.

  26. Parryhide Baby Photography on July 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    All these themes are stunning.

  27. Atul Chauhan on June 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    This is very informative blog. Recently I’ve shifted to another platform called Pixpa which is solely dedicated to the photographer, with features like photo proofing and integrated online store.

  28. Sonika Srivastava on March 27, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Great Post! The way you have explained the steps of getting started is very informative and useful for every beginner, who want to start his/her career in photography as a blogger.

    • Mark on March 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks Sonika! Looking forward to seeing your blog soon ;-)

  29. sahu on March 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hey Very Nice Blog!!! Thanks For Sharing!!!!

  30. paras dhankecha on January 17, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    for photography blog, which is best free theme for wordpress.

  31. Michelle Peirce on December 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for all this info Mark!
    I have a Squarespace website but would like to change to a WP one. Wondering if I can set up the new one with Bluehost before I close the Squarespace one?
    Also I’ve been reading about the need for an SSL certificate. Is that something that can be provided though Bluehost? As you can see I’m a website novice lol.
    And I’d also like access to the plugins info if you’d be so kind?
    Thanks so much.

    • Mark on December 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Hey Michelle. Yep you can set up the new one with Bluehost while your Squarespace website is still running. Bluehost also provides SSL certificates, so no problem there either. Just sign up to the Shotkit newsletter and you can gain access to those plugins. Good luck! ;-)

      • Michelle Peirce on December 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

        Thanks Mark. I thought I was already signed up…I get emails from you. I’ll do the sign up now :-)

  32. Sam on November 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Very helpful Mark. Many thanks for sharing :)

  33. Harvey Harris on October 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Your article has given us a lot of inspiration and we thank you for your sharing. These are great tips for opening photography blogs!

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  35. on September 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm

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  36. Yang on August 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Mark, I just stumbled onto this and it all sounds very good. However, I’d like to inform you that Bluehost has apparently changed their services and as such, no longer offer the same packages as you described. For example, this “Hosting terms are billed up front, and each plan features an anytime money-back guarantee, which gives you the freedom to cancel at any time for a prorated refund” no longer applies. Instead, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee and no refunds for any cancellation after 30 days.

    • Mark on August 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Yang, I’ll look into this and update as necessary.

  37. tec gram on April 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Nice information you have provided

  38. MUKESH MAJUMDER on January 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Really… nicely explained.. thanks for it. now I can install myself the WordPress from my hosting.. finally found a meaningful article…

  39. Mark Dsouza on October 9, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Very interesting post, like to create a seperate blog soon!

  40. Mehul Boricha on August 19, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Nice and compact article. I used BlueHost for more than 2 years. Then I transferred it to DigitalOcean. It is quite cheap and performance is awesome.

    However I would recommend that only transfer to DigitalOcean if you have enough knowledge about linux and ssh.

    • Mark on August 19, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Thanks for the feedback Mehul!

  41. Rudi van den Heever on July 22, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I am using Prophoto on my Wordpress website and my blog https://www.linruphotographyblo…. Both are hosted by Bluehost and the combination of the three works a charm!

    • Mark on July 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      ah very nice setup, Rudi! Great work you have there too :-)

  42. Hafis on June 20, 2016 at 1:05 am

    awesome detailed article :)

  43. Demresa on May 13, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Thank you..

  44. Jay on February 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I’m another advocate for Squarespace, Ease of use and cost makes it a no brainer for someone that wants all the coding done for them. I understand wordpress may offer more customisation, but many people (including myself at simply don’t have time!

    • Mark on February 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Fair enough Jay! It’s horses for courses ;-)

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    • Mark on January 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

      When you receive the first newsletter, the link to the Exclusive Content will be in it. Email me if you can’t find it Gokhan ;-)

  46. Wedding Photographers on November 27, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial and tips about how to make a photography blog. very useful informative article.

    • Mark on November 28, 2015 at 5:04 am

      Glad you liked it!

  47. Kevin Cary on September 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Hello there! Great read, but Ive already subscribed to the newsletter and can’t get the list of 10 plug ins you guys recommend. What can I do to solve this?

    • Mark on October 1, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Hey Kevin, the link to the plugins is in included in your Welcome email. I’ll send it to you again now.

  48. Cheyenne Morrison on September 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hello Mark, this is really great. I was examining Squarespace and others, and Wordpress functions a lot like blogger which I used to run my private islands blog for many years.

    I would love that free guide to essential plug ins, can you send it to me please?

    I leave for London, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo three week shooting trip on Sunday, and when I return early October need to get my dedicated webpage up with all my new imagery.

    I have been procrastinating and researching for ages about what platform to use. I have the pro version of Smugmug, which I really love. I think you can integrate that with Wordpress too. I have to check my files.

    • Mark on September 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

      I’m glad you found this useful. Yeah I’m pretty sure you can integrate Smugmug with WP, so you’re all set! As for the essential plugins, you just need to be a Shotkit Newsletter subscriber and then you’ll get access. I see you’re already a subscriber, so I’ll shoot you an email now with the URL ;-)

  49. fashion photographer sydney on September 9, 2015 at 4:12 am

    This is really fascinating, You are a very skilled
    blogger. I have joined your feed and stay up for in search
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    • Mark on September 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Glad you like it! Thanks for sharing too.

  50. ANGGI HIDAYATULLOH on September 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    after read this article I fell so interested to make a A Photography Blog. Nice article Mark

    • Mark on September 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      That’s great Anggi, I look forward to seeing it!

  51. Sasa Trifunovski on September 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm


    I still haven’t created my website, and am looking into couple of hosting sites such as Zenfolio and SmugMug – as of now – Bluehost.
    Can you please answer one question – can I store my RAW files on Bluehost as a backup? Zenfolio has that option, thus I am not sure which one to choose.

    Thank you.


    • Mark on September 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Sasa. You could store your RAWs on a Bluehost server using FTP in theory, but it would take a long time to upload.

  52. Tim on August 13, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Mark!

    Thanks for this very helpful post!
    Building-up my photo-blog, I’ll be very interested in getting your list of plug-in for WP. Thanks Mark!

    • Mark on August 15, 2015 at 5:47 am

      Great Tim! If you sign up for the Shotkit Newsletter you can gain access to the list and a load of other Exclusive Content items. I look forward to seeing your WordPress blog ;-)

  53. Barna on July 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

    WP is one of the best ways to go indeed these days given the simplicity of configuration. I just wrapped up my new site using WP theme. I.m looking forward for those 10 plugins after I sign up.

    • Mark on July 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks for the comment Barna and I hope you enjoyed the 10 plugin recommendations. I agree – WP is definitely a great option for getting your site online quickly and easily.

  54. Mike Victorick on May 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    So you might have led people the wrong way. Prophoto isn’t an all in one… It’s a wordpress theme like the FloThemes or “premium” wordpress templates you suggested everyone look into. I just feel that readers shouldn’t be mislead. I used prophoto for years.(Squarespace user now ironically enough.) ;-) I do, however, agree with you on your points. Im just happy with squarespace. There have been times in the past, though, when I’ve wanted to just ship back into Wordpress. Love the site and keep up the good work!

    • Mark on May 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Mike! Thanks for picking that up – you’re absolutely right! I’ll make sure I edit the post so it’s correct. Thanks for the kind words of support too :-)

  55. Nicholas Travaglini on April 16, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I’m a web developer, photographer, and newsletter subscriber. I’m interested in see your list of plugins. Thanks.

    • Mark on April 16, 2015 at 5:22 am

      You should have received it already Nicholas, but I’ll email you a link just to make sure :-)

  56. Deirdre on March 19, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Hi Mark,
    I’m already a subscriber to your site, and I had the same problem as Jakob.

    • Deirdre on March 19, 2015 at 1:29 am

      Oh wait….it worked! Nevermind :)

  57. Colin Sweeney on March 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I’m in the same boat as Jakob. Would definitely enjoy checking out those plugins!

  58. kapongola on March 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    newbie here. I am shopping for a clean and simple premium wordpress theme and I have discovered that most of them have very small font. Is it possible to change the font size of a premium wordpress theme?

  59. kapongola on March 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Hello Mark! Great article. I already subscribed. I will appreciate if you send me 10 ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS. Thanks

    • Mark on March 19, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Thanks Kapongola! You’ll receive a link to the Exclusive content in your newsletter. If you didn’t receive it for any reason, just get in touch with me and I’ll hook you up ;-)

  60. Jakob on March 17, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Uhm… I’m already subscribed to the newsletter and I’d like to get the “10 ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS” list, however I can’t open it, and when I click subscribe again, I land on a 404 page…

    • Mark on March 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

      I’ve sent you an email Jakob – apologies for the inconvenience. I’m still trying to work out a logical way to share the Exclusive Content for existing subscribers. I’ll find a solution soon, but for anyone else reading this who’s in the same boat, leave a comment and I’ll hook you up ;-)

      • Rene on June 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

        Hey mark! I cant open it as well. Can you maybe send me an eemail as well with the top 10 plugins?

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