After much thought, a lot of experimentation, and a few scary WordPress moments, I updated my photography website RedNickel.com.
The biggest change is this blog, where I’ll be writing about my work, my process, exhibits I have seen, and more. The other major change is the transition from a traditional website to a blog platform. I built the previous version of the site in HTML. And while I loved the design, updating my portfolio took a lot of work. As a result, I started using Facebook to show my latest work and my primary portfolio site wasn’t staying up-to-date. While the new site loses some of the design elements from the previous website, the underlying WordPress platform will let me make changes and share my new work more easily. Finally, the blog platform makes it easier to integrate social sharing into the site, so you can follow me on Facebook, subscribe to blog posts, share something you like, or visit my Etsy shop.
For the technically inclined, here are the details. I used a template from Photocrati, which develops WordPress themes specifically for photographers. I tried options from a few theme developers and found that Photocrati offered the best combination of flexibility, customization, and design. For the photo galleries I’m using the NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin, which I preferred to Photocrati’s built-in image options.
Enough details. I invite you to take a spin around the website and let me know what you think.