Squarespace, Zenfolio, Other People's Pixels

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  1. jglass

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    Has anyone used one of these sites or any other to create a web site?

    I'm interested in seeing examples if so.

    I'm in a free trial period on two of them and am finding it a challenge to make the site look the way I want it to.

    Any other recommendations for sites that give easy tools for creating the site, as well as hosting?

    Thanks.

    Jeff
     
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    I looked at all of those, and many more, a year ago when I redesigned my site.

    I went with A Photo Folio and I've been very pleased. APF is considerably more expensive than the ones you list---though cheaper than liveBooks or clikbooq---but you get what you pay for in appearance, ease of management, SEO optimization, and support.

    My site's linked in my signature; or go to www.aphotofolio.com to learn more. (If you go with APF, tell Rob I referred you!)
     
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    Thanks, Mike. $1000 is a bit steep for me at this point. BTW, I like your color work on your website. And what is SEO optimization?
     
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    Yeah, they aren't cheap. I really debated it, but thought it would be a good value over time, in the longer run.

    I should have said just plain "SEO", not "SEO optimization; SEO is Search Engine Optimization---making one's site search-engine friendly.

    Thanks for the kind words about the work. Good luck finding your web host. It can be tough to choose a solution that works for you and provides the value you seek, from among the welter of choices out there.
     
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    Hi Jeff,

    I am a Zenfolio user, here's my site http://wyephotography.zenfolio.com/

    I find Zenfolio, well, excellent actually. Good price, easy to use and customise. I am certainly very pleased with the service.

    Regards

    Chris.
     
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    I use SimpleViewer Pro. The non pro version is free but non-customizable, I paid $45 to be able to customize it to my taste. If you choose to customize it, you can download the full version of Adobe Flash for 30 days at no cost.
     
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    To update my last post, the new version of Simple Viewer Pro doesn't require Flash to be installed for modification. It requires Adobe Air, which is a free download. I tried it today and it is very easy to use.
     
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    I'm using squarespace

    danschmidt.com
     
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    I use Zenfolio.

    Good points - Cheap, easy to use, secure(as any site can be), easy e-commerce (if you're into that).

    Downsides - template driven, hence a bit formulaic and difficult to make it very different to other people's zenfolio sites.

    Here's mine
    www.charlie-chan.co.uk

    Charlie
     
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    I recently changed over to Zenfolio from Printroom-
    Zen has made lots of changes and upgrades.
    I found the site easy to set up.

    I think it takes several sites to accomplish things.
    Zen for some things.
    Photoshelter for Editorial work- since editors seem to like it.
    I think I am going to test out Artistrising.com for my silver gel work. [sales of orig prints-handmade]

    www.theseasideartist.zenfolio.com
     
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    I'm using SquareSpace and I like being able to design the site myself. They are responsive, it's cost efficient and it's not flash based. I don't know any code so configuring specifically is a challenge but I'm certain I don't really need to do this.

    www.larrydhayden.com
     
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    ldhayden: I like your site. It seems to work well and it's pretty clean for a Squarespace site. I did a trial on Squarespace but could not figure out how to make the site look good. Would you mind telling me what template you used? maybe they've added some since I tried it out. Thanks. And you can PM me if you'd rather

    Jeff Glass
     
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    Hi Jeff,

    Sent you a PM. I did use a template (can't recall at the moment) and made modifications as I wanted. I still want to make some changes, especially the gallery, and will do so over time.

    Take care,

    Larry
     
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    Hi Jeff,

    Just checked and am using the Newsroom template with changes to color, background, size and fonts.

    Thanks,
     
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    To anyone finding this thread through Google don't forget to check out Portfolio Websites.
     
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    My opinion also. There's more I could do with my site, I just haven't gotten to it. They really seem to be trying to have the features requested. Read the Zenfolio forum for ideas.
     
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    I'm using VisualServer. They have a lot of templates you can choose from, and lots of ways to customize your site, including an e-commerce feature (nice to have but it's been useless so far- nobody has wanted to buy my stuff!).