There are many reasons to create your own Travel Photography Blog:
- You are a professional photographer and want to showcase your travel photography
- You are a professional or amateur photographer and want to sell your travel photos
- You are a photographer who wants to build their “brand” and develop a following
- You are an intrepid photographer who wants an easy way to update friends while on the road
- You are in the travel industry and want to showcase a variety of trips
Just a few years ago, setting up and maintaining a blog was a time consuming and daunting task. Today it could take you less than an hour to set up a professional looking blog ready for posting.
The first step is to install WordPress, which is THE most popular blogging platform on the Internet. It is free, powerful and easy to use. Depending on your hosting package and whether or not it has cpanel access, you could install a current version of WordPress in less than 10 minutes.
The second step is to choose and add a “theme.” Themes are basically a template which runs the look and feel of your Blog. WordPress comes with two basic themes already installed. There are also hundreds of free themes (ranging from great to terrible) and hundreds of professionally designed and maintained themes.
I would suggest purchasing a theme because they are professionally created, meaning that all the hidden components are actually installed and ready to go. They are also updated to keep in sync with the WordPress updates. Free themes can look great on the outside, but the nice look could be hiding all sorts of programming mistakes. Free themes are often not updated.
For photographers, one of my favorite themes is called Photocrati. Photocrati is a one time purchase of $89 and includes an incredible array of useful add-ons. It is specifically designed for photographers and includes multiple gallery capabilities.
To illustrate, here are two totally different Blogs illustrating Travel Photography:
Travel Boecker Adventures consists of a main travel website, where Vancouver travel consultant, Christine Boecker provides hundreds of pages of great travel information. The Travel Adventure Blog was created using a free theme called Ocean Mist 2.0. This theme is perfect for Christine’s own posts, and guest posts from some of her clients. It enables Christine to post updates while on a Safari in Tanzania, or a Galapagos Eco Tour.
Vancouver Portrait Photographer, Michael O’Shea, chose to use the Photocrati Theme. His designer modified the theme with a bottom based menu. Galleries include portrait photography as well as Michael’s travel adventures in India, Tibet and Pakistan. There is also a Blog component to the website, which showcases Michael Oshea’s Portrait and Commercial Photography.
Website Hosting is available for as little as $4.00 a month if you are creating a small personal blog. If you are creating a business blog I’d recommend the next plan up (Baby) at $6.36 a month. Baby is actually a GIGANTIC package that includes everything you need. One of the reasons for my Hostgator recommendation is that they have cpanel (control panel) access which enables you to install WordPress with a click of a button.
Photocrati is a fabulous looking and easy to use WordPress theme that is professionally designed by photographers, for photographers. It looks fabulous right out of the box … or you can fiddle to your heart’s content.
StudioPress also has some great themes for Photographers.
The Thesis Theme for WordPress is another good choice … ONLY if you have experience with WordPress and have some design savvy. This is an incredibly powerful theme that has to be modified. Thesis is the theme that ProofPositive.com is built with.