Author: rhaggart

I’m happy to announce the release of our 4th design, TriBeCa.

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Here are the major features I think you’ll enjoy:

  • Images advance quickly as a low res fpo loads first then the original image snaps into place (this is optional).
  • All galleries are represented by a thumbnail image for quick viewing.
  • The Menu is hidden but appears when you mouse-over the top menu bar.
  • The Thumbnails load in the background and are hidden until you chose to view them with the mouse navigation or the text/icon link.
  • All the features along the bottom navigation bar can be customized (insert your own labels, use icons, text or both).
  • As with our other sites you have full control over the colors, fonts, logo, galleries, categories, pages, video, border widths, image size, number of images, number of galleries…
  • *bonus: when clients head for the url box in their browser to visit another site the menu drops down for one last chance to check out more work*

Design 4 Clients

I hope you enjoy our latest design. I think it’s fantastic. Website Comparison Sheet (All Sites)

Onetime cost: $1000 (that’s it, nothing extra to buy)
Recurring cost: $17/month

Bandwidth/Monthly Traffic: Virtually Unlimited
Storage Space: Virtually Unlimited

Image Size: Unlimited (you can load any size image you want)
Number of Images Per Portfolio: Unlimited
Number of Image Portfolios: Unlimited
Number of Pages: Unlimited
Number of Images I Can Upload At Once: Unlimited
Number of Links on the menu: Unlimited
Number of Links on the pages: Unlimited

Video: Yes
Video Size: Unlimited
Number of Videos: Unlimited

Blog: Yes, installed with your site

Deep Linking: Yes (clients can email a link to individual images)

Google Analytics: Yes (paste the code in the admin stats box and you’re good to go)

HTML Mirror Site For SEO: Yes
IPhone Mirror Site: Yes
Mobile Mirror Site: Yes (for blackberry and palm phones)

Image Captions: Yes, unlimited
Can I Combine Two Singles Into A Spread: Yes

Email Addresses: 50
Email Storage: 7.3 GB per address
Spam Protection: Yes, via google apps (the most powerful there is)

FTP access for sending client files: yes
FTP access for building client lightboxes: yes

Password protect or hide galleries for clients: yes, unlimited

Can I upload and position my logo on my own: yes
Can I change all the colors on the site on my own: yes
Can I change the fonts on my own: yes
Can I add text and pictures to the pages whenever I want: yes
Can I add links out from the menu or pages whenever I want: yes
Can I make email addresses “hot” so they open email programs whenever I want: yes
Can I move galleries and pictures around and rename stuff whenever I want: yes, yes, yes

Can I have a slideshow on the opening page: yes
Can I have a flash opener: yes
Can I have an html opener with links to other sites including the fullscreen version: yes

How long does it take to launch a site: 2 hours to 1 day depending on how decisive you are

Can I switch designs: yes, once for free and for $100 thereafter (we will have at least 3 new designs a year)
Will all my images, galleries and pages stay intact if I switch designs: yes

PDF download of galleries: no (it IS possible to create a PDF for clients to download from the menu)
Music: no
Slideshows in individual galleries: no

Do you put a link on all the templates like “created by,” so viewers know I’m using a template: no

Email me if you have any questions- Rob

We’re working hard on the next design. Hope to have it out at the end of the month but I don’t want to set an official date because the debugging always takes longer than we expect. I will keep you posted.

I’m always amazed at the many ways photographers find to design their site using the settings we give them. I’m constantly adding more control to the settings of the websites and I worry that it’s overwhelming for people, but when I see a site like this I know it’s the right move:

I’ve just updated the video of our admin control panel to include most of the new features we’ve released recently. I thought if you were checking out the sites it might be helpful to see. Narrated by yours truly:

If you like our designs but can’t decide which one go ahead and sign up then switch for free if the one you picked isn’t working for you. This doesn’t go against the free switch we give you once your site is live.

Things just keep getting better over here at A Photo Folio. We’re just now releasing a couple major upgrades to the admin control panel to make managing your images a little easier.

I never want to put any restrictions on how our photographers use the websites, but when we realized some people were loading 1000 and even 2000 images into the image bank it started to get pretty messy in there so we decided to find a solution.

Introducing folders for organizing your image bank:

Then we realized that most people have huge screens now and part of the beauty behind Designs 2 and 3 is that the images will expand to accommodate any size screen, so why can’t the admin do the same.

Voila, introducing the liquid layout for the image bank:

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and also liquid galleries:

Now that’s spectacular.

We’re working hard to get the video added by the end of the month. It might take untill early January for all the sites to have it (Design 3 will be first) but I guarantee you will love how easy it’s going to be to use and how seemlessly it will fit within your design.

Given the state of the economy it seems like the appropriate time to explain why I think our websites are the best value you will find anywhere.

First off I want to reiterate how important it is that your potential clients can quickly and easily look at your images. That’s why they visit your website in the first place. Any portfolio website you buy absolutely must not hinder this process.

Ok, here’s the cost: $1000 to setup and $17/month for hosting, upgrades and maintenance. There is one discount available and that’s if you buy 2 sites the second is half off the setup fee. I know this is a fair price but I want make sure you know it too.

Here’s why this is an incredible value.

These are the basic features you will find on template websites and as you can see there’s no limitations really. There’s no hidden fees. You buy a site and do what you want with it as the design will physically allow.

Number of Portfolios: Unlimited (As many as you can fit on the menu)
Image Size: Unlimited (on Design 2 and 3)
Menu Pages: Unlimited (As many as you can fit on the menu)
External Links: Unlimited (Make all you want)
Pass Protected and Hidden Galleries: Unlimited (As many as you can fit on the menu)
Email Addresses: 100 (yes you can have 100 different email addresses
Website Traffic: Virtually Unlimited*
Email Storage Space: 7GB
Website Storage Space: Virtually Unlimited*
*99% of you will never hit the limit on this. If you did we would just figure out a way to work with you on it.

Now, not to sound like one of those crazed late night knife salesmen but that is not all you get.

You also get.

Visitor Stats: Signup for any web stats service you want (Google Analytics, Mint, SiteMeter) and we have a spot in the admin where you paste the code. Paste all three if you like.

FTP Access: You can store client files here or upload lightboxes.

Future Upgrades: All the sites receive upgrades when we make them like the ability to display video in December.

Switch Designs For Free: First switch is free next time it’s $100. We hope to have a new design every 3 months. That means after a year you will have 4 new designs to choose from.

HTML Mirror Site: Automatically created HTML site that mirrors whatever you’ve posted for easy reading by the google robots and clients with browsers from the 90’s

iPhone Site: Automatically created iPhone site that mirrors whatever you’ve posted for a slick presentation on an iPhone.

Free Blog Setup: We will load a wordpress blog on your url for free. We give you 13 themes to choose from but you can upload any you like using the ftp access. Same goes for all the plugins. No amount of SEO advice can compete with making blog posts about your photography on your own url.

Deep Linking with Clean URL’s: You shouldn’t even consider a flash site that doesn’t have deep linking to specific images because clients can’t send the boss a link to the perfect shot. Also, check out the urls to the different galleries and pictures on the sample sites. See how elegant and descriptive those are? Wouldn’t you rather send out an email with a link like that?

Email An Image Option: You can optionally turn on a feature that allows people to email an image straight out of your portfolio. Incredibly handy for sending the perfect shot to the boss.

Add A Custom SWF Opener: You can upload your own SWF opening graphic if you want.

There are plenty more little things that make these sites great not to mention the clean designs that clients love but I wanted to point out some of the features we have that no one else does because I feel like we give you more for your money. Oh, I almost forgot the most important part of what we offer. Fanatical customer service led by yours truly. Give us a try and you will see that for yourself.