It’s been over a year now since I moved my website from a self-managed software and dedicated server to a cloud-based environment, and for that I chose www.Photoshelter.com. In general, I’m pretty happy with how things have went thus far. It was a big decision because I was giving up some very cool features that I had custom designed on my own website, but I justified that loss by new and more functional features that I would gain through the back-end administration area on Photoshelter. I’m still missing what I gave up, in particular, the functionality of the lightbox. Photoshelter continues to update and add features however, and hopefully some changes are coming to that aspect of the software. One thing is clear to me, I am so glad I’m no longer needing to manage and network with web-geeks more savvy than I to keep the server and software functioning and up to date!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been updating some web pages that showcase my work in a slide show environment. This is more for the casual browser, but it does make navigating through a bunch of categories pretty easy. The one current drawback is that the slide show uses flash, which is not functional on many mobile devices. Perhaps that too will change soon as the web environment seeks to integrate with mobile devices. You can check out the slide shows at http://alaskaphotographics.com/alaska_pictures_index.shtml