Have you grown out of Flickr’s free plan or are you looking to take your portfolio to the next level?
Either way, you’ve come to the right place – because, in this post, we’ll be taking a look at how you can move your entire photography portfolio from Flickr to WordPress in no time!
Why should your portfolio not live on Flickr?
This is definitely a great question that surprisingly also has a really simple answer.
Flickr is an independently hosted website that you do not own. While it does have a good reputation in the photography community as a place to share your photographic work, it certainly isn’t the sole place professional photographers host their portfolio.
And, considering that they have full and total control over all of the images that you store with them, it might be time to take your portfolio to the next level by migrating to WordPress.
As you become a better photographer, you realize that photos you once thought were great are actually not that good at all. Even photographers who have been professionally shooting for over ten years are progressing and growing their eye every day, and finding out some (or much) of their old work is just not up to par. It’s all part of refining your vision as a photographer.
Unfortunately, with Flickr, many of those types of photos remain on your page far past when they should, bringing down the overall impact of your imagery. It’s easy to post everything, because it doesn’t require you to think about why you like a particular image. Trimming down what you show people is an exercise in learning what you want to shoot and why certain photos appeal to you. You’re only as good as your worst image. Eventually you may realize that while you’ve got some good ones, others are pretty bad. You don’t want a potential client to have to wade through the bad ones. All they should see is your best.Matt Dutile
Flickr lacks presentation and branding features
As Matt continues to describe – as you grow as a photographer you’ll eventually want to package your work in a website and brand yourself as a photographer.
While Flickr makes it easy to upload and categorize images in a user-friendly way, every photographer’s portfolio looks exactly the same.
There is nothing stylistic that you can do to stand out which isn’t something that will help you as a photographer – especially not in a global market that demands an individualized style.
You need to make an effort to stand out from the crowd and one of the ways to do that is to build your portfolio on a platform that you truly own and can control, like WordPress.
Hey photographers! It’s about time to move from Flickr to WordPress. Here’s a quick guide to show you how…Tweet
So, without further ado – let’s jump right in and take a look at how you can migrate from Flickr to WordPress…
1. Login to Flickr
The very first thing you need to do is head to Flickr.com and navigate to your camera roll from the top navigation, as shown below:
Now that you’re looking at all of the photos you’ve uploaded to Flickr, select those which you wish to keep in your portfolio and click download…
Once the popup confirmation shows up, click Create ZIP file, wait for a brief moment and then click the link inn the email they will have sent you to download all of your images as a zip file.
2. Create Your WordPress Photography Website
Once you have all of your photos from Flickr saved on your computer locally, it’s time to set up your WordPress website.
One of the prerequisites of hosting your photography portfolio with WordPress is choosing a hosting provider – click here to read our full post about best hosting for photographers. But, in case you don’t have time to stick around for another post, here’s the rundown:
Both Bluehost and Kinsta make the process of setting up your first installation of WordPress extremely easy. With their one-click installer and Kinsta’s support that never sleeps, you’ll manage to get everything up and running in no time.
3. Install the Modula Gallery Plugin
Once your WordPress website is ready, it’s time to proceed to install and activate the Modula WordPress Gallery plugin because it has absolutely everything you need to design an jaw-dropping portfolio that sells.
Although we might be a bit biased, with over 40,000 installations and a ream of 5-star reviews – I personally think it’s clear why installing Modula is an easy choice to make.
Modula Image Gallery
Photo Gallery by Modula – an advanced solution for Photo Gallery users. Create beautiful image galleries in minutes or less.
4. Create your first gallery
You should find creating your first gallery in WordPress using Modula really easy, but if you run into some issues here’s a brief explanation that should clear things up for you.
To create a new gallery, head to Modula > and click Add New. After just a few seconds, you’ll be automatically taken to the gallery edit screen so you can start working on your gallery right away.
- Modula Lite (or Pro) installed and activated
WordPress.org 4.4+ or WordPress.com Business (we’d always recommend that you keep your WordPress installations up to date)
PHP Version > 5.6 (preferably the latest as older ones are known to have some serious security vulnerabilities, but if you choose a host like Kinsta, this isn’t even something you need to worry about)
5. Upload your photos from Flickr
Now that you have the Modula WordPress gallery plugin installed and have created your very first gallery, it’s time to start adding your images to it.
Thanks to the easy-to-use drag and drop interface, adding images is really as easy as opening your folder and simply selecting the images you want to add so that you can drag them into the gallery edit area shown below:
You can, however, also choose to use the Upload image files button which will allow you to select as many images as you would like from your computer’s local folder structure.
Once selected, the images will automatically start uploading to the WordPress Media Library and your brand new Modula gallery.
6. Publish your photography website
Now it’s time to share your beautiful and amazing work with the rest of the world. Modula offers two extremely easy ways to insert galleries into WordPress posts or pages as many times as you’d like.
First, let’s take a look at adding your gallery to your posts and pages using the shortcode.
Inserting Modula galleries into WordPress posts and pages
Modula currently uses shortcodes to allow you to easily insert galleries into your posts/pages regardless of the theme, custom styling and page builder that you’re using on your WordPress installation.
Once you’ve created your stunning gallery with Modula and it’s time to share it with the world, all you need to do is copy the shortcode from the edit area (shown above) and then paste it into your WordPress post or page.
However, if you’re a fan of the new WordPress Gutenberg block editor, you may prefer to use Modula’s all-new Gutenberg block to add it. Here’s how to do that:
Inserting Modula galleries into posts or pages in WordPress Gutenberg
An alternative method of inserting galleries created using Modula is with our Gutenberg block. Simply type /modula to insert the Gutenberg block and then select your gallery from the dropdown.
Or, alternatively click the Modula icon (shown below) and then also proceed to select the gallery you wish to insert using the dropdown shown above.
And that’s it – you’ve just levelled up your portfolio!
You’ve now completely moved your photography website or portfolio from Flickr to WordPress – and thanks to Modula, your photos must look beautiful on your website.
So, that’s all for this time! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and that we were able to make the transition from Flickr to WordPress seamless.
You may also be interested, in this guide we put together to show photographers what the best places to sell their photos online are.