Lately I have been rethinking my website options. A few years back I designed my current website using Dreamweaver in order to creat a site with my own vision. My idea was to present more than just images……to also present some of the thoughts and ideas behind the projects as well as specific information and stories about each image to allow greater reader ‘involvement’. However, the downside to this approach is that it is more difficult and requires more time to update in terms of adding new images, removing older ones etc. In addition it is difficult to keep up with new coding like HTML 5, SEO issues, adding sharing to social media etc. It is just more labor intensive than I had anticipated, though I do continue to add to this blog regularly.
I have therefore been considering migrating to a more premium but ‘template based’ site, such as those offered by PhotoShelter or SmugMug. My request to you is for some feedback. Given that I think most people ‘surfing’ the web are looking at things for a relatively short period of time, I am wondering if what I had perceived as the benfits of the individualized website are outweighed by the relative non-updating of the site, blog notwithstanding. Also, are the template based sites to similar to each other compared to the type of individual coding I had done.
Any input would be very much appreciated as it would be quite helpful to me before I make any decisions. My current site can be seen here.