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Mineral PhotographyWebsite builder choice?

7th Jan 2020 21:01 UTCFrank Casella

I am a novice to mineralogy and less so to photography, let alone website building. My focus would be limited to the Franklin/Sterling NJ locality. I would like to build a website where I can store a properly catagorized selection of rocks and minerals, allow third party collaboration, and have section for a basic introductory text, including graphs and videos, of the geology and mineralogy of this locality. Is anyone aware of a good website builder? There are so many to choose from, and most are business oriented. Thanks.

7th Jan 2020 21:19 UTCDavid Von Bargen Manager

I think that you really  need to start out with where you are going to host your website. They usually have a set of tools that they tend to support.

7th Jan 2020 23:10 UTCFrank Casella

Thanks David. Will start, as they say, at the beginning. 

7th Jan 2020 21:39 UTCFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Hi Frank,

there are a number of different platforms out there and I suspect there are pros and cons to each.

I had some of your same questions a few years ago when I set up my small-time mineral-related website using WordPress, and although I hate my hosting provider (and will be switching providers when my current contract expires), I have been happy with the simplicity, flexibility and appearance of the Wordpress platform. Feel free to check out my website at for ideas about how to integrate images, videos and text into a small personal specific-themed website  (which likely has quite different operating/hosting/upkeep issues compared to a big popular website like mindat).


7th Jan 2020 23:15 UTCFrank Casella

Thanks Frank. I will take a look at WordPress. Rockptx.com is very well structured, very readable, and looks like a great resource. 

8th Jan 2020 00:26 UTCGareth Evans

Why not start by setting up a nice homepage on Mindat. It's free and it works for me!!

8th Jan 2020 02:06 UTCFrank Casella

Splendid. I will take that as an invite. (with a contribution)
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