Wordpress has a huge following. But it didn't satisfy me...not to mention the dashboard interface. Bleah!
I've tried everything. Bleah!
If you really don't want flash and great SEO, I'd tell you to use a Wordpress site for photographers (www.foliowebsites.com
). Just lacks the e-commerce. If you want the best of both worlds you have several to choose from: www.Photoshelter.com
comes to mind. Great company and great product. Also www.Viewbook.com
as well and gallery is versatile as it works on desktop and iPhone/iPhone. They also have www.Fotomoto.com
as a partner to handle the e-commerce portion (prints and digital downloads). If you really like the Livebooks look but don't want flash...then use these guys: www.portfoliobox.net
(HTML5 scaling but no mobile - very cheap!). They are simple and inexpensive and just use www.fotomoto.com
for your e-commerce or use www.LightBoxEditPro.com
as your proofing system which allows downloads to deliver after your clients make the selections. www.Photobiz.com
is also a good product. It is completely mobile (HTML5) but...I'll tell you this part at the end of this post. They just require upfront fees for each thing you want. There is also www.squarespace.com
(no flash) and www.Impactfolio.com
(flash & HTML), www.foliolink.com
(flash & HTML with e-commerce) for portfolios. If you want to host your own e-commerce for stock you can use www.Pixaria.com
, PhotoStore by www.Ktools.net
There are plenty of choices out there you just need to find one that fits your needs.
As for the "but" part the key insight: Despite the massive shift to mobile communications, a surprising majority of buyers most often view photographer websites from non-mobile devices. Only 4.1% claim to view photographer websites regularly on a mobile device.
Do you view photographer websites on your mobile?
Never - 50.4%
Infrequently - 26.2%
Sometimes - 19.1%
Regularly - 4.1%
Always - 0.3%
Source: E-book - What Buyers Want From Photographers, courtesy of Agency Access and PhotoShelter http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/researc
I like my images BIG...like Livebooks end users do (the buyers)...so, I use Viewbook. But get the e-book above if you are a commercial shooter. It has lots of insight. Hope this helps.