Last updated on October 29th, 2018 at 09:20 pm
Travelling is one of the most beautiful things in life. How gorgeous is to take a train, or an aeroplane, and explore the world, experience the local habits, enjoy the traditional food.
There is something else that I consider as fascinating as travelling though.
What is it?
Building a memory of the trip, share it with my family and friends, organise a digital travel book that gets populated with new photos of the present and upcoming trips.
I am talking here about having a blog, a website, a digital album where I can store my photos and speak about my trip.
If you are thinking that this is way too hard, especially with limited IT experience, then you should rethink it again.
The other day I saw a YouTube advertisement about Wix, a new development platform that a famous model was using to build her website.
I decided to have a check, as I need to create a new photo album/website myself, and I got shocked.
Because I realised I do not need to waste my time anymore on technical things.
Few years ago building a website was a demanding job and it was honestly better to leave it to the IT experts.
Things have changed in the last few years.
One of the most popular platform used by bloggers and website builders is WordPress. This blog I am currently writing on is based on WordPress.
It is indeed a great and popular engine, a software that has made the life so much easier.
The process is somehow straight forward.
There is a common word in all the above points, “you”. Indeed you are on your own.
There are lots of website and video to make above operations as smooth as it can be however I would not consider it a walk in the park.
Building my website was not very hard. What I consider very exhausting and time-consuming is, however, its maintenance.
Every second week there is something to fix. Plugins stop working or they have conflicts. The theme suddenly becomes slow. The caching stops showing new posts and so much more (I do not even want to mention the famous cloud LOL)
This is the annoying part of having a digital presence on the web.
Starting a blog or a photo album should be a pleasure and our efforts should go into creating the content, making photos, writing about our experience.
It does not really matter if you intend to start the blog as a depository to share with friends or possibly a future business.
The risk is obviously that you get stuck into the technicality without even doing any photography and therefore not enjoying your trip as you should do.
I receive quite frequently questions as “How did you start your blog?”,”Can you help me with my portfolio website?”,”How can improve my website interface?”
Let me be straightforward with you, I started my website the hard way and I would not suggest it as I lost control on the content which was the most important thing.
How would I do it today?
I would use a development platform as Wix. I am actually in the process to build a new website and use Wix for that.
Because Wix allows me to install the website in seconds with a selection of really amazing template.
Just few simple steps and I am online, I can upload my photos and write about them.
There is also one feature that I absolutely love and takes this platform apart from anything I tried in the past.
I can actually customise the template with drag and drop tools, something that usually requires programming skills on a WordPress blog.
Indeed, I am building my new photo portfolio on Wix. It’s just so easy I can’t believe it.
Let me share with you the three easy steps process.
Firstly you should go to the how to create a website section where you will see on top the button “Create a Website”.
As a second step you can select the kind of website you want to create, Photography.
As a last step you decide what kind of photography site you are looking for, Travel & Documentary.
And once you select the template your job is done 🙂
I choose the Landscape Photographer layout, on the second page. This is a full screen template, very simple, that works great on desktop as well as on mobile.
Hint: before selecting any layout have a check how it works on a desktop monitor and mobile too. Keep in mind that nowadays 50% of the visitor come from the mobile world
And now comes the fun, you can start drawing the website interface with easy drag&drop tools.
In about 15 minutes I created this photography blog where I can share my trips and a portfolio of the best images, that I could even sell (a shopping module is available with Wix).
I suggest to watch the 3 minutes video tutorial that starts automatically the first time you access Wix.
From the drawing page you can add literally everything you want.
In future I will add a page with a blog to talk about my photography when I travel. I will also reserve a section for videos and multimedia content. Finally, I will connect all of my social environments.
You can read more about setting up a photography website on this article.
I am having a great time with Wix in setting up my new website. The beauty of this platform is that all of the background work is done by the Wix Support Team.
I do not need to care about plugin conflicts or hosting issues. The integration of all the parties has been already tested
And if there is any issue then there is only one single support team to contact
But most of all I am really impressed by the simple interface to build a website, something that only a few years ago I needed to employ a software engineer.
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Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.