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  1. #11

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    the issue with someone else handling the core WP updates is that they pretty much always need to be synchronized with updates to the theme, so unless you update them at the same time, you risk breaking the site if you update the core but the theme is not updated as well. If you manage the updates yourself, you can control when that happens. My current favorite WP theme is Enfold.

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    I really like Format. Lots of well designed, modern themes, and it's easy to switch between themes. Designed with photographers in mind.

    Lots of examples of sites here

    https://www.format.com/spotlight/photographers

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    In my case, I choose whether and when to apply the WP updates (I don't know if that's the norm). It allows me to test after applying. I'm notified of any theme updates at the same time. There are also plug-in updates to consider.

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    If you chose WordPress, go with a theme that has a long track record. Some templates are no longer supported and "break" when you update WordPress beyond the version they are tested for.

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Sherman View Post
    ...I've been told by many that my 13 year old website needs to be redone...Suggestions on templated or pre formatted web sites and which one seem the most user friendly ??...
    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Steve, your site is very nice on a computer, meaning desktop and laptop but is not optimized for iPod/iPhone.

    Younger users use only cell phones and computer ownership is falling.

    Yet most old folk still prefer a computer...
    Randy's right. I'm far from young, and I like your Web site just the way it is. Merely update the time-sensitive pages, such as workshops, etc. that have already happened, and the format will be good for another ten years.

    Of course, no one ever became wildly successful basing their marketing approach on my preferences.

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    Steve,

    Check out Wix.com. Many templates for photography, automatically builds the site for mobile at the same time. It's easy to build the site. You'll have to host it there though. You can add e-commerce too, though I would consider other methods for payment.

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    Quote Originally Posted by faberryman View Post
    If you chose WordPress, go with a theme that has a long track record. Some templates are no longer supported and "break" when you update WordPress beyond the version they are tested for.
    The above is extremely important if you are going with a Wordpress site ! (Based on personal experience.)

    Also, FWIW, our business has 4 Wordpress sites. Last month the 3 sites residing on godaddy servers were hacked badly.
    We installed something called "sitelock" on each Wordpress site.. It cleaned up the problem. However, the ongoing cost of this add-on protection is significant. Godaddy was not very helpful in resolving the problem, but they were very eager to sell the sitelock add-on.

    The 4th Wordpress site, not on a godaddy server, Was not hacked. Kind of makes you wonder.

    Highly recommend SQUARESPACE
    User friendly, many templates, easy setup, wired for mobile devices.
    Tech support (by email) is excellent and very responsive.
    I know just enough to be dangerous !

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    HI Steve - I redid my site with Squarespace and am very happy with the results. It takes a little getting used to the way you can customize your pages, but is worth it. Take a look here -www.rjphil.com
    r.j. phil
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    N.E. Large Format Photography Collective

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    Except for your portfolio galleries, any of that could be done real easily with a variety of Wordpress themes.
    +1
    "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig."

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    seezee's day-job at Messenger Web Design

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    Re: Update / Rebuild photography website advice

    I can't able to open your website, It's good that you build through wordpress platform.
    " IT'S NOT ABOUT IDEAS, IT'S ABOUT MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN"

    https://www.skillshare.com/browse/photography

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