I am looking for a little advice about simple ways to create an online portfolio (I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so if there is a better section for it please feel free to move it!). I want something basic to begin with, but also something I can expand to encompass future projects if I want to.
Years ago I tried to do this by buying a domain and hosting service but it wasn't a good experience (the web host I used was complicated, expensive, unhelpful, came with loads of things I didn't need, and was difficult to cancel so I ended up being charged repeatedly for things I wasn't using). I don't want that experience again.
What kind of thing do you guys use? I've seen some artists suggest using a blog as a portfolio. I've never used a blog before - are they simple to set up? If I wanted to do more things with the site later, like add a shop or readable webcomic/graphic novel, is it flexible enough to do those things with? Alternatively, can anyone suggest a web host which is simple to use, reasonably priced and loads quickly? There are so many that I don't know where to start and I'm a bit suspicious after my previous experience, so I'd be happy to have recommendations from other artists. Are there other options I'm overlooking?
Sorry for the array of questions, and thanks in advance for any help!