So you just purchased a PhotoBiz Portfolio Site? Congratulations! You're probably wondering where you should start. The below guide will give you a suggested outline of steps you should take in setting up your site, along with links to more detailed articles if you need step-by-step instructions.
1. Set up your Pages
Its natural to want to dive right into design before you start creating your pages, but it is easier to choose a template and a design after your pages are created. With PhotoBiz, everything you put into web pages will automatically be applied to every template, so create your pages first so you can "test drive" lots of different templates and see which one displays your work the best.
To start adding pages, click on the Portfolio icon and then web pages and click on new page to add a page, or click on a page name along the left hand side of the page to add content to that page.
Below are pages we recommend every Portfolio Site should have to start out with:
- Home (Gallery Page): 8-10 images representing your best work. Click here for more information.
- About (Info Page): Include a photo of yourself and 250 words about you and your business. Click here for more information.
- Frequently Asked Questions and/or Testimonials (Info or List Page): Frequently Asked Questions or Raves page. Click here for more information.
- Galleries (Dropdown Menu) with Gallery Pages nested underneath: Include one gallery for each type of work you do, i.e. Weddings, Engagements, Portraits. We recommend adding no more than 20-25 images on each gallery page. Click here for more information.
- Contact (Form Page): Include your contact information and a contact form. Click here for more information.
2. Try on templates and pick your favorite
After you've added some content to your pages, you'll be able to better see what your website will look like when different templates are applied to your site, so go ahead and start "test driving" some templates! When choosing a template, keep in mind that you can change the colors, fonts, and background in Step 4.
To access the template collection, click on the Portfolio icon, then hover over design and click on templates. Click the links below to lean how to preview, add, and save templates.
3. Upload logo
The recommended logo size will change depending on the template you choose, which is why we recommend waiting until you have selected a template to upload your logo.
4. Customize your design
After you've selected your template, there are default settings for your design, but all these can be changed under the design tab in your Portfolio control panel.
- Click here for help with changing your colors.
- Click here for help with changing your font selections.
- Click here to learn how to choose a background pattern
- Click here to learn how to upload a custom background.
- Click here for help with uploading a favicon.
5. If needed, create a Splash Intro page
A Splash Intro page is a landing page that allows you to link your viewers to different sites. The Splash Intro page is most commonly used to link sub-sites to a main domain. Click here to learn more about the Splash Intro page, including an example and how to set it up.
6. Add domain name and allow it to propagate (24-48 hours)
A custom domain name is recommended because it brands your site and makes it appear much more professional than having a shared domain like example.photobiz.com.
- If you plan to buy domain from PhotoBiz, click here for instructions on how to do so.
- If you plan on using a domain name you already own, click here for instructions on how to set it up.
7. Site Analytics/Metas
After all the major pages and content have been added to your account, we recommend adding meta information and setting up Google Analytics and Webmaster tools to make sure your website is in the best possible position for search engine optimization. Some helpful links for SEO can be found below:
Publishing your Portfolio site is what makes it live on the Internet. When you're ready for your site to be live, click on publish then the publish now button.