Whether the little one has already arrived or if you’re still expecting, if you’re certain you want to document their first year as much as possible, you may want to consider doing so with a dedicated website! Not all your relatives may have social media accounts which you can share photos with, but you can easily email or text a website’s domain name, allowing you to easily share every special moment with friends or family through short stories, photos, and even video!
The best part? Making a website to document baby’s first year can take less than thirty minutes!
Thanks to easy website building platforms (like www.websitebuilder.com) you can gain access to hosting and domain names for absolutely free, ensuring that no one needs to miss out on all of your baby’s important first-year milestones or precious memories. And website builders give you a selection of templates or themes to select from, meaning you don’t need to know how to code: you just select the theme you like and begin dropping in your photos, text, or video!
The first step is always to pick a website builder to do the job. There are dozens on the market, including WordPress, Website Builder, Squarespace, Wix, and more. They each have different perks, bandwidth, and hosting limitations, so compare them all and see what’s best for you. Most offer free plans, and almost all offer special paid-version options such as larger picture formats or a greater range of photo editing options. Some will allow you to edit your website and add things on-the-go from a mobile phone or tablet, so if you take a lot of snapshots or video away from home, take note of that! If you take high-resolution photos with a larger file size, remember to take a look at the size of the hosting plan offered: you don’t want to get stuck with only 50 megabytes for a website if each photo you take tends to be 10!
After you’ve picked the website builder you want to use and made your account, the next big task is to find a great theme from the builder’s library! While most have generic baby photo themes, you could look around and find creative options which can reflect your lifestyle as well: modern and minimalist themes with large photo headers, or rustic themes with classic old-timey fonts. Don’t hesitate to inject some character into your baby website.
Next, consider how you want to organize your website. Lumping all your baby’s photos onto one page will make it slow to load, so it’s often a better idea to organize photos into smaller galleries which have a unifying theme. This could mean grouping photos by location: kitchen photos, park photos, backyard photos, etc. Or it could mean grouping them by date! Go with your gut instinct, and label each gallery in as detailed a way as possible.
The next step should be to do any photo editing. This includes cropping any photos which may display identifying characteristics of your home, and cropping photos to make them a more uniform size where possible. You could also correct red-eye, use creative filters, or if you enjoy having a little fun, adding special elements like thought bubbles or text on the photos.
Upload the photos to their separate galleries when all the editing is done. Depending on how many photos you have, this might easily be the longest part of the process! And of course, as you take more photos, you can easily head to your website builder to edit the website, adding new photos to existing galleries or creating new galleries as needed. And whenever friends and family want to see how baby’s doing, they can head over to your website!
If you’re worried about security, there are many options to make galleries (or even your whole website!) password protected, so that only specific individuals can see your photos, and you can engage options to hide your baby’s website from search engine results should you choose.
But in the end, it’s as easy as that to make a cute website to document baby’s first year!