I was recently approached by Zenfolio and asked if I’d consider doing a review for them, as I’d recently done write-ups on other image hosting services. They granted me their top-tier, “Premium Business” account ($250 annual subscription fee; prices starting at $30) so I could have full reign of the services.
I just started poking around and so far I’m quite impressed. Most of you know I’m a Smugmug user, but to be honest I don’t use it as much as I probably should. I started using it a very very long time ago, and my original photography website was 100% based on SmugMug, back when customizing it was almost 100% in the realm of custom code, and was a real pain in the a** to do. Today it’s much easier, but on opening Zenfolio I immediately felt like it was infinitely more customizable and easier to control.
I tweeted yesterday that I was looking into it and right away got some feedback. For example, twitter follower @PhotoGrodon said “Only 4 IPTC fields read by @zenfolio which is why I & others don’t use them. [link]”.
I want to give Zenfolio a proper review. We’re light on Aperture news, and since they have an Aperture plug-in, that’s good enough for me ;-)
That said, I need your help
I can only figure out so much on my own in a few days, but if you guys who are currently using it (or used to use it, or have extensively looked into it and decided not to use it, or have switched from other services) can tell me what you know, that’d help tremendously.
Good or bad, I want to know about it. I like what I see, but before I recommend a service that could potentially cost $250 per year, I really want to give it a full shakedown.
Bring it on…