If you’re researching the best alternatives for setting up your photography website, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve identified and provided quick reviews of the top photography website templates and solutions. All of these go well beyond being photography website templates. They are all, more accurately, photography website solutions.
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In general, all photographers are generally looking for the same things: nice overall design, beautiful home or landing page, blogging, gallery management, and ecommerce. We’ve identified which solutions offer which attributes. For example, some don’t come with blogs; some don’t come with ecommerce, some are based on WordPress while others are flash, etc.
So what you’ll find below is an up-to-date list of the best photography website template providers, plus mini-reviews.
WE’VE LISTED TWO TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE TEMPLATE SOLUTIONS
1. WordPress Themes for Photographers. WordPress is the most popular platform for websites in the world. Powerful, flexible, easy-to-learn. This list focuses on “themes” or templates you can install on your self-hosted WordPress website.
By Photocrati: Photocrati
By StudioPress: Landscape, PixelHappy
By ElegantThemes: DeepFocus
By Woothemes: Statua
By WPZoom: Photoland
From ThemeForest Marketplace: PhotoNexus, Invictus, Village, Anan, , Core Minimalist, Photorific, MediaReel, Chocolate,
PhotoPurePress, Kin, Specere, Zoom, Galleria, ViewFinder
2. Fully Hosted Website Solutions for Photographers. If you are willing to give up some control, and are looking for a managed solution, these might be good options.
1. WORDPRESS THEMES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Photocrati – A Single, Powerful WordPress Template
60+ styles are built into Photocrati, including the following (click for demos):
StudioPress Landscape is an older, classic looking photography website template by StudioPress, one of the best known and most established WordPress theme shops.
StudioPress Pixel Happy
Pixel Happy is nice looking single column blogging template. One-column templates are currently in vogue among wedding photographers. This theme is actually based on Pixel Happy! It’s a good option for sharing classic photo blogging.
Elegant Themes Deep Focus
Deep Focus is a stylish, photographer-friendly template from ElegantThemes, one of the leading theme makers. They have a few other photo blogging themes as well. One great advantage of Elegant Theme is that for just $39, you get access to ALL their themes, not just Deep Focus.
Statua is photographer-centric template from WooThemes. It’s basic but appealing, and comes well-built from WooThemes, another of the established WordPress theme shops. Most WooThemes are business or magazine style, and this is one of their first real photographer-focused templates.
Photoland is an offering from WPZoom. It’s a basic but solid website template for photographers with a basic home page layout with large image and thumbnails.
PhotoNexus is a popular photographer template available via ThemeForest. It was one of the early WordPress themes to showcase a side menu bar, a look now adopted by many of the popular themes on ThemeForest.
Invictus is an edgy photographer web template with a full size background image, filmestrip, and homepage text. It’s one of many full screen templates listed here.
Village is another great offering available in the ThemeForest Marketplace. As with many of the website templates there, it’s got a very modern and stylish feel, and comes with a side menu and large, striking focal image.
Anan is a beautiful photo gallery template. It offers a full screen image background like many others here. The full screen image gives all these themes a striking look. Anan also deploys a unique translucent black screen for content.
Core offers an appealing minimalist design with a beautiful gallery that stretches across the screen and flows through images.
Another striking offering from the Envato marketplace, Photorific is a beautiful photography website template with full screen background image and side menu.
Mediareel is a nicely named and nice looking web template for photographers that comes with a clean full screen background and pop-out menu.
A sophisticated full width template, Chocolate, like many of the newer breed of WordPress themes, underscores how far WordPress has moved from conventional “blog” design to full website that no longer looks at all like a WordPress theme, at least for those of us familiar with themes from a few years ago.
PhotoPurePress is photo WordPress theme with classic-style top with a large image, but underscored with a nice series of gallery images and well-designed footer area.
Kin has a wide orientation with a sidebar-style menu and images that stretch across the screen. All-in-all, it’s a unique design that comes together and feels right.
A beautifully-styled photo gallery template, Specere comes with a full-screen background image that wows visitors (or at least us).
Zoom is another of the sleek photography website templates that instinctively wows with it cutting-edge style.
Galleria is a blend of modern and classic. It’s an elegant design that combines a well done side-menu with a classic photo gallery.
Viewfinder, yet another from the ThemeForest market, is full width photography web template that showcases lots of images right on the home page rather than fixate on single large image.
2. FULLY HOSTED SOLUTIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Take advantage of Photoshelter’s powerful commerce platform for photographers. Use their designs, your own design or a WordPress theme.
Photography Blog Sites
Take advantage of SmugMug’s powerful commerce platform for photographers by using a WordPress theme with two-way sync design capability.