For a long time, I have been looking for a site that would truly represent the brand of Meagan and William Photography. We started by buying into GoDaddy’s basic site builder. I love GoDaddy, but their site builder package is terrible. You don’t get a blog, and there is no mobile version of your site. Why would you need a blog? If you want to benefit from SEO, you need to have a blog. It’s also nice to have your customers see your most recent work.
Later I went with Zenfolio. Zenfolio was amazing for a few reasons. First of all, it had a blog built in. It also had unlimited storage for your proofing gallery. After having the site for a few months, I noticed that our site wasn’t ranking at all under obvious keywords that we had targeted. In addition to that, Zenfolio didn’t have a mobile version of the site. After doing some research, I found out that Zenfolio is terrible for SEO. This was not from me, but from many other concerned photographers in the industry. It doesn’t work well with the search engines so Google will have a hard time trying to find your site. So I started to look elsewhere.
I then stumbled upon WordPress. Google loves WordPress. It is easy for the search engines to crawl and you will rank easily because of that. Many of the worlds top sites use WordPress. Some examples would be TheKnot, Ted, and BestBuy. The problem with WordPress was the lousy themes. I’m not a web designer, so I can’t make my site look like TheKnot. I had to search forever to find one or two that looked decent. The other issue is that when you changed themes on WordPress, it was like relearning the entire system again. Every template looked horrible out of the box and each one had its own configuration panel. After searching for better themes, I found ProPhoto Blogs.
ProPhoto takes what was boring about wordpress and makes it easy to work with. For starters, ProPhoto gives you 14 design templates out of the box. But don’t worry, you can buy more later from their store. ProPhoto was very easy to set up but I am more of a tech guru. For those of you who aren’t so tech savy, they will do an expert installation for you as well. This way all you have to do is log in and enjoy the new site. I have used almost every wordpress template. None of them have the customization power that ProPhoto does. As you can see from our site now, the layout and theme is nothing like any other WordPress theme out there. It has a mobile version of the site as well. It’s the easiest to set up because you don’t have to do anything. ProPhoto does it for you. Understand that you don’t have to be a photographer to use ProPhoto Blogs. If you are in the wedding industry and you want to showcase weddings from other photographers, this is the site for you. ProPhoto Blogs is definitely worth the investment.
Check out the video below to find out more information on how the site works and operates. After watching the video, there is a link that you can go to that will allow you to purchase your own ProPhoto site. Be aware that there is no free trial. But if you don’t like it, you will get 110% back guaranteed. That’s not a typo. They will basically pay you $20 if you don’t like it, but I know that won’t be the case. I’m positive that you will enjoy ProPhoto as much as I did!
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