Sometimes it just makes sense to select the best platform for your goals instead of the perfect platform for your goals. In my case I have a LOT of photographs, I edit them in Lightroom, and I would like to sell prints, digital downloads, and greeting cards through a fulfillment service.
Squarespace by itself was beautiful but without other services, I would need to fulfill print orders personally. In these times, this is not feasible.
There are options to integrate Squarespace with Printful and Printique, Printful was going to be a LOT of work to add the photos and the sample views. Printique, formally Adorama Pics did have a Lightroom plug-in and I was headed in the Squarespace + Printique direction.
Then there was Pic-Time. This would have been the one. Pic-Time is beautiful and the SMART STORE feature which provides previews with the images the person has clicked was awesome. Pic-Time was geared towards photographers with clients but did have Art Galleries. I didn't see the SMART STORE work with Art Galleries as it did with the Client photos. And Art Galleries did not have Lightroom compatibility. I will be keeping my eye on this service. It was the smoothest and most sophisticated visually.
I have hosted my photos on WordPress using Namecheap for years. It was a lot of photos, lots of storage, but there was no easy way to sell them using a fulfillment service. I could have integrated WordPress, WooCommerce, and Printful. But did you read that? I just didn't feel like doing all of that.
I am keeping WordPress for my professional portfolio. In my day job I am a project manager.
So then there is SmugMug. SmugMug is where I share pictures with people. It has a Lightroom integration. But no blog. Beautiful layouts. Easy sharing. Print labs and fulfillment. The screens for buying a single photo were a little over the top for my taste. The main issue was that I needed to buy a third-party service to show a SmugMug gallery on my WordPress website. This was the nail. Nice service, but that WordPress integration should have been done years ago. It should not depend on a third party website.
So I looked at videos, searched the internet and went back to the site that many photographers use, Zenfolio (affiliate link). There is a blog and there is print fulfillment and I can sell digital downloads. I am building my site now and will have to fix my blog ONE MORE time. This is not the first time I have moved it, but I hope it is close to the last time. There is a Lightoom integration with a third party tool. I can accept this. I have not fully analyzed it yet but I believe I see some flaws such as slow roadmap implementations of items at the top of the User voice list and other items. But I see some great things like weekly YouTube training and spotlights.
Thank you for reading my post and welcome to the new home of The Moore Creativ, the photography of Thelma Michelle Moore.