Photography Website hosting solution ... with awesome new features

In several of the forums where I’ve recently been active I’ve seen photographers asking similar questions regarding what hosting solutions others use and what the features & benefits of these solutions are. Considering that we’ve just had yet another batch of development updates through the hosting service I use, and I’ve just been working to integrate some of these into my website, I figured I’d write a short note about it.

About three years ago I started doing work for clients where I needed an online secure proofing gallery facility, and with that it became crucial that I made up my mind about a hosting servie that would allow me the facilities and options and flexibility I was after. I’d been searching for quite some time, and eventually I made my choice with Zenfolio At the time I didn’t know too much about template design etc, so I wanted something with pre-designed templates, that would also allow me to modify these templates or also create my own as I got more versed in these things.
I wanted a space in which I could showcase my work, where I could invite clients to safely and securely proof images I’d created for them, somewhere with an integrated shopping cart option, somewhere that had suitable supplier agreements, somewhere that would offer support as I was constructing or later modifying my site etc.
I found all I could have and can wish for in Zenfolio They are constantly developing and updating, they listen to their users in the forums and work to build in new solutions and the support and service is fabulous. They offer various subscription options, so it’s really up to the user how far they want to take it.

A recent update has been the facility to integrate a blog to the site as well. I previously had my blog separately with WordPress, which has been great. Essentially though I consider how I drive traffic to my actual website, my virtual home on the net where my work lives and thrives. So with consideration to search engine optimisation for instance, I’m aware that search engines find content heavy sites, and the nature of a photography site is that it’s image heavy, not word content heavy, i.e. very litte to lock on to. Yes I tag & keyword & all the rest, but still, fact remains. So, it’s thoroughly useful to be able to integrate the blog onto the actual website. It also facilitates continuation and flow in terms of browser experience.

So, I’m in the process of creating my blog as an integrated entity on my website Good times :)

If anyone has questions regarding the hosting service that I could maybe help you with, I’d be more than happy to :)

And if anyone decides they’d like to create their own site using Zen, please use the following referral code as it’ll give you a little discount on subsription during the sign-up process: B8V-K83-BCG

Happy creating … have fun :)
~ Tina

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