View Full Version : Create a website to post my mapping portfolio?
05-25-2010, 11:56 AM
I'm hoping someone here has the knowledge to help me in this area: Physical portfolios are no longer acceptible for most artist/cartographer jobs I've been looking into applying for; they want a link to a digital portfolio. What I'm looking for is a way to post my work online along with room to post an "about me" resume. I would prefer to have my own address (.url?) so that potential employers don't have to write out a paragraph just to see my work. I'm willing to pay for a personalized web address, but I have absolutely no experience in this area so a templated creation process would be nice.
EDIT: I am looking at available website creators, but there are so many to choose from. What I am looking for here is recommendations and reviews, along with any helpful advice :)
If you want the "cheap" solution go for wordpress - it's free, and you can add pluging to show pictures and write all the text you can dream of - my business page www.pogg.dk is a wordpress page. My other business page www.catapult.dk is also an online cv for me but that is made in HTML, but you can practically make your homepage in photoshop today, I made a really simple one some years ago with a frame made of thumbnails and mouse-over function made the picture in the middle change when you moved over the thumbs.
05-25-2010, 02:38 PM
You might want to send a message to or at least take a look for design pointers at the sites of Mike Schley, Christopher West, or Andy Law. All three have websites that serve as cartography portfolios with contact info: West's is http://www.mapsofmastery.com/index.html, Schley's is http://www.mikeschley.com/, and Law's is http://www.hapimeses.com/ . You may also want to take the route that some artists and illustrators do and have a deviantart.com gallery or similar type of gallery on a hosting website.
05-25-2010, 02:45 PM
cghub.com is another good site - which is set up to be both a networking site for artists as well as an online portfolio. It's well respected and has a great clean look to it. I'd say that's the easiest way to create an online portfolio.
I'd also look at blog software - blogspot or wordpress - as they are well organised for this sort of work. Finally, there are many website templates that are more or less designed for this sort of work. I looked into http://www.squarespace.com/ a while ago and it looked like a pretty good solution. However I eventually coded my site myself by hand.
Many (most?) ISP's also give you some web space that can be used to host web pages. If that is the case you just need to by a domain name and get it pointing to your subdomain.
05-25-2010, 04:02 PM
This is actually one of the things I do for a living. A lot of the time we end up using Wordpress as a backend and then do some custom work to set up a gallery with information about the artwork that's being posted along with using a custom template for the site. It doesn't really look like a blog when it's done but it's very easy to manage. If you want some more information shoot me a PM I'd be happy to help out.
05-25-2010, 05:52 PM
If you want your own domain name and hosting, WordPress is an easy way to go and you can probably find a free template that's geared toward photo galleries. A lot of hosting companies have 1-click installs, so you don't need to be a tech whiz to get set up. Check out BlueHost, DreamHost or HostGator - I think they all have affordable hosting plans and 1-click installs of WordPress.
And just a note - even setting up WordPress without having a host that does it for you isn't very difficult, takes about 10 minutes the first time you try it :)
05-26-2010, 08:42 AM
I am a Wordpress addict now - all new clients of mine are being pushed in that direction for it's easy management even by a new user. I normally set everything up for them and then give a little tutorial on what they need to do to update pages, add more images to a gallery etc.
My Sketchpad site is http://craigssketchpad.co.uk/ which uses a Wordpress system.
Also http://craigjohn.co.uk/ & http://graphicbasics.co.uk are too. :)
My business site isn't a Wordpress site but it has all the pricing info - http://www.cjproductions.co.uk/ but I'd recommend looking elsewhere if you're in a hurry - I've got several large projects that need finishing first (no maps unfortunately, but loads of illustrations and page layouts). :)
05-26-2010, 08:54 AM
Hey Craggles! Long time no see!!
05-26-2010, 09:40 AM
Hey Ravells - I sometimes get a quiet moment and pop back here to catch the latest. :D
05-26-2010, 11:35 AM
I use Wordpress, also, hosted at A Small Orange (http://refer.asmallorange.com/13697 — Disclaimer: that's a referral link). I've found them to be the most affordable and easy to work with host that I've ever had. I pay $50 / year for hosting and $10 / year for my domain name ( http://www.bryanray.name ). That comes with 750 MB of space and 15GB / month of transfer bandwidth. They have a smaller plan that's only $25 / year for hosting with 150 MB storage and 4.5 GB bandwidth. All of their plans have unlimited databases, email addresses, subdomains, and add-on domains ( http://www.christian-gamers-guild.org is also hosted on my site, and the only extra I have to pay is for the domain name). It will probably take a little bit of learning to set up there, but they've got active user-to-user support forums where someone will likely be willing to walk you through getting things configured.
Another service that's been popular with people at my university is the Cargo Collective: http://cargocollective.com/ I'm not real sure what the features are, but one of my friends has been very happy. From what I understand, it's an easy to use template site with a content management system similar to a blog. His site is here: http://www.ludlowdesigns.tv/ Their page is not very forthcoming about how it all works, though, so I can't say much more than that.
05-26-2010, 04:09 PM
And using a website like www.deviantart.com ?
Having your own domain and website will look more professional though!
05-26-2010, 06:17 PM
If you can't get hosting you might want to try Wordpress.com It allows you a free blog using wordpress. Though I don't know how good it will be for a portoflio (not wordpress itself, but wordpress.com) because unlike when you set it up on a personal server, wordpresss.com limits you on themes, plugins etc.
05-29-2010, 03:02 PM
After checking out the Wordpress website, reading the instructions and downloading the software I can honestly say I don't understand any of it, lol. The instructions are for someone with more knowledge about computers than I have, so I'm going to seek out classes and on-line sources for the knowledge I need. In the meantime I'll continue expanding my portfolio and if it comes to the point where I need the website before I know how to create it myself I'll hire someone to create it for me.
the wordpress user groups are often very friendly, so you can always seek advice there :)
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