UPDATE: You are now reading this post on the new site
With the new year comes new things and very soon (any day now) my new look website will be LIVE!
For some time now I’ve not been happy with how the site that I had running throughout 2017 and was looking; especially how the blog posts were displayed and also the ease of using the checkout in my shop. So, with that my Buddy and Web / Tech Guru Erik Bernskiöld based in Sweden has been hard at work putting together a whole new site; much cleaner, easier to navigate, easier to find content and the shop front / checkout looks fantastic! Can’t wait for you to see it.
Now on that note for a considerably longer time I’ve been looking for a way to present my Portrait Photography Portfolio and have now finally managed to get this sorted too. Before now clicking the Portfolio link on my website would take you through to my 500px Portfolio Page which was fine except for the fact that it contained old images and I only want to display my current (in my opinion) Top 20-ish. I also wanted a stand alone website that I can showcase my work and send potential clients too rather than them going to my blog site.
For me it’s all about Trust
There’s quite a few WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) website platforms out there now such as SquareSpace and WIX and Adobe Portfolio that make it incredibly easy to put a great looking website together. I had in the past and more recently been approached by SquareSpace to use their platform and to promote it in return for a Business Relationship and to earn an income on the back of it. Sounds great but it didn’t feel right to promote something using a script because I was being paid to do so. Does that make sense? I guess what I’m saying here is that it takes and has taken a long time to build what I hope is a good reputation; a reputation built on trust, so for me to start promoting something to you if I’m not currently using it and have no user experience would be wrong. I see some folks in the industry that one week promote a product and say it’s the best thing since sliced bread and then the following week they’re now using something different which they say is better, and all this jumping around just screams to me that it’s money orientated; and if I see it I’m pretty sure others do too.
So who did I end up going with?
So, in the end I have indeed opted to use SquareSpace BUT not with any relationship behind it. I’m not being paid to use it and I don’t have a free account with SquareSpace; I’m using it because it’s super easy to set up, looks great and the pricing plan works for me.
I guess you could be thinking why didn’t I just use Squarespace for my main website when they have built in functionality such as blogs, shop front + checkout etc. Well there are a few reasons but the main one being that the shop utility at the time of writing is limiting in that the file size of downloadable products you can sell through the site is considerably smaller than the file sizes for what I sell. In the future I’m sure this will change as the WYSIWYG platform get better and better as they inevitably will.
Anyway you can check out my NEW Portrait Portfolio site by visiting glyndewisphotography.com and I’ll let you know as soon as my new Blog and Educational site goes LIVE.