Photography websites and printing labs
I'm almost at a year into my side biz of photography and I really am needing a dedicated website. I have facebook.com/brentpearcyphotography but I'm ready to take the next step.
I've been eyeing http://www.intothedarkroom.com for a few months now. I really like their templates and feel to their sites. I'm not sure if there are other sites similar to them or not but if so I haven't found them. Another thing is I want my clients to be able to order prints from my site and have the order go directly to my lab of choice.......probably MPix pro. Any help or advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
Surprised you have no responses, so while I'm far from an expert I'll chime in - at least maybe give your thread a bump if nothing else
I use Zenfolio, and while I've not sold anything the site is set up for it, using Mpix. There are lots of options for customizing and setting your own prices and sizes and the like at the $100/year option I am using. They have cheaper and more expensive options as well. When I looked into it I also strongly considered Smugmug - it seems very similar to Zenfolio. I am not familiar with the site you referenced above so cannot comment about them.
If you do pick Zenfolio you can get $5 off your rate if you use my promo code which is PBW-SCU-GZZ - I also get the same $5 discount if you join. But I honestly have been very happy with them in every way so far, and there are quite a few options I have not yet even used.
I looked into that a couple of years ago and now I am very happy with my decission going SmugMug, look into their pro features. Anything can be customized or you can even customize yourself on your site. the cooperation with the two labs and the quality of the products is amazing. I used Bay Photo and the outcome is 100% quality. They do have a help forum too.
look at my site and go to "site credits" these guys do an amzing job too.
Well I've been working on my site for the past 3 days and finally went live this morning. I appreciate all the advice and opinions very much. I tried to stay away from flash like I was advised but I found absolutely nothing that I liked in the non flash sites/templates. There all good but I feel the flow, ease of navigating and the look of my site is exactly what I wnated. Its also fast and easy to load so no problems there. Works on iPad and iPhone just fine but doesn't look the same of course since apple is doing their thing to boycott Flash so they can use there HTML5.
Anyways, again thanks for the advice and let me know what you think.
My suggestion would be to re-write your "about" section to be more concise to be about you and your vision of photography. What you have is so long it takes 2 viewing spaces of text. Many people will not know to scroll down in-page like that, so much of what you've written will be missed by visitors. Scrolling down is a web design no-no. Keep it simple and don't mention things like music you like, etc.
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