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Stephanie Potter , Aug 26, 2008; 04:08 p.m.

I saw much positive feedback on Bigfolio, I thought I'd try them out. After several emails, I still haven't even received an estimate! I just wanted to know how much extra it would cost to change the look of the menu bar. I called last week and they said they'd send an estimate by yesterday. No sign of them. Looks like I'll be using my ASMP discount for Livebooks--with the discount they're nearly the same price for two years of service.

Ellis Vener , Aug 26, 2008; 05:13 p.m.

I'm using LiveBooks for the relaunch of my website.

Doug Dolde , Dec 27, 2008; 09:25 p.m.

Another vote for foliolink.
I just launched a Foliolink website. I considered LiveBooks but didn't like the price or the fact that most LiveBooks sites look very similar.
It took me only 3 days to resize all my images and get it running. I spent countless hours on the previous version creating it with GoLive and it paled by comparison. MODERATOR NOTE: Website removed. Users my have their websites on their community page on photo.net only. If you are referencing your site for people to see because it is relevant to the thread.. Simply suggest they click on your name for site/contact information.

bryon mccartney , Jan 19, 2009; 04:28 a.m.

Recently I setup a Foliolink account. I had run a trial to look at their interface, and it seemed okay. On their site they say that many of the features that are available on the Pro account are not available on the Trial, so I made some assumptions about what I could do with the site, such as being able to embed my videos and being able to customize the contact form.
Well, after I purchased the PRO account, I quickly realized these features were not possible, and overall, the working interface really sucks and is very limited. I had purchased the account on Dec 27, so I contacted them on Jan 6 to request a refund. The response was a definitive 'NO' along with the explanation that because I had checked a Terms of Service radio button when I logged in to the site, I had also acknowledged my acceptance of their 'no-refund' policy.
I was quite shocked that there was such a policy. In fact, during the entire purchase process there is no mention of this policy. It is only available on their login page, after you setup a site, and even there the policy is buried in a legal document that I am sure hardly anyone ever reads.

I know that Foliolink is often mentioned as one of the sites to consider as a portfolio hosting service, but I think more people should be aware of their deceptive practices. Should I have read the TOS to begin with? Yes, I probably should have. However, any online service that institutes such a policy should make that policy very clear when you are purchasing the service, not afterwards.
Unfortunately, I do not have the time or resources to chase after the $800 these people have taken from me, but if I can help someone else avoid the same problem, then I will be satisfied that my loss was not in vain.
Kind regards,


Ann Emerson , Jan 26, 2009; 10:27 p.m.

I'm shopping around for a new website. Has anyone had any experience with Qufoto.com ? It basically looks like a Livebooks rip-off, but it's pretty damn cheap. Too cheap to be true?

Spam is always "too cheap to be true".

R L II , Jan 28, 2009; 11:56 a.m.

I have gone through several sites and honestly have only two that I've used that I liked a lot.
The one I am currently using is A Photo Folio - aphotofolio.com
The one I used previously was Evrium - Evrium.com
Both are flash based and include simple navigation and image presentation, have awesome backend functionality and require minimal to no knowledge of web editing.
I've actually got a seat of Evrium Fluid Galleries Pro that I would be willing to sell/trade if anyone is interested.
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ralph lemarechal , Feb 03, 2009; 11:18 a.m.

Hi Rick,

what made you want to switch ?

Carlotta Shelton-Lopata , Mar 23, 2009; 07:06 p.m.

I just got a complete list of all the web template sellers. Found it at robertbenson.com. He rates them too. Ive been looking at all these. I love bludomain but they have been given an F by the BBB. So hope this helps anyone looking around like I am.

  1. fluidgalleries.com
  2. Clickbooq.com
  3. aphotofolio.com
  4. flashpalette.com
  5. Bludomain.com
  6. Bigfolio.com
  7. Photoidentities.com
  8. foliolink.com
  9. icreations.com
  10. intothedarkroom.com
  11. neonsky.com
  12. sitewelder.com

MIchael costuros , Apr 07, 2010; 01:08 p.m.

LIVEBOOKS LOWERS PRICING TO $39/mo + FREE TRIAL: You now get all the features liveBooks has to offer for just $39/mo. No set up fees. You can go to the site now, pick the ready made site design you like, sign up for the 14 day free trial, and get the site instantly. http://sites.livebooks.com/site-chooser/
So, try before you buy.
If you decide you want a fully customized design, you can buy a customized design package any time in the future. If you just want small design tweaks, you can buy them a-al-carte as needed. -Michael Costuros, liveBooks founder.

Robert Doom , Mar 10, 2011; 05:25 a.m.

Livebooks is pretty much the standard in having your portfolio website, i also thought the same till the time i stumbled upon a new service. All Livebooks websites looks the same, there isn't anything you can do about it, no customization.
Bigfolio offers custom made site which will cost you time & $$$; so go for it if you have tried ALL the options, All.
Foliolink is good, but they don't have a list of designs to choose from, how it looks to have 1000 sites on 20 designs. hmmm... i can't say much now:)
Now the Alternative: Well, i have just made my portfolio website through Pixpa, and i believe its fabulous. I am not going to write anymore just check out the link & decide for yourself.
Check out @ http://www.pixpa.com
If you find something interesting let me know, i will be watching this space for more inputs.

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