Top Website Providers for Artists

Want to make an impressive presentation of your portfolio and art business online? These sites make it easy for artists to upload images, integrate shopping carts, and market their work.

 

Artwork shown in a "Wall Preview" on Art Storefronts. Read about them and other artist website providers at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

Artwork is shown in a “wall preview feature” on an Art Storefronts website.

 

What’s the difference between a place to sell your work online and having your own art website? Selling through a third-party marketplace is one option, but a site that belongs to you alone gives you more control, and additional benefits. An individual artist website increases your credibility and authority. It also allows you to collect names of visitors and develop an email marketing list.

Building a website doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult, though. The sites listed below offer templates and tool packages to help you get started easily. These popular providers have a variety of features and pricing to fit different needs and budgets.

Art Storefronts – A robust platform with plenty of themes for your site, guidance on how to build and customize it, and useful features like a “Wall Preview” to show your art in different rooms (shown above). They interface with Mail Chimp for ease in promoting your work, and often introduce new online tools to help you market and sell. Lots of bells and whistles for the very serious artist.

Art Span – An easy-to-use template site for artists in any medium. You can literally create your own website here in minutes! Print on demand and shopping cart services are provided, and they also host a marketplace, that directs shoppers to your site for purchase, which is a definite plus.

FineArtStudioOnline – A popular platform, especially for fine artists. This provider has been around for a long time, and has a user-friendly template setup. Their email marketing tool helps you stay in touch with your subscribers, and they also help promote new artwork through their own daily newsletter.

Shopify – Primarily an e-commerce platform for creating online stores, this site is not tailored specifically to artists, but is used by many. It can be built as your only website, or can act as a store page, linked to from your main website. Shopify has a very helpful marketing blog with lots of ideas for promoting and selling online.

Foliotwist – This popular provider has a customizable website template, with a shopping cart and integrated blog function. Tiered pricing allows artists to launch a website very inexpensively. They offer email marketing, SEO and social media assistance, too.

IndieMade – An affordable option with an easy-to-use template. Get started by uploading a header to brand your site, and add images of your work. This platform integrates with your Etsy shop if desired. They have a shopping cart function to make sales, and social media share buttons for your store and products.

Pixpa – Created for artists, designers and photographers, this site helps you easily build a website, and even create “client albums” for promotional purposes. Ecommerce and marketing solutions are built in. They offer tiered pricing with different features to get started even on a small budget.

Square – An ecommerce provider focused on helping small business owners create a store and get started selling. Customizable themes allow you to brand your site, and the drag-and-drop editor is easy to use. They do not charge monthly for your site, but take a transaction fee on sales. Analytic tools help you keep track of everything.

Have you built your own art website using a website provider? What were your results? 

 

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