It’s finally here! How to Create Your Own Photography Portfolio Website in 10 Minutes or Less

I have been working to find the ideal photography portfolio website for years, and I think I have finally found the perfect solution for me.  In this video, I share with you the 9 Deadly Sins of Photography Portfolio Websites, and a step-by-step solution for creating a stunningly beautiful photography website of your own!  To learn about what makes a great photography portfolio site, and to see how to create one of your own, watch the video below!


  1. Thanks for the GREAT info! Where do you recommend that we get our pictures processed at? Do you use an online lab?

  2. The photos on your site aren’t protected… how do you recommend protection from right click copying or dragging to the desktop to copy?

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      @Shawn – I just hadn’t done it yet on the website, but it is now fixed. The pictures are protected from being right clicked and downloaded. I’m making a “part 2” video today to show some of the more advanced features, but the way you do it is to go to the dashboard where you make changes to your site, then click plugins, then click add new, then search for a plugin called No Right Click Images Plugin. Install and activate that plugin, then go to Settings, then choose the settings for the plugin you want, and you’re set to go!

  3. Haha! I totally use woothemes a well and totally reccomend them! I use the canvas theme and customized my site and their support forum is awesome! If you want to see another site using their themes check out Some pages are in the process of being updated, but it is all so easy!

  4. @Lindsey – I don’t know if Jim recommends them – but I have used a ProPhoto Blog ( for a couple of years for both my former business site ( and my newer personal photo blog (

    It isn’t “cheap”, but it is pretty sweet!

  5. One of the things I like about smugmug is the photo processing for prints–in my experience, they do a great job. So what are your plans for prints? If you’re selling only a small number of fine-art prints, that might be a different need from photographers who want to post a gallery full of photos from an event and allow people to order online. Suggestions on how to integrate a quality lab for purchases?

  6. This is just awesome. I’ve NEVER been happy with my website so I’ve been using my blog…thank you sooo much! Going to go create a new website right now.

  7. I am a smugmug user, and so far have been pleased with the service and such. I love their layouts for the galleries, and you do have near infinite customization options. But you are right in that it can be pretty difficult to make things happen the way you want.

    Similar to Ellen Finch’s comment, how would you go about selling these prints? You can make a pricelist, but does this host and option cover all of that? The pricing options, photo selection and money handling? That is one benefit I do like about Smugmug, though to be clear, I have not personally implemented this as it is a Pro account option, not the Power one which I have.

    I don’t mind the extra 3 bucks over what this option costs per month exactly, but I am always considering better options and easier options as my coding skills are minimal. So I found this very interesting and well done, something for me to think about.

    Are you able to view html, css and javascript code to make minor changes if you wanted?

    Would your option work for full on gallery and business front? Or is it more intended for a portfolio where it just shows off your best/favorite work and not necessarily a store front?

    Thanks for all the work you do, this site is pretty damn cool, and you do such a great job.

  8. Like you, I had a hard time creating just the right site for my photography site. I ended up using WordPress and one of the premium themes. So far so good, but the mobile option is tricky.

    Great idea about the SEO tips. I have some text on my site, but not enough. I really need to learn more about SEO.

    Thanks for all the great tips.

  9. I have been using until I could find something that allowed me to be a little more creative. I love the sites bludomain offers, but do not like the expense nor the limited options available. Jim, thank you for putting together this tutorial. I am really looking forward to Part 2.

  10. Hey Jim,
    Loved the tutorial and I will probably use it. The one thing I didn’t get out of it thought was how you got your domain into a wordpress site. In fact you didn’t really mention wordpress, but it is easy to see that you are using that to build your site. Could you give any tips on how to set up from the start on wordpress and the cost involved with that?

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      @Joel – If you just follow the steps in the video, you’ll be set up to create the site using wordpress….

  11. Great tutorial Jim, I have just one question.
    Do I need to have a pro account on wordpress to install a custom theme?
    Currently I have a simple testing blog and I don’t see an option to “install theme” like I did on your video.
    I’m very interested in going this route as I’m looking for a change from my smugmug site.

  12. Great site, great video.

    But I think it’s a bit funny that your site is “still under some construction” after boasting “how to build a web site in 10 minutes”

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      All I can say is that I’ve tried several hosting companies and Hostmonster is the only one I’ve been happy with for shared hosting. I call their support and they actually pick up the phone, they have a great price, website runs fast, NEVER had the server down, etc. I’ve tried several other companies that stunk, but I’ve loved Hostmonster for the last 3 years that I’ve been a paying customer.

  13. Thanks Jim – appreciate your response.
    While waiting for your response I checked out SmugMug’s free trial – and got SO confused! I’ll be happy to follow your tute.

  14. I am having difficulty downloading. When I choose the to upload I receive a message that states, “The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.” The video I watched did not go through all of these extra steps. I was hoping for a 10 minute website creation and this has turned into a 2 hour venture for me. Though, this is normal for me as computers and I do not get along. Can anyone shed some light on the missing steps of the video? Thanks in advance.

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      @Tracie – If you just follow along with the video, you’ll see that you don’t need to take any additional steps like installing PHP as long as you go the route I described. Enjoy!

    2. Jim, I have not been happy with the website building company I have been using for the past year. No matter how much time or effort I put into it, it never shows my work the way it should be showed. I think after watching your video I’ll be looking at switching over to hostmonster. I’ve been looking for the right site to switch to for a couple of months now, thanks for help!!!

  15. Jim,
    One thing I just realized is that the Google ad words credit that host monster gives you is actually a credit anyone can get on any site. It doesn’t matter who you go with. I don’t know if this is a good to include as a “selling feature” if that is the case. But I did sign-up with host monster and have absolutely adored their customer service. So I thank you for the great advice.

  16. Jim,Followed and set up a site as per your recomendations. Problem i cannot find an answer for:
    When i upload a jpg it is totaly changed in color from what is in the file, darkened, just wrong. There is no wordpress support, that is disappointing.

  17. Hi Jim, Many thanks for this. Replicating Stephanie’s question (Feb 2). Any idea if this theme works for a clients password protected area – say for portrait clients to view their individual galleries?

    Don’t want to push too much but was wondering how things are progressing with part 2 of the video?

  18. I was trying to follow this video to set up a website for myself, but when I go to the themes option on wordpress, there is no option to upload a custom theme. Do I need to have a paid wordpress? Please help, thanks! 🙂

  19. I have been using Zenfolio and it works great. With the pro version you get a complete online store front and they take care of everything. The only draw back is they don’t have a great selection of labs to order prints from, just Mpix and Mpix pro, which are okay, but I prefer some of the other pro labs over these.

  20. Jim, as a professional web developer for 16 years, I must commend you on the advice given in this video. Hostmonster offers the best shared hosting & support for the money, WordPress is my recommended CMS software choice for all photographers, and no one should be using Flash for a web site for reasons too numerous to name.

    While I would argue that there is so much more to SEO and web dev in general and it is always preferable to hire a professional with years of experience, I realize that many photographers just getting started do not have the money available to do that. And if that’s the case, watch this video because it’s the best advice I’ve seen if you’re going to DIY.

    Hello! I am watching the video again and I also have some questions as those above.

    “Any idea if this theme works for a clients password protected area – say for portrait clients to view their individual galleries?”

    “Do I need to have a pro account on wordpress to install a custom theme?”
    Thanks for all the great information.
    Looking forward to part 2.

  22. Hi Jim,
    I have a question similar to that posted above. I followed the video and set up a site yesterday. I need a password protected area for my clients to see their personal portraits. Do you know how to go about doing that?
    Many thanks for the work that you do!

  23. YES, you can have only photos on a website and still have good SEO and page rank. 😉

    With most people using CMS software for their websites (WordPress, etc), with SEO plugins – or built-in SEO functionality – “automagically” doing all the work, people are forgetting about (or never realizing) the original way SEO used to be done – creating a Meta section in the header section (between the HTML code tags) of the HTML document and listing all relevant keywords separated by a comma.

    You could’ve saved $75, especially if SEO keywords were the main reason you joined WooThemes. But, they do have some really neat themes and you do get unlimited access to them, so that’s hard to beat. Glad you found a solution that worked for you.

  24. Does this allow for a client proofing gallery? (password protected)

  25. Is anyone getting any responses for your questions here? I was thinking about using this for my website but there are a lot of concerning questions above that I am not seeing any answers too.

  26. Cake walk method to make a picture portfolio ===>
    :)) I loved this…hope you will also like this…Cheers!

  27. While the video is great and easy to follow it would be much easier to look back on if there was some text to go with this for reference.
    I’ve got the theme all finally set up and now I am at a place where I can’t listen.

  28. One of my resolutions this year was to start a blog. While I’ve been a photographer for many years, have a website, I am determined that I should get a blog going. It seems like a daunting task. So, I followed your video today, step by step. First, I culd not find the link to host monster to give you credit. Not sure if that can be called in to them but I feel bad that you’re not getting the credit. We did have to call Host Monster and their customer service was great. I still have lots of questions. Can’t get the sample pictures that I uploaded and such but I feel great that I’ve made the first step. Can I contact you if I need more help? Also what should I do about having you get your “cut”. Thanks. Look forward to your email.

  29. Great video Jim, thanks for putting it up! I must mention the importance of choosing the right platform for showcasing your work. Good portfolio making site features offer good features to highlight your work. I fond Pixpa as a great platform which allowed me to create my site with beautiful templates and great galleries. I recommend this to anyone who wants to incorporate the above tips into their portfolio site

  30. Thanks for taking the time to post this tutorial. I have thought about doing this for quite some time but never knew how to do it. This video made the website creation painless. Thanks very much!

  31. JIM, i am following your training video on how to build a website, when I go to your website I dont see the page that you are showing in the training, am I missing something?


  32. I think everyone should really create their own. But if the purpose of a portfolio is to get the most people to see your work, then would be the best complementary option.

    Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!

  33. Thanks for providing detailed information that how to make a photography website . I am in the profession of photography and I want to promote my business by making WordPress site. Thanks for providing me perfect guidance.

  34. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my users would certainly benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many thanks!

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