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New Showit Designs

We’ve added 2 brand new Showit designs to the store today! Horizon and Redwood both made their debut on that platform, and we’ll be happy to share that more of our current designs will be making it’s way over to Showit with more launches very soon!

 

 

Inspired by the forests of the west coast, Redwood has a bold feel with earthy tones and a simple modern design. A perfect fit for anyone looking for a clean, bold website to showcase their camping trips, adventures, or portfolio!

This design features:

  • Bold modern design
  • Matching WordPress blog design
  • Cool mobile sliding menu and mobile design
  • Easy to replace with your own branding or customize it to totally make it your own

Photography by Richard McDowell (Tribe Red Leaf)

 

 

If you can imagine white sunny California beaches, palm trees, and surfing then you’re looking at that dream in our Horizon design. You’ll love it’s minimal clean design, bold colors and sliding menu for a modern feel. After you’re done making Horizon your dream website, head down to the beach with a drink and relax knowing your website is awesome!

This design features:

  • Minimal bold design
  • Fancy sliding menu for both desktop and mobile
  • Matching WordPress blog design
  • Easy to replace with your own branding or customize it to totally make it your own

 

SHOP DESIGNS

 

2017 Pricing Changes

 

We’re announcing some new and upcoming price changes going forward into 2017 starting with our newest design HORIZON. We’ve had a great year in 2016 thanks to all our customers, and we’ve taken a hard look at some changes we’ve been considering going forward that we plan on making. That being said, it’s worth reading on to dive into why, and what kind of new offerings we’ll be adding going forward.

 

Designs

 

After reviewing our current offerings we’ve learned that to keep providing the same amount of awesome support we offer and to continue to be a profitable business and have options to expand and hire new employees into 2017, we need to adjust our prices to match our growing business and of course customer demand. That being said all our designs are going to be priced at the same price point to make it easier for customers to enjoy our designs, starting with our newest design HORIZON. We tried to find the right balance to stay competitive, keep our awesome support going, provide new services, new offerings, and to keep offering free design updates to current design owners. We’ll also be unveiling a new upgrade program going forward to add more value to your purchase.

Not all designs will be the new price right away. We’re going to be going back and updating all our current offerings to ProPhoto’s latest features, new support articles for those and a brand new upgrade program. Those updates for current design owners will be free, just keep in mind that using an updated design will cause you to start your design over from scratch. We’re working with ProPhoto to add pushed updates to designs, but until then, manually updating them is the only option.

Current price offerings put all our designs at $175 and we’ll be going up to $275 when new designs release and when updates get added to current offerings. We’ll also be adding a new program for our power design users and offering up collections of designs at a discounted rate, for now we’ll be running that behind the scenes, if you’re interested in that, get in touch and we’ll let some users in on the details early as part of a test group.

 

Upgrades

 

We’ve come up with a brand new upgrade program for our users. If you’ve ever purchased a Pro Photo 6 design from our store, then from Pro Photo 6 on, if the design you purchased carries over to the next version: i.e ProPhoto 7, that design will be 100% free to you with an option to pay what you want to upgrade. We’re no longer going to be charging for individual design upgrades after 6 releases, if you’re wanting to switch to 7 and get a brand new design then you’ll of course have to pay to get the new design. We’re doing this as a good faith for the many clients we’ve had that have stuck with us for years and to add even more value to your purchase. That being said, ProPhoto 7 is a ways off, so our program won’t launch until 7 is almost ready to launch. If you’ve bought ProPhoto 5 and are wanting to upgrade to 6 or eventually 7, we’re still going to be charging to upgrade to those versions, but at 50% of the design cost. Just contact us and we’ll get you a special code to use to get your upgraded price. We’re offering the new upgrade program for only Pro Photo 6 users and up since it’s an all new theme and previous versions won’t be compatible with future versions of Pro Photo.

 

Services

 

We don’t advertise or even promote our services very much, the truth is that with just only mainly me doing all the work for the business, we’ve learned over the years that we can’t devote the time and energy clients deserve to have been able to offer the same services we were offering a couple of years ago. This year we have the goal in mind to hire a new designer to come in and handle all our custom design services so we can offer that service back to our clients. We’ll get our new services site up along with pricing for that soon as well.

 

Development

 

With the new prices that means we can start to expand our offerings and provide new services and hire out some new people to help us grow going forward. I don’t want to unveil too much yet, but we are already in the process of  bringing in a new developer to get us some upgrades to our store front, and in time we’ll be offering a brand new product to help you take your new site a step further. Take a look at our roadmap for 2017 details on what we have currently planned, which is always changing.

 

Five reasons to update your site for 2017

 

It’s almost that time of year when Christmas is almost upon us and a New Year will begin, and now has never been a better time to upgrade your site for the upcoming year! We’ll outline some reasons why and don’t forget we’re running a 10% off deal on all ProPhoto designs until January 1st. Just enter the code “WINTER” at checkout or click the button at the top of the page!

 

BRANDING REFRESH

 

Whether you’ve updated your branding recently or maybe decided to start fresh for the new year by changing up your logo or colors, it’s always great to have a refresher! You’ll want your site looking good for all that new business you’re going to get in 2017. Even if you’re only making some slight changes to your logo or maybe you’re just changing your site design with your old one, having a nice fresh website for 2017 is an excellent idea to get the business rolling in.

 

SPRING CLEANING

 

Every year we pile on the plugins and WordPress bloatware, that’s software and themes and junk we don’t need that maybe slowing down your site. It’s a good time to get prepared for the new season by doing a little spring cleaning to boot. We recommend doing a good backup of your data before you start. You can use a plugin like BlogVault if you’re feeling inclined to pay for a premium backup service, or simply use the free method that ProPhoto recommends by using your WP-DB-Backup plugin. Either way, it’s always important to back up your site in case something happens to it, and you’ll want a weekly or monthly backup to be completed.

The first step is to go through your updates in WordPress and run them all, yes even on your themes! You can do that by hovering over your dashboard link in the sidebar in WordPress and clicking the updates button. This lists all your current updates that are currently available on your site. We ALWAYS tell people to run these right away. If a plugin you have has security vulnerabilities or patches or even new features, it’s always safer to get those updates as soon as possible.

The second step is to start cleaning! Go through your plugins and delete any plugins you aren’t using or that may be deactivated. Not only does this save your web space, but having deactivated plugins on your site may cause vulnerabilities that allow you to get hacked or worse since those plugins are no longer receiving updates when they’re not live!

Go through your themes and delete all the ones you’re not using except for 1 or 2 of the WordPress default themes (like 2016 or 2017) so that in case you need to switch at any point you’ll have a nice safe theme to fall back on in case you need it.

Lastly if you have huge amounts of spam comments it’s time to really dive in and take care of those, not only do they take up huge amounts of database space on your site, slowing your site down but they’re also a security vulnerability that may set off Google and block your site from results. We recommend using AKISMET, it’s free, and there’s an extra little setting that once you install to your site to have it discard all the incoming spam comments without you knowing it. Make sure to turn that on so your database isn’t always having you moderate spam or at the least holding onto it for a couple of months while it builds up.

 

PORTFOLIO REFRESH

 

Let’s face it, we’ve all done it. We’ve taken pictures all year long and haven’t posted them on our blogs or updated our portfolios, this is probably the second most important thing on the list! Every year it’s a great idea to sit back and really go through your portfolio for the new year, that may take some time, because you really want your very BEST work to show on your site. It’s always best to have fewer images that are far better than lots of images that are just good, so take your time when you’re getting ready to update your site, pick out your strongest work and make sure to put it where plenty of people can see it. On the plus side, Google LOVES site updates, if you’re updating your blog even once a month or even better once a week or every two weeks your SEO results will get much better since you’re updating your site and pushing content regularly. Being consistent is definitely the key for updating your work, which in the photography business is your best asset.

 

FASTER IS BETTER

 

We all love fast websites, for 2017 it maybe time to upgrade your host or try your hand at making your site a little more speedy. Doing the spring cleaning, and general maintenance from the steps above will definitely already help with that, but you should be taking it a step further. If your site already has hundreds of images you could go back and do this as you need to, but at the very least we recommend starting in the new year when you get ready to refresh your site.

We’ve been using a new software called JPEGMINI Pro for months. This software takes any existing image at any size and sizes it way down without losing any quality, it’s great for uploading large size images to proofing sites or even using it for images for your new site where it’ll count the most. So if you’re already saving your images for web size, then JPEGMINI can even size them further, really taking the load and hard drive space off your site for a smoother experience.

It’s also a good idea to contact your webhost and make sure your hosting is up to par with your speed and your site visitor levels. You should check to see if your site is using the latest version of PHP 7.0 so that your site is using all the new software at peak performance and to see if maybe they can help you optimize your site further to get those extra results.

 

UPGRADE YOUR LIFE

 

Pro Photo 6 is an all new beast, completely new and completely fresh! If you’re still using the legacy version of ProPhoto, it’s most definitely a time to upgrade and we’ll give you the #1 reason right now! Responsive. Mobile. ProPhoto legacy sites don’t have good mobile sites and they are most definitely NOT responsive. Internet mobile browsing surpassed desktop browsing by a good margin just recently in 2016, that means if your site doesn’t look great on mobile then you maybe losing customers. If you’ve been holding off because of the complexity of updating your website, both La Lune and ProPhoto are here to help you through the transition, and it’s important for your business to stay up to date with current web standards.

Having a pretty website that looks good across a range of devices and machines helps your clients stay on your site and have a great experience while doing it. Never has there been a better time to upgrade and to get a head start before the new year. We have plenty of discounts going around to get you started, including our on-going 10% off and especially if you’re upgrading from a legacy design you’ve bought from us to a ProPhoto 6 version, contact us with your purchase details and we’ll give you a good hefty discount on your design upgrade.

Ivory for ProPhoto 6

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We’re excited to be introducing another new design for 2016! Meet IVORY. Ivory is a minimal theme with a multi entry home page. We’ve been getting requests for a site design that doesn’t take up the whole screen, and takes you to various parts of the site instead of say galleries or blog posts, and we felt like we needed to make that happen. We added some unique icons to give the design some extra flair with the new “read more” feature ProPhoto introduced awhile ago and this design uses all of ProPhoto’s latest features. As always, all our designs are 100% responsive, have very little photoshop files which aren’t required to use the design, and looks and feels clean and light for any business or brand.

 

*THIS DESIGN REQUIRES THE PURCHASE OF PROPHOTO 6 TO WORK.

 

PREVIEW

 

In some other news, we’ve updated our roadmap through December. The remaining months of the year will be filled with converting current designs over to Showit, a new ProPhoto design or two, and as usual our updates to our support center, site, and more. We’ll have another surprise announcement in January when we come back from the break!

Creating a better website: Hiding Comments

wordpress site tutorial comments

We’re starting a new series today called “Creating A Better Website”.

Naturally all our designs run on the WordPress platform and we’re excited to be able to help improve your site design, speed and much more in our new series!

The first thing we want to make important is a simple one, hiding comments on your web pages. Why is that important? If you’re using one of our site designs or in fact any WordPress site design, then you might know that WordPress was originally a blog platform. WordPress over the years has melded into a platform built for any kind of site you desire, merging a blog into a website.

If you’re using a design like ours which is not only a website but also includes a blog design, it’s called a “blog site”.  When the two are made together you’ll want to keep your blog posts, blog archives and categories, etc separate from your “main” site. Your WordPress pages won’t need blog comments or trackbacks. It distracts from the page, doesn’t help your SEO any and makes your site look unprofessional when your main site pages are supposed to be for portfolio purposes. There’s no reason a person should comment on say, your about page.

It’s a good idea to turn those comments off for your actual site pages. To do that we’ll start by logging into WordPress and checking out our tutorial HERE. There you’ll find the full tutorial in detail with step by step instructions!

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