Hostmonster is loaded with stuff and thats where I host my site. I pay though and its around 100 or so a year but thats cause I have 2 url's If you want free theres a few out there but its been so long for me I have no idea. Have Deviantart Portfolio work for ya. Its free
Most of my friends just used blogspot and it's portfolio option>
-I- used Deviantart's portfolio option (which doesn't link to your main page, and therefore rids all those journals and sketches). I got two professional art jobs using it, so... I'd consider it viable. I just personally like putting more of my time into art than into building a website.
I hear from my professors that DA isn't a good portfolio website, as it is unprofessional, but is a great way to branch out. They suggest Wordpress, since its both free to practice on, and you can eventually buy the webpage. Good luck!
DA itself. However, Deviantart has a portfolio option that many of my bosses are totally cool with and recommended me to use. I go with the people who hired me over professors who may not be aware of the portfolio option.
I designed mine (samotage.net) from scratch, but that was after taking a class in web design... The plus side is I was only limited by my coding knowledge and not what templates I could find, so I built more or less exactly what I wanted.
I found a jQuery gallery that was pretty simple and easy to edit, so I did save myself that headache, lol
minimarshartFeatured By OwnerSep 5, 2012Professional Digital Artist
I agree with ~lylie-foak, I use wix.com personally, it's a really great solution for something that looks really nice, professional, easy to update and a good option for artists who can make the graphics and visual appeal to customize it, but don't know code.
I haven't tried Wordpress personally but it's easy to use from what I've learned in class (but you need to tinker with it a bit). There's also the portfolio option from dA and if you're a premium member with Behance, you can try their ProSite portfolios [link] . Having a gallery there too is just a bonus to help network for work Personally I like the look of the Prosite better than the ones dA offers. Seems more clean and professional to me.
As for myself, I'm actually piggy backing off my father's site since I've done small contract jobs for him He actually insisted on it when I asked for help finding a host. I built mine on Photoshop a few times with my professionalism teacher + others giving feedback before building it in WYSIWYG Web Builder 7 (I think they're on version eight but I'm not interested in paying another 50$ for new tools that I don't need yet). And if you're uploading the .html, I suggest putting Filezilla on your Computer and set it up to log on your server automatically. Once it is properly setup, I find it's idiot proof for people like me
Forgot to properly explain the .html files. When you build your site from scratch on a Program there's a publish function where it'll publish your files with the html/css coding in it. After that you take your folder with the published file and drop it in the proper file on your server through FileZilla (it works kinda like Windows Explorer Files).
I highly recommend Weebly.com. [link] . It has an array of different template styles for those who don't know how to code, and you can always add your own custom graphics too. I don't know how to code but was still able to do quite a lot with it. You can create custom buttons, galleries and it supports flash too. It's also pretty cheap if you want the pro option, and they're always adding new features. I made my website www.keridodge.com there if you want to see, or they have other website examples there for you to look at. You're very talented I'm sure you'd be able to make a really cool website with it.
Omg this is the best journal ever. My subscription for hosting ran out awhile back & I've needed to put my site up again but I'm broke so I'm looking for a cheap (free) alternative and your lovely watchers are just full of ideas~
I use weebly.com, and use their free option. I like it because It's really quick and easy to update/get things done! I'm not sure how it handles flash/movie files, which I would think you'd put on your portfolio with animation and all that. They have some very simple and clean layouts that you can choose from.
I saw someone mention Cargo collective and that was what I was going to suggest. We started using it my first year of school but I haven't done anything with it since, since I didn't have much to contribute to it at the time, but once I start assembling and tidying up my online portfolio, I'm pretty certain that is what I'm going to use.
While I do not have my own website [ yet ], I do use Coroflot to host my online portfolio. I find it has a nice, professional tone. It is a good place for finding connections and jobs in the creative industries too.
The best part? It's free.
It may not be quite what you're looking for, but maybe it could work as a temporary portfolio, so you can focus more on your film and less on the stress of creating a website.
Wordpress has some free portfolios to get you going, and there are some excellent third party templates that cost between $10 - $40 (USD). ([link]) is one that I've had a good experience with. I had been making my own websites, but I've decided to go with wordpress because of the simple backend. If you want to add a new portfolio piece, all you have to do is "add page".. usually add a featured image, and done.. it's all integrated into the website. I believe it's pretty easy to disable the blog itself so it's just strictly a portfolio.
Oh, thanks for asking because I've been having the same problem. I need to get a personal website so I can have something professional looking to send to people, but I have no idea where to start, and I know nothing about making a site.
I do make websites if you are interested in a trade of some sort :3
I could invite you to cargo. It's a mildly customizable portfolio hoster? I did a school website there. (which I hate and I think you'd be better at it) anyway, you have to be invited to get a site there, I think.
You can have a certain amount of pages for free, but you have to pay for full customization. Also if you want a domain name without the word cargo in it, you'll need to buy one from godaddy or some other service, and buy a full membership on cargo.
See, I am a-okay with doing that. I've actually designed a website already. But I cannot believe how hard it is to just get a 'blank' website, one without a ridiculously over complicated 'upload system' or 'page management'.
If you want something simple and free that you can customize lightly but still have a pretty professional look, I'd suggest Webs or Weebly. They have templates already there for you to chose from- a place to add a blog or just keep it gallery. It all depends on what you're looking for but they'll allow you to do it.
Tumblr is a good place-- if you like your art being shared to thousands of members who are bound to run off and edit to their hearts content or claim your work as their own otl I tend to stay away.
I've only done a little bit with it myself, but you can actually use a free service like Blogger to create a gallery-like blog for your art. Apparently it's a new trend to have that as a porfolio rather than a more formal website. Here's the blog for a friend of mine, [link]
Other options are to sign up with a host service like Bluehost and install Wordpress. There's about a billion free themes, and there are a lot of gallery themes meant for artists. It takes some research and practice to learn to customize and edit the Wordpress theme you choose, but the results are nice. This is my husband's portfolio site, [link]
My current website is done in CSS with Flash components, which won't work on tablets, and so needs to be upgraded. I haven't decided for myself yet what direction to go in, but maybe those options can help you get started. Good luck!
Not interested in a blog as a replacement for a genuine portfolio.
I'll look into wordpress more. I briefly skimmed over it a few weeks ago, thinking it looked too complicated for the simple thing I wanted. But your husband's portfolio is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Hopefully it wouldn't be too hard to do.
What he basically did was pick a fairly generic but versatile theme with a lot of options, then installed plug-ins that allowed him to make the gallery. So you can definitely do that instead of trying to choose a pre-made gallery theme that might seem too complicated. I don't think it was hard for him to do, but it did take him several evenings just to tweak it and get everything loaded in there.
Ah, that could be difficult. As much as that could be a good option for later down the track, I don't really have several evenings to do this. But what you describe sounds pretty perfect for what I've always wanted in a portfolio.