Delightful Art was created as a community to showcase artists and help them display and market their works of art. Our goal is to not only promote artwork on our own site, but help artists grow their own business as an entrepreneur to connect with potential buyers and collectors. To help you on your journey, we have set up this resources page with highly recommended products, that we use ourselves, that you can use continually grow your business.
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Website Hosting Resources:
Bluehost – All of the artist websites that we have built are hosting on Bluehost. Why? Bluehost has a one-click website installation that quickly allows you to get up and running with WordPress. If you look below, we highly recommend WordPress as well. We highly recommend using Bluehost for your art website and you can get started for only $3.95/month! It certainly fits the artist budget!
Social Media Resources:
Social media is necessary for any creative professional these days. The best part is that it is very simple and using the top 3-4 social media sites can greatly improve your exposure and grow your audience. Below are our top resources for planning, posting, and growing our social media accounts.
Planoly – Planoly is a great tool, and you can probably guess what it does. Yes, it helps you PLAN your Instagram feed.
Buffer – Buffer is a social media management tool that is web based and also has a handy mobile app. Buffer allows you to schedule your social media posts and will post your content across multiple platforms at the same time. There is no need to go to each site like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc because you can do them all from the Buffer interface. It is easy and for one social account per platform, it is FREE!
Hootsuite – This is another social media management tool similar to Buffer. It does pretty much the same thing, so we aren’t going to go into details. It is easy to use; however, it is only free for the first 3 profiles you want to use. After that you need to start paying.
We feel strongly that to be taken seriously as an artist who wishes to sell their work, you must have a website. It doesn’t need to be a hugely complex website, but you should have some type of digital address where people can see your work – and it should be separate from your social media profiles. We are huge fans of the following resources.
WordPress – We aren’t the only ones who love WordPress. It is the most popular website platform on the web. We like it because it is so easy to learn and use, and it powers this website! It is also free and can be installed usually with one click on any website hosting. Now, the platform itself is free, but it will cost some money to host the website somewhere, but hosting can be less than one Starbucks coffee a month! See below for our hosting recommendations.
Wix – Wix is an all-in-one platform. They will provide the platform for you to put your content and also provide the hosting for it. While the low end plan is free, it definitely has limitations, which is why we would recommend going with a paid plan. Even with a paid plan, there are still some big limitations to Wix, which is why we highly recommend WordPress. If you just want a simple, one stop shop, then Wix is your best option.