My wife is a painter, and along with my woodworking we have always dreamed of someday opening a gallery.
A few years back we conceived the name ”The Easel Life” for our future storefront and website. I registered the domain name theeasellife.com (As you can see there is not much there for now.)
My wife has just graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelors in Fine Art. So it is time to start promoting her as an artist. We would like to take the next small step with our website by making an online portfolio of our work.
The idea is that we could hand out a business card and anyone, anywhere could access a professional looking portfolio any time. One section would have her art and another section would have my woodworking.
I played around with it and built a sample web page (not published yet). The website building software is OK, but I am frustrated because I don’t want to be confined to their simple format “templates.” She likes it because it is secure, and has great 24/7 tech support. It is also one of the more expensive sites (starting rate: $20/mo).
I have seen features on other websites which I really like such as:
- Scrolling banner of photos (of artwork) across home page
- Embedded slide show (of artwork) on page
- A picture (example: a box) which is also a link, and when you put the cursor over it it changes (example: box opens).
- Clean, streamline, un-cluttered, professional appearance which lets the artwork do the talking.
I think these features really draw someone in with minimum effort on their part (which is always good). They get a sense of your work without too much clicking around. I have heard of Flash animation but don’t know much about it. I am assuming the above features probably use Flash?
I don’t know html, or much about creating a website but I am pretty computer savvy and a quick learner. I am looking for something that meets the following criteria:
- Introductory plan for less than $20/mo, around $10/mo would be perfect.
- Ability to grow in complexity with my website skills and needs
- Templates are OK, but don’t box me in to too simple of a format for long
- Ability to use Flash animation (which I don’t know anything about yet except that I want it)
So if you know of a great web hosting site or have any tips, please let me know.
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