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I use clikpic for my website. It costs £40 a year and there are various templates etc. to customise your website. It's linked to my domain name, www.johnkeatesimages.co.uk

 

 

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Just one quick tip van Flip. (You probably have it covered anyway.)

 

Things change, companies come and companies go. A few years back a company specialised in websites for photographers went bust bringing a fair bit of stress for a number of photographers who had their collections with them. It is handy have a database stored on various media with your collection fully keyworded and captioned ready to go should something happen whereby you need to upload them to an alternative in a short period of time.

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1 hour ago, Stokie said:

I use clikpic for my website. It costs £40 a year and there are various templates etc. to customise your website. It's linked to my domain name, www.johnkeatesimages.co.uk

 

http://www.clikpic.com/

 

Just had a look at your site and I notice you are using Flash galleries. You know that this is very restrictive as Flash won't work on iPhones and iPads (not sure about other phones and tablets) as well as the fact that a lot of people have Flash turned off or not installed for security reasons. For maximium compatiibility it is generally best to use HTML galleries.

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4 hours ago, MDM said:

 

You should probably get  .uk as well. Domain names are cheap and  you might find that somebody else buys up the .uk version and tries to sell it back to you at an extortionate price.

Yes, agree - domains are cheap and you might regret not getting the .co.uk at the same time as the .com for above reasons, so it's a good idea to get both in one go, and get the .co.uk to point to the .com 

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3 hours ago, MDM said:

 

Just had a look at your site and I notice you are using Flash galleries. You know that this is very restrictive as Flash won't work on iPhones and iPads (not sure about other phones and tablets) as well as the fact that a lot of people have Flash turned off or not installed for security reasons. For maximium compatiibility it is generally best to use HTML galleries.

Mine also (currently) uses Flash galleries, something I'll be changing when I get a spare day to sort it out - however, it's not truly too much of an issue - my supplier generates a mobile friendly site. If you hit it using a phone or pad, it's automatically picked up and moved to the mobile version.

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14 minutes ago, TeeCee said:

Mine also (currently) uses Flash galleries, something I'll be changing when I get a spare day to sort it out - however, it's not truly too much of an issue - my supplier generates a mobile friendly site. If you hit it using a phone or pad, it's automatically picked up and moved to the mobile version.

 

Yes I actually followed your web link yesterday and noticed that your galleries were Flash as well. As I don't have Flash activated by default, and my version needs updating, I got a browser warning and did not go into your galleries as it would have meant five minutes if messing about updating Flash and then activating it. Also there have been several instances of serious security issues with Flash so a lot of people are suspicious of it now and don't use it. 

 

Ok so I am not a potential client of yours but it illustrates what can happen. I think it can actually matter if you are doing business from your site - you don't want to drive potential clients away. For business one wants to have the most widely compatible technology available as well as having a fast website.

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I am a photoshelter user as well - but I don't use it for sales (I did but I made so few I decided to drop online sales and go in another direction).

 

Am intersted in what the others that use photoshelter think of the lack of development activity the last two years? 
Without a doubt it works very well with just a few things I would change (i.e ability to nest galleries and photos both - in a gallery) but I am surprised at the lack of development, new templates etc over the last two years.....and absolutely nothing on bringing some of the custom abilities of the old system to the "new" templates.

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16 hours ago, MDM said:

 

Yes I actually followed your web link yesterday and noticed that your galleries were Flash as well. As I don't have Flash activated by default, and my version needs updating, I got a browser warning and did not go into your galleries as it would have meant five minutes if messing about updating Flash and then activating it. Also there have been several instances of serious security issues with Flash so a lot of people are suspicious of it now and don't use it. 

 

Ok so I am not a potential client of yours but it illustrates what can happen. I think it can actually matter if you are doing business from your site - you don't want to drive potential clients away. For business one wants to have the most widely compatible technology available as well as having a fast website.

Yup, fully agree, but there's a full days work swapping the galleries over, which I currently can't commit to.
The site works well, designed to get me up the rankings rather than for an impactful index page, and it currently generates a couple of extra jobs a month. My assumption is that most PC's and Macs don't reject flash galleries, and as said, the mobile site picks up the bulk of enquiries these days anyhow.

That said, must find a day to swap it all over to html  galleries...

:)

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11 hours ago, Panthera tigris said:

I am a photoshelter user as well - but I don't use it for sales (I did but I made so few I decided to drop online sales and go in another direction).

 

Am intersted in what the others that use photoshelter think of the lack of development activity the last two years? 
Without a doubt it works very well with just a few things I would change (i.e ability to nest galleries and photos both - in a gallery) but I am surprised at the lack of development, new templates etc over the last two years.....and absolutely nothing on bringing some of the custom abilities of the old system to the "new" templates.

 

 

I find it frustrating to say the least. It seems to have stood still and only be offering gimmicky sorts of things.

 

Specifically, I find the licensing system out-of-date for the ways stock has changed. It is either the traditional RM price calculator or RF, no simplified RM licensing, and no option to change the wording from RF to something else such as 'Simplified Editorial Use licence' or whatever you might want. No response as yet to an enquiry sent about this last week.

 

I no longer read all the 'How to be a real pro', 'How to pitch for top assignments', 'How to organise your files like a professional, 'Making an impact on image buyers' type of amateur magazine content that they send out. 

 

Sad to say that it has been downhill since Allen M stepped sideways. 

 

They also killed off the community aspect of it and that must have been intentional.

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On 10/11/2017 at 17:44, geogphotos said:

 

 

I find it frustrating to say the least. It seems to have stood still and only be offering gimmicky sorts of things.

 

Specifically, I find the licensing system out-of-date for the ways stock has changed. It is either the traditional RM price calculator or RF, no simplified RM licensing, and no option to change the wording from RF to something else such as 'Simplified Editorial Use licence' or whatever you might want. No response as yet to an enquiry sent about this last week.

 

I no longer read all the 'How to be a real pro', 'How to pitch for top assignments', 'How to organise your files like a professional, 'Making an impact on image buyers' type of amateur magazine content that they send out. 

 

Sad to say that it has been downhill since Allen M stepped sideways. 

 

They also killed off the community aspect of it and that must have been intentional.

 

Couldn't agree more. I also think the killing off of the forum was intentional as well. 

I worry if they are not successful or developing for a long term successful product they may just close one night like they did with their stock project.

 

Im not aware of any better alternatives right now though.

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I've been considering Photoshelter and Photodeck for my site. Based on what has been said here, it appears that Photoshelter is going in the wrong direction. I'd be interested in knowing what others have to say about this and if anybody has any experience (negative or positive) with Photodeck.

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I use Piwigo on my purchased webspace that I have for my dog collars site.  Haven't worked on it for awhile, that will come over the winter when I don't have any shows for a couple of months.  You can add a Paypal extension for people to buy prints or whatever you want to sell.   I did use Zenfolio for awhile, but for someone with a small port like me, the costs just can't be justified.

 

I find Piwigo offers me what I want without any cost as I am paying for the space anyway and can have as many domains as I wish on it.  don't have a separate domain for the photography, but probably will come the new year.  Don't mind spending $15 a year for the domain renewal.  Lots of different themes.

 

Jill

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