Even though I'm a big fan of WordPress, not everyone is comfortable with it. Some people still want to use straight HTML templates for their sites. If you're familiar with editing HTML by hand or in an editor like Dreamweaver then these templates will help you get started. Just like any site template you can customize these till your heart's content.
This is a list of HTML photography website templates that you can use for your photography website.
- Working PHP contact form
- 12 color schemes with editable PSD files
- 960.gs grid based design
- PHP template files included
Photoworks Photography Template
Photoworks is a modern web 2.0 style html site template for photography or portfolio websites. This theme has a dark color scheme.
- Best for Photography, Photographer, Portfolio, Photo Gallery
- Valid XHTML Strict and CSS
- jQuery Flow (jFlow)
- Lytebox (lightbox)
- jQuery Lightbox
- Image Slideshow
- Dropdown Menu
- Main Page, About Page, Services Page, Portfolio Page
- Ajax Contact Form
- Documentation and PSDs Included
Photon Photo Showcase Template
The Photon site template simulates a flash gallery. Everything is loaded via ajax. Photon includes a working contact form and a page template that fits any resolution. The perfect template to show off your photographs and images.
- Everything is loaded via ajax
- AJAX contact form
- Multiple Albums & Pages
- Different description possible for each photo
- 2 different color schemes
360 Photos – Full Background Template
360Photos is a clean and minimalistic template including a Jquery powered fullscreen slideshow. The layout is based on the 960 grid framework.
The background can be a single photo or a slideshow controlled by the left sliding panel. It resizes automatically, no matter the size of the browser window. You can add as many images as you want.
- Possibility to create up to 10 galleries
- 10 color variants
- CSS / HTML coding
Fotofolio Photography Template
Fotofolio is a unique custom designed photography portfolio template created for photographers that require a high impact web presence but can be used for any type of artist’s portfolio ( webdesigner, graphic artist, painter etc).
- Tested and working in all major browsers: IE 6 7 8 , Chrome, Firefox 1.5 2 3 3.5, Opera, Safari
- PNG support
- Smooth horizontal scrolling with the mouse wheel and 2 arrows
- jQuery ightbox for viewing the fullsize of the photos
- Cufon font replacement – chosen font is Aller
- jQuery tooltips for photo descriptions
- A working contact form is included that you only need to add your email address to set up!
- Extensive documentation
Focal Photo Gallery Template
Focal is a clean, professional style photo gallery, for photographers wanting to present their shots, or for designers/artists wanting to showcase their portfolio work.
- Valid XHTML /CSS Code
- EXIF data (if available) is automatically pulled from your photos, formatted correctly and displayed (date taken, camera make/model, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, etc.); captions can also be displayed for each photo
- Compatible with all major browsers (IE6, IE7 , IE8, Firefox, Safari, etc.); also includes an optional, user-friendly IE6 warning message (if you choose not to support it)
Famous Photography Template
Famous Photography Template is an html/css template created especially for photographers, digital artists, designers, also perfect for any company or freelancer that want a nice portfolio gallery.
The template is built with a simple look, a thumb gallery slideshow on main page, that is the main focus of this theme, where you can featured your best photos, desings, illustrations etc. A lot of new features you can find in this template like: jquery portofolio gallery slideshow using a quick ajax filter, Cufon titles replacement, fancybox to popup bigger pictures and descriptions, blog page, contact validation form and others.
Premium Photography Template
This premium photography template has lots of features and a clean layout.
- Valid XHTML & CSS using tableless layout
- jQuery Contact Form
- Drop down menus which also allow for a sub menu for photo sets
- Custom photo gallery using jQuery
- Highly commented code making modifications easy
- Well documented Instructions to walk you through making changes
Modern Photography Portfolio Template
This modern photography template is quite impressive and you have to see the demo to get the full effect of this nice template. This screenshot is from one of the inner pages but it has a really nice looking homepage. The jquery it uses makes the transitions really smooth and adds a nice effect.
- Very clean HTML and CSS code.
- Valid XHTML 1 .0 Transitional code.
- Smooth effects for main menu & gallery pages.
Pro Gallery Template
Pro Gallery Website Template is a fixed layout with two columns. This template is best suitable for a all type of showcases, projects portfolio for personal and company websites .
Features a jQuery slider for featured photos sliding.
Boutique HTML Template
Boutique V2 is an easy to setup and customize photography template. Its XHTML and CSS valid and is jquery powered in every aspect and compatible with every major browser.
The galleries are paginated automatically, you just add images in a list.
Pacifica HTML Portfolio Template
This template is a complete website designed from the ground up to function first and foremost as a portfolio, then as a comprehensive website that can be used for just about any site that needs a beautiful layout.
This theme is ideal for artists, designers, photographers, and other creatives that are in need of a portfolio template that is professional and “to the point”. Even if you don’t need the huge image gallery page, this template will also work great for sites that need to showcase a few images above each content-page in a slick, sophisticated way. Here’s what you get with your purchase:
- 6 uniquely styled themes (Classic, Vintage, SkyBlue, Grunge, Desktop, Crimson).
- All Core Page Templates (Home, Content Page, Image Gallery, Blog Post, Services Page, and a Contact Form)
- Highly Organized Code
- jQuery Lightbox
- jQuery Thumbnail Gallery Slider
- jQuery Homepage Slider
- jQuery Subpage Mini-Slider
- Gracefully degrading code (for older browsers)
- All Layout PSD Files
- All Sliced PSD files (for easy re-skinning)
- Favicon Ready (just overwrite the browser icon with your own)
Amazing Portfolio Template
This template is not just a template, it’s fully coded and linked portfolio website, which contains 25 pages. Just edit paths or overwrite images, change some texts and upload.
- Valid XHTML and CSS
- Code documented and help_me.pdf
- PSD -file included
- Lightbox used to view full size works or photos
- Three (3) different browsing grids for portfolio, pick your own or use all of them
- A working contact form, just change your email address
- Easy customization
FocalPhoto is a theme that can be used as a photography portfolio. The site is completly coded an it’s very easy to add extra images and categories to the site. Included with the theme is my Image resizer script that will take care of generating thumbnails and crop the images on the fly.
- Sliced version of the website
- PSD included
- Dark and light version
- Completly coded version of the template included
- Image resizer script included for resizing images on the fly
- Ajax navigation
- Custom coded jQuery slideshow
- Very easy to configure
- Documentation file + videos
Sanfolio is a simple and clean template for photographers to showcase there work.
- Valid html/css
- Layered PSD
- Jquery used for fade in fade out and light box effect
One Page Photography HTML Template
This theme is best suited for a photography and personal portfolio website as well. Template works in all the major browsers, and has massive features to use for your next projects. For most of the part you can just follow the HTML with commented codes. It’s having all the generic layout options and for photography website.
- Valid XHTML 1 .0 Strict.
- Easy to change unlimited color schemes.
- Well commented and clean CSS / XHTML Files.
- Portfolio Gallery
- Custom Font Replacement (cufon) for 3 heading tags.
- PSD file with perfectly layered and named, if you want to edit an existing Theme or create your own image, PSD File included with names for ease of slicing.
- Compatibility ( IE 7 , IE 8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome).
Unibox is a unique and professionally-designed template dedicated for people who love simplicity and want a clean website. This site template is truly unique and really does give a professional impression.
It comes loaded with unique features and special site-wide visual and navigation effects. It use the jQuery framework along with popular and custom-made plug-ins. Unibox is a one page site template!
- XHTML 1 .0 Transitional
- jQuery Framework
- Scrollable Areas
- Full-featured Image Gallery
- AJAX Contact Form
- Unlimited Color Variations
UniFolio Website Template is a clean looking website with light weight code best suited for all type of portfolios, show cases, photographer websites, etc.
It comes with 6 skins along with complete dark color, other colors you can create within seconds by just adding colors in css file.
- Valid XHTML and CSS
- working Ajax PHP Contact Page( you just need to add your email id in contact-us.php )
- Cufon Font for Titles
- superfish multilevel drop down menu
- 2 Column Fixed layout
So there you have it, 17 premium photography website templates. They aren't free but they are pretty cheap. They make a great start to any photography website.