Interior Photography: Websites

Thinking about building a website

Square Space:
“Our award-winning templates are the most beautiful way to present your ideas online. Stand out with a professional website, portfolio, or online store.”
This is an online website builder that allows you to buy your URL domain and pick from already made templates that you can customise accordingly. Looking at photographer Liz Seabrook’s website in a previous post, her site was made using square space and I do really like the templates available, it looks as though it is a fairly straightforward website builder to use

Cargo Collective:

“Cargo is a personal publishing platform aimed at creating accessible tools and a networked context to enhance the exposure of talented individuals on the Internet. To achieve this, we offer our members free-standing websites; a wide variety of customizable design templates; simple but sophisticated tools to control the way content is displayed, and a unique user interface built entirely around the work itself.”
Cargo is the suggested site we have been given due to its clean and clear aesthetic. You have to be invited as such to be able to start building your website, so you need to find somebody who is already using the site for them to invite you, this is quicker than applying. A good site for showing your projects of work in a clear way.

“Creating your stunning website for free is easier than
ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, 
change anything you want, add your images,
videos, text and more to get online instantly.”
Although Wix is greatly advertised across the media, it has a bad reputation with cons such as once you have picked the template of your website, you can not change it, which I would not like as I am apt to change my mind or if trends change in websites, you would want to be able to edit.

“The easiest way to create a website or blog. Choose a design, a custom domain, and a plan with the features you need — all with expert support.”
Although wordpress states on its opening page that the builder programme is made for websites and for blogs, it has more of a reputation for being more successful for those creating a blog. A potential con of the website for someone who does not understand coding or the process of making a website, wordpress can be daunting as the building of the website is much more in depth which in turn, gives the user more creative control- which can be seen as a plus.

Site Builder Report:
When researching into user experience for building a website, I found this review site:

Hi, I’m Steve. I try every website builder so you don’t have to. I even use my own credit card to pay for them — so you know which ones to avoid.

The site has done a lot of leg work for you (if you trust their opinions) and has comprised a list of the website builders with reviews and comparisons of their usage and performance and has rated them in order with Squarespace and Weebly being the top two. Interestingly Wix is the third choice, despite its bad reputation? It’s main benefit being about the detailed control it gives you. Wordpress is reviewed mid-range, stating it’s good for blogging, but otherwise lacks an identity… which backs up what I have found about it being better for blogs than websites. However Cargo is not on this site, neither is tumblr
Again, here the site offers examples to compare of each of the website building pages, for me square space offers the best aesthetic.

Creative Bloq:
To look for another opinion elsewhere that does include cargo, I have looked at:

Just starting out or in need of a design portfolio refresh? Whilst you’ll be aware of the pros of sites like Behance, you may not have heard of these offerings. Here, Rob Carney showcases five alternative sites that could be the stepping stone into standing out in an ever-crowded industry.

Another comparison site, this time specifically aimed at creative portfolios. Cargo is listed top: 
“A curated community site that actually makes individuals stand out. I’ve no idea what you have to say to get approval to join, which makes it all the more alluring on the upside and cultish on the downside. Thumbs up for a free-standing website with its own URL, open source design and aesthetically pleasing templates that place the emphasis on content.”
Other sites listed are indexhibit, Berta, Tumblr and again, Square space.

Tumblr: “Lest we forget Tumblr. Some of the best portfolios come from re-imagined spaces, self-made coded sites and the combo-draw of social media and blogs. Have a look at self-styled portfolios, designers like Simon Whybray offer an alternative take on the whole portfolio angle, with a mix-and-match DIY online presence.”

Berta: “This is the fun underdog. A joint collaboration between designers in Latvia, The Netherlands and San Francisco, it’s an open source, simple, flexible online tool for creating websites. Prices are pretty reasonable, they host, and you get the feeling that this young startup gets the whole portfolio ordeal. Their ‘happy websites’ look great too.”

Squarespace: “If you want a site that looks to a CEO like you know what you’re doing, then this is probably the one for you. Slick and ‘hip’, this trendy template portal offers glossy portfolio coverage, custom domains, e-commerce — everything you need in our 2.0 world. Even logos, just in case.”

Indexhibit: “An old-school favourite for many, from designers Eatock and Vasta. It’s 25 Euros to buy, but there’s no web hosting. The simple layout allows images and all-important descriptions of work to shine through. You get that unmistakable Indexhibit feel, which nods towards a no-nonsense stamp of designer quirk. Everything looks like it’s been written on a typewriter first.”

To me if you like the aesthetic of indexhibit then it will work for you, me personally I don’t like the typewriter presentation, I don’t think it will work for interior photography. Berta sounds interesting and creative, but again would work better for showcasing personal work, not commercial etc. Tumblr for me will always be more of a blog and to my generation most of us have kept a Tumblr blog at some point in our lives and so I would not be able to reimagine it as a website. For me Cargo is a better version of indexhibit, except you can have your own hosting/domain. Square space again seems the best option, although it will be diffictult to create a balance between features and the images themselves so that they are not lost in the website, but shown off instead…