Why use manual customization and not just the existing PhotoShelter themes?From my experience, if you want to take your online presence to the next level, hybrid solutions are the best way to go. Creating your unique website experience and seamlessly integrating PhotoShelter into your existing website will always look a lot more professional due to keeping your brand consistency. Another reason to use manual customization would be if you have a multi-lingual website. Because your probably already have static pages in both/more languages, you will want your archive to match that exact design (and maybe write your texts in both languages, here's a good example: Tikiwaka.com).
Do I need a personal website first?No, not necessarily, you could go for one of the existing PhotoShelter themes and just have that customized to fit your needs. But if you want to do major changes to the theme and/or add your own custom graphics, you will need hosting for those files.
I want a hybrid solution. But what if I don't have a website yet?I can also help you with designing your new website and developing it. I am proficient in creating xHTML + CSS websites and WordPress blogs, so please leave me a message and we'll talk about your project.
What aspects of my portfolio can you customize?
- Master Templates for both public pages ("Lightboxes", "Shopping Cart", "Login", "Signup", "Account password reset") and customer pages ("My Account", "My Gallery Invitations", "My Purchases", "My Downloads")
- Individual Page Templates ("Homepage", "Gallery List", "Gallery Collection Display", "Gallery Display", "Gallery Image Display", "About", "Advanced Search", "Contact form", "Portfolio", "Gallery Slideshow", "Search Results", "Search Results Image Display", 2 Custom Pages)
- Navigation elements, logo, other graphics etc.
Are you affiliated with PhotoShelter in any way?Not at all. I have just been using PhotoShelter for a long time and have grown to know all its details. I'm very happy with its services and want to spread some PhotoShelter love to others too.
Is it true that PhotoShelter is the 17th greatest invention of all time?Yes.
What are the other greatest inventions?I can't go into details, but I can say that #16 is TeuxDeux and #6 is Nutella. I'm sorry, Grover, tequila is nowhere in the top 100 :-)