Friday, January 8, 2010

APhotoFolio Review

Company name: APhotoFolio


Customizable flash photography websites produced by APhotoFolio conceal lots of neat features in the pocket. This product caught our attention and we recommend you to check what APhotoFolio offers for your website management experience.

Currently they have 5 template designs to choose from, you can glance through the screenshots and view live sites built with a particular design. Clean, minimalist design style give the templates a contemporary look. No heavy graphics or fancy animations can be found here, your work is the only thing in the focus.

There is no admin area demo available, but I’ve watched an introductory video and should admit that administration interface of APhotoFolio’s CMS looks great - there are lots of options and everything is well organized and easy-to-handle. Among the features included are: unlimited pages and portfolios, editable logo, colors and fonts, image captions, blog installation, slideshows, password protected galleries, optimization for SEO and more. This is web based software, so you can control your site anytime.

Guys from APhotoFolio did a great job for SEO optimization of their templates. Each site has an HTML mirror and after a quick test we received the evidence that it’s in Google index. There are also iPhone and mobile phone site mirrors available. Besides, they can optionally install a WordPress powered blog for you at no additional charge. Quite praiseworthy!

Ton of tasty stuff here, don’t you think? This product could be excellent if it wasn’t so expensive. Yes, the price is a fat fly in the ointment. You have to shell out $1000 + $17/mo hosting fee to become a client of APhotoFolio. This is a hosted solution, so you can’t switch to a third-party hosting provider. If you want to change the design, you can do that for free, but just once – the following design switches will be $100.

APhotoFolio is an enjoyable service, but quite a pain for your purse. If you have some extra 1K bucks in your pocket, you may consider this company.

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