CMS Portfolio Web Package for Photographers, Filmmakers, Artists, Designers & Craftspeople
Simple, Stylish & Easy to Update CMS Websites
All the websites I design are completely bespoke, but I do offer a CMS Designer Portfolio Package specifically tailored for creatives or individuals who want a simple but stylish, image led and content managed site (CMS) to showcase a gallery of work, which can also be adapted for other small businesses.
- Bespoke Design
I will create a simple but stylish boxy / grid based design (either contemporary or more traditional looking, as appropriate) to tie in with your branding and images. I NEVER use templates or themes.
- CMS Build*
There are 2 options for the CMS build so you can update all your own content as and when you need via your own easy-to-use admin area as follows:
Option 1) Using my Developer's CMS which has been created specifically for this package
Option 2) Using Wordpress (adding custom modules/plug-ins with the bespoke artwork/layout added as the design 'theme'), particularly if you want an integrated Blog.
*Alternatively a 'static' non-CMS site can be set up which I can manually update for you as needed to further reduce costs and if less regular updates are required.
- Image Copyright System
All images can be automatically digitally watermarked to avoid anyone copying your work (using CMS Option 1 only).
- Easy Handover
Your CMS site will be handed over to you ready for you to simply complete inputting your text content and images, or I can help input content for you to further help get you started. The site will then be put live for you when completed.
- CMS Training & On-Going Support
I can talk you through using the CMS by phone, or offer an initial face-to-face training session at my office in Dorchester, Dorset if required. My Developers and I also offer FREE on-going email and telephone support.
- FREE Hosting for 1 Year
Developers offer 1 year's FREE hosting for all CMS sites, if required. Alternatively I recommend http://my.vidahost.com/aff.php?aff=1259 where you can get 10% off all web hosting packages with my affiliate discount code: ACW10VIDA.
Designed by a Creative - for Creatives
With a degree in Fine Art (Painting), and having designed over 100 completely bespoke websites in over 12 years, I believe you cannot underestimate the impact of good web design when it is combined with good branding, careful planning, and an understanding of web accessibility, usability and search engines. However, in my experience many creatives just want a very minimal but stylish site that shows off a gallery of their work, and on a smaller business budget. This is precisely why I have developed this package.
No Design Templates - Ever
I NEVER use design templates - EVER, so your site will still be designed from scratch but using a grid based layout, and using the CMS my Developers have created specifically for this package, or Wordpress if preferred. I also believe that off-the-shelf websites, templates or blog themes are a false economy and are often difficult to adapt unless you know how to edit CSS, HTML and/or code, and often end up looking unprofessional or at best bland and the same as nearly every other site on the web. I also believe that if you have paid a fair price for a professional Web Designer you will value your website and be more likely to promote it.
Designed for YOU
My CMS Designer Portfolio Package is aimed at professional creatives who want my guidance, support and expertise as YOUR Web Designer, and a professional looking site that doesn't have the design limitations or technical issues involved in using an off-the-shelf web template.
Let your work speak for itself
(BUT presentation is everything!)
You may want a simple site that lets your work speak for itself, but it is also important that the design elements work for you - to fit with your style, show off your images to their best advantage and work with your branding. Sometimes even a little expert design can make a big difference! This is why I believe it is so important to work with a good Web Designer.
As with all my bespoke projects, I aim to create easy to use, beautiful and engaging websites of an exceptionally high quality that you will be proud to promote, and your users will want to share on their social networks, and keep returning to, and hopefully get in contact with you!
- Web Design
- Web Page Build
- Easy to use CMS (Content Management System)
- Multiple Albums/Galleries (if required)
- Animated Images (jQuery for scrolling along or fading in/out - if required))
- Youtube Embedded Video (if required)
- Static links to your Blog and/or Social Networks (if required)
- FREE Web and Email Hosting for 1 year (if required)
- Basic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) & Google Analytics (to view visitor statistics)
- FREE CMS Training (from my Dorset office only).
I also offer a range of optional extras at additional costs if required:
- Logo Design
- Image Copyright System
- Customised or Integrated Blog (using Wordpress)
- Live Social Networking Feeds (for latest Tweets and Blog posts)
- Share Buttons (for users to share your site on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks)
- Online Payments (for bookings, selling prints etc)
- Online Bookings Calendar (to book sessions)
- Private/Client Login (for your clients to view Private Wedding or Portrait Albums)
- Video Embedding via CMS upload (for Flash video etc)
- Contact Form and/or Mailing List Sign-Up Form
- Email Marketing (Design and HTML Build plus optional Mail Management using Campaign Monitor or via your CMS admin)
- Customised Facebook Landing Pages or Cover Image (Design and Set-Up)
- Stationery Design (including business cards and letterheads)
- Photoshoots with my Associate Photographer Pete Millson.