Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video A preview of the final site, part of WordPress DIY: Showcasing Photography.
- Before we dive fully into the course, I wanted to show you what we're gonna be building. For the WordPress DIY Photography Website course, we've created a fictional company called Pixelford Photography, that provides photography services. This is a standard photography company with standard website needs. The website that I've built is based on the same asset base that Carrie Dils is building her website on, and you can access them both by going to photography.wpdiy.net at any time.
There, you can see the final results for both my website, which was build using only WordPress, and free themes and plugins, and Carrie's site that was built using WordPress and the Genesis framework. The site we'll be building in this course is heavily focused on clean and simplistic designs and easy functionality. Off the top, we have the name of the company, followed by a search box that allows us to search all the content on the site, and a fly-out menu that gives me access to the entire site and all its content.
From here, I can access services, including pricing and process. I can access the portfolio and all its sub-items. I can access the About page for the business, the blog, where I share information, and also a Contact page, where I have a contact form, a location, and everything else you need to get in touch with the photographer. As a bonus, at the very top, we also have the social media links for the business, so that the visitor can easily interact with the business on social media. The front page of the site features a large background image with a welcome text and a call to action button that takes you directly to the contact page.
Below, we have links to three important pages on the site. The About page, that contains the logo for the company, plus information about the company itself. The Services page, which tells the visitor about the services offered by the company. And the Contact page, which again, takes you directly to the contact page where you can get in touch with the photographer and hire their services. Below this, we have three links to three portfolios, and this is part of the design of this site. I want the site owner to be able to quickly change the layout of the front page, and change the type of content that's being shared.
Here, the photographer is able to quickly swap out images and share links to different components of the site. That could be the portfolios, but it could just as easily be specific blog posts or other content. And, on the bottom of the site, we have a standard footer with information about the company, links to recent posts, and again, the social media menu, before we have the main footer menu that takes us to key pages. Navigating into the site, we have a Services page with a large, featured image at the top, and then a full list of all the services.
We also have a Pricing page and a Process page explaining not only what it costs to hire the company, but what you can expect when you hire the company. We have an About page which tells the story of how the company came about, and who is responsible for doing the photography. We have a Contact page with a contact form, all the location info, and even a map. We have a blog featuring different types of photography techniques, and other interesting information that also features some nice, interactive galleries that pop-out in fullscreen mode so the visitor can easily see all the content.
And, we have a portfolio with different sections, where you can look at photos for different types of projects. Here, we have family photography, baby photography, and several other genres. What you'll learn in this course is not just how to build the exact site you're looking at here, but also how to plan out a photography business website, so you get all the content you need, how to build in the functionality required to showcase your content in the best possible way.
And also, how to customize a theme to make it look exactly the way you want for your particular business. Now that you've see what we're gonna be building, we'll start from the very top, with planning, and then walk our way through the entire process so you can build your own WordPress DIY photography website.
Ready for the next stage? Find more courses in this series by searching for Wordpress DIY.
- Preparing to build a photography site
- Making a content inventory
- Choosing a theme and plugins
- Configuring theme settings
- Setting up menus and social media
- Adding custom styles
- Securing your site and managing spam