I finally redesigned my art website! Like the cliche of the fashion designer who wears jeans and t-shirts, or the chef who eats fast food on their day off, my own art portfolio website had not been showing off my web design/development skills.
My art portfolio website was actually the very first website I designed. My friend built it quite a number of years ago using Dreamweaver as I looked over her shoulder. Luckily for me, I guess, she was too successful and busy to update it when I needed her to add new work or announce an upcoming exhibition. I was forced to learn to do it myself.
Over the years, as happens with websites, it became largely outdated. I still liked the way it looked, but I needed to update its layout to use current code standards and make it responsive. I created a custom WordPress theme that would move and resize to fit all tablets and phones as well as all sizes of monitors.
WordPress and other content management systems are a great solution for artists (and anyone really) who need to be able to update their sites on their own. You don’t need special programs, or to wallow knee deep in code. All you have to do is log in to your site on any browser to upload new photos, add/change text, write blog posts, etc. Once you’ve had the site layout and style coded by a developer, then adding your own content is not all that hard to learn how to do.
Are you an artist, photographer, or designer who needs a new or updated portfolio site? Black Chevron Design offers discounts to creatives, and will include up to two hours of tutoring on how to update your site on your own, in person in NYC or via Skype.