Lightroom has a lot of hidden gems, and I’m not sure that there’s one that shines brighter than the web module. Today, I want take some time to show off the power of the web module and teach you how it could be a great part of your workflow.
No matter your photograhic situation, I’ll bet that you have some need to get your work showcased online. Whether you’re casually sharing with friends or pitching a client on your latest body of work, there has to Professional web design can be costly (but worth it!), or a huge headache if you attempt it on your own. That’s why I love Lightroom’s Web Module.
Hosting & Such
Now, before we get started, there’s a prerequisite to all of this: you have to have a website to send it to. (If you already have a site, feel free to skip this section) This requires two things typically: a domain, and a webhost (often called “hosting”). Some companies like GoDaddy (not recommended) offer both hosting and domains through their services, but it’s not necessary to choose the same business for both.
The domain is simply the URL to your site, such as LightroomLove.com . Domains are pretty cheap, at around just $10 per year. I recommend buying all domains at Dynadot.com . Their sign up process is simple and I love the way I do business. The most popular domain registrar, GoDaddy, is a choice I would not recommend for a variety of reasons.
Hosting brings with it more choices and complexity. You’ve probably heard of lots of webhosts like Hostgator, Bluehost, and many others that are out there, and the choices are varied and plentiful.
The aforementioned Bluehost is my preferred host for their outstanding customer service and ease of use.
Once you buy the domain and get a hosting package, you’ll need to DNS
Using the Web Module
Why the web module? In short, it’s because it’s the fastest and easiest way to get work online, and it also has enough features to be customizable to your needs.
When doing web galleries, I always prefer to use the HTML gallery options. Flash is not a great technology to be using – it is slow, and doesn’t work on a huge amount of mobile devices. I know that the animations are appealing to some people, but I am of the belief that we want fast and functional over anything else.