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Z ­ FOTOTECHNIKA
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May 12, 2009 09:12 |  #1

Hello Fellow Photogs,

I am new to the photography world and have never sold any of my work. I have experience shooting, but no experience selling my work. I would like to build a website for free or minimal cost to start getting my name out there on the market.

My question is what is the best site that I should choose to Build my e-commerce photography world? There are soooooooo many choices and some are free, some are monthly, some are annual cost. How do choose the best one that is worth my time & money? Are the free ones nearly as good as the paid?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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May 12, 2009 11:14 |  #2

See the thread in my sig... It will help answer some of your questions.


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May 12, 2009 12:02 as a reply to  @ Faolan's post |  #3

Thank for directing me to your previous post. It was very invormative and useful.

However, I still have the question of which site is the best to use if I were say going to design the website myself without professional help?


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May 12, 2009 12:13 |  #4

SmugMug and Zenfolio seems to be the 2 most used Stateside from what I've seen, I'm in the UK so I can't really advise on this aspect.


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May 12, 2009 13:25 as a reply to  @ Faolan's post |  #5

OK I will check out those sites.
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May 12, 2009 15:09 |  #6

Hi OIPhotography.

I'm looking at Smugmug right now, and in the same position as you. I've never sold my work.

But as far as I can see Smugmug seems to be quite user-friendly and allows for customization when you can upgrade to their professional level. I'm currently on their trial period, and trying to formulate whether or not if I'll be able to make 200-300 dollars in the next year or two, to justify the Smugmug annual fees. If I become confident that I can make that much from photo sales, then I would believe that it's an investment that is well-worth the time.

Who knows, I can be wrong and completely clueless too :p




  
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May 12, 2009 15:29 |  #7

Photoshelter is so much better than smugmug. Whenever I look at a smugmug site they always just scream amateur.


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May 13, 2009 14:34 as a reply to  @ Alleh's post |  #8

Thank you for the suggestions guys. I also was reading that Godaddy.com is good place to go and possibly the best deal on the net.


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May 14, 2009 03:49 as a reply to  @ Z FOTOTECHNIKA's post |  #9

You should have a look at exposuremanager.com, too. Commission is only 10 percent. No one is lower. Support is fantastic. If you have a question they will answer in less than 24 hours.




  
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May 14, 2009 03:50 |  #10

Ralpho wrote in post #7918733 (external link)
You should have a look at exposuremanager.com, too. Commission is only 10 percent. No one is lower. Support is fantastic. If you have a question they will answer in less than 24 hours.

Here's my EM site if you want to look at one: http://rodcannon.com (external link)




  
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May 14, 2009 06:09 |  #11

Alleh wrote in post #7908201 (external link)
Photoshelter is so much better than smugmug. Whenever I look at a smugmug site they always just scream amateur.

Do you really want to make that generalization?

I've used Exposure Manager and Zenfolio; didn't care for the customization functionality of each (limited or no style customization).

Today, I use SmugMug which best suits my needs (see signature link).


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May 14, 2009 07:14 as a reply to  @ Karl C's post |  #12

I like how simple the Caliente website is, but I didn't see any place to purchase your work there. I would like to design a website that has a bit more action going on and a shopping cart for people to order prints and such.

So just trying to get everyones opinions as to what they found to be the best customizable site and is user friendly to setup and navigate.


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May 14, 2009 08:00 |  #13

OIPhotography wrote in post #7919157 (external link)
I like how simple the Caliente website is, but I didn't see any place to purchase your work there. I would like to design a website that has a bit more action going on and a shopping cart for people to order prints and such..

SmugMug allows for direct ordering - I just don't have it enabled as I don't expect to sell much, if any, shots.

You can do a lot with SmugMug. My site is simple, yet somewhat professional appearing, for a reason.


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May 14, 2009 09:17 |  #14

OIPhotography wrote in post #7914731 (external link)
Thank you for the suggestions guys. I also was reading that Godaddy.com is good place to go and possibly the best deal on the net.

Apples and Oranges. The other suggestions (Smugmug, Exposure Manager, etc) are specific sites for posting, selling, and delivering photos. GoDaddy is a general purpose web host where you can host a site you develop or software you install there. If you do end up designing and developing your own site (or have it done for you) then yes GoDaddy is a good option.

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May 14, 2009 09:50 |  #15

Do you want a site that will show clients your capabilities? Sell? Collect money & ship prints, or just take orders?

Free JAlbum.net (external link) - Will build excellent galleries & now has free hosting, too. A few skins incorporate shopping cart features like FotoPlayer ($39-$89). (external link), & some of those aren't free.
http://jalbum.net/host​ing/ (external link)

Example skins - JAlbum skins seem easy to modify & there's a lot of help in their forums. Some subforums are dedicated to only one skin, which makes it easier to get info.
http://jalbum.net/skin​s (external link)
http://jalbum.macosxsu​pport.com/ (external link)

I haven't used their hosting, but did use a skin for one my gallery pages.
"ExhibitPlus" (external link) I think.

I combined three into one with simple html links. The home page is www.FrankCizek.COM (external link) & the PrintRoom site is www.FrankCizek.NET (external link)
The PrintRoom home page isn't intrusive, & this way I can use either URL on a card depending on who I'm targeting.


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