Online:Site Building (CMS) Solutions
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Content Management Systems (CMS) have redefined how the internet works. These tools are either hosted, or need to be installed on your webserver to run.
Criteria for Vetting Site Building Solutions
- Is it built with Adobe Flash or HTML? How do you know?
- RIght click on the gallery parts, does it say "About Adobe Flash Player"
- You can use the website builtwith.com to inspect it
- HTML is the right answer here. You want to avoid any CMS solution that is still using Flash.
- What happens if you view it on a mobile device?
- Is it responsive? Is there an alternate display?
- Any CMS solution that you invest in should work on a small screen.
- Can you 'deep link' directly to an image in the portfolio?
- Can a viewer to your portfolio copy the URL and send a link to an image directly to another person?
Online:Site Building (CMS) Solutions Listing
|Name||Focus||Hosted or User Installed||Blog||Cost|
|Cargo Collective||Artists||Hosted||No||Free Trial, Payed|
|Adobe Portfolio||Artists||Hosted||No||Free Trial, Part of Creative Cloud|
|Wordpress||Everybody||You Install or Hosted||Yes||Free, Pay to host|
|Squarespace||Everybody||Hosted||Yes||Free Trial, Payed|
|Weebly||Everybody||Hosted||Yes||Free Trial, Payed|
|Wix||Everybody||Hosted||Yes||Free Trial, Payed|
|PhotoShelter||Photographers||Hosted||Kinda||Free Trial, Payed|
|Zenfolio||Photographers||Hosted||No||Free Trial, Payed|
|SmugMug||Photographers||Hosted||No||Free Trial, Payed|
|Visura||Photographers||Hosted||Yes||Free Trial, Payed|
|Format||Artists||Hosted||Yes||Free Trial, Payed|
|FolioDrop||Artists||Hosted||No||Free Trial, Payed|