With the ease of a better search tool, photographers and clients can now focus on creating beautiful images together
Zenfolio, the award-winning, all-in-one-photography hosting service, has announced the immediate availability of Photographer Central, the most comprehensive online directory of professional photographers of all genres. By allowing the visual profiles to speak for themselves through a clean, informative interface, potential clients are able to quickly find the perfect photographer according to their location, budget and preferred style.
“The photography industry is fragmented, and part of the problem is the absence of one definitive source for hiring the right professional,” said Alex Peyzner, Founder and CEO of Zenfolio and Photographer Central. “In building this new resource, we’ve set out to change the way people find photographers. It simplifies the process by providing clients with the complete and visual profile they need to make a decision; and provides photographers with marketing support so they can focus on the art of photography.”
Photographers are faced with an overwhelming list of tasks just to be considered by potential clients – tasks that rob them of precious time. Photographer Central simplifies the time-consuming marketing process. Dedicated marketers and developers work on SEO, SEM and demand generation to drive a flow of potential new clients.
Anyone looking to capture a portrait, host an event or plan a wedding will tell you that finding the perfect photographer can be a frustrating process. Photographer Central makes the search easy. Potential clients can filter photographers according to their preferred location, budget and style. They can save “Favorites” into a group that can be easily accessed at a later time. Clicking through to a portfolio brings up a simple, streamlined presentation of key information and a photography portfolio. From there, they can compare, contrast and immediately contact the right photographer.
Photographer Central allows clients to search for free and does not require registration.
Photographer Central is immediately available via www.photographercentral.com. A single listing on Photographer Central costs $400 annually, but is available for $300 annually as a limited time promotion. Multi packs are also available.
For more information about Photographer Central – to create your own business listing or to search for a photographer in your area – visit www.photographercentral.com.
Created and developed by Zenfolio Inc., Photographer Central is the industry’s most comprehensive online directory of professional photographers available for hire. We enable photographers to promote their business and allow their customers to find them in the most efficient way. Learn more at www.photographercentral.com.
Now you can upload the entire folder structure from your computer to Zenfolio in one easy step. Groups and Galleries will automatically be created to match.
Give it a try by clicking the new Upload link from within any group using the Chrome web browser, and then drag in a folder from your computer.
It’s easier than ever for clients to keep track of their Favorites while viewing your galleries. A subtle heart icon is now displayed when hovering over photos in a photo grid. Clients can used it to add photos to Favorites directly from the grid and see which photos are already on their short list.
Save time by offering professional lab retouching services directly to your clients at your own prices. Mpix, MpixPro and Miller’s can provide facial retouching, glass glare removal, red eye reduction, stray hair removal and braces removal. Let your clients choose the services they need and the lab will take care of the rest!
Sell retouching services by editing a price list and opening the new Retouching tab. Add the services you would like to provide, and clients will be able to add retouching once a photo is placed in their shopping cart.
We’ve made coupons even better for your large marketing efforts. With coupon campaigns, Premium Business subscribers can create and manage an entire group of coupons together. Set up the coupon details and quantity and your codes will be generated automatically.
You can download the codes and print them on cards to pass out, or email each event participant their unique code.
Photographers using Zenfolio self-fulfillment can now set a product to have no shipping method at all, which is perfect for selling services like photo sessions.
Shipping box sizes are also easier to set up with a streamlined sizing workflow.
Take it up a notch and add the beautiful MpixPro Signature Albums to your price lists. Featuring a one-piece leather wraparound cover in a variety of colors, this sleek album has a contemporary style that your clients will love. Professionally designed page layouts and drag-and-drop album creation make ordering simple for both you and your clients.
Signature Albums are available in the following sizes:
Experience the ultimate clarity and shine using pearl canvas gallery wraps from MpixPro and Miller’s. This vibrant substrate features a pearlescent surface that adds a dynamic element to this traditional piece of wall art.
Make an impression with Mpix Modern Metals. Transform your favorite images into an eye-catching piece of contemporary art with this durable and unique piece. The prints are float mounted on 1/16” aluminum and are ready to display as soon as they arrive.
One Vision Imaging photo books are here! Add them to your price lists and clients can purchase these beautiful lay flat books at prices you set. Available in 8”x8”, A4 portrait, and A5 portrait and landscape, there’s a size for everyone.
Professionally designed page layouts and drag-and-drop album creation make ordering simple for you and your clients.
The following sizes are available in a selection of cover colors:
With traditional and contemporary mouldings to suit all tastes and window mounts digitally cut to perfection, multi aperture frames from One Vision Imaging are sure to impress.
Add them to your price lists and clients can create their own stunning displays with easy drag-and-drop ordering.
Put some fun items on display including the iron easel option for glass prints and unique aluminum magnets.
Visitors will experience smoother page loading and transitions thanks to a fade-in effect applied to your Zenfolio site. You can even adjust the timing to suit your style by opening Site Settings in the Customize Visitor View.
Volume photographers will appreciate that the coupon and gift certificate pages now remember their last display state, so your sort order and visibility of inactive items will remain intact on your next visit.
Gift certificate codes show in the summary table to streamline communication with your clients.
In the Shopping Cart, Event photographers can now hide the gallery information that appears over photo thumbnails. Just click Options in the Customize Visitor View from your Shopping Cart.
Zenfolio, the award-winning, all-in-one photography website has just released an exciting new feature: Raw file storage. Now Zenfolio users with an Unlimited, Premium or Premium Business account can store all files, along with their photos and videos, on their site — the ultimate cloud storage solution. Applicable to all file formats, including CRW, PSD, DNG and NEF, there is no extra software needed for photographers to easily access all of their files at the same time, in the same place.
To streamline photographers’ workflow, Raw files can be linked to JPEGs automatically by name or time, so users can keep everything together and organized. Uploading is simple and can be done using all integrated uploaders: HTML5 and ActiveX.
In addition to storing files, photographers have the option to sell their files by adding it to their price list so clients can easily download Raw files along with the original images.
Up to 2 GB of storage is free. After that, Zenfolio offers one of the lowest monthly rates in the industry.
Whether photographers are looking for a one-stop shop to store files, implement better organization and streamline workflow; or they simply want to maximize profits, Zenfolio is the solution.
Our free Android app is a perfect mobile companion for your Zenfolio account. It allows you to manage your photos, take them to-go for offline viewing, upload photos and videos from your device, and more.
The latest update includes the following enhancements:
You can download the free app from Google Play Store.
Now you can upload more than just JPEGs to your galleries. We have added the option to store RAW, DNG, NEF, PSD and other source files alongside your images, all in one convenient location.
Source files are archived just like your images are, in secure and geo-distributed locations. That means you’ll never have to worry about losing data.
Uploading is easy. Just use the web uploader to drag & drop your source files along with your JPEGs. Raw files will be automatically linked to JPEGs for easy downloading and access, either by matching file names or by date and time taken whenever possible.
Source files can also be linked to JPEGs later after they have been uploaded by going to the new RAW FILES tab when viewing any gallery in the Edit View.
Your visitors will never see your source files displayed in your galleries, but if you allow Original File Downloads you can choose to include raw files by selecting this option in Access Control.
As a result of making significant investments in our infrastructure inover the past year, we are able to bring you Raw File Storage at the lowest per GB price available from any photography service. The first 2GB of Raw Storage are completely free. Beyond the first 2GB here are the rates:
See our Raw File Storage article for more information. Raw File Storage is not available for Basic accounts.
Photographers using Zenfolio self-fulfillment can streamline their workflow by downloading the complete details of any self-fulfilled order, including all photos used in the order, by clicking the new Download Order link from the Order Details page.
Before accepting an order you now have the ability to adjust the cropping and replace files. Once you accept the order, the cropping will be applied and the images will be prepared for print. Download the cropped, print-ready images and send them straight to your printer or to your lab of choice.
High volume photographers can benefit from additional automation options available for self-fulfilled orders. Using the Zenfolio API you can access the list of pending orders, download complete details and photos for each order, as well as update order status.
If you have a merchant account, collecting payments for self-fulfilled orders is a snap. Using a payment gateway account from either Authorize.net or PayPal Payments Pro, customers can enter their credit card information directly, without ever having to leave your site, and the funds are deposited right into your account.
For more information visit our Support Center article on Using Merchant Accounts to Collect Payments.
To enhance the security of your password-protected galleries, our system will now detect too many failed password attempts and lock the user out of the gallery for a period of time. They will be advised to contact the photographer for the correct password, and you will receive an email alert when a lockout occurs on your site.
Clients may visit your site and have a Shopping Cart full of products, but that doesn’t mean they will complete the purchase. To help you avoid missing out on these sales, registered clients can now receive up to three friendly reminder emails about items remaining in their cart.
You can set your preference for sending cart reminders in the Client Communications section of the Edit View.
Good news for Pinterest fans: if you have a Pinterest business account you can now verify your website by going to the new Pinterest Business Verification page in the Preferences section of the Edit View.
Pinterest provides verified business accounts with analytics to track how your site is doing on Pinterest, as well as a badge showing pinners that your content is from a trustworthy source.
Elegant foil stamping is now available for Art Cloth hard cover photo books from MpixPro, Mpix and Miller’s. Choose from gold or silver foil stamping over any of the art cloth cover colors for a book that’s sure to impress.
Photo Strips have been updated to include subtle movement. When hovering over one side or the other, the strip will automatically begin to scroll in that direction. You also have the option to display arrows instead of a scrollbar.
When using the full screen photo grid layout for your home page, the bottom pad will slide into view when hovering over the lower part of your screen. This allows you to maximize the photo grid as well as display a useful welcome message to your visitors.
Zenfolio, the top photo hosting and e-commerce website, is proud to announce that it has received two new notable awards:
Announced at the 2014 Societies Photographic Convention, SWPP, Zenfolio has received recognition as an industry leader for enthusiast and professional photographers. The Societies is the fastest-growing worldwide association for professional photographers. It manages eight internationally recognized photographic organizations focusing on prime services to full-time photographers.
These two new awards tally up to an impressive list of recent endorsements from the [F] Awards as Best Website Builder and from Professional Photographer magazine as ‘Hot One’ Online Album Design and Hosting, proving Zenfolio is the leader in photography hosting and selling.
What makes Zenfolio so award-winning? Watch the one-minute video below and try it out for two weeks for free.
Experience the award-winning benefits of Zenfolio and sign up for a two-week free trial today.
We’ve added many great new features to make your website even better. See all the details of the latest release and customize your website further for an enhanced visitor experience.
We’ve added dynamic thumbnail grids. Now you have many new ways to present thumbnails on your homepage and inside your galleries. You can show them in responsive rows or columns or even in a neat grid where you have control of thumbnail sizes and spacing between them.
You also have new ways of displaying gallery titles. Social media and Buy buttons can now be added directly to your thumbnails. These buttons can be placed over photos in elegant overlays, below photos, above photos, or displayed only when photos are hovered.
You can customize your thumbnails in the Grid Options and Thumbnails tabs of the Options popup in the Customize Visitor View.
New thumbnail grids can make your homepage shine. There are two new homepage layouts with a variety of customization options that allow you to create a stylish showcase for your portfolio using new photo grid layouts. Display your photos using Pinterest-style columns and dynamically resizable rows, or configure your own thumbnail sizes to create your own unique website experience.
A new horizontally scrolling photo strip is now available. You can use it in place of the homepage slideshow on any full-screen or wide-screen layout.
Show off your best work with new portfolio and full-screen photo page layouts. All layouts, new and old, can now benefit from a new smooth image-scaling option. The photos will automatically scale to fill the available space for the best possible viewing experience. You can enable image scaling under Layout Options in the Customize Visitor View, or wait until February when it will be automatically turned on.
You can also feature an optional top banner on gallery, group and blog pages using a new setting in Customize Visitor View, under Page Elements. These banners can include a photo, a slideshow, a photo strip or a video, allowing you to create a truly stunning viewing experience.
You now have control over the positioning of photos within resizable spotlight areas, keeping important parts of each image always in view.
We have added the ability to customize your website header and footer by including more elements and giving you control over their size. You can even create a completely customized header. Logo images can also now be added directly to the header and footer along with social media buttons and custom content.
A new configurable, multi-column layout for the footer is also available, which includes a client access area, contact area, site menu, and more. Add your accreditations, professional affiliations and anything else you choose in a new custom content area in the footer.
Skip the photo page and go directly to the Dim-the-Lights mode to show off your photos without any distractions. You can configure this option in the Thumbnails Page tab of the Options popup in the Customize Visitor View. This is a great feature for portfolio presentation, with large images, convenient keyboard navigation, and a toolbar for selecting favorites, downloading, or even buying photos.
The “Add to Favorites” feature is now easier for your users to find with the inclusion of a new “heart” icon overlay in the upper-right corner of every photo. Click the heart icon to add the current photo to Favorites. Click it again to remove it from Favorites.
We added more website presets that showcase new customization features as well as new layouts. Presets can be applied to your entire website, or to a select group, gallery, photo, and other pages.
The updated Theme Designer allows a much deeper level of website customization. The familiar Styles tab allows you to create a color palette, select a global font style, and configure website elements that appear across various website pages.
We have created new Homepage, Galleries, Blog, and Email tabs that allow you to configure specific elements that appear on the corresponding website pages. Many new elements can now be configured directly, such as navigation buttons, scrollbars, guestbook, form fields, all blog page elements, and email invitations.
The Theme Designer now supports the use of Google web fonts on every page. You can select from the list of recommended fonts or explore the entire collection of more than 600 fonts offered by Google. You can add these fonts to your list and use them to style elements in Theme Designer.
Save time when writing blog entries by selecting and adding multiple photos directly from the blog post editor.
Ordering Photo books, greeting cards, and other new multi-image products is even easier than before. Improvements include larger thumbnail previews, improved drag-and-drop functionality, and enhanced validation of cropped photos and clipped text.
Zenfolio sales and promotional pricing discounts will now be clearer with the addition of strike-through pricing. Visible when editing your price lists and shown to visitors any time base lab prices are used for selling, the original product price will be shown next to the current discounted price.
Trade show season is just around the corner, and Zenfolio is gearing up for another busy and exciting season. Making appearances on both sides of the ocean, this year Zenfolio will be attending Imaging USA and WPPI in the U.S. and SWPP and The Photography Show in the U.K.
Every year, the award-winning photo hosting and e-commerce service provides valuable education for every type of photographer with live demonstrations, new product features, and in-person expert advice – and this year is no exception. Another great reason to say hello to Zenfolio is that they will be handing out incredible show specials. Those who already use Zenfolio can expect a thank you gift for being a loyal customer.
Attending trade shows is more than just showing face: it is a great way to meet other like-minded professionals, be the first to know the latest industry news and products, and perfect those photography skills. Not to mention giveaways, discounts, and freebies! Read up on what to expect at each show in the 2014 Zenfolio trade show guide.
Photographers can register here for any of these conventions. Trade shows are a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of the business while making new connections and a lasting impression.
Your profits can now be transferred directly from your Zenfolio account to your US bank account (ACH direct deposit). You can set this up in the Edit View, under Account | Payout Profile. There is no fee for this option.
Image Folios – These display pieces look great on desktops, bookshelves and coffee tables or as a high-end presentation tool in your studio.
We made quite a few improvements to designing photo books. Some of them are:
By popular request we’ve added the ability to customize your website without making your changes visible to your visitors until you are ready. While you are making changes they are saved but not published. You can change your site design, play with layouts, or fine-tune the options – then reveal your site to your visitors by publishing the changes at the end.
We’ve added the ability to view and edit data for every event participant. After uploading the list of participants you can edit your participants’ information directly.
Zenfolio is partnering with Triple Scoop Music to offer a free 30-day Trial to TSM’s exciting 10K add-on subscription.
Triple Scoop Music is an innovative music licensing service specializing in world-class music for creative professionals. TSM offers award-winning music by an impressive list of independent artists and is endorsed by many of the world’s top photographers and imaging organizations.
For the month of November 2013, Zenfolio users will have free, unlimited access to the entire 12,000+ song library from TSM’s award-winning music catalog – access that is unrivaled in the industry.
Such a wide array of available of soundtracks ensures that no two slideshows ever need to be alike. Photographers find a soundtrack as unique as the photos they take.
Zenfolio now offers the ability to order custom press-printed photo books directly from your website. Choose from a number of book designs, sizes, papers and layout options; add photos, and you’re done! Our custom designs and drag-and-drop tools make it easy to create a beautiful photo book in minutes.
You can order photo books yourself or allow clients to purchase photo books at prices you set. Show the “Create a Book” button in your galleries to make it easy for your clients to start building their own book right away.
You can also build a book for your client, add it to Cart and e-mail the Cart for the client to checkout.
Currently, all press-printed photo books from Mpix and MpixPro are supported and we plan to add photo books from other partner labs in the near future.
Offering all books available from Mpix plus LayFlat books: exactly what their name implies, these books lay flat so photographs aren’t distorted by a binding or lost in the gutter.
More professional book designs will be added in the future.
We’re excited to release the first set in a series of new customization options for your website. Brand new full screen layouts help you showcase your work in bold new ways. With 12 brand new layouts it’s easier than ever to get the look you want for your website. Each layout introduces new options, such as elements placement and alignment, giving you countless configurations.
By popular demand we’ve added the ability to have a consistent header and footer across all website pages, as well as adjust your header and footer height to accommodate a larger logo.
These enhancements are just the beginning. Stay tuned for even more exciting customization features coming out.
In conjunction with our new layout designs we have added the ability to apply a complete website look with just one click. Browse our new gallery of presets to find the look you want, and then apply it across your entire website or to just a single page.
When you use a preset you’ll also get a custom theme that you can further customize to suit your brand and unique style.
We will be continuously adding more presets inspired by the best photography websites in the industry.
Your new full screen Home page layouts can feature slideshows with music, or a video, or a single photo. Classic homepage layouts and your custom pages can also host third-party embedded content such as videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto, Vuvox and others. You’ll also notice a streamlined new way to add content to your custom and blog pages and more options for how content is displayed.
You now have more control over the size of the slideshow or the image used on your Home page. Automatic sizes or custom dimensions can be specified to precisely match your desired look.
We have enhanced interaction options for blog images: you can set your blog images to display a title and a caption on hover, and to open in a Dim-the-Lights view when clicked.
Get a truly custom look using the new capabilities we’ve added to our Theme Designer tool. Start with a pre-designed color palette and add custom touches to your website with powerful new customization features including:
And, we are far from being done. There will be many more customization features in the upcoming releases.
Premium Business subscribers can harness the power of Events, a new concept on Zenfolio that lets you create a keyword-searchable mini site for a multi-subject job. Events can either be set to allow open keyword search, or for additional privacy you can restrict access with individual passcodes. Keyword your photos with a unique identifier for each participant and they’ll be able to easily find their own photos.
Choose from several layouts for your event’s landing page and search results pages, including a full screen layout. Turn on social buttons and let your events go viral. With Events, you decide which groups and galleries to make available for your visitors to search – you can use search exclusively to keep your internal organization completely hidden, you can display everything similar to a more traditional Group, or any combination of the two.
Events also make it easy to communicate with your clients – upload a list of your participants and you’ll be able to send emails in bulk that include individual details for each person, such as personalized links to their photos, passcodes, and include a preview of their images.
It’s easy to keep track of your Event sales – one click shows you a filtered sales report.
Events are available to Premium Business subscribers only. You can create new Events or convert any existing Group to an Event using the Organizer menu.
Wondering what state your captions and keywords are in? We’ve added a bulk option for quickly updating titles, captions, alt text, keywords and copyright information for your photos and videos. Look for the Bulk update metadata link in the Description section of the Toolbox. Download metadata for everything in a group or a gallery, make your changes in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel, then re-upload the metadata file and see your changes live within seconds.
You can now offer up to 3 custom shipping methods per vendor in your price lists. Your clients will select the shipping option they want during the checkout while you still have the option to change the actual shipping method during the order approval step.
You can easily set your website Home page to be your Zenfolio blog, any custom page, or any page hosted somewhere else. This new option is under your Account Preferences.
This is a small change with a big impact. When a client creates an account, any Favorites sets that they had been working on will now automatically be saved into their account. No need to go back into the Favorites set and click Save.
Zenfolio is proud to announce that it has been the recipient of two prestigious awards from the professional photographic community in the past few months.
During the WPPI convention in March in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was announced that Zenfolio had won the Framed [F] Award for best website builder. The [F] Awards are presented by the [F] network, producers of programs including [FRAMED]™, Lit Up, PhotoPro, and Film. You can learn more about the award, and the winners in all the categories, by visiting the [F] Awards home page.
This August, Zenfolio has again been singled out for distinction with a Hot One award from Professional Photographer magazine. As the name implies, only the hottest products and services, culled from hundreds of entries, win a Hot One award. This year marked the 14th annual edition of these awards, and Zenfolio won in the category of Online Album Design and Hosting. The full list of Hot One winners will be published in the August issue of Professional Photographer magazine and can be also found online at PPmag.com.
Want to see the features that bring in all the praise? Watch the one-minute video and try Zenfolio for yourself for free.
Aside from industry praise, what really speaks volumes is feedback from our current users. Read all they have to say and why you should make the switch to Zenfolio on our testimonials page.
Everyone here at Zenfolio would like to thank the [F] Awards, the Hot One Awards, and most importantly our customers for whom we are proud to deliver an award-winning service.
Due to popular demand the ZOOM Tour is back and bigger than before. This year’s tour includes events in 11 cities across the United States and one in London, England. Each stop on the tour will include informative seminars tailored to photographers looking to maximize the power of the Internet to grow their photography business, plus presentations by industry experts on how to sell, brand, and market your work online.
The events in every city will include two sessions. The morning sessions will be for new and potential members and the afternoon sessions for existing members. Both will feature Zenfolio experts demonstrating all the features Zenfolio offers and answering questions about the service. There will also be industry professionals presenting on site design, order fulfillment, marketing, and more.
To reserve a spot for any location of the ZOOM Tour photographers can visit the Registration Page. Registration is $10, which photographers will receive back as a $10 Mpix credit when they attend the event. The registration also includes a goodie bag with hundreds of dollars worth of gifts and discounts from sponsors. There will also be valuable prizes giveaways at each event.
Along with selling, we’ve also added Access Control protections for videos so you can set the largest video size that will be shown to visitors. With this feature you’ll be able to delight clients with a preview of your videos at a lower-fidelity, while offering the full HD version available for purchase only.
In conjunction with our new video selling option we have also added support for downloading videos. This is available for you, and optionally for your clients.
You can download the largest generated video size at any time from the Edit View. Videos will also be automatically included in full gallery downloads.
Want clients to be able to easily download your videos? Now you have that option. You can do this by going to Customize Visitor View | Page Options | Page Elements from a gallery and check the box to make videos downloadable. You can also control whether the “Download” link is shown in the toolbar for videos.
If you already show the option to save resized image sizes in the overlay menu, the option to save videos will now be shown as well. To limit the largest video size that will be shown or downloaded, go to the new Video Protection tab in Access Control.
To help you keep track of everything, video downloads of all sizes are tracked in the Edit View. Click on the number of video downloads in the Toolbox to see details, including client information when available.
We have added an exciting new option to Digital Download products that makes it easy to sell an entire gallery of photos or videos, all at once, as a digital download. You now have complete control over the minimum and maximum number of items in the download. And by choosing the “auto-fill” option clients will have their products automatically pre-filled with all available photos in one easy step.
There are now more ways to fine-tune your self-fulfilled products. Create products that apply to videos, like a wedding DVD, and set large products to auto-fill from a gallery.
We are continuing to improve our template editor to make it easier for you to create stunning designs that will WOW your clients. The editor is now resizable for more precise placement of placeholders. Text and photo placeholders can be duplicated to easily create multiple placeholders of the same size, and text placeholders that are duplicated will keep the same default text. We have also added alignment and spacing tools that function like those used in visual editing software, as well as the ability to edit placeholder sizes and positions directly in pixels for when exact measurements are needed.
In addition to these ease-of-use improvements, you can now create your own custom templates for a wider range of products. Choices include accordion minis, magazine covers, flat and folded cards, and much more (see below for a full list of new products).
Your clients will see improvements to template-based products as well. We have simplified the process of editing placeholder text and added a framing visualization for collages. Products that come in sets will now be marked that way to eliminate any confusion.
We continue to expand our product offerings from the Miller’s family of labs. New products include:
We are pleased to bring our UK customers new press products and templates from OVI, including:
To complement all of the new product offerings we have added a host of new designs for Mpix, MpixPro, and OVI products. See all the design templates here:
We are pleased to announce that we have added new functionality for you to create and sell custom greeting cards and magnets. Now you can delight your clients by providing them with unique greeting card designs for any occasion.
Creating custom designs is easy. Simply select a product, such as a flat or a folded greeting card, upload a background image and put placeholders for one or more photos onto the background. Next, add boxes for text, specify the occasion, add a preview image, and your design is ready to go.
Once you add this product to your price list your designs will be made available for your clients to purchase. Clients can then pick the design they like, put photos into placeholders, add text, and see a live preview before checkout.
This feature is currently available for greeting cards and magnets from Mpix and MpixPro labs We will be adding support for custom templates for other products and across all partner labs shortly.
We have partnered with professional designers to bring you some exciting greeting card designs for a variety of occasions. Choose from designs unique to Zenfolio as well as a selection of designs offered by Mpix and MpixPro.
We are expanding the list of products offered through the Mpix family of labs so now you can offer your customers even more choices. New additions include the following products:
Collages are prints with several photos arranged in them. You can create templates for collages by arranging several photo placeholders on a blank canvas. Your clients can fill the placeholders with photos and can even add framing to create exciting finished products.
We will be adding more sizes and more pre-made templates for collages shortly.
Note that old greeting cards have been discontinued. For now, if you have them in your price lists, they will still be available for ordering, however, if you want to take advantage of the new template designs or use your own custom designs, please add the products above to your price list and select the templates you want to sell.
We will be continuously expanding the catalog of products available for custom templates.
We’ve made several updates to the shopping cart. Now your clients can choose a theme-birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc-and preview greeting card designs before purchase. We’ve also streamlined the process for selecting photos for packages and products with multiple images. These new cropping and options pages will make it easier for your clients to configure prints and products, add frames, or change product size. We’ve also improved the checkout flow, so your clients can breeze through it faster.
The free app for mobile devices that run Android operating systems has been updated. It is now faster and compatible with more devices. Download the app from the Google Play Store.
Your visitors will now see a bar on top of the page informing them about cookies usage and linking to the cookies policy. This feature complies with the EU Law, which outlines how cookies are used for storing information on user’s devices.
Though you can’t see it on the surface, we’ve made some changes to our infrastructure that your customers will appreciate. Now they’ll get even faster loading, more responsive pages with large images and snappy navigation.
On January 1, 2013 Zenfolio joined the Art.com family of companies. Art.com is the world's largest online retailer of high-quality wall art.
There will be no changes in the way we provide services to you. The great service you have come to expect from us will remain the same.
The Zenfolio business will operate as an independent division, and the team will remain in place and continue to operate from our existing office. The decision to join Art.com was based on sound business fundamentals and joint synergies that would be realized by both companies.
This is an exciting time for all of us here at Zenfolio but we could never have reached this point without you as a valuable customer.
Remaining true to our roots is important to us and that's why we look forward to releasing many new features for you this year, starting later this month.
Over the last few years Triple Scoop Music has been actively growing their music library. To capitalize on the increased options we are proud to announce a new add-on plan, called TSM 10K. This new plan provides access to the full Triple Scoop Music library of over 10,000 songs and is available to all users for $100 a year.
Beginning November 9, 2012, we invite all Zenfolio users to try the new TSM 10K plan FREE for 30 days. Get more information on the partnership and preview the music on the Triple Scoop Music partner page.
We have added support for StatCounter, a popular free tool for monitoring and understanding website visitors. To use StatCounter with your site you first need to have an account with StatCounter, then attach the code they generate to your Zenfolio account. You can find more details under PREFERENCES | Visitor Tracking.
All Zenfolio slideshows can now play videos, in addition to photos. If videos are included in the source gallery or collection they will be play in sequence, along with the photos, creating a complete and dynamic presentation.
Similarly to how you customize the website Home page, you can now create events by turning Groups into mini-sites. By selecting a portfolio-style layout for a Group page, and then placing a slideshow with music and links to specific galleries, you can create personalized presentations for your clients. Selecting the layout with slideshow for an empty group allows you to present different categories of your portfolio as slideshows.
You will find these settings under Customize Visitor View | Page Layouts and Page Options while looking at a Group page.
Selecting the layout with slideshow for an empty group allows you to present different categories of your portfolio as slideshows.
Creating quick blog posts is now easy. Simply select a photo, add a short caption, and publish it on a blog with a single click. You will find Quick Blog posts in the Share window for any photo or directly on the Blog page in the Edit View. Look for Quick blog post publishing via free Zenfolio Android and iOS apps soon.
We’re happy to deliver on the long-standing request to be able to track how many times a photo has been downloaded and who downloaded it. Every photo now has a report available from the Toolbox that lists this information, including the names of your registered contacts. This information is available for all future downloads.
Premium Business users can apply coupons after orders are placed by selecting from a list of available coupons. Even coupons that have expired can be retrieved and all the details displayed before they are applied.
Blond Maple Frame, Espresso Walnut Frame, and White Frame are now available in all print sizes.
5x7 Luxe Frames (5x7 print, 8.5" x 10.25" overall) -- These stylish and elegant Luxe frames are now available in 5x7 size and in five colors. They come ready to hang or stand with prints mounted to Styrene and protected with Lustre coating.
We have added new small size custom stamps in all denominations. This more compact stamp features a square image size (1" x 1") in stunning quality. You can also order different photos as stamps in the same order now without needing to pay multiple shipping charges.
See all available products on the corresponding partner pages.
We're pleased to announce the launch of the myZenfolio app for Android devices. Just like the iPhone app, it allows you to easily manage and show your photos hosted on Zenfolio, as well as upload new photos directly to your Zenfolio galleries. The app also includes updates to the original that help it run smoother. Get the app for FREE in the Google Play store.
With myZenfolio, you can take your photos To-Go on your phone or tablet for quick offline viewing, create or modify your existing galleries, upload new photos to your Zenfolio account, and much more.
myZenfolio is the official Android application developed and supported by Zenfolio.
Zenfolio is now integrated with a new photo printer, ivoke™. Choose from an exciting selection of novelty photo products, available to order and sell, such as aluminum panels, iPhone cases, iPad covers, and more. View lab information and product catalog.
All these new products are available to order for yourself or you can choose to include them in a price list with a markup for sale.
Now it’s easier than ever to share your photos and promote your work. With the redesigned Share window you can conveniently share photos or galleries on popular social networks. You can also email links to galleries or individual image sizes, copy/paste shortened URLs, or even use the embed code to easily display your photos on forums or blogs with the link back to your gallery on Zenfolio. You can configure the new Share window under the Share tab in the Page Elements menu in the Customize Visitor View.
We now support image sharing via Pinterest, enabling you to promote your photos virally. The PinIt button can be displayed under every photo as well as in the new Share window, so your visitors can pin your photos on their pin boards. To enable the Pinterest button, go to the Page Elements menu in the Customize Visitor View.
If you want to make sure that your photos are not available for pinning on Pinterest, simply turn off the Pinterest Button from the Share window and hide it from your Photo Pages under Customize Visitor View>Page Elements.
When we say easily, we mean it: just check the box “Hide thumbnail from visitors” in the toolbox and the gallery will not be displayed on your website. However, you can still share the gallery by providing the URL to those you trust.
Now you can assign any photo as a thumbnail to represent a video. To do this, select “Change Video Thumbnail” from the video menu and either select a frame from the video or click the “Use a photo” tab and select any photo from your galleries.
When images are displayed on web pages there is usually an ALT tag included which typically contains a description of an image. This tag helps the discoverability of your photographs by search engines. Now you can explicitly set the ALT tag for the photos in your galleries to assist search engines with indexing and displaying your photos in relevant search results (this is also called Search Engine Optimization or SEO).
To create a tag you can type your own text into the ALT tag, or keep it the same as the photo title. You can find this feature in the Title and Description popup from the Toolbox in the Edit View.
We’ve added more muscle to the mobile version of your website. Now when your clients open your website from a mobile device they will be able to use fully-functional guest books and post photo comments.
The following new products are now available for ordering through Mpix:
If you offer self-fulfilled products to your clients, you might appreciate the improved configuration of shipping options. Amongst these options is the ability to specify the number of smaller packages that fit into larger packages, which will reduce shipping costs to your clients when multiple-sized packages are ordered.
Digital products are very popular with clients, so we’ve added a few useful enhancements to selling:
Integration with retouching services from our flagship labs allows you to offer retouching services to your clients. Expert artists will put their finishing touches on your photos and erase the little hassles that can crop up in your favorite images. You can offer retouching services by packaging them with prints or by adding them to pending orders at the order approval step.
The following new products have been added from the MpixPro lab (for Premium Business subscribers):
If you sell to a non-profit or other tax-exempt organization and need to avoid charging the sales tax or VAT you can do so by creating a tax-exempt contact in your Contacts list. When a client uses the email address marked in the contacts list as tax-exempt during checkout the sales tax or VAT will not be charged. Note that all requests to create tax-exempt contacts will have to be reviewed and approved by Zenfolio.
After an order has been placed, the last three products will be displayed in the Buy menu allowing your clients to quickly purchase photos as the same product without the need to browse the product catalog every time.
To celebrate the new pricing plans we have a special introductory offer for both new and existing subscribers alike. When you take advantage of the plans priced in AUD we will lock in the price for the lifetime of your account. The introductory prices are as follows:
Take advantage of our introductory special and lock in your lower price today! Current users can switch from here.
Nulab is available for Premium and Premium Business subscribers. Nulab delivers professional quality digital printing and mounting services to the most discerning photographers. View lab information and product catalog.
NuShots is available to our Basic and Unlimited subscribers for ordering prints and products. Premium and Premium Business subscribers can also sell products from NuShots. The great selection of high-quality products ranges from small prints to framed canvases. View lab information and product catalog.
ShootDotEdit, one of Zenfolio’s integrated partners, is the first choice post-processing company for over 5,000 professional wedding photographers. With a turnaround time as fast as 48 hours, ShootDotEdit provides post-processing for the wedding pro including all that they shoot – engagements, boudoirs, families, etc.
ShootDotEdit provides a range of services from RAW and JPEG color processing to artistic editing and album design. The full list of services can be found here.
Until the end of July, ShootDotEdit will be offering all the benefits of their add-on service at no extra cost to Zenfolio users. This includes:
This offer is the perfect opportunity to try a post-processing service at a discount. To take advantage go directly to ShootDotEdit and submit your order. Then enter your Zenfolio information when prompted and enjoy the discount!
Shari Warren of Warren Creative Design Services is a professional designer and illustrator. As a Zenfolio member herself, she is dedicated to helping other users with the design and customization of their website.
In the past, Shari has worked with Zenfolio on a number of creative projects; designing new theme templates, conducting personal design consultations, and contributing to our book on “Creating a Photography Website that Works for You”.
Warren Creative Design services include Individual Custom Service and Full Website Theme Customization. From hands-on design, color adjustments and background images, to custom logos and watermarks, her services cover all aspects of your website customization needs. In all cases, it is her goal to understand your vision for your website and work closely with you to make sure you are happy with the end result.
These services are available to Zenfolio users and are designed to help with getting a new photography website designed from the start, or customize an existing one.
A variety of created themes are also available for purchase from the Warren Design Themes Store. The themes range from clean and minimal to textured and decorative in order to enhance any photographic style. All themes have their elements, text boxes, buttons and rules, color coordinated and are ready to “import and go” into your personal Zenfolio theme designer.
We have updated the ORGANIZER in the Edit View to have a cleaner look with more room for long lists by grouping organizer items into sections. This style of expandable interface, also known as accordion, will soon find its way to other sections of the Edit View.
We have increased the maximum file size for photos to 64MB for Premium and Premium Business subscribers and to 36MB for Basic and Unlimited subscribers. Maximum duration for video was increased to 20 minutes for all accounts supporting video uploads.
When inserting photos into photo blogs or custom pages, the default size option now is set to Auto-fit images to the page. No more guessing on the image dimensions.
And you can now just as easily insert self-running slide shows right from the menu bar. The slideshow configuration popup guides you through the steps of selecting a gallery and an optional soundtrack, configuring opening/closing slides, choosing colors and control buttons, and specifying the final size. And you can just as easily edit embedded slide shows if you need to make a change.
Miller’s lab customers can now use the new Miller’s Storefront powered by Zenfolio and sell Miller’s Weddings & Portraits as well as Miller’s Schools, Sports, & Events products. You need to have an existing Miller’s account to signup. Please contact Miller’s lab for more information or to open an account with the largest professional print lab in the US.
New products added: Place Mats and Luxury Slip-in Mounts for prints. We have also updated the Mouse Pad, it is a high quality product worth checking out.
Added the award-winning line of Frames and Mounts with over 50 different frame styles and up to three levels of mounts in 28 colors. Here is the complete table with images and prices (you need to be logged in to see prices). You can markup and sell framed prints by adding them to your Price Lists.
Premium and Premium Business subscribers in the UK and Europe can see value added tax (VAT) calculated in Price Lists per product (if VAT was specified under SELLING | VAT) and included in Reports making VAT reporting much simpler.
Added an option to Add to Cart to manually switch Units of measure from Inches to Cm and back. This is in addition to automatically detecting client preferences and displaying corresponding unit of measure. All products shipping to Europe have dimensions available in either units.
Our goal is to provide photographers with a complete service for presenting and selling work online. As we continue listening to your feedback, we are happy to announce another exciting release. This time we introduce some of your top-requested features that should make Zenfolio even more useful for you.
Have your portfolio, client galleries, and a blog – all in one place. Every Zenfolio account gets a fully integrated photo blog while maintaining the same design identity and allowing for an easy showcase of photos and videos in blog posts. You can choose from a selection of professional layouts for your blog pages: show full articles, or display short abstracts with images inviting your visitors to explore further.
Your Blog is available in the Organizer. If you have an existing blog hosted somewhere else, you can import recent posts using the RSS feed. And when you are ready to share your blog, link to it from the Site Menu by selecting Blog as one of the Built-in Pages.
Grant access to the people who need it. Premium Business subscribers are now able to grant partial management access to their website through user subaccounts.
Different levels of management access can be assigned to accommodate the need for Assistants, Accountants, Contributing Photographers, etc. to have limited access while account owner maintains full control over their access privileges. This was one of the most popular requests from photographers running multi-shooter studios as well as larger organizations.
User Administration is available under the ACCOUNT link from the main menu in the Edit View.
Your website hosted by Zenfolio now has an equally smooth browsing experience whether clients are using a mobile device or a standard browser. The website will be automatically presented in the layout optimized for mobile browsing when opened from a mobile phone (iPhone and Android are currently supported).
Clients are able to easily navigate through your entire portfolio or a single gallery on-the-go with smooth touch-navigation, swipes, and menus designed specifically for mobile screens. And we will be continually improving the experience after the initial launch.
We have made several important updates to the Rich Text Editor used for editing Custom Pages and Blog posts. Inserting and changing images and videos has been simplified. Images can now use Theme styling for borders and decorations. We have also added new table formatting features – they are available when right-clicking inside a table cell. The Editor's toolbar received a facelift to make it easier to use.
You can increase the exposure for your website by displaying the Goolge+ button on your Home page and linking it to your Google+ page. Update your Contact Information with the Google+ page URL and it will be automatically updated on your Home page.
We have added CDN (Content Distribution Network) support for websites with custom domain names. To take advantage of the global Akamai CDN network, configure your domain name with a CNAME record pointing to custom.zenfolio.com. This will improve the viewing experience of your website for visitors from anywhere in the world.
See this Help article for the detailed configuration instructions.
The iPhoto Upload plug-in has been updated. Photos can now be uploaded without any resizing, uploading videos is now supported, and a few smaller issues have been addressed. The minimum system requirements to use the plug-in are Mac OS 10.6 and iPhoto 7 (iLife '08) and higher.
The iPhoto Upload plug-in has been updated. Photos can now be uploaded without any resizing, uploading videos is now supported, and a few smaller issues have been addressed. The minimum system requirements to use the plug-in are Mac OS 10.6 and iPhoto 7 (iLife '08) and higher.
Whether you’re in the US or in Great Britain, don’t miss your chance to see Zenfolio at the photography convention near you. Zenfolio will be exhibiting at both WPPI and FOCUS on Imaging this year and we have quite a lot to show off!
Whether you’re looking for an all-in-one service that will serve as your portfolio and selling solution, or just client galleries to add to your existing website, Zenfolio has the essential combination of features to meet your needs.
All the latest features will be available for demonstration, as well as incredible discounts for new subscriptions only at the Zenfolio booths.
Though, one of the most valued items to be given away at the show is the book on creating a professional photography website. This book covers a range of topics from organizing your work and choosing theme colors to marketing techniques and SEO based on Zenfolio’s many years of expertise in building successful photography websites. Regardless of whether you build your site with Zenfolio or any other service, this is an invaluable resource to making your site work for you. Stop by and get your free book.
Zenfolio’s expertise in professional websites is unparalleled, and now all those years of knowledge have come together in a book that will help you create a photography website that works. The book covers a range of topics, from organizing your work and choosing theme colors to marketing techniques and SEO, all in an easy to digest and follow format. With lists of must-haves, best practices, and do’s and don’ts, this book will guide you through the process of creating a photography website that works and works well.
While we’ve included pointers for building an amazing site with Zenfolio, the general guidelines apply to any photography website. Regardless whether you’re building a new website from scratch or evaluating your existing site, use this book as a guide to help you get the most effective online presence.
Increase the exposure of your work and attract new admirers by allowing your visitors to share links to your pages on the Google+ Social Network. The +1 button from Goolge+ can be displayed on gallery and photo pages. When your visitors click the button, the link to the gallery or the photo is added to their Google+ stream. You can show or hide the button in the Page Elements tab of the Page Options dialog in the Customize Visitor View mode.
Promote your Facebook Fan Page and your Twitter Stream by displaying Facebook and Twitter buttons on your homepage. You can specify the links to your Facebook Fan Page and your Twitter Stream in the Contact Information section of the Public Proile. Then you can turn on the buttons in the Page Elements tab of the Page Options dialog in the Customize Visitor View mode.
Create beautiful and helpful site navigation for your visitors with the ability to fully customize the look of your drop-down menus. You can customize your drop-down menus in Elements tab of the Theme Designer by specifying background color, border color, font size, and other options with a simple point-and-click.
Over the past six years we’ve come a long way as a company offering services for professional photographers and enthusiasts. As the digital imaging industry has matured, new ways have evolved for photographers to capture their images and market their work, and we now find ourselves capturing video clips with the same equipment we use for photography. Communicating with motion and combining photography with videography are now part of the digital landscape, and we are proud to continue to be the one company you need to serve all your photography (and now video) needs.
Video hosting is heading for every Unlimited, Premium, and Premium Business account on Zenfolio according to the following staged rollout schedule (Basic users will need to upgrade to upload video). And the best part is there will be no extra charge for this functionality, it is included for free.
We are rolling out support for video in stages starting with our most loyal customers with accounts opened in 2006 and 2007: these accounts have been enabled with video.
We will be enabling 2008 accounts within a few weeks followed by accounts opened in subsequent years. You will receive an e-mail from us when your account is enabled with video hosting.
UPDATE: accounts from 2008 have been enabled.
We are supporting video files up to 2GB in size and up to 15 minutes long. There is no limit on the number of video clips you can upload but keep in mind that, unlike photos, we do not keep the original files once they are converted into multiple streaming formats on Zenfolio.
You can get an embed link to any video at any size, and you can upload your own logo to be used with a video player (under ACCOUNT | Display Name and Logos). You can also select a different Video Thumbnail to represent the video.
Our custom-built video player will default to automatically selecting the best quality supported by your Internet connection (including iPhones and iPads). You can also explicitly select the quality you wish to view and it will be remembered.
We are also introducing new page layouts optimized for navigating and viewing a collection of video clips. You can find these layouts under Photo Page | Layouts while in the Customize Visitor View mode.
Learn more about the video features and see examples.
By popular request, we have added the ability to create drop-down site menus on your pages. This allows you to create more convenient navigation from any page. To edit the site menu, switch to the Customize Visitor View and select Site Menu from the top toolbar.
We have revamped the embeddable slide show and included new features such as:
The page for configuring the embeddable slide show was completely redesigned.
We have also updated the Home page slide show. It now includes a choice of light or dark color controls and the option to display square thumbnails.
We went through all visitor pages and greatly improved the usability for touch-navigation including your Shopping Cart and checkout pages. We have created a new HTML5 slideshow that can be used on non-Flash devices such as iPhones and iPads. And for managing your photos, don’t forget about our free iOS app in the Apple store.
The new integrated uploader simplifies uploading files from your computer to your Zenfolio account.
The new uploader utilizes the latest HTML5 technologies introduced in modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It does not require installation of any additional software or plug-ins. Simply drag-and-drop your photos onto the uploader and click the Start Upload button to transfer photos to your account. You can continue adding files to the queue while upload is in progress, and you can now take advantage of multiple upload connections to better utilize available bandwidth.
To access the new uploader you need to use the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers (Internet Explorer users continue to use the available ActiveX uploader).
The ZOOM Tour is the perfect opportunity to find out what Zenfolio is all about. Attend at no cost to you and learn about the service, get goodies and win prizes!
During this exciting one day event, ZenMasters will answer questions and demonstrate all the bells and whistles Zenfolio offers. Industry professionals will be presenting on topics related to site design, order fulfillment, marketing and more.
Our shiny new website is live and along with it we are introducing many new changes for our customers located outside of North America, in particular the UK and Europe. But we have something new for everyone, so please read on.
Zenfolio is now integrated with One Vision Imaging, one of the largest professional photo laboratories in the UK. One Vision Imaging proudly carries the most comprehensive and award winning range of products to be found anywhere in the UK, and delivers professionally packaged and unbranded orders anywhere in the world including European countries. Zenfolio users can now choose to have their sites be seamlessly integrated with a professional lab that offers unrivalled quality and experience when it comes to photographic printing.
The One Vision Imaging lab is available to Premium and Premium Business subscribers (see the special upgrade offer below)
Zenfolio UK and European customers can now pay for subscriptions in their native currency, specifically Pound Sterling and Euros. And for a limited time we are offering a special upgrade price to current Zenfolio users:
You need to upgrade during the month of June in order to lock yourself into this special price.
If you decide to upgrade, you will receive prorated credit in USD back to your account so you will not lose anything. You will be able to review all upgrade changes before confirming the switch.
If you are happy with your current plan, you do not need to do anything and it will continue without interruptions.
We have eliminated all service fees from self-fulfilled orders in Premium Business accounts, and this is not a temporary promotion. There are now even more reasons to upgrade.
You can now create professional slide show presentations by exporting your photos to the ProShow Web service directly from Zenfolio. ProShow Web is an online video creation tool that's simple, fast and professionally polished. It turns your photos into beautiful, client-ready shows in just minutes. Simply select photos in your Zenfolio account, click Photo Actions | Export and choose ProShow Web as destination. Follow the steps on the ProShow Web site for more instructions.
ProShow Web offers free and paid subscription options. Zenfolio users receive a special 20% off discount from the Premium subscription.
Many photographers today use the BorrowLenses equipment rental service. Through a special partnership we are able to offer Zenfolio customers an exclusive membership program. If you subscribe to the BorrowLenses Add-on service on Zenfolio, you will receive the following benefits:
The annual subscription cost of the BorrowLenses Add-on service is $100. To signup for this service, login to your account and click the Manage Add-ons link at the top of the TOOLBOX.
ProImageEditors offers one of the lowest priced professional RAW file processing services to photographers today. Through this special partnership Zenfolio users can receive $0.18 per file service with no extra charges for JPEG conversion or uploading directly to their Zenfolio account.
The annual subscription cost of the ProImageEditors Add-on service is $50. To signup for this service, login to your account and click the Manage Add-ons link at the top of the TOOLBOX.
On our new website you will find the Benefits section. Our marketing team works hard to bring you exclusive discounts and special deals from some of the best and most innovative companies in the industry. These benefits are available to all of our customers as an extra perk for being a Zenfolio member, no strings attached.
Zenfolio is now integrated with One Vision Imaging LTD, one of the largest professional photo laboratories in the UK. One Vision Imaging proudly carries the most comprehensive and award winning range of products to be found anywhere in Europe.
One Vision Imaging products are available for selling and ordering to Premium and Premium Business subscribers.
This integration brings professional photographers in Europe a smooth way to setup their shop online. Photographers choose the prints and products to be available for sale, decide on the prices and apply them to any event or gallery as well as individual photos. When an order is placed, it is sent to One Vision Imaging for fulfillment and can be tracked from the time it is placed all the way through printing, packaging and shipping.
One Vision Imaging offers a very comprehensive range of products and print options:
The addition of a European professional lab continues to deliver on Zenfolio's promise to focus on photographers’ needs worldwide.
After six years of focusing on improving our customers' websites, we have finally taken the time to redesign the main Zenfolio site. The new design aims to better reflect our creative heritage and communicate our focus on professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. The new site structure helps organize information in a more logical way, pages are easier to navigate, and we now have space to publish additional content.
This is something that was requested a lot and it is finally here. In addition to the built-in pages provided with your account (such as About, Contact, Search, etc) you can now create any number of your own Custom Pages and link to them from the Site Menu or from anywhere else.
No coding is required to create these pages as you can use Rich Edit Controls similar to what you would find in Word or Outlook. You can use formatting tools, create tables, insert any photo from your Zenfolio account (naturally) as well as embed objects from other services such as videos (YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto, etc) slideshows, banners, buttons, etc.
Each page gets its own URL and you can edit the Title and META description fields. You can also control whether pages are crawled by search engines.
If you know your way around HTML you can also switch to a Source mode and edit directly at your own risk.
In addition to the e-mail notifications you receive whenever a new comment is posted, there is now a single place where all photo comments and guestbook entries are shown in chronological order. You can find this digest page under the My Zenfolio header at the top of the Organizer.
This page provides an easy way to process all the posts as you filter them by gallery/group/collection and use text search. You can also easily add names of new people to your Contacts List and moderate/delete posts.
We have added the one missing piece of being able to approve photo comments and guestbook entries before they are made public. This is something familiar to blog users and we are happy to add this to the site. To enable moderation, select the item in the Organizer and go under the Access Control | Comments tab.
It is also now possible to turn any public post to a private post instead of deleting it. And if you do decide to delete, the post will now be removed permanently instead of just being hidden.
Hopefully, you are enjoying the Contacts List feature and have been accumulating names and e-mail addresses of your visitors and clients. If you would like to use your favorite e-mail marketing service for ongoing communications, you can now Export this list out of Zenfolio as a CSV file and import it into your favorite broadcast tool.
We have added the ability to place one free test order with MpixPro to make sure your workflow and monitor calibration are matching printed output. MpixPro will print your photos “as is” with no corrections or enhancements applied so it is critical that you match what you see on your screen with the prints. To help with that, you can now select 5 photos and have them printed as 8x10 prints. They will be delivered to you by FedEx overnight and there is no charge for this test order.
You will see the option to place this order from the Edit View after you click the Buy link.
This is something we have been planning to add for a long time and it is finally here. The Contact List allows you to keep track of your registered clients, clients who have ordered from you in the past, as well as visitors signing in to view your photos. You can then easily send e-mails to selected contacts and even tag them with specific galleries or events to make things easier to sort through.
We have auto-populated your list with historical data so you may see many contacts there already. You can also import contacts from Outlook and Gmail, as well as add them manually.
Anyone can now send a Shopping Cart by e-mail. This allows you to build a Shopping Cart and send it to someone else to checkout, or have people send their carts to you for assistance. Just look for the E-mail Cart link at the top of the Shopping Cart page.
You can ask your visitors to provide their information before viewing photos. This can be required or optional and can be turned on in the Toolbox for any group, gallery, or collection. You can specify what information visitors are being asked and they get added to your Contact List automatically.
Facebook added support to their API for uploading photos to fan pages and you can now do that directly from your Zenfolio account. In addition to exporting photos to your personal profile on Facebook, you can now also upload to your business fan pages. Look for this under the Export to Facebook option.
We have added the option to display Facebook ‘Like’ and Twitter ‘Tweet’ buttons to thumbnail and photo pages in the Visitor View. The buttons are hidden from the pages for all current users but you can enable them under Customize Visitor View | Page Options.
Create Gift Certificates and give them to your clients to use as payment during Checkout. There is no extra fee for using gift certificates, your account will be charged standard service fees and the cost of fulfilling products. You can find Gift Certificates under SELLING.
Introducing the ability to set a Gallery or Group to expire on a set date. This can be a useful marketing tool especially combined with the new ability to schedule e-mail reminders. Look for an hourglass icon under Access Control and follow the prompts.
Simplify client proofing by giving your clients a code to enter on the new Client Access Page. After entering the code clients will be taken directly to their photos.
To start using this feature, first go under ACCOUNT | Client Access Page and fill out information. Then add a new item to your Site Menu and link it to the new Client Access built-in page. Actual codes can be generated in the Toolbox under the Links and Client Access section.
If you are using external website, you can link directly to the Zenfolio Client Access Page from your website menu. You will find the URL to link to under ACCOUNT | Client Access Page.
This discounted FedEx shipping is available to photographers only and not visible to clients. It can be selected in Order Details during order Approval.
This release has taken us longer than usual but once you see all the good changes and improvements you'll understand why.
We know many of you are anxious to start offering product packages and we are very happy to make them available. The Shopping Cart had to be updated to accommodate packages and multi-image products so we took this opportunity to completely redesign it based on the feedback we've received over time. We are very proud of how the new Cart looks and we hope you would agree that the new Checkout process has been greatly improved.
In this release we are also addressing your feedback about offering an even more professional subscription level with support for the high quality products from MpixPro. The new Premium Business subscription plan gives you full control over order editing so you can make pretty much any change you want including issuing refunds, changing shipping destinations, and adding promotional products.
Read on for a full list of features.
Premium subscribers can create and sell single photo packages and multi-photo packages. Single photo packages allow clients to select one photo and have a number of products printed with that photo. Multi-photo packages allow clients to select a number of photos and assign them to print as specific designated products. In either case, you set one price for the package making it simple and economical for your clients to shop.
To get started, login to your account and go under SELLING | Packages. After package is created, you can add it to any price list.
Introducing a new built-in page Login or Register, which includes the option to login or register for a new Client account. There is no Zenfolio branding displayed anywhere during Client account registration or account management. Registered clients are able to access their Order history, Profile, Favorites, and Shopping Cart using photographer-branded client account pages.
Photographers may also choose to provide their own e-mail address to have order-related e-mails be sent on their behalf. This can be configured under SELLING | Client Communications.
As a result, all order related activities can now be fulfilled under the photographer's name including credit card receipts and e-mail communications.
The Premium Business plan is priced at $250 per year.
The features of the Premium Business plan are well demonstrated in a comprehensive video tour.
SPECIAL UPGRADE OFFER FOR CURRENT USERS: For the month of November current Zenfolio users can upgrade to the Premium Business plan for a special upgrade price of $200 per year. This offer will allow you to lock yourself into this special promotional rate even for future renewals so you save a lot of money.
We work hard to bring you the tools to run your entire photography business under one roof. To help you eliminate steps in your workflow Zenfolio has partnered with ShootDotEdit, the leading post production experts.
Now you can have an integrated RAW file processing service that can upload files directly to your Zenfolio account, saving you time and money.
Whether it's color correction, B&W conversion, image renaming/renumbering, custom categorization, artistic editing, retouching, album design or clinical Photoshop work, ShootDotEdit can cure your pain and quickly upload completed files to your Zenfolio account so you can start selling right away.
You can add the ShootDotEdit add-on service to your account for $50 per year and receive:
Sign up for the ShootDotEdit add-on service and go from shooting to selling in no time.
One of the benefits of being a Zenfolio member is that our service keeps improving all the time. We carefully listen to your feedback and about every 2-3 months update the service with new and improved functionality.
We know many of you have been waiting patiently for the Packages functionality to arrive, so before you ask, the packages functionality is there, but you can't see it yet. It is buried deep in the code as we are not quite finished with the user interface for this big feature. We had to make a hard decision to postpone the final release of the packages so we can bring you several other new features that were ready to be released.
It is now possible for photographers to select a list of featured products that will appear directly on gallery or photo pages in the Visitor View. This feature vastly increases the exposure of products and pricing and encourages your visitors to purchase. The list of featured products can be configured for each price list (Premium feature). For Basic and Unlimited accounts, the Featured Products list displays a selection of popular products from our partner labs.
The popular Coupons feature now has even more flexibility:
We added new types of built-in in pages for building your unique web site: the Guestbook Page, the Featured Galleries Page, and the Recently Added page. You can link to these pages from your site menu to streamline the navigation through your site and to make your home page clean and professional.
By popular request, the 'Add to Cart' button is now called 'Buy' and is moved to be the first button in the top right corner of visitor pages, making it more prominent and actionable. Our studies confirmed that the new name generates better response from clients, leading to increased sales.
The redesigned price list editing interface makes it easier and faster to customize price lists by breaking tasks into separate logical pages. We added the option to turn off the Best Fit subcategory in the Add to Cart popup. This useful, but less known feature recommends products with a aspect ratio matching the selected image. However, when photographers carefully pre-configure products for specific image sizes, this option is not needed and now can be turned off.
You can now export your images to Animoto, a popular service that automatically creates beautiful and unique slideshows from your images.
We've made useful enhancements to the Edit View:
Five new Zenfolio themes and corresponding templates are added. These themes were created entirely using the Zenfolio Theme designer. You can use them as is, or use them as a starting point for creating your own unique themes.
We added the new "Right to Left" Gallery Layout for Thumbnail pages of the Visitor view. The new layout is symmetrical to the current "Left to Right" layout and works great for displaying the list of Featured Products.
Customers can now add a note with instructions for the photographer when ordering custom products. Photographers refer to the note when reviewing orders, which allows addressing specific client's needs.
Added a CVV option which allows hiding the number of photos in a gallery on visitor photo and gallery pages.
When creating a custom theme you can specify the homepage slideshow background to be transparent.
Hot on the heels of releasing portfolio layouts and the custom Theme Designer, we are thrilled to add Music and Saving Favorites to the site. These were two of the most popular feature requests that are useful to a wide range of our users.
You can now upload your own music files to be played along with your images (make sure you have the rights to use the music you upload). Uploaded soundtracks can be selected to play when a visitor enters your portfolio Home page, views a full-screen Slideshow, or along with embedded slide show on external web sites. File formats supported for upload include MP3 and unprotected AAC files (with no DRM) up to 24MB in size.
We are very proud to announce the partnership with Triple Scoop Music. Some of you are familiar with TSM as a music licensing service specializing in world-class music for photo, video, and website presentations. TSM offers award winning music by an impressive list of independent artists, including Grammy and Emmy winners.
Through our partnership with Triple Scoop Music we were able to give all Zenfolio subscribers 50 free songs to use in your account at no additional charge. Additional 100 premium songs are available on a subscription basis for $40/year for all 100 songs, or $20/year for a 25-song collection. This is a real bargain considering that individual songs directly from Triple Scoop Music retail for $60 each. You can preview the available collections.
Music can be assigned by switching to Customize Visitor View mode and selecting the Soundtrack menu from the top bar. Embeddable slideshows now have soundtracks listed on the configuration page.
Clients of Premium Zenfolio subscribers can now create lists of favorite photos and share them with their photographer and others. Photos can be selected from gallery thumbnail pages using the new multiple-selection functionality, or by selecting large images one-by-one. Once added to favorites, photos can be further sorted using a drag-and-drop interface to create a sequenced list, such as for an album or a slide show.
Once a photographer receives a shared Favorites set from a client, it can be edited, converted to a Zenfolio Collection, or downloaded. This Premium feature allows photographers and their clients to collaborate in real time over the Favorites' sets which is useful for refining purchasing selections, downloading original files, deleting undesirable photos, and a lot more.
With this release we are introducing Add-on Services which are available as additions to your main subscription plan. The first such add-on service is Music from TSM, and we have more services planed. Your list of active Add-on Services can be managed from the new My Subscriptions page under your ACCOUNT.
Other notable improvements in visitor interaction include the ability to select multiple photos at once while looking at a thumbnails page. A Photo Toolbar appearing above the selection makes it easy to Add To Favorites, Add to Cart, or Download selected photos (if allowed). The multiple-selection feature can be controlled selectively for each gallery/collection under Customize Visitor View | Page Options.
New XX-Large image size is now available with dimensions up to 1550px horizontally or 960px vertically. This new image size is designed to fill screen resolutions of 1900x1200 and higher and improve the quality of Dim-the-Lights and full-screen Slideshow playback on large screens. You need to enable this new size in order for it to be generated and displayed to your visitors. Follow these instructions on how to control allowed image sizes.
The full-screen Slideshow received a small update in a form of a redesigned Captions window (it is smaller and lighter-weight in appearance), a separate optional display of EXIF, and a new loading animation that is more attractive. We have more slideshow updates in the works, so stay tuned.
We've taken your feedback and updated Selling Reports to better reflect the details of sales transactions. Reports now include only orders you have sold to customers and, as before, any orders placed by you can be found under ORDERS. We have updated the naming of the line items in all of the Reports to make sure they match customer receipts. In addition, you can now download more complete details of your customers' orders as a CSV file.
Today is a historic day. It has been our vision since Zenfolio was founded to provide a visual way to design stunning pages without any coding knowledge. And today this vision becomes a reality. We know many of you have been anxiously following our posts on Facebook leading to this release, fueled by an occasional teaser screenshot posted here and there. We thank you for your patience, and we are very proud to say: "The wait is over".
This is one of the biggest release efforts we have undertaken as a company, made possible by the constant encouragement we have received from you, our users, through the forums, Facebook, and Twitter. With this release, Zenfolio becomes the most complete service to affordably and professionally manage all aspects of your photography online.
The following new functionality and enhancements are available immediately for all users:
You can now create portfolio Home pages with a large customizable slideshow and logo branding. Seven new Home page layouts were added covering most configurations of portfolio-style sites. The old directory-style Home page layouts are still available but you really owe it to yourself to at least preview the new portfolio layouts. Every photographer deserves a stylish and polished entry into their site.
As part of the new layouts, you can now upload two logo sizes to be used throughout your pages (this is done under Public Profile). And there is a new optional field for a Welcome message to be displayed on the Home page. There are a seemingly infinite number of combinations of different layouts and elements that can be arranged on your Home page, so take some time to experiment and create a clean and compelling design. To access the new layouts, switch to Customize Visitor View and navigate to your Home page.
Other Home page options include:
Portfolio style Home page layouts are available to all Zenfolio subscribers including Basic, Unlimited, and Premium levels. Uploading your own logos is a Premium feature.
No real web site can exist without a persistent site menu throughout all pages to ensure a consistent and uniform browsing experience. You can build your site menu any way you like and include links to any gallery, collection or group, as well as to new built-in About, Contact, and Search pages. Creating a site menu is available to all Zenfolio subscribers including Basic, Unlimited, and Premium levels.
Site menu items can also link to external sites such as a blog or stock agency. Premium users can also upload PDF documents with customer testimonials and price lists, and link site menus to them.
Other enhancements related to web site structure include:
An elegant portfolio entry combined with uniform site navigation gives you unprecedented flexibility in hosting your entire online presence under one roof.
The new release introduces the Zenfolio Theme Designer, a groundbreaking new tool used to design and customize pages with a highly intuitive and polished interface. The Theme Designer enables you to have full control of the graphical elements on the pages along with a professional color model-base which suggests colors that are aesthetically designed to work together for a more attractive presentation. With the Zenfolio Theme Designer, the complicated task of editing CSS code has been replaced with a simple point and click tool. Buttons, backgrounds, menu styles, thumbnails, and image treatments are all available for customization to a discerning visual designer.
The Theme Designer includes two main tabs: Style and Elements. The Style tab allows you to define the overall color scheme as well as common styles which will apply to all pages and elements. With just a few clicks, you can easily create an attractive Theme that will work well for all pages. The Elements tab allows you to manually customize individual elements and override any style definitions which apply to them.
The Theme Designer is available to all subscribers including Basic, Unlimited, and Premium levels. You can begin creating new themes by selecting Custom Themes at the bottom of your Organizer in the Edit View.
As an added bonus, the new custom themes can be easily exported and imported, making it easy for photographers to share designs within the Zenfolio community.
Other Theme Designer features include:
To accommodate new functionality for Visitor page customizations, the Customize Visitor View mode has been redesigned making it more intuitive and streamlined, at the same time expanding the range of controls and options accessible through this mode.
Of notable importance, Galleries and Collections now have three different tabs for each related page: Thumbnails, Photo, and Slideshow (new). Each tab controls the corresponding page while preserving the relationship of being from the same set of photos.
Related Customize Visitor View enhancements include:
With this release we are introducing a completely redesigned Flash-based Slideshow available from every thumbnail and photo page. The new Slideshow is truly full-screen and is the result of experience gained through several redesigns of our previous HTML-based Slideshow (which continues to be the seamless default option for viewers with no Flash installed).
The new Slideshow is now fully configurable by photographer, with the ability to hide/show various controls and enforce specific settings and preferences. The Slideshow configuration can be accessed through the newly redesigned Customize Visitor View | Page Options while the Slideshow tab is selected.
Included in the new release are SEO enhancements to all Zenfolio pages. You now get control of the search positioning with access to webmaster tools from the top search engines, including Google, bing, and Yahoo! Additionally, site maps are now generated and served for each users' site to further help search crawlers discover and index publicly viewable content. These enhancements further ensure that your site is visible in search results for potential buyers and viewers.
Furthermore, green SEO symbols were added throughout the Edit View helping you identify text fields that are typically included in the search index. This helps emphasize the importance of text descriptions and keywords.
Photos can be easily excluded from search engine indexing by setting Access Control to not allow including in public search.
The Organizer was completely rewritten to make it faster and more robust. Content is now loaded dynamically resulting in a more interactive experience. Enhancements to the Edit View include:
We have made many more enhancements based on the feedback we have received from you over time. These are the most notable changes:
NOTICE: with this release, we no longer actively test the Edit View with Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) web browser. We continue testing IE6 with Visitor pages.
While we continue to work on the exciting release on track for the end of this year, we wanted to get these few features out before the holiday season.
We are excited to announce a new partner on the Zenfolio platform: PictureItPostage by Endicia. This new vendor allows you to order customized USPS Postage stamps in almost any denomination with your favorite image. These are large high quality stamps and they will look great on a holiday card or a wedding or baby invitation. You can give personalized stamps as special gifts, and Zenfolio Premium users can sell stamps with their own markup. Photos must comply with the USPS allowed images guidelines.
You can see the list of all available stamp products in the PictureItPostage product list. These products are available in US Dollars only.
We know many of you have been asking for this feature, and we are happy to make this available. You can now keep the photos public and only give out password for downloading original files to those few who need them. The password assignment is under the Access Control | Image Protection tab, and there is an optional password hint.
Responding to your requests, we have added the following enhancements to the embeddable Slideshow:
We are now focusing on the next major release scheduled for the end of the year. This release will include Theme customizations and new Home page layouts.
This latest update helps connect your photos on Zenfolio with social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.
By uploading photos to Zenfolio once, you can then use the new Export feature to move selected photos to your Flickr or Facebook accounts. Export allows you to select destination albums/photosets, privacy settings, as well as apply a branded watermark that can be prepared just for this purpose. For example, you can have your logo placed in a corner of every image at 100% opacity during export to Facebook while keeping your original files on Zenfolio untouched.
We have also renamed the 'Send Link' button in the Visitor View to Share to reflect that in addition to viewing all the provided URLs, you can now quickly share photos with friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. You will also find this ability to share in the Edit View, so go ahead and get "social" with your photos!
We know many of you will love this feature. You can select one or many thumbnails in the Edit View and drag them into a new location. This makes manual sorting as easy as doing it on your computer. We were also able to eliminate thumbnail pagination from the Edit View and replace it with a scrollbar and dynamically loading thumbnails. This works faster and allows you to quickly drag photos into a new order no matter how many photos you have.
The Shopping Cart received a small facelift by having Paper types, Framing and Mounting, and other options more discoverable.
We are very happy to announce a new print partner available on the Zenfolio platform: Photobox. Photobox print lab is based in the UK and has production facilities in Ireland, London, Paris, and several other locations throughout Europe.
Photobox offers a range of print sizes on Fuji Crystal gloss and matt papers, as well as specialty photo products. To enable Photobox products in your account, click Edit in the Print Ordering section of the Toolbox and tick the checkbox next to it. All Photobox products are available for shipping anywhere in the world, excluding US and Canada, which are served by the Mpix lab.
As part of this announcement we are very happy to introduce support for multiple currencies on Zenfolio. This multi-currency project has been in the works for many months and represents a major leap in photographers' ability to service customers globally.
This means that you can immediately start selling Digital Products and Custom Products in 18 currencies:
|Australian Dollars||Singapore Dollar|
|Canadian Dollars||Swedish Krona|
|Pounds Sterling||Polish Zloty|
|Japanese Yen||Norwegian Krone|
|U.S. Dollars||Hungarian Forint|
|New Zealand Dollar||Czech Koruna|
|Swiss Franc||Israeli Shekel|
|Hong Kong Dollar||Mexican Peso|
Our partner products are now available in several currencies; you can see specific prices listed in the corresponding product tables:
NOTE: we have made sure that nothing has changed for the current US based customers
in regards to their prices and price lists; it is business as usual.
Price lists can contain products in multiple currencies, you will need to first add a new currency tab to your price list and then add products to each currency separately.
Digital Products do not belong to any one currency and can be added to any currency in your price list.
Each Custom Product has a currency it belongs to. If you would like to offer the same custom product in several currencies, you need to define new custom product per currency and then add it to a corresponding currency tab in the price list.
Coupons and Shipping Methods are also set up per currency. You can use the same coupon code across coupons in different currencies.
The balance for each currency is maintained independently in your Zenfolio account. Payouts are available to request via PayPal in the specific currency, if you have a balance in it.
For more detailed instructions on how to configure and sell products globally on Zenfolio please refer to the Guide to Selling Globally on Zenfolio.
Orders placed in currencies other than the USD have the following service fee rates applied:
|Products fulfilled by Zenfolio partners:||15%|
|Digital products (downloads):||10%|
|Custom products created and fulfilled by you:||5%|
There is now a separate Sales Tax page under SELLING to configure tax rules for your orders. When you specify sales tax, it will apply to partner-fulfilled orders as well as your custom orders. Sales tax can be setup per state or per country. There is an option to apply tax to shipping charges as well.
Sales reports have been redesigned to make them more useful and easier to read. In addition, a new Taxes report was added showing sales taxes and/or VAT broken down by country.
By popular demand, a Flash-based embeddable Slideshow is now available under MORE RESOURCES. You can create a standalone slideshow from any gallery or collection in your account in almost any size, and then post it to any Web site that allows including objects. This is similar to embedding a YouTube video. Adding music to slideshows is coming in the next release.
We know that many of you have been waiting patiently for the ability to collect payments for custom orders you fulfill yourselves. With this release we have added the ability for you to use your own PayPal account in the Shopping Cart so clients can pay you directly through a seamless Checkout experience.
We have also lowered the service fee for self-fulfilled custom orders to 4% (down from 6%). Combined with the new option to use your own PayPal account for collecting payments, Zenfolio now offers the most complete solution for both photographers wishing to fulfill their own orders and those who wish to use Zenfolio print partners.
We have studied carefully how many professional photographers integrate Zenfolio into their workflow and came up with an innovative way of making Zenfolio an even better client proofing site.
Premium users now have a choice of adding an external portfolio web site in place of the Zenfolio Home page. Your Display Name and the Home link on all your pages will take viewers to an address determined by the preferences you set. You will find this feature in the Preferences of your Premium account.
We have added fotoflōt as a new vendor to the Zenfolio E-Commerce platform. Photographers are now able to sell frameless fotoflōt prints by setting their own prices and making a profit. fotoflōts are innovative products printed on real photographic paper, bonded to hard acrylic surface, and laser-cut to size, resulting in extremely precise edges. They come with innovative magnetic mounting hardware for displaying on your desk or hanging on a wall. Try ordering one and you will be hooked!
See the complete list of available fotoflōt products and prices.
We are very happy to announce that you can use the Eye-Fi cards to upload wirelessly to your Zenfolio account from any Wi-Fi enabled location. The Eye-Fi card stores photos like a traditional memory card, and fits in most cameras. When you turn your camera on within range of a configured Wi-Fi network, it can wirelessly transfer photos to your Zenfolio account. Learn more about the Eye-Fi cards.
We continue to bring you the benefits of our partnership with Mpix as they make available new products and services:
We know many of our Premium users are looking forward to selling digital downloads on Zenfolio, and they are finally here!
With the introduction of Digital Products, photographers have the ability to define almost any downloadable product with custom licensing terms, at any price. Here is what is included:
To learn more about how to create and offer digital products, refer to the Guide to Digital Products on Zenfolio.
The new price list editing pages are many times faster than before and allow you to manage many products easily. As part of this redesign we have introduced separate formulas for each product category including a dedicated formula for framing and mounting. Look for more more related features coming soon including export to Excel and printing.
You can now use plain words to create easy links to group, gallery, or collection pages (such as http://demo.zenfolio.com/weddings). You can use letters, numbers, and some punctuation including dash '-' and a slash '/'. This works with custom domain names as well.
We have overhauled the Reports to make them more consistent and easier to understand. We've added a Summary report and a Coupons report under SELLING > Reports. The Summary report makes it easy to view high level financials for any time period. Coupons are now accounted for everywhere in the reports.
New setting in Customize Visitor View > Options provides the ability to hide the path to the Gallery/Collection/Group (also known as breadcrumbs) displayed at the top of a Visitor page.
Private paths no longer display in breadcrumbs on Visitor pages allowing you to create "branches" in your organizational hierarchy. This really helps keep visitors focused on specific galleries or groups. For example, if you have a private group in the middle of a path to a gallery, the path leading to that group and the group itself will be hidden from your visitors.
Released a plug-in to export to Zenfolio directly out of Windows Live Photo Gallery. If you are not familiar with this product from Microsoft, it is a free application used for managing and previewing photos on your Windows XP or Vista system.
In addition, the following enhancements were released:
More canvas gallery wrap sizes available from Mpix:
By a special arrangement with Santa, we are very happy to bring you the Photo Comments and Guestbook functionality in time for the holidays. We know some of you have been waiting for this feature for a long time, and we apologize for taking so long.
This is a fully functional implementation and includes the following features:
By default, all current users have this feature turned OFF. If you would like to enable it, select the item you would like to apply this to in the Organizer (such as your home page or a specific gallery), then click the Edit link in the Access Control section of the Toolbox. You can enable both Photo Comments and the Guestbook under the Comments tab in the Access Control window.
In addition, the following enhancements were released:
We continue to extend our integration with the Mpix Lab:
Our next release will include selling digital products, which we have been working on concurrently.
As promised, we are working hard on having more frequent feature releases. This release was supposed to be a small update but we kept getting more features completed and tested so now we have a pretty big update rolled out.
We have added support for Google Analytics to collect detailed visitor statistics. You can find the new Visitor Tracking page under the PREFERENCES menu. This is available for all Zenfolio plan levels.
Google Analytics is a free tool that allows you to collect aggregate information about visitors to your Zenfolio pages, such as the number of unique visitors over time, their location, length of visits, and much more. For more information about Google Analytics visit the main Google Analytics home page.
We have a new Theme designed called Eco. This design was inspired by clean air and green leaves. We hope nature lovers will find it particularly suitable for nature photography.
We have been wanting to change how photos and galleries are sorted for a while, and this is finally here. Now the sorting criteria you select for a gallery or group is going to apply all the time, no longer do you need to resort after uploading new photos. In the process we have also fixed a bug where sorting of sequentially numbered files was not consistent with desktop sorting.
We continue adding support for more Mpix products:
Brand new Frame Editor with support for new frames and options:
Also note that we had to rename matboards to backboards to eliminate the confusion with the framing mats introduced as an available option.
By popular demand, we are introducing a large 200px thumbnail size. Photos uploaded after September 12th, 2008 have this new thumbnail size available immediately. Photos uploaded prior to September 12th, 2008, will have this thumbnail size generated the first time it is accessed, which may take a few minutes.
Current users need to explicitly select this new thumbnail size under Customize Visitor View > Options when looking at the Home page or Group and Gallery pages. There are three Auto settings there now:
Our next release will include user Comments functionality which we have been working on concurrently.
This release includes many improvements to the Visitor pages as well as new products and changes from Mpix. Zenfolio Premium users will also find many new features related to customization and ordering.
In preparation for the upcoming release of the Comments functionality, we have rewritten all Visitor pages. Visitor pages now load much faster, navigate smoother, they are easier to customize, and include underlying support for the comments and other upcoming enhancements.
We have decided not to wait until the comments are ready, and release these changes to the site with many improvements that can be utilized right away.
There are many new options available for customizing Visitor pages now under Customize Visitor View > Options. With these options available, you can really make your pages clean and simple:
Other improvements to Visitor pages include:
For a complete list of Visitor page changes, please read the release notes.
We have been working closely with Mpix on adding many of their products and services to the Zenfolio site. With this release, the following products are now available for ordering to you and your customers:
Here is the complete list with previews and descriptions. We continue to work with Mpix on adding their newest products, which should become available very soon.
Additional changes affecting ordering from Mpix are:
With a large number of print products now available on the site, we are introducing product Categories for easier Add to Cart navigation. Click the Add to Cart button in this gallery for a preview. Premium users can still enable "flat view" in their price lists, if desired.
One important change that we know many of you have been waiting for is the ability to hide vendor name from the Checkout flow, customer e-mails, and order packaging. This is now possible with all current vendors. Premium users can make this change under SELLING > Selling Preferences.
Other new features include:
And last but not least is Premium users can request profit payouts using PayPal now. There is no fee for PayPal payouts, and the way we have implemented this, PayPal does not charge you fees, either. This is really a win-win situation for everyone.
For a complete list of all the features and improvements in this release, please read the release notes.
It is now possible to Replace a Photo with an updated file while keeping the original links and metadata intact. You can do that for a single photo or as a batch operation for any number of photos at once. The interface allows to batch upload files into a separate gallery first to make it easier to replace a large number of photos, or upload new files directly in the Replace window.
All pages on Zenfolio collecting sensitive credit card and personal information are now protected with the best SSL encryption technology from VeriSign.
VeriSign is the leader in SSL encryption and their Extended Validation (EV) certificates include secure transmission of information and verification of business identity. For more information about VeriSign EV certificates and benefits see VeriSign for Consumers.
In other news, Zenfolio and fotoflōt have teamed up to offer Zenfolio users an innovative way to display digital images. fotoflōts present photographs without glass, frames or mats using breakthrough digital imaging and mounting technologies.
Zenfolio members receive a special discount on all fotoflōt purchases. And the best part is that you can access your Zenfolio galleries and photos directly from the fotoflōt site by providing user name and password.
We are happy to introduce a new fulfillment partner to the Zenfolio e-commerce platform. Please welcome Imagine Your Photos gift fulfillment company based in Miami, Florida. The IYP Photo Products company delivers the highest quality photo merchandising by using the latest imaging and transfer technologies on a variety of surfaces. You can find out more about the company and their products here. The new products are available immediately to ship anywhere in the world, and we will be adding more products from them over time.
If you are an existing Zenfolio customer, and would like to make available the new IYP Photo Products, you will need to enable them under the Print Ordering or add them to your price list.
One of the best services the Mpix lab offers is the Color Correction service. An actual trained and experienced technician analyzes each image and makes subtle adjustments to ensure the best color reproduction, sharpness, and density. And the best part is that this service is included free of charge.
We have always offered this service from Mpix but it had to be explicitly selected in the Cart. We were so impressed with the results that it is going to be turned ON by default now. For those who do not care for it, you can still disable it in the Cart and in your price lists.
We are adding three new value products from Mpix. The three value sizes are 3.5"x5", 4"x5", and 4"x6" printed on Kodak Professional Endura E-Surface Color paper. The best part is that these prints are only 19 cents each. The new products can only be ordered with no color correction applied.
This release also includes several new features and a number of bug fixes. Here is the list:
With this release we have significantly increased our storage and transaction capacity. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to ensure smooth growth and scalability.
Please visit the newly released User Forums and bookmark them. With your help, we hope to make them a valuable source of information and a place where we can exchange ideas.
Zenfolio Team Blog will help us better communicate our thoughts and ideas about the service, as well as generate discussions around photography subjects in general. Please visit often and leave comments.
Many Zenfolio Premium subscribers have been asking about this important feature: you can now select an option to approve orders placed for your photos before they are sent for fulfillment to a Zenfolio partner lab. That means that you can review and make changes to orders before they are printed.
Here is how it works:
To select the option to have your orders approved first, open a price list from the SELLING>Price List page, and make the choice at the top. Don't forget to Save. This is also where you can edit the message displayed to your customers about the potential fulfillment delay.
We have also updated the upload protocol to make it more robust and resilient to file upload interruptions caused by fluctuations in Internet connection quality.
After a short break from getting the Premium plan released, we are back in the saddle. By popular demand, you can now give a gift of Zenfolio at any subscription level. Simply pay for a subscription and then send an e-mail with activation code to that special someone. Your billing information will not be saved in the gift account, and you get full referral discount (total value of $10). You can also use your account balance to pay.
Something else we have been working on for a while is a more streamlined Shopping Cart checkout. Registration is no longer required when buying prints and other photo products. While there are advantages to opening a free account during the checkout, the default option is to continue with a Guest checkout.
We have also improved Cart pages by removing information that was not needed, and by adding Ordering FAQ with answers to the most common questions that may arise during ordering.
Building up on the available Zenfolio Public API, we have two new upload tools available.
A small but useful addition is the ability to read the IPTC Copyright field from uploaded photos, and copy it into the photo Copyright field on Zenfolio. This happens automatically when you upload original photos.
Lastly, a small update to the way the Cart link is displayed at the top of Visitor pages. The Cart link is now displayed only if something was added to it.
As many of you know, we have been hard at work on a new Premium subscription plan, and it is finally here. Big thank you goes to our Beta testers who provided the feedback and helped us put the polish on.
The Premium plan lets you create a fully-functional Web store with customizable look-and-feel and flexible price lists. Here are the highlights:
The price lists can be assigned to individual photos or entire galleries. This process is completely transparent to clients, who experience the ease and simplicity of ordering prints and other products, and receive a package delivered directly from the lab.
In addition to fulfilling products through Zenfolio partner labs, photographers have a choice of creating and fulfilling their own custom products. Zenfolio Premium subscribers can offer products fulfilled through any lab of their choice, or they can print photos themselves.
Create and assign custom watermarks with full control over placement and opacity. Supported watermark file formats include JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and PNG with transparency. Original uploaded photos are not watermarked so they can be used for ordering prints.
For additional visitor page customization you can replace Zenfolio logo and links with your own name to make it look more personalized. This powerful option makes the site look yours with a click of a button. Combine that with using your own domain name and you have a branded Web store with all the benefits of Zenfolio under your name.
You can create your own coupons including percent-off and amount-based discounts with expiration dates, specified number of uses, and order minimums.
Review and download detailed sales reports compatible with any spreadsheet program. Reports include Orders, Products, Customers, Coupons, and Photos based on any time period and sorted any way you want.
Zenfolio Premium plan subscribers can upload files up to 24MB each to support super large print sizes. And, of course, there is no storage or bandwidth limit.
The Zenfolio Premium subscription plan is priced at USD$100 per year. Until December 31, 2007, current and new users can sign up for the Zenfolio Premium plan at the special discounted price of USD$80 per year. This special price will stay with you for as long as you remain a subscriber.
For orders fulfilled through the Zenfolio partner labs, there is a service fee of 12% which includes credit card transaction fees and customer service. For custom orders fulfilled and charged by photographers directly, the service fee is 6%.
All current Zenfolio users, including Basic and Unlimited subscribers, will have access to all the Premium features until November 30, 2007. This allows you to try before deciding to upgrade. NOTE: if you do not upgrade by November 30, the Premium features will be automatically removed from your account along with any related items you create during the trial, e.g. watermarks, price lists, custom products.
This is a small update as we get ready for the rollout of a new Premium subscription level.
The Premium subscription plan will include more professional features such as offering products for sale at custom prices, creating and applying watermarks, and a complete front end to order fulfillment. It should be available as soon as we are finished hunting down bugs.
In the meantime, current users can enjoy these new features:
They are really worth checking out:
It is now a lot easier to control which galleries and photos are allowed to be printed, as well as to manage which Zenfolio partner lab should be doing the fulfillment. If you are not into making your photos available for printing, just select your Home page in the Organizer and confirm that "Do not allow print ordering" option is selected.
You can now access Slideshow directly from the Edit View while working on organizing your photos (this is for you, fishpix).
Lastly, we have increased the file size limit for uploads to 12MB per file to accommodate the latest swell in camera sensor sizes.
Small update was released today. The main additions are:
Additional bug fixes and small improvements are also part of this update. Here is the complete list:
This latest release includes almost exclusively the features and enhancements requested by our users. Some of the requests were so popular that we were getting questions about them daily.
Here are the highlights of the new features:
For a complete list of updated items read the release notes.
Public Zenfolio API is made available for third-party development of software applications, plug-ins, utilities, and tools interfacing with the Zenfolio service.
The Zenfolio API provides outside developers with the same features and functionality of the Zenfolio platform used internally for our own development. The Zenfolio API is platform-independent and is based on open standards. It can be used from any programming language on any platform as long as it supports sending and receiving HTTP requests.
The following Help chapter provides detailed information describing the Zenfolio API.
As the first example of using the Zenfolio API, David Holmes has written a plug-in for Apple Aperture. The ApertureToZenfolio plug-in allows for uploading of photos to Zenfolio directly from with the Aperture application.
This is something we have all been waiting for: the ability to order prints and photo products directly from Zenfolio. It is here now, and, boy, is it exciting!
Zenfolio team has been hard at work for months integrating with not just one, but two very different photofinishing labs. And the underlying e-commerce platform allows us to add more labs in the future including different geographies.
And be assured that with this foundation in place, we are working on extending the E-commerce platform to allow photographers to set their own custom pricing and sell for profit in the near future.
This is a major release marking our first anniversary of going live with the service exactly one year ago. The following features and enhancements are immediately available:
Built from the ground up for photographers, this is the most powerful and streamlined shopping cart of its kind. The Cart features such innovations as ordering products from multiple vendors, applying additional services such as mounting and framing, and performing precision cropping using advanced cropping tools. The end result is a smooth checkout flow making purchasing a continuous and elegant extension of viewing photos.
Purchasing a print or a photo product begins with an Add to Cart menu on a photo page and takes a user through the vendor and product selection in easy to follow steps. The Add to Cart interface is fully integrated with visitor pages matching them in Theme and style.
A robust cropping tool is available as part of Cart configuration. Cropping options include:
Introduced three new themes:
Preferences: Email Notifications: you are now in control of e-mail messages you receive from Zenfolio. You can select what types of communications you would like to receive and opt out of the ones you don't.
For a complete list of changes please refer to the release notes.
As Microsoft is nearing the release of a major upgrade to their most popular Web browser, Zenfolio site is now fully compatible with Internet Explorer 7.
The official Web browsers supported by the Zenfolio site are:
Other Web browsers may work but are not actively tested.
This update addresses Slideshow usability and fixes several issues.
A few people have pointed out that the captions in the Slideshow were too intrusive and covered up sizable portion of images. We have addressed the issue by introducing mouse-over captions with subtle notification.
Transitions, or fades, can now be disabled for those who do not fancy them. And we have labeled the playback speed controller to make it easier to find and use.
The front page is now cleaner and easier to read. We have added new work from some outstanding featured photographers. We are very proud to have such talented and enthusiastic users.
The Overview page was redesigned completely, and we have added a lot of screenshots. It now looks more polished and presents information in a more organized fashion.
The Tour was updated with the newest features.
There are also a number of fixes, for a complete list please refer to the release notes.
This turned out to be one big release with major new functionality and enhancements addressing user feedback.
Collections can be used to save links to photos from you and other Zenfolio users. You can now reference the same photo in several Collections without having to upload the photo many times. Collections are also great for saving together photos from several Zenfolio users taken at the same event or location. Or for collecting in one place your favorite photos on a specific subject. There are many ways to use Collections so be creative!
As opposed to Galleries, Collections hold only links to the photos but not the actual files. And if you wish, you can specify to not allow your photographs to be added to Collections by others.
Registered Visitors can save photographs from other Zenfolio users in Collections, and show them on their own Home page with a custom address. Registration takes less than a minute and subscription is completely free.
This was a highly requested feature that we are certain will make your galleries look even more custom. If you have your own domain name registered you can now setup the CNAME record for it to point to your Zenfolio account. It will become the address to your Home page and all the links to your photo pages and galleries will begin with it. If you are an Unlimited plan subscriber, check Preferences for more details.
By popular demand we are bringing out larger 120px thumbnails in addition to the existing ones. The new thumbnails have more than double the size of the original thumbnails. By default, smaller thumbnails are displayed for lower screen resolutions, and larger thumbnails are displayed for higher screen resolutions achieving the best presentation experience across all screen resolutions. Users can override this default in either direction on a per gallery basis.
Complete overhaul of current page layouts resulted in more functional pages and more customization options. All current themes received visual enhancements and improvements.
Other new features include:
For a complete list of changes please refer to the release notes.
Numerous enhancements and new features released.
You give us feedback and we keep making Zenfolio better. This update includes many usability improvements, bug fixes, and new features. The following is an outline of main changes:
For a complete list of changes please refer to the release notes.
Zenfolio service is now open to subscribers.
Big "thank you" to our Beta users and the hard working team at Zenfolio for finishing everything in time for the launch.
Zenfolio service now features complete photo management and organization functionality including galleries and groups. Six beautiful Themes combined with page Layouts create truly impactful and elegant presentations.
The service also features industry-leading access control management applied from the Home page level down to individual photographs including options to password-protect, limit access to a list of users, and making items private as well as public.
We are particularly proud of the image processing quality we were able to achieve. The uploaded full size photographs are converted to display images in six different sizes using the best quality resizing algorithms available. The resulting images preserve the fidelity of the originals when displayed across all screen sizes.
And last but not least is the Search & Browse functionality. Powerful queries search descriptions, including keywords, categories, titles, and captions returning results in your choice of galleries or photographs. The Browse option gives visitors access to the Most Popular, Recent, and subject-matching galleries and photos with a single mouse click.
We are now officially in Beta with a limited feature set and a lot of enthusiasm from the users. We really appreciate everyone's suggestions and feedback, more features and functionality will be rolling out in the coming months.