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Oct 18, 2013 16:23 |  #1

Hi guys, so after reading all of the plethera of posts about Zenfolio, Smugmug and WordPress I have a couple questions becuase im stuck..

I’ve tried the trials for both SM and Zen and liked them both. If I were to go with either I would say Zen just due to price. Unfortunately I just found out you need the middle package with Zen at least, to host your own domain.

I have been trying for two days now to get the “programming” down with WP. It looks nice and I’ve found a bunch of themes, sure they cost, but look nice in the end. One for example is called “Tripod” I like themes that aren’t so static and do have a bit of eye candy. So after tinkering with WP for a day I can see that I need more days to really put something together.. So should I still be looking at WP after I figure it out or go back to Zen since it almost too easy, but I’ll have to go to the $60 plan just for my domain. Thoughts?




  
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Oct 18, 2013 17:32 |  #2

It all depends on what you plan on doing with your site. If you're doing portraits/weddings, you may need a site like Zen/Smugmug.

I only do nature photography, so I really don't need a site like Zen/SM. My main website is a Wordpress site. That said, I was given a SM site, so I use it too, but don't really promote it.


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Oct 18, 2013 17:35 |  #3

Mike, good point and thanks for reminding me about that. Ive seen other posts of yours about the same thing :) So, ill just be doing portrait (mostly fmaily and children) eventually weddings and maternity, newborn. I just like the more polished look of some of the Word Press thems ive seen..




  
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Oct 18, 2013 17:46 |  #4

The bad thing about the Zen/SM sites is they basically look the same, IMO.


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Oct 18, 2013 18:11 |  #5

Plus I have to pay extra just to use my own domain, which is really unfortunate. Taking a look at the "tripod Wordpress theme" Mike, I like that style better. Would it be wiser just to stick to word press and just figure it out? Especially since I don't need to be any ecommerce etc right now might be easier.




  
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Oct 18, 2013 19:14 |  #6

I prefer the "Fixed" version over the "Colored" version. The only issue I would have is if this theme is "developer" dependent. If you decided to switch to a different theme/developer, do you have to start over? I helped another photographer with customizing his theme, and any changes we did was only for this theme/developer. If he switched themes, he had to start over again. I using Zen now.


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