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Website Templates
Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 2:26 AM on 09.30.14
->> I'm getting tired of my dated looking and clunky webapge, I was wondering what designs others are using currently.

I'm a fan of the Livebooks designs, but I need something I can use on my existing host. I'm guessing purchasing a template is probably the best option.

I'm looking for something clean, capable of displaying photo captions in a nice manner, and most importantly something that I can use with my existing host.

Any input is appreciated!
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 7:58 AM on 09.30.14
->> Zenfolio has done a great job over the past year or so launching new designs and web layouts. Might want to check them out.

A little confused as to why you need something to use on your existing host? Can't you forward your domain to an on-line host (like Livebooks and Zenfolio) and then link back to resources on your current host?
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 8:38 AM on 09.30.14
->> If you are an Adobe CC subsriber, there is a new application called Muse that allows you to build your own site--this is similar to how iweb used to work but it's much more powerful.
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Michael Clark, Photographer
Santa Fe | NM | USA | Posted: 11:04 AM on 09.30.14
->> Andrew - I have been using Aphotofolio.com now for four years or more and I can't recommend them highly enough. They host the website but I still use my old host to point to my website so they can work with that situation.

Also, the websites run wicked fast and the images are huge. I can't gush about them enough. And I have won 2 PDN Photo Annual awards for my Aphotofolio website in the last three years. They are hands down the best professional option out there in my opinion.

Hope this helps.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 12:43 PM on 09.30.14
->> Photoshelter's Beam templates are awesome. And for what you get for the price, it beats the pants off liveBooks.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 1:47 PM on 09.30.14
->> Thanks for all of the feedback! Appreciated.

The reason for retaining my current host is that I use it for much more than hosting my portfolio. I use the hosting space for delivering files to several of my clients via links based off of my domain. Which I'd really like to keep in place. I'd also like to avoid temporary downtime with my email.

So a new host and changing the forwarding of my domain would ideally need to be avoided.

Thinking out loud here: Although, I suppose I could work around this. www.AndrewNellesPhoto.com has been my webpage forever, but www.AndrewNelles.com recently opened up and I purchased it. It currently just auto-redirects to my exiting webpage. I suppose I could use www.AndrewNelles.com with a new host, and setup the index page of my existing page to redirect to it. Both URLs would lead to the new host, and my current hosting links would stay intact. If that makes sense?

Thoughts?
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 2:20 PM on 09.30.14
->> Photoshelter's functionality includes integrated image delivery to clients. I'd recommend trying out their 10-day trial.
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | | Posted: 2:21 PM on 09.30.14
->> Just wanted to echo what Michael said about aphotofolio. Can’t recommend them highly enough . . . great customer service and (fairly) easy to manage websites that offer a huge amount of flexibility.
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Brad Tollefson, Photographer, Assistant
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 12:06 AM on 10.01.14
->> If you have a wordpress.org managed site you can select from 50+ themes with http://graphpaperpress.com or design your own theme with their new site. https://theme.works

I currently use their F8 Remixed theme for my website. I like it pretty well, but it isn't mobile friendly. Most of their other themes are however.
http://www.bradleytollefson.com
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Torrance | California | USA | Posted: 12:52 AM on 10.01.14
->> I have Joel Hawksley's new SoloFolio. Joel is quite responsive for feedback and ideas, plus the sites are affordable too.

http://solofol.io

Heres my site:
http://patrickfallonphoto.com/
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Tim Bradbury, Photographer, Photo Editor
Boston | MA | United States | Posted: 12:54 AM on 10.01.14
->> I use Squarespace with the "Wells" template, very clean and easy to use interface. Also really simple back end and customization tools.

My site:
http://www.timbradburyphoto.com/

Made the move from Wordpress (Graph Paper Press theme) to Squarespace around a year ago and I couldn't be happier - mostly because I couldn't get the Wordpress site to display properly on mobile no matter what I did.
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Brad Mangin, Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA | Posted: 1:52 AM on 10.01.14
->> I could not be more thrilled with my BEAM site powered by PhotoShelter:

www.manginphotography.com

Since my searchable online archive of almost 80,000 images dating back to 1987 is also powered by PS it is a no-brainer for me- and the portfolio site kicks ass- all you need to do is look at it.

I have seen it all from my first Adobe PageMill site in 1998. I ran with the Flash craze on liveBooks beginning in 2005, went to wordpress a few years later and landed with BEAM last year. I could not be happier.
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer, Assistant
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 5:04 PM on 10.01.14
->> While many of the themes offered are not really photo focused, I've become fond of mythemeshop.com The themes are pretty extensive and most are dynamic, meaning they adapt to mobile quite well. In the demo view, you can see the layout in various formats from regular desktop, to tablets, to mobile phones.

I also have a lifetime membership with GPP, but for my needs, I shifted away. Not seeing innovation in a way that matters to me. Others will certainly have their own opinion.
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 1:16 AM on 10.02.14
->> I'd just be happy to find a free and simple code for making clean and simple thumbnail slideshow galleries that allow for various sizes and orientations.
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Bryan Woolston, Photographer
Philadelphia | Pa | USA | Posted: 10:29 AM on 10.02.14
->> I could not be happier with Photoshelter. Both for its templates, that I change every few months, and for its amazingly easy to use "back of the house" I upload directly from PhotoMechanic (or LightRoom), price with a few key stokes, and they do the rest. Too Easy. Warning Shameless plug to follow….. www.bryanwoolston.com.
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N. Scott Trimble, Photo Editor, Photographer
Kirkland | wa | usa | Posted: 7:41 PM on 10.02.14
->> I love Photoshelter too. Solves lots of problems for me and makes this portion of my business effort free.
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Darren Carroll, Photographer
Cedar Creek (Austin) | TX | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 10.02.14
->> Doug: to paraphrase an old saying:

You can have it free, simple, or good. But you can only pick two.

Another vote for PhotoShelter. Great templates, unbelievable support, and the easiest way to integrate back-end archiving, client service and sales that I know of.

(And before anybody looks at my current site and wonders, yes, my Beam site is coming soon).
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 2:45 PM on 10.14.14
->> Thanks for everyone's help.

I ended up going with APhotoFolio, very happy so far.

http://www.andrewnelles.com/
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 7:39 PM on 10.14.14
->> Photoshelter. Moved over to BEAM at the beginning of the year and it is the best thing ever. The back end and client delivery is what makes it the best in my opinion. And the portfolios look fantastic on mobile and on a computer.

http://www.craigmitchelldyer.com
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