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It’s been a year full of “Life Events” which has meant the serious photography stuff has had to take a bit of a back seat for the time being. Hence the total lack of updates on anything other than the phone photo blog. But I’m slowly going to be putting some different work up and breaking/changing the layout.
Or I’ll forget about it again for a few months and do nothing.
We shall see…
I know I only seem to make posts on the blog when I’m changing stuff with the site. And that’s not about to change tonight either;
The theme I use on the site isn’t entirely compatible with the newer versions of WordPress. The site runs fine, but I can no longer edit the galleries and apparently paypal have changed some stuff too, so the print sales bit might not actually work now either. Which is ever so useful obviously.
Choices are pay for another year of theme support and updates which would fix it (for a year anyway, after which point it’ll probably be broken again and I’ll have to pay up again) Or… Throw it all in the bin and start again as usual.
Guess which way we’ll be going?
Or alternatively I’ll try clicking the update theme button on the dashboard…
After much fiddling and mashing of keyboards, we’re back! More or less anyway. There’s still a couple of behind the scenes things I need to tweak, but the galleries are back and the photoblog is now running separately from this news blog. Which is one of the main things I wanted to sort out.
So yeah, please browse, enjoy, and purchase to your hearts content!
Thanks for stopping by.
Sorry for the mess. I’m still in the middle of moving the site to new hosting and rebuilding the galleries. It’ll be finished soon. Promise.
I’ve added a couple of affiliate adverts to the side bar of the blog in the hope of earning a bit of commission. I’m no fan of ads, but these are at least for things that I actually use and like, so I figured it was worth a go.
Photocrati is the WordPress theme that this site runs on. Without the skills to code it myself, or the budget for a bespoke site I’ve been hunting for the perfect mix of photo portfolio and e-commerce for months. I’ve gone through various different combinations. But up until now the portfolio themes had no sales functions, and the e-commerce sites were all just store fronts unsuitable for displaying photos.
I also looked in to hosted services such as clikpic, livebooks etc. But those all have recurring fees of some sort. Some even have a hosting fee and also want a cut of any sales. One or the other I could understand, but both! In any case I already had some web space that was suitable for my needs, so paying for more hosting seemed a bit wasteful.
So far Photocrati is the only WordPress theme I’ve come across that is aimed at displaying photography/art that also combines ecommerce features suitable for selling prints.
It looks pretty slick and is easy to set up. If you can set up WordPress you can set up Photocrati. It’s got lots of options to fine tune the look of your site, and because it uses WordPress it’s easy to expand its functionality even further with plugins and widgets!
It’s not perfect, but it’s the closest I’ve found without costing the earth. They even offer a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can try it risk free.
The other ad is for GiffGaff mobile phone network. I’ve been with them since last year and have never had a problem. They’re very big on community input, and run a payback scheme to reward people who help out, which is pretty cool. If you order a sim through my link (or any other affiliates for that matter) you get a bonus £5 credit when you first activate and top up the sim. So we both win!
Right, that’s enough of the hard sell for now.
Just installing and setting up a new theme that has temporarily made a mess of the site, but once it’s ready it’ll be fantastically fabulous and will include a brand new gallery with properly integrated shopping cart! Wooo!!
Anyway, for now the old portfolio is still available
here, should you feel the need to buy a print before the new site is ready.
Update : New portfolio section is live.
A week away starting tomorrow. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! We’re off to the seaside in the south of France. So you can expect plenty of photos of the sea and the beach upon my return.
Typically the weather there last week was solid sunshine, and next week, cloud and some rain for the first few days at least… At this rate we’re going to have to have a holiday in the desert in order to get some sunshine on a holiday it seems! Still, it should be nice and warm at any rate.
So here be the new site in all it’s shiny glory. Please look around, you can even buy a print from the portfolio if you fancy!