I think having a web presence as an artist in this date and time is very important. I really is the best “store-front” we have to show out work to anyone interested. I know there are a lot of artists out there that are intimidated by the idea of doing much on a computer (I know a lot of artists that do not like anything technical!) but it does not have to be scary.
There are many “art website” companies out there that have the template set up specially for artists and all you have to do is plug in the information and images. The first one I found out about is Artspan. An artist friend of mine still uses Artspan after many years and still likes it. A few others that I have friends using are Zhibit and Fine Art America, which you may be limited in what you can do or add to the site, but if you want easy, simple & basic these work. Also with Fine Art America you can sell prints of your work straight through them.
There are also non-art related ones like Wix, Weebly and even blog sites like WordPress.com and Blogger. Again, there may be limitations, specially on the free or inexpensive versions, but it gets you on the web.
I feel the fastest & easiest way to get your work out there is Facebook! You can easily set up a “page” for your art and sharing with the public is very easy. People do not have to have a Facebook account to be able to view your work on a Facebook Page, they just won’t be able to comment, etc.
Now, lots of artists are afraid of having their work stolen or copied off the web. My feeling on it is you can keep your work hiding at home and no one will see it, or have as many people see it as possible! I feel it’s not much safer hanging in the public either with everyone having cell phones, so worrying about it will just keep you from ever showing it. There are certain things you can do to make it more difficult for anyone to steal your work from the internet. First, you can post images that are too small for anyone to make a copy or print of. You can make them under 800 px and 72 dpi. You should also add a watermark across your image. I believe some of the art websites have a feature that you can automatically add a watermark to your image.
Of course there are many more sites I did not list here. You can always hire someone to do a website or set up Facebook for you, you do not have to do it alone.
Anyone have good suggestions for websites! Please post on the comments and hopefully it will help someone!