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granddad
01-23-2010, 06:47 PM
I know I have seen this question here before but I could not locate it when I searched so I will just ask. I am interseted in creating an online gallery for myself. I had one created from a professional but it cost each time I update that website with my new paintings. So I don't update it often. I believe that if I had something fairly simple on my home computer that I will update it when ever I get a painting done. After all, I upload it here on WetCanvas. So do you have any recommmendations of websites that are user friendly to create an online gallery? thanks for the advise. james

Tracy Lang
01-23-2010, 07:20 PM
Hi James,

I love http://www.artspan.com.
They have various website templates to chose from and customize. I find it very easy to update and maintain my site and galleries. You also get good search engine optimization. Their plans range from $14.00 to $20.00 per month with 10% off if you pay for a year. Free month trial right now.
They are also a WC sponsor.

Good Luck!
Tracy

Potoma
01-23-2010, 07:26 PM
I like Artist Portfolio. It is very easy to manage. And you remind me I'm due for some managing. I started an overall folder of works and another folder for available works.

robertsloan2
01-23-2010, 07:49 PM
I know I have seen this question here before but I could not locate it when I searched so I will just ask. I am interseted in creating an online gallery for myself. I had one created from a professional but it cost each time I update that website with my new paintings. So I don't update it often. I believe that if I had something fairly simple on my home computer that I will update it when ever I get a painting done. After all, I upload it here on WetCanvas. So do you have any recommmendations of websites that are user friendly to create an online gallery? thanks for the advise. james

Blogger is free and would let you upload art on your posts. Not large photos but not too puny either. I use my LJ blog to post art frequently and a lot of artists use blogs to show their work. A gallery's different.

A paid Livejournal account does allow you to have a gallery of larger images too, it's a fairly big number. I just haven't used mine for that yet.

I think that peolpe who know what they're doing can create one with a Wordpress blog that's an actual gallery. There are a lot of places out there. But check the blog platforms too while you're at it because some of the free ones have good templates and are very easy to upload on and update frequently.

There's a really nice gallery software thing over at http://www.foliotwist.com where I got to be one of the beta testers. This service is paid by the month and not per image you upload, it has good software that even I was able to use. Me dummy when it comes to software. It's $30 a month without other fees and has a 10 day trial.

I was able to set up and get it going easily when I did the trial during the beta testing, and it has a good presentation.

Artfire's good too.

But depending on what you're doing exactly, you might find what you need on a blogging platform where it's more like $25 a year even to get a paid account.

Duh, DeviantART is about $25 a year and has a great gallery setup. I used to post there almost daily. Paid account gives you no ads on your pages, which is important to a gallery presentation, and an easily managed gallery. Here's what mine looks like (paid account) http://robertsloan2.deviantart.com -- the only down side is that DeviantART as a whole tends to lean toward digital art and manga more than traditional art. But there are some fantastic artists that use dA for their galleries.

You can also do prints through them, a similar but separate $25 annual fee lets you get a better percentage of print and product sales.

Colorix
01-23-2010, 08:08 PM
A very serious place that costs, but which makes pictures look better than in my computer, and with integrated blog, and bulk email for your newsletter (no bounces, never regarded as spam) and very easy to manage and the greatest support is fineartstudioonline (http://fineartstudioonline.com/). It is run by a former gallerist. If you want to know more, PM me, my site is there (and, I'd love the free month I'd get if I recommend you :-). I can change pics every minute, it is really easy.

No blinking ads, every focus is on the art, and you get your own domain name. One of the most recent couple of issues of Pastel Journal recommended it, together with another I can't remember.

That's my opinion, others would say the only way to go is a free site, or learn html and build one of your own. I'd rather be in the studio, so I went with this one.

Charlie

eutherpendragon
01-24-2010, 10:26 AM
A very serious place that costs, but which makes pictures look better than in my computer, and with integrated blog, and bulk email for your newsletter (no bounces, never regarded as spam) and very easy to manage and the greatest support is fineartstudioonline (http://fineartstudioonline.com/). It is run by a former gallerist. If you want to know more, PM me, my site is there (and, I'd love the free month I'd get if I recommend you :-). I can change pics every minute, it is really easy.

No blinking ads, every focus is on the art, and you get your own domain name. One of the most recent couple of issues of Pastel Journal recommended it, together with another I can't remember.

That's my opinion, others would say the only way to go is a free site, or learn html and build one of your own. I'd rather be in the studio, so I went with this one.

Charlie

I use this one (FASO) as well, and have had good results with it. There is a monthly charge, but the service and design aesthetics of the site definitely make it worth it.
Ann

robertsloan2
01-24-2010, 12:07 PM
The rates on that look reasonable, comparable to Foliotwist. Your site is gorgeous, Charlie, very easy to navigate. I like that one, if I ever go that route beyond the free blog platform sort of thing I'll definitely consider this.

Paula Ford
01-24-2010, 12:15 PM
I used to have a website that had a fee, but because I sold more from my blog, I got rid of it.

Check out my website. It's from blogger.com and it's free. As you can see, I have all my paintings, Paypal buttons, music, and so on. It's really easy to use too.

pastellady
01-24-2010, 05:22 PM
I have a website on FASO also and love the ease of using and the fact that I don't have to wait for a webmaster. I also use Blogger and have that integrated with my website. FASO also gave us a discount for our Grateful Hearts Project website. So my vote is for FASO(fineartstudioonline.com).
Good luck whatever one you chose.

mole
08-22-2010, 08:02 PM
Have you tried http://www.myartspace.com, http://www.artwanted.com, or http://www.deviantart.com? Myartspace and DeviantART let you put as many images as you want on you page for free and I think Artwanted lets you have 50 images for free but I'm not sure exactly. Remember to always check Alexa and other traffic ranking sites before paying a monthly fee for an online art service. Many of the sites claiming good exposure have very bad rankings.