Guest blogger: Kim Bruce
After researching, comparing and gathering information on what you need to know to make a choice between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix or Weebly, I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion.
Each of these services has something to offer depending on your needs.
For example, if you’re a hobby artist, a free Weebly site, which includes their paid ads, may suffice.
An artist with little or no computer skills may want a simple drag-and-drop interface, which is available with all services (drag-and-drop themes are available for WordPress).
A professional artist may, and probably should, prefer the power that the WordPress platform offers.
In all honesty, I find it very difficult to compare Squarespace, Wix or Weebly with WordPress the self-hosted version (WordPress.org).
WordPress is different. It’s a robust, scalable, open source (free) application that can be whatever you need it to be.
At year’s end, a look back at the top posts here from the past year.
Top 6 Most-Commented-On Posts
Yep, It’s Art and It’s for Sale
©Patricia Coulter, Jubilant. Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretch canvas, 48 x 42 inches. Used with permission.
Many artists seem are shocked when people don’t understand that your work is for sale. And, yet, you’re not doing enough to clue them in.
Your Job Is in the Studio
A perennial favorite! This is my annual reminder that if you don’t make art, you have nothing to promote or build a career on.
Turn On Your Cell Phones
Take advantage of the
Guest blogger Cynthia Morris writes: “There’s a certain someone in my field who has a huge following. This certain someone also has a great blog. I found myself constantly referring to the blog as an example of what a good blog should be. And I admit it, I had blog envy. . . . ”
Artists and others can use the WordPress blogging platform as a content management system (CMS) for their WordPress sites. You can manage your portfolio, update your CV, and post upcoming shows and exhibitions by using WordPress PAGES.
Blogging can give your art career a big boost. It can help you become more articulate about your art, build relationships with fans and future collectors, and give you favor with search engines.But blogging isn’t for every artist. Yesterday I wrote why artists should have blogs. Today, I’m going to let some of you off the hook.
I think artist blogs are terrific–IF they’re done right. This means a commitment to posting, linking, responding to comments, etc. This is what we teach in the Blog Triage class (which coincidentally begins tomorrow). Blogging isn’t for everyone, but here are four reasons to have and maintain an artist blog.
Lots to tweet about this week! But in the Tweekly I only give you the best of the best. Check it out to find out my favorite “fake” queso recipe, our next Twitter book read, and more.