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« on: January 12, 2010, 18:45 »
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I am not sure this is the right place.

I am not advertising anything, I only happened to follow a link and found this site:
http://www.photographershots.com/

It looks a lot like some software we used to see a couple of sites based on (K-something), and maybe this is behind it.  Perhaps this is useful for someone, as it seems to have the features we need to sell photos and prints (only taking orders) online.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2010, 19:01 by madelaide »


« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 02:11 »
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240$ per year seems rather expensive. There are several cheaper alternatives if you want to go that route.

« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 12:03 »
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I have been looking into something like this but think I need to hire a programmer.

I had bookmarked Ktools - look at the body of this page and see their sample website.  Isn't their sample exactly the same as the one Madelaide pointed out?  I am under the impression that Ktools is the original owner of this software and you purchase it outright and pay for necessary upgrades.  Hmmm.....

http://www.ktools.net/photostore/index.php

« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 12:26 »
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I have been looking into something like this but think I need to hire a programmer.

What type of site are you creating just for you or for a number of contributors, these tools are overkill for a single user, and not up to the job for a virtual agency?

I looked at loads of these last year and non were really was good enough, I have gone back to looking at ecommerce tools for a simple portfolio site with downloads. 

David

« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 15:42 »
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I have been looking into something like this but think I need to hire a programmer.

What type of site are you creating just for you or for a number of contributors, these tools are overkill for a single user, and not up to the job for a virtual agency?

I looked at loads of these last year and non were really was good enough, I have gone back to looking at ecommerce tools for a simple portfolio site with downloads. 

David

LOL, the real answer to your question is No, I don't want to start a stock photo agency! 

My most basic needs right now are for a a proper proofing system for clients if I stay in the photography biz.  Most of the hosts or software sites are expensive to start with and then they charge a commission on top of that or they funnel to a printing company in another country (the U.S.).  I just don't want to be busy enough to justify $600/year for studio proofing software plus commission.   So, in this case a one time fee of $295 (or whatever it is) sounds acceptable. 

Well, when I started my business a few years ago I thought I was doing one thing, then I got so much work in sports and school photography that I lost my way.  Now I'm trying to get back to where I had inteneded to go and part of that was digital delivery.  I will eventually need a zazzle-ish interface where customers can upload to me and customize to some degree. 

If I remember correctly, I think the K-tools software works with all kinds of file formats like PDF's etc. I've looked at throwing some stuff up someplace like e-junkie but you are quite limited with the size of storage you are permitted with digital items.  e-books I think would be no issue on e-junkie, but a couple big photoshop templates and you would be way over quota on size.

« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 19:39 »
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it appears to be a managed version of ktools photostore

you definitely know something is over priced when you compare it to and find smugmug pro is $90 dollars cheaper.

« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010, 13:42 »
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@pixart,
If your hosting is asp and microsoft sql, then look at nopCommerce, demo store

The website is http://www.nopcommerce.com/

You have categories, variants, attributes, digital downloads, payment gateways, blog, latest news etc:

The best part is the price $0.00, all you need to be able to do is create a SQL database an upload the files.

I am playing with WordPress templates and the moment and using nopCommerce for the free downloads.

It is just my new hobby website and it is digital Raindrops:, a lot of functions for nothing.

You can even have options for a product, like add mount, add frame etc:

David  ;)

« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010, 14:32 »
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Thanks for this info Adeptris, I think you may have pointed me in the best direction.

MicrostockInsider - I agree that Smugmug pro is a wonderful product, but I need to think locally.  I would also prefer to host everything where I control the transaction and don't have to wait for a cheque to arrive from Smugmug or hope that they don't go out of business.

I think if someone purchases the product Madelaide pointed us to at K-Tools instead, it is not an annual fee, but a license isn't it?  2 years at Smugmug is about the same, but you also give them commissions every time you sell something.

« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010, 14:47 »
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If your hosting is asp and microsoft sql
That might be a problem. On any hoster I saw (I'm currently with Hostgator) you have to chose upfront what server you want: Linux/Mysql or the other thing. I'm not sure you can mix both, although I saw asp in the control panel.

« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2010, 15:01 »
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My ISP is Red Fox Hosting in the UK, I have a resellers account, the entry level would be a shared hosting acoount which give two SQL 2005 databases, asp, mysql, php, ftp, email accounts etc:, enough for any photographers website, blog etc:, at 10.00 a month, 99.00 a year.

For some payment gateways you may need a dedicated SLL, you would buy this on top, it is not required for PayPal but it helps if your customers see the https, I have it installed on my cart, even though it is a free download website, at the moment.

https://www.digitalraindrops.net/ShoppingCart.aspx

Note: google checkout requires a full trust environment and will not work with most shared hosting plans that run in medium trust.

David  ;D



« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2010, 02:19 »
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i use  1&1 for hosting:  http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=7246734  they've got a promotion going now with free hosting for 6 months!

plans start at $5 per month - i have several accounts - one is MS asp the other linux -- i use this in several online games that use google maps where i run part on linux, part on MS.  [the google stuff requires linux, but i didnt want to convert all my established asp db routines ].

steve


 

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