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luxborealis

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Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:06:46 pm »

I currently have a website with Smugmug, but since subscribing to Lightroom CC Mobile  (USD4.99/mo), I am contemplating investing in Adobe CC Photography plan at USD 9.99/mo and am curious about the real functionality of the Adobe Portfolio platform as a primary website.

I know AP doesnít do blogs (I have WordPress for that) or sales and is somewhat limited in having few templates, but is anyone finding that Adobe Portfolio is a viable alternative to a more sophisticated online portfolios such as Smugmug? If so, please comment below. I would also like to hear from those who perhaps find AP does not meet their requirements and why.

Thanks for your input,

Terry
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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 08:16:03 am »

As an amateur with no wish to sell my pictures I find Portfolio perfectly adequate for my needs though, because I had thought of ditching Adobe and going down the Capture One/Affinity route, I also have a Smugmug site.
One thing with Portfolio is that if you use Behance you can set things up so your Behance projects automatically get added to your Portfolio site.
As an example of a simple Portfolio site mine can be seen at
 www.david-rosser.com

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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2019, 01:18:29 pm »

The subscription gives you a few web options. I am quite impressed by how Portfolio has developed, but you also get Lightroom Web which you can use to quickly share collections of pictures, and Spark which is for story-style presentations.

For example, take a look at Terry's post and his Adobe Spark page on his Ethiopia trip.

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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 10:10:21 pm »

On top of that, now Portfolio allow you to create 5 websites and they included selective password protected pages / galleries, which it did not have in the beginning

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 10:17:28 pm »

Adobe Spark is great for creating stories.  I have no idea how long it'll be available, but for now, its ease of use can't be beat, let alone the cost of entry.

This under-construction site is Wordpress based, but most of the content is Sparks.  Especially under "Van Travels" and "Other".  Sometimes, Sparks don't load completely. :(

www.petercmclennan.com
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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2019, 06:10:04 am »

Hope you donít mind me butting in with a related question:

I want to change my website completely.

Iím torn between asking someone to build one (I would be clueless in this regard) and using a website builder. The four suggested here pop up a lot. https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/website-builders/best/photography/

Iím aware of advertorial recommendations, but Iíd be interested in the views of others on these four versus the Adobe offering.

Thanks.

D.
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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2019, 06:52:31 pm »

Iíd be interested in the views of others on these four versus the Adobe offering.
Thanks.
D.

Iím using SmugMug as well as Adobe Portfolio and will probably end up switching to Portfolio only as it comes as part of the subscription Iím already paying for. Iím still with SmugMug as Iím not having to pay for it. It seems my referrals have generated enough business to pay for it year after year.  SmugMug has a few nice extras like a randomized slide show on my opening page and it has a search, so users can search my images based on keyword, so it makes a good Ďstockí site from which Iíve made a number of sales. Portfolio seems to be more of a portfolio site as it lacks the search feature.
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Re: Adobe Portfolio as a primary website?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2019, 12:56:11 am »

I have had a adobe portfolio website for about 6 months I suppose. It was easy to set up, fairly intuitive, and responsive. To give context I know nothing about coding or website development. I did manage my own Wordpress website and to be honest I found it resinous in the extreme. I am a busy commercial photographer and do everything myself and have no time to fiddle and play with a website. If you want to loom at it www:martinkristiansen.photography.

Having said that I have a few reservations that may or may not affect you personally.
1 No blogging facility. I want to use this to keep contact with clients and as a way of generating regular new content
2 Google seems to take forever to index these sites and SEO is rudimentary at best
3 I wasnít able to find exactly the template I wanted. I think I did a fair job eventually but I think something like Wix might be better.

I have registered with Wix and as soon as I have the time I am going to migrate to that platform and see how it goes. I am planning on taking a paid option and use it as my primary destination for online marketing efforts. I have tried FB and other social media but end up with endless enquiries for weird stuff like graduation photos and family portraits which is not at all what I do for a living.

In summary. I think Portfolio is pretty good but if you make a full time living out of photography and are looking for a website to grow or promote your business Portfolio may not be enough.
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