I’m not sure if this weeks blog is a blog or a thank you.
I have for a long time wanted to incorporate a blog into my website and at the same time have the flexibility to add pages with video’s or text information. I am a big fan of using Twitter and Facebook, both are great platforms for getting a short message across but not really suitable when the message is 500 words or more.
Photoshelter hosts my site and they do a fantastic job, the company is incredibly pro active, they are always improving the site and constantly hosting webinars and distributing quality information to help photographers with their work.
One area that isn’t covered in a standard package is the ability to host a blog, but Photoshelter have addressed this by teaming up with WordPress and together they offer some great functionality. There is only one small problem, I loved the look and feel of my old site and didn’t want any of the standard off the shelf templates that WordPress offer.
This is where things got a little complicated, there are some in depth tutorials offered by both WordPress and Photoshelter on how to customise the base templates, but my skill set is photography, and the idea of me undertaking a website integration was well outside my comfort zone.
Photoshelter recommend a number of web designers but they are all based in the US and I wanted someone local who I could meet face to face to discuss my needs. DSM are a local design team who have many years of design experience. What impressed me about the team was that with a relatively short chat where I explained my needs they were able to translate this into a fully functioning design layout, and more than that they had some great suggestions of their own which has made the site function a lot better.
Oh, and did I mention that I had a pretty short time line to get the work done, and they were able to meet that as well.