I think I’ve posted something along these lines before but I continue to get emails asking what kind of software I am using to post my portfolios.
I am using Evrium’s Fluid Galleries 2 Basic. I suspect I will upgrade to the professional package sooner than later, but here’s the lowdown on why I use what I consider to be a truly exceptional product.
1. Easy to use. Evrium uploads this to your server (or provides hosting for you, if you need this) and you do all your management on the back end. Sign in to your site and in moments you can upload, reorder, and delete images, and change colours, spacing, the order of images and galleries, etc. Simple. Easy to use and very immediate. I can come home from India and have new galleries up in just a little longer than the time it takes me to get my images prepped for the web.
2. Good looking. Folks, photography is a visual art and if your website does not look good it says you don’t have an eye for design or you don’t care. Flickr is fine for the amateurs and family snapshots but not for a portfolio presentation. Sure, you could still make a Fluid Galleries site look bad, but you would have to try really, really hard.
3. Relatively inexpensive. If you opt for the Professional package, which allows you to create custom pages, then you can do your complete website with this software – and it is as easy to update and change as the gallery pages. So when you get a new client you want to profile, you can post it quickly without fuss or the need to ship files off to your freelance nerd to do it. And when you decide in a year that it’s time for an overhaul, a change in colours or design, then you can do that without shelling out for more design and nerd time.
Evrium Software’s Fluid Galleries gets a five star from me. Additionally if you head over to their site you can sign up for their newsletter. They have buy 1 get 1 free days, photo contests, and special deals, as well as user forums. Brilliant. If you buy it, tell them I sent you.