My NEW Portrait Portfolio and Why I DIDN’T want it for FREE

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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 BernskiΓΆld 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.

Glyn Dewis Portfolio Page

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.

Cheers,
Glyn

Comments

  1. The proliferation of these easy to use, consumer friendly web builders has helped many to build a presence online at low cost. Having been a web designer and managing many sites, I feel fortunate to still have the skills to manage my own site in WordPress. These builders frustrate me but only due to my skills and being a control freak LOL. A website is never “done” and keeps evolving. Have a great 2018 !

  2. Hey Glyn,

    This new blog looks really good!

    Been following you for some time now and I love your stuff!

    Like Larry, I have a background in WordPress web design and I would have loved to have built your new portfolio site!

    For now though, I’m going through your book and taking great inspiration from your work.

    Keep doing what you’re doing Glyn and I wish you all the best.

    Ben

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      Hey Ben, thanks for commenting. This new blog site was done in wordpress and is an adapted theme that my friend Erik Bernskiold did but as for the portfolio page i just wanted something simple and clean. SquareSpace certainly made it easy as I was up and running in less than one hour.

      how times have changed huh πŸ™‚
      Cheers
      Glyn

  3. I made the switch to SquareSpace last year and haven’t looked back. It’s an awesome platform, and easy to use. And secure, which is a bonus. Plus, the templates are just beautiful.

  4. I redid my website earlier in the year, but went with https://www.photodeck.com/ as a break from building my own. Unless you do web stuff full time, this sorts of portfolio places are a better bet.
    I looked at SquareSpace but rejected it for reasons I now can’t recall offhand. None of these did exactly what I wanted but photodeck came closest – with a little bit of tweaking.

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      Hi Imajez. Never heard of photodeck but I guess as time goes by there will be more of these types of site. So easy to use and set up. How times have changed huh πŸ™‚

      Cheers,
      Glyn

  5. Hi Glyn your site looks cool very clean and simple. I also use Squarespace interested to find out what you use regarding your shopfront side of things as I would say that was the only down side to Squarespace. Not as comprehensive as say SmugMug shopfront capabilities.

    loving your work btw!

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      Hi Jess

      Thanks so much for the kind words πŸ™‚
      Ok so re the shopfront I use WooCommerce which is all linked in with my main site and also linked in with Mailchimp. SmugMug does offer ecommerce but mainly to satisfy printed products. They do also allow users to sell digital images and digital videos but not digital packages in the form of tutorials because of their size, way they are packaged etc…

      Regards and thanks again
      Glyn

  6. Hey Glyn,

    Just wanted to pop on here and comment on how slick your new website is. Definitely an improvement, not that I could point out what was wrong before, but this just feels slicker and clearer to use.

    The link over to Square Space is also slick and your work looks beautiful on there. I like clean lines and there’s plenty of that here. I especially like the four links across the top of the page. Will check out your shop after posting this, not that I have anything to sell yet, but I’m certain I will at some point.

    It’s all beautifully laid out and nice to navigate. A brilliant way yo head into the new year. Looking forward to launching my new site this month too.

    All the best mate

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      Hey Jonathan, thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚
      Glad you like the new site/s and that they look a lot cleaner and easier to navigate. The priority for me was tidying up this main site and making it much less cluttered but with lots of info that is easy to find. More than anything though was that the look and user experience in the store needed a complete overhaul. I’m so happy with what Erik has done here and in such a short space of time.

      As for the SquareSpace portfolio site I can’t believe how easy that was; from nothing to a LIVE site in under 1 hour!!! Oh how times have changed πŸ™‚

      Thanks again mate
      All the best
      Glyn

  7. I have tried many different options, over the years, including Squarespace. In the end I have settled on WordPress with the ‘Oshine’ theme. This theme is a dream for photographers and gives so many customisation options it is possible to come up with something a bit different from the others.
    It also has full Woocommerce integration, blogging, etc. etc.
    I am just a bit surprised that you went elsewhere for your portfolio as there are so many great ‘plugins’ that would allow you to keep everything under the same wordpress site.
    Was there a specific reason why you split them?

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      Hi Ralph
      I wanted to have two completely separate sites: one being for the educational and blogging side of things and one for my portfolio where I refer potential clients and my work gets seen without any ‘clutter’.

      Does that make sense?

  8. Glyn you take as much care and attention over you Blog & Portfolio sites as you do with the content you produce for them. Your honesty over the problems you face when dealing with these things is both endearing and educational.

    Obviously it goes without saying, i’m extremely proud to be featured on both your blog and portfolio sites – and i’m hoping to learn by looking, watching and listening over the coming months and years to help make my site and my work a place where you would also be proud to be featured.

    Thanks for being there for me buddy!

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      Hey Brian

      Thanks so much for commenting and for the kind words…means a lot mate!
      Looking forward to the prospect of being featured on your site too, but also more than ever….watching the journey.

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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