Artist Site

What's that you say? You don't have an artist website? A buyer asked you for your web site address and you had to look down at the floor and say you don't have one?

Nowadays, just about everyone in any business is expected to have some website, however simple or fancy. To not have makes one look a bit unprofessional. Your art is great, so why no web site?

The reasons why we don't have websites are many
  1. They're expensive.
  2. They're complicated.
  3. I don't have time.
  4. I'm planning a really great one....someday.
So the situation right now is that, to put it bluntly, you have no website. Given that, isn't a simple site that you could at least point to on your business cards better than what you have? These pages are to show you several options for having a website, possibly for free.

Before we hop into that, let's discuss the "classic" site. You decide you need a site. You contact a company which does websites. They talk to you to get and idea of what you want, and they build a site custom to you. The site is great. It not only looks nice, but it can do things like take online orders and credit cards. The downside is that the development can be approximately $500 to $3,000, and you have a monthly hosting fee of approximately $5 to $25. Don't knock this. This is exactly what some artists with substantial steady sales should do. And this is what you may eventually head to as your art business grows.

But here, we'll concentrate on the other options. We're going to go from simplest up.

Photo Sharing Sites

There are a multitude of sites on the Internet for people to post and share photos. We don't normally think of these as "sites" per se, but why not use them as your site if you have absolutely nothing else? They are free for basic functionality. They usually provide a spot to say a bit about yourself. And then space for lots and lots of photos. They're designed for families to post photos for sharing, so they emphasize ease or use. 

Flickr http://www.flickr.com  Sample Yahoo's photo site.

Picasa http://www.picasa.com Sample Google's photo site

Social Network Profiles 


There are several social networking sites, but Facebook is by far the most popular and the most well-known. In addition, Facebook has a facility called Fan Pages which fit our requirements for an artist site much better that a profile. What could be better than telling people they can become your fan on Facebook? Is that cool, or what.

In addition, having a Facebook Fan Page allows you to post events for where your art is showing and your fans automatically get the updates.

Even if you have another "site", setting up  Facebook Fan Page is easy and worth your while.


Free Artists' Sites

There are several sites on the Internet that serve as meeting places for artists, These usually have news and discussion forums. But the part that interest us i that most of them have some kind of profile for the artist. Some are even more formal and have a regular profile plus a portfolio mechanism that is more designed to show off work.

If you're not very familiar with "Internet stuff" in egenral, this may be your best choice. All of the sites work toward being easy to use. All of the sites understand you're and artist and noy a tech geek. And all of the sites understand that to catch your attention they need to offer what artists need.

Wetcanvas http://www.wetcanvas.com

Wetcanvas is one of the premier art sites on the Net. It had great forums for artists to disciss a variety of projects, techniques, and issues.

Note 1/2010: Wetcanvas has recently gone through a big server upgrade that has dropped i'ts availability. Based on my experience with wetcanvas, I have no doubt they will be able to get this under control and continue being the wonderful resource they have been over many years. But if you frustrate easily and are not already a Wetcanvas member, this may not be the time to join. Will post future updates here

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