This post was last updated on March 17, 2020.
There’s much more to a photography website than just beautiful photos. You need to choose the right layout, write engaging content, make your site user-friendly, brand it properly, optimize it for search engines, and connect to all your social networks. And don’t forget to make it look good on mobile, too!
But do you know what makes a photography website truly great? An easy, user-friendly feature to share photos with your clients. It will save you and them some precious time – and bring new job opportunities along the way. The difference we’re talking about between a good photography website and a great one is called Wix Photo Albums.
Whether you’re an event frequenter, a studio dweller, a news junkie, or a landscape roamer – every commissioned photographer can benefit from this awesome (and free) tool. Here’s why and how you should start using Wix Photo Albums today:
About Wix Photo Albums
Wix Photo Albums lets you create beautiful album-sites for your clients’ photos – for free. Each site can be personalized, branded and shared seamlessly. They'll be able to select the photos they like and share them on social media, thus spreading the word about you.
Whether the images are downloadable is up to you: right-click protection is just one click away. The icing on the (wedding) cake? You can use your existing albums for promotional purposes and keep impressing clients by including albums you’re proud of in your site’s main portfolio.
On top of providing an extremely smooth working process, Wix Photo Albums will boost your photography website's SEO and drive traffic to your site, without any additional effort on your side. More shares, more clients, more love.
How to create an album
Creating your own photo albums is incredibly easy. Here’s a step-by-step break-down of the process:
Click “Add Apps” on the left side of the Editor, search for “Wix Photo Albums” and click “+ Add.”
Go to “My Albums” and click on “New Album.”
Pick a style for your album cover and a layout for the gallery.
Enter your business name, the title of the album and date.
Click “+ Upload Media” to upload your photos and then “Create Album.”
Further customize the look of your album using the available options.
Once you’re done, click “Publish Now.”
That’s it! The album is now published as a mini-site connected to your professional photographer website. Simply copy the URL to share it with your clients.
What photographers say about Wix Photo Albums
Hundreds of thousands of Wix photographers have already created their own photo albums.
Ariel Efron is an event photographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the last decade, he has documented hundreds of events, from concerts and festivals to weddings and parties. His work also touches upon other types of photography such as food and portraits. In fact, all images on this article are from Ariel’s very own photo albums!
Here’s what Ariel had to say about Wix Photo Albums:
“This app has completely changed the way I interact with my clients. Not only does Wix Photo Albums make it much easier to share my photos with customers, it also helps ensure that they keep on visiting my site long after the gig is over. Plus, as they share the album with their friends and social media followers I am able to reach a larger audience than before!“
Will I lose any image quality in Photo Albums? No. The image quality in Wix Photo Albums is the same as in our Pro Gallery, in two words: the best.
What image types are supported? JPEG is the recommended format. If your photos require transparency, you can upload them in PNG format, too. Please note that the size limit per photo is 15MB.
Is there a limit to the number of photos in an album? You can upload up to 1,000 photos to a single album. Remember that the albums loading time is affected by the number and size of the photos you add.
Are albums published as separate websites? Yes. For every album, a separate mini-site is created under your main website’s domain. For example, if your website’s address is “www.mywixphoto.com”, then your album’s URL will be: “albumname.mywixphoto.com”. The mini-site’s logo and title will link to your main website.
Can I create a gallery to showcase my albums on my main website? Yes! You can choose to add every album you create to a gallery on your main website by default. If you choose to turn off this feature, you can create an albums gallery manually.
Will my client be able to download photos from the album? That’s up to you. You can choose to protect images from right-click download if you like.
Can I protect an album with a password? Yes. If you want your client to receive the photos privately, you can protect the album with a password. That way, only people who know the password will have access to it.