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Mar 04, 2016 17:32 |  #1

What do you guys who sells/markets their photography think of Zenfolio or Smugmug for showing your work and taking print orders? Is there a third or fourth alternative?

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Mar 04, 2016 21:19 |  #2

Photodeck and Photoshelter both offer print sales. Photodeck does not take a commission.


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Mar 04, 2016 21:24 |  #3

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Photodeck and Photoshelter both offer print sales. Photodeck does not take a commission.

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Mar 06, 2016 16:16 |  #4

Since being bought out, zenfolio is more about selling print products to customers than improving their website and design tools for their customers.




  
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Mar 06, 2016 17:57 |  #5

I don't know what it is with me. But I'm having the worst time setting up a web page. Nothing is ever easy.


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May 01, 2016 21:07 as a reply to  @ ptcanon3ti's post |  #6

I just set one up with ShootProof last week. $10/mo to host 1500 images. It was frustrating to set up, but I do like their Lightroom plugin. I have lots of suggestions for them too. Check them out.


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May 05, 2016 22:42 |  #7

I agree with Larry that you should at least look at ShootProof. I also agree it's frustrating to setup and even more frustrating to try and find things after you set it up. I'm not so sure that it's intended to be a display type website as much as it is a delivery website, meaning it's not really a SmugMug/Zenfolio. It's meant to be used in conjunction with them.


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May 06, 2016 12:10 |  #8

Larry Johnson wrote in post #17992424 (external link)
I just set one up with ShootProof last week. $10/mo to host 1500 images. It was frustrating to set up, but I do like their Lightroom plugin. I have lots of suggestions for them too. Check them out.

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I agree with Larry that you should at least look at ShootProof. I also agree it's frustrating to setup and even more frustrating to try and find things after you set it up. I'm not so sure that it's intended to be a display type website as much as it is a delivery website, meaning it's not really a SmugMug/Zenfolio. It's meant to be used in conjunction with them.

Yes I set up a shoot proof site so I could sell some prints of a dance recital I was asked to shoot. It's ok i guess.


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May 12, 2016 06:16 |  #9

I like (and use) Pixieset - http://pixieset.com/ (external link)
I link from my website and have never had problems with it. It's a clean interface and style that fits in well for me.


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May 12, 2016 06:26 |  #10

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I like (and use) Pixieset - http://pixieset.com/ (external link)
I link from my website and have never had problems with it. It's a clean interface and style that fits in well for me.

The front end looks very nice. Was it hard to set up?


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May 12, 2016 07:45 |  #11

Not to highjack the thread, but I'm wondering are you guys making "actual" online sales through your websites without any communication between you and the buyer? I ask because I'm with Photoshelter, rather expensive when you consider the additional percentage they take, and it seems all print sales have been made via an email conversation where the buyer wants to negotiate a different price.

The reason I bring this up, in comparing all these sites I am wondering who does the best with SEO? Thinking maybe I shouldn't be concerned with any ecommerce directly through the site. So would a wordPress Portfolio site be better for SEO? Granted I've tried wordPress, didn't like it, and can't seem to find an honest hosting site for a wordPress site that doesn't charge close to what Smug or Square-space charge anyways.


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May 12, 2016 10:38 |  #12

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #18004400 (external link)
The front end looks very nice. Was it hard to set up?

No - it needs very little doing to it. You can try the free version easily enough to see how to set prices etc.


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May 12, 2016 11:08 |  #13

I have a zenfolio site but also use Pixieset as a client area. Both do the same job foe print sales but Zenfolio seem to do it cheaper. Having said that, I don't actually sell prints. I have the facility to do it but found it to be extra hassle for little extra income.


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