I began a new position with an architecture firm in 2015. It was my very first design position at a small firm. I was asked by my boss to help recreate a simple portfolio website, and I thought it would be a good chance to advance my own work and learn more. I can vividly recall the firm’s outdated website, which was just one page with a few low-resolution graphics. and the logo appeared to be from the early 1990s!
I was in awe! Is it truly what I wanted—to work for a company that gave its web presence such scant attention.
You don’t need to spend thousands of hours and dollars designing your website.
In hindsight, anyone can create a website that emphasizes and displays your works. I never paid for a service or template to do so. Let me quickly recap the main takeaways.
First off, the website took me a very long time to make because I am by no means an expert in web design. But intrest in always wanted to learn sort of made me a perfectionist. It was enjoyable, but I could have used my time better by concentrating on the overall goal. Knowing what I do now, I would just look for a great WordPress theme and modify it to suit my needs. Spending months on writing my own codes and script…was enjoyable…but too much time was wasted!
Knowing WordPress inside and out, I see that we overcomplicated things. WordPress is really simple to use in the backend and offers thousands of customization options, such as adding a blog to your website, making project uploads quickly, and changing material.
I made an effort to make my previous firm’s website responsive to mobile devices so that it would adapt to the size of the device being used to see it. Although it didn’t turn out too horrible, it was nothing compared to the WordPress themes available today. These days, you can find excellent premium themes that are mobile responsive for less than $60.
How to Launch Your Architecture Portfolio Website, or Any Type of Design Business.
I’ve learned a lot about websites, WordPress, and blogging since launching thecreativeroute.com. In order to make it simple for you to create a page for your design company, I decided to write up everything I’ve learned about building my website and break it down into a simple 5-step procedure.
I’ll quickly explain what a blog is and how it works before we get started. Otherwise, you might be perplexed as to why WordPress should be chosen as your website platform of choice.
- Register your domain name;
- A host is a server that stores your files so that when someone types abc-architects.com into a browser (like Google Chrome or Safari), your blog will appear on their computer or mobile device.
- Create a hosting account. I began with Godaddy.
- Install WordPress – WordPress is a free and open source platform for creating websites and blogs as well as content archiving.
- Select a design theme for your website. A theme is your website’s appearance. It offers every front-end stylistic element for your website, including colors, page layouts, and fonts.
- When you have completed steps 1-4, you are ready to upload your content to your new website, such as your projects. You might even want to start blogging on the website of your own business.
Integrate social media
The majority of wordpress themes include built-in social media functionality. They frequently appear as those tiny icons in the footer or sidebar. To make it simple for others to find and follow you on their preferred platform, you may post links to your social media pages.
By adding “Share” buttons to your blog’s post section, you provide your readers the chance to promote your initiatives and share your content, increasing traffic to your website. In the plugins section of your WordPress dashboard, look for “Share” buttons. There are numerous options for free ones. I make use of Shareaholic.
Collecting an Email addresses
An additional effective strategy for keeping in touch with your audience is to build an email list. You might update them on developments regarding your projects as well as forthcoming lectures or events. Consider that you are putting together a book or an exhibition of your work. You can quickly let all of your customers and friends know about these events if you have an email list, which will guarantee that you have a steady stream of customers.
AWeber and MailChimp are two reliable email list providers. You may incorporate an opt-in form and link it to one of the client lists on your website. There are additional plugins for email lists; SumoMe is excellent for email opt-ins.
Finally, is WordPress the greatest third-party provider for portfolios? What about Wix?
WordPress: For the More Experienced
Wix: Saves Time and Effort
WordPress websites are a terrific method to create, develop, and quickly maintain your online home page. I sincerely hope that I was able to assist you in getting started and that you now realize you do not need to spend thousands of dollars on websites that appear professional.
Wix is a website builder, making it ideal if you want an all-in-one solution but don’t have much technical knowledge. A content management system (CMS) like WordPress is preferable if you desire independence and total creative control over your website.
There are pros and cons for both…in the end it depends on the user.