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Topic # 123362 4-Jul-2013 20:22
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Hi all, (Mods if this is in the wrong place could you please move it)

I'm wanting to build or have built a website for selling sports photos.

My goal is to attend sporting events, take photos, upload my photos to my website, clients will be able to view the photos and add them to a cart if they chose to buy them,
they will be able to either download the photos in various resolutions  or have them printed and delivered.

I don't really have a clue when it comes to web design so I'm not sure what I should expect to pay for this kind of service.

here is a basic example of what I am after http://www.bigfanpix.com/ the functionality of this website is what I am after but with several cosmetic changes.


If you think you might be able to help me out I would appreciate it muchly.

Thanks

Jason

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  Reply # 849414 4-Jul-2013 21:55
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It might be worth giving something like shopify a try first (http://www.shopify.co.nz/) I think you could do something like that and trial it, etc without a big up front investment.

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  Reply # 849417 4-Jul-2013 22:12
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It isn't a NZ system though, and it is a DIY system, so may not suit someone who knows nothing about web design. Also it does work out pretty expensive over time, and you have to  % commission to them if on lower plans. The other thing is that photos can be very large, so it is going to need a lot of diskspace for very high res images, so the OP is probably going to be paying $180 per month US, yes those prices appear to be US dollars.
There are some photo selling systems you can buy to install on your own hosting, but that too needs some web designer help. So going to a web designer is probably the best option.

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  Reply # 849425 4-Jul-2013 22:20
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General rule with webdesigners & programmers: you really do get what you pay for.




 


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  Reply # 849426 4-Jul-2013 22:24
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SmugMug use to be reasonable value.

But their terms went a bit.. poozed if you want to continue using the custom design CSS and APIs

Digital download, money straight to you. Or print via a US based printing agent.



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  Reply # 849468 5-Jul-2013 07:25
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Thanks for the info peeps,

I'll have a look at shopify.
If I could find a good web design tutorial I would give it a go, I'm in no huge hurry and I do have a reasonable level of PC skill, I am aware of "Cart" type add ons for websites such as http://www.picturespro.com/photo-cart/

If I was to buy a domain name and build my own Website, what should I expect to pay for hosting? I'm thinking I might need 20GB of storage, the oldest photos will be removed when storage is getting low so I wont be using the site as an archive just for the most recent projects.

Thanks
Jason

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