Photo Folio News

You’re looking at what we’ve been working on for the last couple months. Now we can start adding lots of content for prospective buyers.

We also built a new demo area to show off all our clients:

And a new manual for all the sites:

Next we will be launching the client area that’s been in Beta testing for the last 2 months with our photographers and then we’ve got more designs coming.

Stay tuned.

Right after the release of TriBeCa we had several more weeks of debugging and making minor adjustments to the design based on feedback from the photographers using it.

Next, we preformed a major overhaul of the deep linking. One issue I was having because we create clean url’s (actual words not a string of gibberish) was getting foreign characters, symbols and punctuation to work. Since the category/page/gallery name is used in the url this prevented people from using that kind of stuff when naming things. Problem solved with the overhaul.

Then, I had requests from our photographers for various features like using the left and right keyboard arrows to advance the images (done), justify left for the menu text on design 1 and 3 (done), a randomizer in the initial slideshow for design 3 so a different image order is displayed each time someone visits the site (done) and the initial loading indicator needed to display longer so we fixed that (done).

Finally, we’ve been working hard on building a client area that can be added to all the sites. This will allow your clients the ability to log in with a unique username and password to see all their shoots. Then they can download images, leave comments and mark their selects. I think it’s going to be a fantastic addition to APF.

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.