Selling Art

Website Hosting for Artists and Online Art Portfolios

May 30, 2014

By Alina Bradford

Computer_barnstarHaving your art portfolio online is one of the best ways to get your work seen and one of the easiest ways to make an online art portfolio is to go with website hosting for artists.

The Benefits of Website Hosting for Artists

Website hosting is when a company provides servers and, basically, space on the internet for a website. Many companies also provide premade website templates that can be customized to the user’s needs and sub-domain names, unless the artist decides to use their own domain name. Since many artists aren’t professional web designers, this option allows you to quickly create a website, complete with an online art portfolio, quickly and easily with little to no website building experience.

Free Website Hosting for Artists

If you don’t have much cash, you can get free website hosting that is specifically made for artists. Here are a few website hosts that boast very professional looking sites:

  • AmbitiousLemon is a non-profit web hosting service that’s been around since 2002. You must submit an application that is reviewed by a committee before you are allowed to take part in the free hosting AmbitiousLemon provides. 
  • Zhibit has a free website builder and hosting for ecommerce art websites. The site also offers a community atmosphere that many artists will appreciate. 
  • Imagekind host’s artists that want to sell prints of their work to collectors. You upload digital images of your work to your site and buyers can purchase prints of your work in any size. For providing this service, Imagekind simply takes a commission of all sales.

Low Cost Art Hosting Services

If you want high-quality at a low price, then you may want to take a look at these low cost art hosting services:

  • Portfolio Host provides free hosting for 30 days. After that, they charge $19.99 per month for 12 images. This price includes an online administration system, high speed hosting, unlimited image changes and unlimited stylesheet changes. Other site packages are available. 
  • Sherwood Hosting has several plans for artist of many different mediums. Packages include a domain name and a matching email address and start at $75 per year.
  • MesaArt calls itself “the most popular art hosting service on the Internet.” The sites created and hosted with this art hosting service are very professional looking and clean. Templates and hosting start at $15 per month. 

With these website hosting options for artists there’s no reason for an artist not to have an online presence. Take a look at some of the sites and choose the one that will work best for your needs.

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