Best Online Portfolio Websites for Photographers

Until a few years ago, photographers who only had a couple of options to create their website: designing it themselves with some notion of html or commissioning it to the web agencies overpaying them and taking on high maintenance costs.

Fortunately web 2.0 has led to the launch of hundreds of companies offering automated packages for creating and managing your online portfolio, including–and this is the great news compared to the past – hosting, that is the space where the site and the images are allocated.

You will find hundreds of them if you do a little googling, but not all are 100% reliable.  I tested personally some of them reviewed below and can state which are reliable and work fine. The choice is largely a matter of personal taste and interface.

Let’s see what they offer.

4ormat

The guys at 4ormat are Canadians from Toronto. Surely you’ve seen their advertisings on various creative sites: they are investing a lot in the project.

Basically you sign up, choose one of 24 available templates to customize … and you’re online. The Basic plan is enough to use your domain, getting 50 pages, 100 images, 100 videos. It is also compatible with iphone and ipad.

Plans & Pricing:

Basic: $ 6,99 per month (Suggest by Agonistica)

Pro: $ 12,99 per month

Agency: $ 24,99 per month

30 day free trial

Noted Photographers who used 4ormat:

Angelo Sgambati

David Terrazas

Alex Stoddard

Squarespace

Squarespace has existed since 2004, it’s a pioneer in this field. The interface design is slightly more formal compared to other competitors but after a while you easily get familiar with it.

You sign up, choose one of 22 available templates and you are ready to go. The basic plan, discounted if you subscribe for one year, offers almost everything you need: 20 pages (which is not a lot), 500 GB Bandwidth, 2 GB of storage, custom domain, 24/7 support.

Plans & Pricing:

Standard: $ 8 per month (or $ 120 per year) (Piano suggerito da Agonistica)

Unlimited: $ 16 per month (or $ 240 per year)

14 day free trial

Viewbook

Viewbook was founded in 2009 by two Dutch brothers. Unlike the others, you have to go for a Pro version to get the custom domain and remove Viewbook logo. The advantage is that you can sell photos directly from the site.

Plans & Pricing:

Basic: $ 4 monthly / $ 48 Yealry

Standard: $ 9 monthly / $ 90 Yealry

Pro: $ 19 monthly / $ 190 Yealry (Piano suggerito da Agonistica)

30 day free trial

Noted Photographers who used Viewbook:

Rene+Radka

Shinichi Maruyama

Robby Cavanaugh

Allyou

All You is the platform that I use for my photography site and it was founded in 2011 and is run by a group of Swiss guys. Currently the interface works well and has low costs. It is in continuous development.

Plans & Pricing:

Aluminium: Free / 50 mb of storage

Carbon: $ 8 per month ($96 yearly) / 1,5 gb of storage, custom domain (Piano suggerito da Agonistica)

Titanium: $ 15 per month ($180 yearly) / 10 gb of storage, custom domain, css customization

30 day free trial

Noted Photographers who used Viewbook:

Winkler+Noah

Splinder Film

In addition to the four reported above, I suggest also:

Prosite

As probably everyone knows, it is operated by Behance Network (recently acquired by Adobe). It works fine, but I don’t like the fact to be tied up to Behance: you are bound to have a Behance account and you can post on Prosite only the staff you have in Behance. It seems too much of a limit to me.

Virb

In partnership with Mediatemple, which is considered the world’s top in hosting.

Photodeck

It’s a bit different from the above mentioned. You may say  its core business is to act as a platform to realize your own stock image website. You upload your pictures and you sell them, a bit like Moofe or Maground. The graphics are not top-level and can not be personalized, but else the basic structure is excellent.

And also:

Photoshelter

Pixpa

Aphotofolio

Livebooks

Foliowebsites

Indexhibit

Clickbooq

Sitewelder

Flavors.me

SmugMug

If you have more to suggest, please do so and include them in the comments.