You are here wondering what the best way to share photos with clients is.
The answer is not very simple, and although we like getting right to the point with our advice, it is worth noting that the answer actually depends on your current situation.
What we mean is this. If you use WordPress, then we have one answer. But if you are running a Squarespace website, then the answer might be something else.
So let’s dive in, shall we?
The Absolute Best Way to Share Photos with Clients
Let’s start with someone running a WordPress website since Photocrati is built on WordPress.
If you are running a WordPress website, then do not look outside WordPress for sharing photos with clients. There is no reason to.
You already have the most popular content management system at your disposal. 35% of the internet (as of 2020) is running WordPress. So you are in good company.
There are many gallery plugins and e-commerce systems for WordPress.
But some, like ours, come with or offer powerful solutions for photographers.
The Photocrati theme comes with NextGEN Gallery and NextGEN Pro, ready to go and use on your website.
With it, you can manage your galleries, proof your photos and even sell prints and digital files.
The best part with the print sales is that with the automated print fulfillment you don’t have to do the heavy lifting or prints and shipping. It’s done for you.
If you are running a website built on the ShowIt platform then your blog is actually a WordPress one. That means you actually install plugins, like NextGEN Gallery and NextGEN Pro, and share photos with clients through there instead of yet another service.
If your website is built on Squarespace then you have to go somewhere else for your e-commerce and proofing solution.
Sure, you could move to WordPress (which isn’t a terrible idea), or you look at another service.
There are many available to you, like SmugMug, Photoshelter, Zenfolio, Sprout Studio, and so many others.
Of course, we think switching to WordPress is a better idea, but hey – you have options so that’s a good thing!
If you went with the Squarespace + Smugmug solution, you’re looking at $324 at a minimum for your costs. Smugmug also takes a commission on print sales.
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