Making an online portfolio

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I've been wanting to make one of these for ages but not quite sure of the best way to go about it.

I don't know anything about making websites/getting webspace/domain names so where a good place to start?

Is it best to buy some webspace and domain and try and make it myself with simpleviewer, or should i goto one of the paid portfolio maker type sites???
 
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I got started with Pbase, and their current prices are very good. (about £14 pounds per year for 500mb web space), and you get unlimited bandwidth a month. This is FAR FAR FAR better then the deal I get with my own website.

Pbase have many configuration functions, but you cannot change the basic format. The main reason I like Pbase is that you get very easy to use upload interface, and you upload the largest size you want to use, and they create medium and small sizes of the same file. Only the file you uploaded counts against your storage limit (not the resised ones), and you can direct link to them (they don't put water marks up). This is a really good way to test the waters while you decide if you want a custome make website and domain name.
 
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I pay £60 a year for my own webspace and 2 Domain names. I get I think a gig of space and 30gig a month traffic.

Its done me great for these two years and is so handy as I hate uploading things to imageshack if I want to display something in a forum. Plus I can download images to my phone via wap from my webspace with simple http: addresses.
 
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I do like the idea of having my own webspace! I think it'll be tricker in the short term but more worthwhile once i get going. My first attempt is going to look soooo bad!

So any particular companies worth look out for/avoiding???
 
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If you are going to do your own thing, then take a serious look at Galery 2. It has some really nice slideshow features that can look very nice. My own site is done with embeded simple viewer, but these types of sites are very difficult to upload files to (as you have to create thumbs manually).
 
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a good gallery package is imagevue. very easy to setup. see my sig. expensive tho...

otherwise something like pixel post is good for a blog style site
 
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I have both imagevuex and slideshowpro. Had them both over a year n half now and I have to give slideshowpro the edge. The problem with imagevue is there is too much faffing around with everything loading. Although it is more advanced.
The advantage about slideshowpro is that its nothing more than a flash component and can be added into any website you prefer to design. Slideshowpro has to be ran on its own .php page unless you are a really advanced web designer.
 
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morgan said:
otherwise something like pixel post is good for a blog style site

I agree I use Pixelpost for my photoblog and it's front end is templated so
you can go with any style you like. The admin is good and upload is simple
enough.

I use Idleserv for my domain and
webspace and it's fairly cheap. 7 quid for a name for 2 yrs and 30 quid for the space. If you buy them together they throw the name in free for a year :)

I'm going to add a new portfolio site soon using simpleviewer as I think it's
the easy solution for quick and good looks. One of my favourite photographers Rene Asumuseen uses simpleviewer for his portfolio. Superb I thought. If a pro can use it so can i ! ;)

If you need any help with the names / webspace or pixelpost setup,
just drop me a mail !
 
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Just playing around with Gallery 2 at the moment as that had loads of great reviews for newbies. Up and running (kind of) but how exactly do you change themes/add new ones?

I want to set it up a little bit before i give out the address!! :p
 
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DreamHost $6.25 a month, you get 180GB storage, 1.8TB bandwith, domain name, email address and other stuff i've no idea what it means. Looked good though. Still have very little idea what i'm doing but its lots of fun :)
 
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yak.h'cir said:
DreamHost $6.25 a month, you get 180GB storage, 1.8TB bandwith, domain name, email address and other stuff i've no idea what it means. Looked good though. Still have very little idea what i'm doing but its lots of fun :)

Sounds good. I might give it a go!
 
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Bah, still stuck on the stupid ocuk like theme! See enough of that on here :) Anyway, suppose it'll get better a lot quicker with you guys to c&c!!!

Please be gentle:

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Link removed, I killed the site! :eek:
 
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yak.h'cir said:
Bah, still stuck on the stupid ocuk like theme! See enough of that on here :) Anyway, suppose it'll get better a lot quicker with you guys to c&c!!!

Please be gentle: www.rjkay.com
Just had a quick look, some really nice pictures, love the China ones. Like the look and links on the site easy on the eye and the navigation is simple, big thumbs up :)
 
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