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Web-design

Most important features of a perfect photographer website – part 1 and part 2
Detailed list of what makes a good photo website. Also ready my very own article: 15 best features of successful photo websites (and how to design yours)

7 Mistakes Photographers Make When Setting Up a Portfolio Website
Good list of issues to think about when deciding to build a new site for yourself.

26 Best Photography Themes for WordPress
Good list of themes, but make sure you take a close look at their demo, don’t get fooled by their fancy graphics, they can be hard to manage in the admin area. You can always go with a strong multi-purpose theme as well: ForegroundWeb Q&A – “Which WP themes do you recommend?”

Critical Steps to Make Your WordPress Site Mobile Friendly and Why this is Important
A good overview of the importance of mobile-friendliness today, and the steps you can take to achieve it.

Should You Put Your Pricing on Your Website?
Opinion piece on why you shouldn’t put prices on your photography sites (with exceptions).

The Slideshow is a Terrible Way to Show Photos
Intriguing article written by PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi, arguing against regular image slideshows and explaining where the industry is headed.

Google Chrome is officially killing Flash
The days of flash websites are numbered, and with good reason. If you still have a flash-based portfolio, time to get on the last train out of there.

6 Ways to Optimize Your Site for Social Media Sharing
Some quick tips on making your site social-friendly :-)

Your Website Is Way Too Confusing: Simplify Your Website With The KISS Rule
Oh yes, this is a must-read for photographers. I’ve long been an advocate of website simplicity. This article provides some great tips on de-cluttering your site.

And as always, I have a few articles in the “website fashion” genre for you:

8 New Graphic Design Trends That Will Take Over 2017

5 Actual Web Designs Trends for 2016

6 Trends In Web Design That Will Rock 2016 With A Bang


WordPress-specific

15 Ways To Harden The Security Of Your WordPress Site
A good recap of security measures you should take to secure your WP site. Better safe than sorry.

Why Is WordPress Website Security Important?
They actually did an entire 15-part series on the topic: Security September Series (in reverse chronological order)

How to Backup & Restore Your WordPress Site with UpdraftPlus
Unless your hosting provider does backups automatically, UpdraftPlus is a great solution for your site, it’s one of my favorite WP plugins.

The Ultimate Guide to UpdraftPlus: How to Backup, Restore, or Migrate Your WordPress Website
Another proof that UpdraftPlus is a fantastic option for backing-up (and restoring!) your WordPress site.

16 Best WordPress Typography Plugins to Improve Your Design
I’ve used Easy Google Fonts in the past, but if that’s not good enough for you, this post provides many other options to change the typography on your site.

10 Must Have Plugins That Will Make Your WordPress Site Do Wonders
Another round-up of good WP plugins. You probably already heard about most of them.

12 Secret Ways Quickly Increase Speed of Your WordPress Site in 2016
I wouldn’t call them “secret”, but a good list nonetheless. For advanced users.

20 Hidden WordPress Features You Might Not Know About
To all WordPress users: this is a must-read. I’m sure you’ll learn something that you didn’t already know about the WP admin area.

How to Update WordPress Safely Every Time
Great list of prevention measure for when updating your WordPress site. Using a powerful hosting provider like WP Engine makes things easier with their staging area.

How to Organize Your Photos in WordPress With WP Real Media Library
A detailed review of a premium plugin called WordPress Real Media Library ($24) that can help photographers organize their image uploads.

How to Create a Multilingual WordPress Site with WPML
WPML is the leading WordPress plugin for creating multi-lingual websites, a common requirement for photographers service two or more different countries/markets.

Imsanity WordPress plugin
I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen photographers upload huge high-res images to the WordPress media library (which creates both security and performance issues). Use this free plugin to automatically resize image uploads to more decent dimensions.

Squarespace vs WordPress: The Ultimate Comparison
Want to start a new website or blog, and stuck between the two big names in the industry? This article will help you break down their pros and cons.


SEO

The 10 Most Important SEO Tips You Need to Know
Very detailed list of SEO fundamentals. Definitely add this to your reading list.

Yoast SEO: An Easy to Follow Setup Guide
Perform these basic steps whenever you install the Yoast SEO plugin.

How to Rank Your Brand New Website on Google: 23 Easy Tactics to Know
Useful techniques to improve your site’s SEO.

7 Tips To Use Content Marketing And Improve SEO Ranking in 2016
Good list of guidelines for your site’s SEO. Notice how many of the tips are about creating a better browsing experience for humans. Do that and Google will follow.

Top SEO Tips Every WordPress Website Should Embrace
A few good SEO tips for beginners using WordPress. The last one is to focus more on content quality, that’s the foundation for everything.

WordPress SEO Checklist – 45 Tips for 2017
A huge list of SEO recommendations (with examples). A great complement to my own SEO guide.

10 Illustrations of How Fresh Content May Influence Google Rankings
Understand why regularly updating your website can help with SEO. People like fresh content and Google wants to provide that to them.

On-Page SEO in 2016: The 8 Principles for Success (Video)
This whiteboard video from MOZ does a great job of explaining important on-page SEO concepts. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and watch this!

Ultimate WordPress SEO Guide for Beginners (Step by Step)
Wonderful round-up of SEO tips for beginners, well written.

Be Prepared for Negative SEO and How to Protect Your Website
As your site gets more popular, it might be the subject of a negative SEO attack. This article provides some good prevention guidelines.

How to Become Better at SEO in 2016 (Infographic)
A quick overview of some of the critical SEO aspects you should be aware of.

50 Powerful Ways To Increase Your Photography Website Traffic
Comprehensive list of SEO tips to help you get more traffic. In between some common SEO guidelines, there are some interesting gems in there, worth a read!

How to optimize your images for better SEO
Free PDF whitepaper from the folks at WP Engine. Although it targets all websites, photographers can find some relevant bits of advice in there.

SEO Keywords for Wedding Photographers
Tips and tools for performing keyword research, specifically tailored for wedding photographers (but also useful for photogs in other genres).


Business

The 2017 Photo Business Plan Workbook
Another excellent PDF guide from the folks at PhotoShelter. It’s time to take a closer look at your photography business and start making a strong plan for the future.

How To Start Over with Your Photography Business from Scratch (audio)
This recent interview with Jean-Laurent Gaudy on the PhotoBizX podcast is really interesting, especially if you’re pondering making a switch to a different photography specialty.

How to build your own photography website (audio)
Episode 096 of the ShutterbugLife Podcast covers a ton of guidelines for building a photography website. Really worth a listen!

Why Photography Matters
Nicholas Goodden shares how photography helped him overcome depressions in this excellent heartfelt article (with wonderful images to accompany the story).

Photography Business Guide
Another great post by Nicholas Goodden that covers many aspects of running your own photography business.

Increase website traffic through better design
Nicholas Goodden explains how even the smallest website adjustments can result in big results.

Online Marketing for Photographers
Great article on important things like copywriting, SEO, link building and social media marketing. Start treating your work as a business and spend some time to learn all these topics.

Get Published! 2 – A magazine submission resource guide for photographers
Lindsay Adler and PhotoShelter have put together a fantastic guide for fashion & portrait photographers, not at its 2nd version. Definitely get this free guide if you want to bet your work published in magazines.

You don’t need a professional photographer
Really interesting article (on Medium) about the role professional photographers play in the success of the businesses that hire them.


Others

How to Combine All Your Email Accounts Into One Gmail Account
Have multiple email accounts (personal, business, etc) and want to manage them all in one place? This article shows you how. Gmail is a great place to act as your email “home base”, because of its great spam filters.

Before going on a webcam, read this… [Infographic]
Nifty little infographic with tips on how to look good when doing a video call with someone.

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