How To Make A Website – for filmmakers & visual artists


Hi guys
My name is Tom Antos and I am here today
with my brother Lukas Hello And I wanted to do this video to talk about or show you
guys, actually how to create a website And why you should have one, right, that’s the
main idea why a fimmaker or other visual artists why it is a really good idea, an important
thing to actually have a website, right? What are like the main reasons? Well, I would say
the biggest one is you want to be able to show off your work If you are a photographer
or illustrator or filmmaker like me You want to have a central place
where people can go and see your work Then if they like your work, hopefully somewhere where people can easily contact you So that is the second reason and I think the last reason is especially if you start growing
your website if you have a lot of visitors is that you can monetize that by selling products So we are going to show you how we built a website and we used Wix.com and some of the benefits of using Wix is that they have dedicated templates, design templates for filmmakers
and visual artists So that is a big thing and overall, the designs that they offer are
very modern, sleek looking and they’ve got all the latest design effects
that you see on the web you’ll have at your disposal Also, another important thing is that all the designs they work great on desktop and mobile So that is something that will be
very easy for you to implement And I think it’s very important because these days even our website, statistically,
it’s like 50/50, pretty much when it comes to traffic
50% of people consume or visit our website on
mobile devices, right? Yeah, and the thing is we’re probably going to be
shifting more and more into mobile but you still have to take care of the desktop visitors especially when it comes to selling things Most people will still use a desktop So that’s why you need to have the experience work for both types of visitors Also Wix has some really, of course it has plenty of apps that will make things easy for you but there is a couple
of apps that I want to mention quickly It’s the Wix Video app
that you will see us use in this video and also the Pro Gallery app and that’s a great tool for showing off photos so if you are a photographer especially that’s a great tool and all these apps just make
things easy and you’ll be able to, for example for videos, you’ll be able to
easily upload videos or share videos that you already have on other websites like Facebook, YouTube
and Vimeo, for example And you can monetize those videos That is another big thing And monetizing,
it’s not just selling but you can also rent and offer subscriptions and everything is very
easy to set up thanks to these apps But it’s not just the digital goods, right? You can actually sell physical goods.
Let’s say you have hats That’s right. You can sell merchandise as well, yeah. Anyways, let’s just show them
how we actually created the website This is how the website is going to look The Home page Blog a couple of pages showing off our work the About page and of course
the Contact page So as we mentioned, we are going
to be using Wix to create this website and as you are about to see
this is a very simple tool to use Here on this screen
there are a few options and you could choose photography or Portfolio & CV which is what I chose I also experimented with a few other options and basically there wasn’t
like a huge difference the ones I chose, at least in terms of what I was getting in terms of the
initial design of the website So, don’t worry too much about this You’ll still have
plenty of opportunities to adjust things if you need to But for visual artists
I guess it makes sense to go either with Photography or Portfolio Now here, you have to make a decision whether you want to use the ADI or the Editor With the ADI, it is a very simple tool to use It does everything for you And with the Editor you’ve got more control, but there is
a bit more work for you to do Now, I would start with the ADI and then, if you need to
use the Editor The thing is… if you start
with the Editor you cannot go or once you switch to the Editor
you cannot go back to the ADI So that’s why I recommend starting with the ADI For this website that I built there was one functionality I could not
implement with the ADI That is why you’ll
see me use the Editor in the last stage of the build of this website So I am just going
to pick the ADI here Here you just give a bit more
information about your website and this way the ADI can do a better job providing you with the right design So here you actually have a few options for filmmakers You could choose the Film Producer I just picked the Film Director Portfolio Again, whatever you choose, I don’t think
it makes a big difference You’ll still have plenty of opportunities to change things up, so there is no wrong answer here Here I can add a few more things to the website I am going to add a blog Now when it comes to blogs, should you do it or not? They are really useful, I think but they do take a lot of time, so if you are a busy filmmaker and you are on your own, you don’t have another person to help you maintain a blog then I would say, don’t worry about it at this point just get your website out and show off your work but long term, yeah,
it pays off to have a blog so if you are able to bring someone onboard to help with a blog, then I would include
a blog in your website Here you can also see that you can
add the ability to sell online so that is really cool that the ADI allows you to easily add this functionality Whether that makes sense for you right now or maybe in the future, that’s a different thing but it’s at your fingertips, if you need this functionality So I am just going to add
a few details about the website the name and the address which is just a fake address, or actually
I think it’s the address of the Wix office in New York but that is what I am going
to put in for now The ADI offers to find for you assets for your website By assets I mean images,
information, text and so on because that is the most time-consuming
part of building the website it’s actually getting all the content
you want to publish together So you can quickly here use this tool and it will look what content is there online Here is some stuff that the ADI found about us,
a few of our websites but I actually prepared all the images
and whatever I needed beforehand so I am not going to take advantage
of this. I am just going to click Skip Here I am putting in info about our social accounts and this way the website will nicely link to them Now the ADI gathers all the information you entered and the website is about to be built Here we pick a design template I am going to pick the Black Ice and here is the Home page Now it still doesn’t have any sections just the header and the footer but as you can see here Wix or the ADI is going through
and adding different sections so Welcome, Gallery and so on whatever it thinks
you need on your Home page So here is where the ADI finishes its job and gives you a nice shiny website Of course, you can further customize the website and you can actually turn off the ADI at this
point and you can do things on your own create new pages and do anything you need but first time around I would for sure
continue with the ADI interview and continue with the customization
of the website So I am just going to preview the website So here you can see the Home page
with all its sections So I really like the look of the website It is very modern, professional I am going to go back to the ADI to customize the website further I was trying out a few
different site designs and experimenting but actually the original choice, the Black Ice was the one I liked the most As you can see in the menu on the right side you can customize
other things like the website color, fonts the layout You can create new sections, edit sections You can create new pages, and so on and so forth And you can jump in and do any
of this on your own or you can ask the ADI to guide you through every step So in the site design, you can go and experiment with these colors sets. I tried a few but actually I went back to the original recommendation by the ADI and I have to say in many cases when experimenting with the design of the website I would just go back to
the original recommendation So now I am just going to fix
some of the text on the Home page Now I am going to work on the About page So here you can see again, there are different
templates for the page So here I just chose one and I am going to change up the hero image So this is how the About page looks now So here I am cleaning up the Home page deleting a few sections here
that I don’t really care about I am going to change the image So now I am going to create a new page,
a Contact page Here you can see again a few typical
pages that you can choose from Just change the image So I don’t really care
about this map here so I’m just going to unclick this little radio button So this is how the Home
page looks now I’ve got here this gallery that I… I am going to delete it The idea here is that I actually want a
section where I show off the videos videos that are hosted
on YouTube and Vimeo so, videos hosted on other websites now, at this point I didn’t know how to do it and it looked like I needed
to go to the Editor here to do it but the thing is, if I go to
the Editor, I cannot go back to the ADI So, I still wasn’t sure how I was going to do it Now, I could have easily added videos to my website to this gallery that I just deleted by uploading them to the website but that’s not what I wanted to do I wanted to actually share videos,
show videos that I am hosting on YouTube and Vimeo and that was not possible with the ADI So I will show you how I end up doing this using two different methods, actually But I am going to show you how to do it with the Editor That’s how you will have
to do this at this point Now Wix has told me that soon enough you’ll be able to do this within
the ADI itself so then, it’s going to be really simple Not that it is not simple using the
Editor, as you are about to see So here I am experimenting with the gallery just changing up its look but again, the main thing is how do
I link to YouTube and Vimeo pages, right Here, if I go I can actually put videos instead
of images into this nice gallery but those videos would have
to be hosted on your website and that’s now what I wanted you might want to do that but actually, so the way to do it you actually have to go to the Editor You have to leave
the ADI for good you cannot go back to it you have to use the Editor So now that I am
in the Editor Actually, the first thing I am going to do is just rearrange the order of the
pages Not that I could have done it before in the ADI it’s just that I had forgotten
to do this So now I am on the Tutorials page I am just going to add here go down to Video and you can add videos from YouTube, Vimeo So, it’s pretty straight-forward You just put in the link and you can customize it more I am going to drop another video So once I have all these videos the main challenge now is just to arrange nicely the video windows That’s why I said I wanted to use a gallery, right to save myself this step and now I have
to go do it myself although you have these tools on the right side here to properly
align the windows So this is a quick job but I wish this functionality was
supported in the gallery So this is the Tutorials page now So I have that part done Now, I wanted to do a similar
thing on the front page just not show as many videos here but it’s the same idea I am just going to use that little app to add videos and then relink them to YouTube and Vimeo and arranging them is the main job I just want to have a few highlights,
a few videos and then have that button there if you click it, it takes you to the Tutorials
page where you see all the tutorials So this is the tutorials section on the Home page So I am just going to change the background just wanted to make it different
from the next section So this is how the website looks now Home page, Blog page Tutorials So as a visual artist, I am sure your going to have a lot of great shots to show off so this design really suits visual artists So now I am just going to click Publish and the website is live
It is as easy as that Now there would be an extra step
if I wanted to use my own proper domain but otherwise that’s all it takes
to publish a website For all the details
check out Wix.com The main decision is whether
you’re going to use your own domain name
or whether you want to use the domain name from Wix Because there would be cost
if you want your own domain which I would suggest getting
for sure So on the Wix website you can
see the different paid plans and what you exactly get But even just the free version gives you all the functionality
you saw me use in this video for this website Now, here I am going to show you
another way to create a gallery of videos that are hosted on other websites
like YouTube and Vimeo and here I am using
this app Wix Video You do have to use the Editor
for it, not the ADI although I am hearing that the ADI
will support this functionality soon Basically, this is another way
to create like a Tutorials page where you are sharing videos and they are all nicely arranged
on one page So there is not much to using this app You just You just drop it onto your page You just resize it which is really easy here So now I am just going to go here to Manage Videos and link to our YouTube and Vimeo videos So it’s really quick to go
add videos as long as you have links
readily available then you can very quickly
add a whole bunch of videos Now the way the videos
are organized is as a channel You can see some of the options here So you can actually charge people
for this content or make it just free Here you can change
how many videos show up at the bottom of the video player Here I am just setting up the channel
just giving it a name and You can connect your
PayPal account so that if you do make your videos payable the money goes straight to your PayPal account Now one thing that
I did not realize at first is that when you click
one of those smaller windows the video doesn’t play in there the video player is only at the top Here I go full screen on the video Finally, I decided to change up the videos that I chose for this second
version of the Tutorials page I am just going to pick
some of our more popular videos So now I’ve got two channels Quickly, I am just going to
reorder the videos And now when I go to
this new page which I just renamed to Channel I just go quickly it and tell it that I want to show a different channel
or group of videos So this is the live website This is how the website looks right now So I really like this Wix Video app it makes things easy Plus it provides
additional functionality like for example, monetizing videos which is which a big thing So this is the final website Here you can see the Home page the Blog page This is the Tutorials page
that I used the Editor for and here I had to
set up the layout myself Now here is the page
the Channel page that uses the Wix audio app
No, the Wix Video app So that’s another way And then again
for the Wix Video app you do need to use the Editor And again
the About Me and Contact page Basically, the Contact page and
the Channel, the Tutorials page in our case would be
the most important pages because Tutorials and
the Channel page is where you show off your video
film content Here I am just showing that the website links to our social accounts and yeah, that’s
a very modern, clean website that took less than 3 hours to set up and has all the functionality you need at the start Now, yeah, down the line you might add other great
features like monetizing things like that
but It’s really impressive
what you can achieve in a couple of hours So hopefully you guys
are now convinced that building a website is easy As you saw,
there is no coding skills necessary Yeah And for me, the process
was intuitive and it was fun to actually play
with different design choices Yeah
The most important thing at the end of the day
you end up with a professional and modern-looking
website, right? That also has a functionality that serves your business
and career purposes Yeah which is very important So definitely, if you guys
don’t have a website Don’t delay
Get on it Also, check out our website the one that you
just saw us build It’s a live website There is a link to it
in the description of the video and as always
for any more information things like that if you just want to find
out about some of the other things we’re doing
as always all the links and everything are in the description
of this video So, anyways
that’s it Hopefully, you guys enjoyed this video and we’ll see
you next time See you soon

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