If you are an artist, a website featuring your work is a must. But, you are not a programmer. How are you supposed to build a website by yourself? You can't afford an expensive web developer. Your medium is not computer code. It is Photoshop, paint, pencil, chalk, water color, tempera, clay, film, marble, stone, metal or bronze. You've looked around, and there are not any website builders out there that give you what you need. Think again! Doodlekit is the artist website builder you've been needing to put your gallery online and to do it all by yourself. Just try our free website builder and test our claim. We wager that once you've had a brief taste of how our wizard helps you build artist website templates, you'll be premiering your work as soon as today!
As an artist, you desire to visually premier your work on your website. For this reason, you need an artist website builder that takes away the need for you to spend hours wrestling with computer code. With Doodlekit, we offer you easy to use tools that allow you to focus on the digital, or graphic representation of your work. This way you spend more time creating your art, and then presenting it for everyone on the World Wide Web to discover. Our self design artist web builder tools help you focus on the images of your art, how it is cropped, rotated, faded, or stylized. We offer quite the varieties of ways to truly showcase your gallery via our photo album options. You can even make your artist website's header a rotating display of your greatest work!
Not only does Doodlekit make it easy for you to professionally showcase your work online without writing a single line of code, our website builder's template wizard helps make the rest of your site resemble a work of art. Many artist's have been unhappy with web builders that only offer a few standard cookie cutter templates. We truly give you the tools to construct every aspect of the web templates which serve as the backbone of your online art gallery. From custom designing your header image to rotating through images of your work, to selecting the exact colors and text you desire to present, to the very sizes of your sidebars, text boxes, and footers, you'll be the master of your work. You are in control of your site's artistic image.
Yes, we do claim to be the best free artist website builder. To make our point we will first address the free part. We do offer a free web builder and hosting to anyone wanting to try out our bare bones package. However, even though this free option offers you the fewest bells and whistles, when compared to our other website creator solutions, it nonetheless offers plenty for you to work with. Our free plan offers you web hosting, social media tools, use of our template library, template design tools, galleries, photo and image uploading, template sharing, blogging, and advanced editor functionality. If you want more, we have reasonable prices should you desire to include options like unlimited bandwidth, tools for placing advertisements, email forwarding, a shopping cart, forums, bulk image uploading, website statistics counters, SEO tools, or a domain name. In many cases, if you are just getting a start with showing your art, and especially if you are not quite ready to go live on the Internet to the public, a free website might be the right way to go. It will get you started, you'll have time to climb our quick learning curve and gain confidence, and at any time you wish to add any functionality like a forum or a shopping cart, or to procure your own domain name, you can easily do so with a few clicks and fill in the blanks. You will be ready to go live!
Our free artist website builder is really free. We don't ask for your credit card or bank information. All we need is your email address to confirm you are human and not a spammer. By using our free web design tools we aren't locking you into anything you will have to pay for in the future. If you do sign up for a paid artist website you are only committed to pay us on a month to month basis. You can cancel month-to-month at any time. We don't want to trap anyone with tricks or gimmicks. We want lifetime customers delighted with our do-it-yourself web builder tools and hosting. Ultimately, WE ISSUE YOU A CHALLENGE: sign up and try us for free and see if Doodlekit gives you what an artist needs to build her own website and online gallery. If we do, we have won a customer. If you are not convinced, you have not risked a thing but some fun artistic playtime. Few have tried us and not had fun!
And as for our second assertion, that we are the best website builder for artists, we will defer to the challenge we just issued in the above paragraph and let you draw your own conclusions after trying our web building brushes and pencils in your own hands. We think you'll agree that we are not only the best at empowering you and your fellow artists to create the best free artist websites, but also that the breadth of our platform truly offers an unlimited array of artist website templates to be created by you. The sky is the limit and it is only capped by your vision and imagination. This gets to our next point.
Artist sites have to look great. And for that matter so do personal blogs and commercial websites. The first few seconds determine whether someone visiting your site will stay, and this decision is usually based on the immediate visual appearance of your website. Think of an art gallery. It is not just the works on display which allure your audiences, favorable critics, and potential buyers. Everything has to look and feel great: the surroundings, the lighting, the way in which space is used. The entire ambiance of the gallery has to match or be in congruence with the works on display. A gallery set up with a gothic motif may not be adequate for Matisse or Monet period themes. Not usually, right? For what is art? Nevertheless, due to these reasons - that everything must truly look and feel right for every website, our web builder wizard offers everyone, artist and non artist alike, the ability to create real artist website templates from the ground up. This is especially the case for artists with high graphic design demands. How is a true artist website builder to be functionally and adequately satisfactory if it does not offer extreme flexibility, allow for creativity, and support the inspired vision of an artist? The dream must become a tangible form of digital imagery in these Internet days! In other words, you can't be forced to paint within the lines. Such rigidity with artistic medium would have forfeited the beauty of the Renaissance and of Surrealism, and many other movements and periods. We would have sadly never have been inspired beyond or above the old Twelfth Century two-dimensional motifs which were adorned with halos and painted on wood instead of stretched canvass. True vision requires an open ended platform with which to thrive, and Doodlekit offers you just the artist website builder for the inspired work to be given birth!
1. Sign up for a FREE Doodlekit Plan. As you will see, as soon as you arrive on the signup page, all you have to do is fill in the blanks: name your website, provide a subdomain name, your email address, name, password, then go through the steps of proving you are human by hitting the green "START" button, reading and confirming our Terms and Conditions, then hitting continue. Next thing you know, we'll be emailing you a confirmation and a link. Click the link we provide and you are now into your very own free artist website, and you can do anything you want with it. Maybe what we've said sounds like a lot, but it isn't. It is all fill in the blank and click your way through a number of self explanatory fields. Perhaps just signing up is the hardest and least fun part, but trust us, even this is easy!
2. Jump right into your website. Here all you do to get right into constructing your website is click "Login." You enter the email address and password you gave us at signup, and a bunch of red buttons appear all over the face of your website. At this point, you really don't need any more instruction from us. Just start clicking on the buttons and see where they take you. But if you'd like, let's start with clicking "HEADER IMAGE." You'll be taken through a number of graphic, point and click choices, ranging from "Pick a Header Image," in which you can upload your photos and graphics from your computer. You directly insert them into your display header by simply cropping them if needed for a best fit, or if they are already perfect, just hit "Crop" after using your mouse to form a broken square around the entire perimeter of the image. Once you have uploaded your first header image, should you desire to turn your header into a slideshow, all you have to do is click "Add Another Image," instead of clicking out by hitting "OK." Rinse and repeat as desired, until you have made an incredible gallery, a true moving slideshow of your best work. Now that you know how to manipulate and crop your header image, and turn it into a moving picture show, you are ready to explore your artist website and build it on your own. Click on all the buttons and links. You will self teach yourself the ropes quite quickly. If you ever get stuck, you'll be delighted to know we have an entire community of Doodlekit owners, customers and friends contributing to our Forums and Blog. Here you'll likely find most of the answers you need to address any of the technical issues you encounter. And if you can't find your answer, ask the question on our Forums! We or perhaps even another artist will address your concerns promptly.
3. Keep working and playing! You will be surprised how quickly you are able to create a complete artist website featuring your work. Your best pieces can be shown in a revolving header or slideshow, and you can premier your new pieces in blog entries where you include a photo of your work along with how it was constructed, sculpted, made, or painted. If your work is from a particular period or school, you can discus its connection to the period or school it emulates, and what it is trying to communicate. Perhaps you aspire to create the same surreal forms as Dali, and were inspired in dreams or by a professor or a master artist under whom you have studied? These are all wonderful approaches to highlighting your work, giving it depth, and conveying its meaning. And of course if you are of the school of thought that it is up to the observer or critic to determine the meaning of your work, perhaps only images accompanied by written silence will offer all that is needed to inspire the various interpretations you desire, some of which may have never have otherwise occurred to you, the artist and creator.