The latest excitement in my art business is that I’ve finally got my own artist website: Paula Ogier galaxy of art.
For some time now, I’ve had what’s known as my own “bubblesite” on Redbubble.com. If you’re a Redbubble.com member, you can post your artwork and view and comment on the work of other member artists all over the world. And you can sell your work, leaving Redbubble to handle the printing, framing and shipping. I enjoyed being on Redbubble immensely, but when they recently “improved” their website design (an apparently contagious malady these days), I found I didn’t enjoy going there as much because the layout was messy, unfocused, and a drag to navigate. Plus someone had shown me some greeting cards purchased through Redbubble with my artwork on them, and the color and quality were not consistently good. I can get my digital paintings printed locally by someone I know will do a good job, so it made sense to have more control over the process. I want to know what my client is getting. It was definitely time to get my own site – something I’ve been fantasizing about, but not actually pursuing.
When I wrote a list of business goals for the month of January, at the top was “Look into getting a website.” So non-committal. Why? I was scared I would not understand how to do it or how it worked. But I remembered those Intuit.com commercials about creating your own website, and the next morning I went to their site. I watched the informational video, registered for my free month-long trial, poured through the selection of templates, picked out my domain name, and by evening I had the first page to my new website completed. That was a month ago and I’m pretty happy with how far I’ve come. I have separate pages for the different genres of artwork I do – pet portraits, pattern designs, illustrations, and photo-based cityscape paintings – making it easy for clients to find the type of artwork they are looking for.
Intuit.com’s customer service has been great so far. I have to admit they do try to sell me some upgraded feature every time I call, but other than that, it’s easy to get them on the phone and they’ve quickly resolved any problems or questions.
If you’re an artist, I’d love to hear from you about your own experiences with setting up a website for your business.
Artwork in this post Copyright © 2010 Paula Ogier. Do not use or reproduce without permission.