Digital Photography Tips, Tutorials and Resources
Adjust the viewfinder, click the camera shutter, and you can capture stunning moments that the world can cherish forever (if preserved).
Creating an online portfolio of your creative genius is not that easy, however. There’s a lot of painstaking effort involved if you take the traditional method of creating an e-museum of your photography work:
Buy a domain, search for the right hosting solution that falls in your budget but doesn’t leave you stranded in crucial times, set up the hosting, install a suitable theme, integrate the needed plugins, and if everything works fine, optimize the website to perform adequately.
That’s too much work. You’d rather be out there capturing moments that stun the world, and we get that.
This is where Cloudways (and us) comes in. Cloudways is a cloud hosting solution that makes hosting websites a breeze, but with our partnership, we’re going a step further for all you photography enthusiasts and making things even better.
In case you’re not familiar with Cloudways, though, or the skeptic in your mind is looking for more answers, we’ll give you an overview of what Cloudways is and why it’s such a great choice for hosting your business websites, online portfolios, personal blogs, etc.
Let’s focus our lens on Cloudways for a bit, then!
Cloudways – A Managed Cloud Hosting Solution
Cloudways, simply put, is your managed cloud hosting partner that adds ease and simplicity to your online endeavors. Their highly intuitive platform allows even an average Joe with no coding or dev knowledge to launch radically fast websites and start focusing on their business.
From choosing your cloud provider to launching your server or application, you’ll feel like you’ve done it all before, even if you haven’t. But let’s not talk in abstracts. Let’s look at the reasons that help Cloudways stand out and why hundreds to thousands of people prefer to host their online dreams with them.
Ease of Use
One of the primary reasons Cloudways is so popular is that it makes it incredibly easy to perform any function that otherwise may seem alien to most users. Beginning with the signup & server launching process, it becomes evident that their promise of simplicity isn’t just a claim: you can launch a fully optimized cloud server within a few clicks.
For a person who wants to focus on their photography, you’ll find it incredibly convenient to not go through a learning curve and just get to the portfolio part quickly.
Performance & Speed
Of course, ease of use and simple processes can’t make up for a website that doesn’t perform optimally. This again is where Cloudways shines.
Cloudways has perhaps one of the fastest WordPress hosting stacks out there, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any performance issues that put your photography portfolio in a bad light. With average load times of 400 to 600 milliseconds, your website is bound to deliver the results you expect from it.
If you’re interested in benchmarks, the Cloudways performance showdown will be of interest to you.
Security is a serious matter when it comes to intellectual property and personal information. When you have all your work online, you don’t want hackers with malicious intent to jeopardize your work or put your audience and customers at risk. This is why it’s reassuring to know that Cloudways is fully encrypted end-to-end and releases regular updates to the firmware and operating system.
Cloudways also offers free SSL certificates, which is a must for all online stores and websites. And lastly, every account on Cloudways is laden with security features like firewalls, bot protection, two-factor authentication, etc.
So to say, the hardened security measures on Cloudways ensure that your photography portfolio is miles away from any digital danger.
24/7 Customer Support
What happens, though, when you run into a technical problem that you can’t solve? That’s where Cloudways’ 24/7 technical support comes in and saves the day. You can always create a ticket for any issue you may be facing, but they have expert agents available round the clock to chat with and help you with any questions you may have.
Here’s a quote about Cloudways’ customer support from one of their happy clients:
To me, what sets Cloudways apart from other hosts is the level of support offered. Even at the basic level of support, the customer service provided by the support techs is far above and beyond that offered by competing hosts, both larger and smaller. – Eric Kuznacic, Why the Fuss
Based on the performance, the ease and simplicity of the platform, the high level of security, and all the other features Cloudways provide, one would think it’s a premium-priced service.
But surprisingly, Cloudways starts at an affordable $10 a month only. Granted that the most basic server isn’t ideal for someone serious with their business, but it’s nevertheless a great entry price for those who just want a personal blog, want to develop their website completely before going live, or for basic purposes.
For anyone seeking something more serious can always opt for higher-priced servers that, comparatively, are still priced rather fairly.
Visit their pricing page for more details.
There’s a lot more we can discuss about Cloudways, but let’s move on to what you really came here for; launching your photography portfolio with Cloudways in 1-click.
Partnering With Cloudways for the Photography Bundle
While Cloudways makes it really intuitive to launch a website, it can still take a few more steps to find the right plugins to create a photography portfolio that works the way you want. This is where our partnership with Cloudways proves to be the winning factor.
With this partnership, you get the power, performance, and reliability of Cloudways hosting, the stellar functionality and stunning gallery designs of Imagely, and the combined power of other relevant plugins like Blocksy and Stackable to supercharge your photography business!
How to launch your photography portfolio
Step 1: Sign up on Cloudways – it’s free and doesn’t require a credit card. If you’re already a customer, just sign in.
Once you’ve signed up at Cloudways, you’ll be greeted by the server selection screen:
Step 2: The Photography Portfolio bundle will be preselected under applications. So just name your Managed app and Managed server as demonstrated in the image above.
Step 3: Next, select your cloud provider and server size from a choice of 5 top ones (DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, AWS & GCP):
Step 4: Select your ideal location from the drop-down:
Step 5: Click the LAUNCH NOW button.
In a few minutes, your server and application will be ready with your photography bundle preinstalled. All you need to do is go to Applications from the top menu, select the application that you just launched, and use the provided URL to launch your WordPress-powered portfolio and start uploading your pictures!
Given how easy it is to launch your photography portfolio/website with the Cloudways photography bundle, it’s surprising you haven’t started already.
Our partnership with the Cloud hosting platform means that you as our end-user get the best of all services and focus mainly on your passion. So head over to our partnership page to learn more about the photography bundle and get started with your dream of showing the entire world what you are capable of from behind the camera lens!
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