If you’re looking for a great hosting platform, WordPress.com is definitely worth considering if you’ve ruled out the photography-specific hosting companies.
For the Iowa City Photographers Guild website, we chose WordPress.com because it is versatile and inexpensive. The basic hosting package is $18 a year for domain registration and hosting.
Once your website starts gaining traffic, WordPress.com reserved the right to place advertising at the bottom of your posts. It’s a complement if you see their advertising appear. It means they think your site is worth advertising on. However, it may be an annoyance to your site visitors.
You can disable advertising on WordPress.com from the Store menu, found in the Dashboard (your website control center). Within the store, there is an option to pay $30 per year for no advertising – a fairly inexpensive ad-on.
So, disabling ads raises the annual hosting fee by $30 from $18 a year to $48 per year. It’s still economical. The $30 fee is presumably to cover the approximate annual revenue WordPress.com will lose when you stop ads.
Today we upgraded the Iowa City Photographers Guild website to be ad free. We felt the ads detracted from our site and it was well worth the $30 to turn them off.
In the video below, produced by Valerie Duvick, Emily Crall shares about her passion for photography as she described some aspects of her process.
In the video below, produced by Valerie Duvick, Emily Crall shares her experiences and insights about branding her photography business.
Valerie Duvick produced the video below introducing photographer Rachel Yoder of Farley, Iowa.
“We can learn so much from each other when we share about our experiences and the latest technological advancements with each other. There are thousands of weddings every year, even more families, seniors and babies, and there are plenty to go around for us photographers. The benefits of forming relationships with other photographers far outweigh the possible negatives.” ~ Valerie Duvick
In a great article about collaboration on her blog, Valerie Duvick offers this inspiring video featuring the photo girls.