Basics - Introduction

New to DPG? Welcome! We've put together a complete video tutorial just for you. We recommend this as your starting point to introduce you to DPG and build your first site.

Using Essential Portfolio, our newest and most customisable template, this step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know to make a gorgeous website of your own.

This tutorial is perfect for beginners, as it assumes no existing knowledge of site building and doesn't require you to edit any code.

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When you create your DPG site, you start by choosing a template. Think of the template as the main structure of your site.

Templates have different layouts, page types and ways to display content, but each one supports images, video and animated gifs.

Our templates work across all devices and look great on anything from mobile browsers to 5k displays.

You can use DPG to create all kinds of sites, from portfolios to password-protected client areas. And because DPG allows you to make multiple websites from one account, you can use the best template for the job each time.


These are our current templates:

Essential Portfolio is our newest and most focused template for creating portfolio sites. It's easy to set up and straightforward to customise, with multiple different preset layouts to choose from and endless customisations to make.

If you're looking for a powerful portfolio site, this is the one for you.

Check out some Essential Portfolio demo sites here.

Dedicated Shop is our best ecommerce template, made specifically for shops. It takes advantage of DPG's Sales features to create a beautiful shop with a modern cart and full checkout page. Payments are securely handled by your choice of the leading payment service providers - Paypal and Stripe.

Check out some Dedicated Shop demo sites here.

With Classic Masonry image galleries are laid out in masonry columns and you can use sets or pages to organise your work into different projects.

There are two layout configurations to choose from - Sidebar and Top Bar.

Check out some Classic Masonry demo sites here.

Flexible Side Scroll also allows you to choose between Sidebar and Top Bar layouts. Image galleries scroll horizontally and can be arranged into sets and pages.

Check out some Flexible Side Scroll demo sites here.

Modern Narrative is a super versatile template which can be used to create all kinds of sites, from portfolios to client delivery areas. It features a number of different vertical-scrolling gallery options, the most unique of which is the Photo Story page.

Check out some Modern Narrative demo sites here.

Dedicated Blog is a template made especially for blogs. Six different index views allow you to change the appearance of your blog with just one click. Featured posts highlight key content and post templates let you create varied and engaging layouts for posts.

Check out some Modern Narrative demo sites here.

Once you've chosen your template you can use one of the preset themes or customise the layout and design as much as you like.

What can you make?

Explore our website creation help guides to learn more:

Your first website - just getting started with DPG? Here are the basics for creating a new site with Essential Portfolio.

Shop - sell your artwork or products with the Dedicated Shop template.

Photo blog - share your news or tell your story with the Dedicated Blog template.

Wedding gallery site - if you shoot weddings or events, you can use DPG to make beautiful galleries for your clients to share with their friends and family.

Client area - you can use DPG as a secure way to store and deliver your high resolution files to clients by creating a site with user logins.

Press site for a brand or event - press sites can be used to display work by a single photographer or team and are ideal for distributing downloadable content to press and media.

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