- In our ongoing effort to provide the best website experience that we can, we will be implementing free SSL certificates for all Redframe websites. The main difference that you will notice is a little green padlock in the browser address bar which will signal visitors to your website that information sent to and from this website will be encrypted. Having your website display the secure icon is a positive development. It allows your website visitors to feel confident that their information is secure and that confidence is an important part of your business identity. More obviously, without the SSL certificate attached to your domain and website, browsers will more obviously flag your website as being a security risk – which is not the impression you want to make. There is also a possibility that non-SSL compliant websites will be penalized by popular search engines. SSL (secure sockets layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private. It’s kind of like sealing a letter in an envelope before sending it through the mail. We have taken care of all the technical issues needed to offer this enhanced level of security. Once implemented, your website will automatically be delivered to visitors through https protocol and see the secure version of your website. One less thing to worry about so that you can keep concentrating on creating great content to put on your website. Have a great day.
- During the next month Redframe and IFP3 websites will be migrating to a brand new cloud-based server platform. We are taking every measure we can to ensure that the transition happens seamlessly and there is no disruption in service. Though the technological aspects of it may be of little interest to you, we anticipate that there will be direct benefits to you that you will notice right away. Faster Uploads – The new platform will be faster and have more capacity for handling uploads. We expect that this will save you lots of time when uploading large collections of images. Who doesn’t like more time? Quicker Loading Websites – The faster servers and improved technology that makes your website perform better. That means faster load times, response times and happier customers. The cloud servers can react to where your site visitor is coming from and deliver your site from a server that is geographically advantageous for the fastest resolution of your website possible. Stronger Security – The new server platform is more agile to adapt in the event of a malicious denial of service attack or other similar events. It is also better prepared to handle sudden fluctuations in demand such as traffic spikes.
- One of our goals at Redfame and IFP3 is to provide you with a “set it and forget it” environment for you to run your website. As web technology evolves and changes we handle all the aspects of keeping up with those changes. We do our absolute best to let you focus only on what you put on your website and how it looks. However, every now and then, there are some technical changes that are beyond our control and we need you to do a few changes that are outside of our system. This is one of those situations. PayPal has made a technical update within their platform that you, as the account owner, need to update in order for your shopping cart checkout to continue functioning. Why? PayPal has made a recent update in the name of providing a more secure checkout experience that requires the IPN (Instant Payment Notification) URL be hosted on a secure site as well. Technically speaking, PayPal is upgrading the certificate for www.paypal.com to SHA-256. This endpoint is also used by merchants using the Instant Payment Notification (IPN) product. This upgrade is being done to align to the industry security standard. What do I do? As it is not currently feasible to get a security certificate for every domain using the Redframe/IFP3 platform, we have engineered a solution to meet your needs. Simply log into your Paypal account and update the IPN URL to https://admin.redframe.com/orders/paypal_ipn.cfm . That URL will handle everything from there. If you need a refresher on how to update your PayPal IPN please refer to this Redframe Help Desk article. Please contact our Support Team if you need any further explanation or help.
- As of July 26, 2016, we will temporarily be discontinuing the Redframe Stats area. It will soon be replaced by integrated Google Analytics derived stats. If you haven’t done so already, we recommend that you begin using Google Analytics for your web traffic information. Even if you don’t look at Google Analytics for a while, it will be collecting data that you can analyze at a later date. What’s Happening? Redframe and IFP3 websites will stop showing results for hits and visits that are calculated internally. This system was developed in 2006 and the results shown are not the most accurate reflection of your site traffic. Over the past decade, many free tools have been introduced that provide deeper and more relevant data about who is visiting your website. The reality is that these tools do a much better job than we do and are available to everybody and we feel that there was no sense in reinventing the wheel. The grandaddy of tools to monitor and analyze your website’s traffic is Google Analytics. Though there is a short learning curve this provides an overview and granular data as to who visits your site and what they do when they visit your site. How does It Affect You? If tracking your web traffic is important to you (and it should be) then you are probably already using Google Analytics to measure the traffic to your site. If that is the case then your world will continue to be a marvelous place. If tracking web traffic to your site is important to you but you rely on the data provided in your IFP3/Redframe admin area, well you weren’t really getting an accurate reflection of what was happening with your site’s visitors. Being forced to start using Google Analytics should be viewed as a...
- The love affair between photographers and mobile websites is often lukewarm. It would be nice if everyone used cinema display monitors to view your images. However, we cannot ignore the fact that more and more visitors are viewing your website on mobile phones than ever before. Mobile browsing has doubled since 2009, and the numbers just keep going up. Having a great mobile website is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. With the recent mobile upgrades, visitors to your Redframe powered website will have a better experience viewing your products on their mobile devices, thus creating a better impression of your work. What’s New? It’s Faster. The mobile Web is significantly slower than what people are now used to on WiFi or broadband connections. Mobile devices operating under a 3G network are still delayed in download speeds and many users still pay for bandwidth. Redframe for mobile has been rebuilt from the ground up for optimal performance. Every bit and byte has been scoured over to make sure it has a useful purpose. The result is a faster loading and better-performing website on mobile devices. More Refined. The new mobile upgrade will result in your site content adapting to smaller screens making it easier to see on mobile phones. This means that your customers will not need to zoom in to read and view content. The new mobile gallery is an elegant presentation of your work with a seamless touch interface that makes viewing web images on the phone a pleasant experience. More Intuitive. As more people use their phones to access websites, they develop new habits while navigating mobile websites. Redframe takes advantage of this to deliver a robust new menu system that makes it much easier for your customers to find what they are looking for. Your visitors can browse your site with one...
- Are you one of the many photographers using the new Online Proofing feature to display and sell more images to your clients? (If not, it’s time to try it out?). Do you wish there was an easy way to provide access to your Proofing Sets by displaying them on your website? Do you wish that could all happen automatically ? Well then I’m happy to inform you that dreams do come true. With the introduction of the Proofing Set widget, creating an always up to date Client Access page just got easier. Simply create a new page, add any explanatory text that you would like, and then add the Proofing Set Widget from the “Page Widgets” area. The widget will allow you to display your Proofing sets in a variety of layouts. You also have the ability to exclude certain Proofing Sets from appearing in the widget (and on your website) with a control in your Proofing settings. Proofing Set Instructions from Redframe Help Desk Display your Proofing Sets on your Website to : Automatically Keep your website up to date with your new work, or new clients. Create an way for your clients to find their images. Make it simple for prospective clients to see samples of your work and what they can expect Keep your Menu System clear and easy to navigate. Display your Proofing Sets as a portfolio on your Home Page Once you have added the Proofing set widget to your page, your latest Proofing Sets will automatically appear on your website, displayed with a thumbnail of the Hero Image of each Set. It’s as simple as that. No need to go back and edit your website to add you latest work – it just shows up, keeping your site relevant and up to date. If the Proofing Set...
- Redframe has added a great new tool included to all subscriptions at no additional cost. Online Proofing provides you with the ability to present your images to your clients in a simple and elegant format. Your client can view their images in a mini site created just for them. They can pick their favorites or purchase directly through the integrated online store. Some of the benefits of Online Proofing Include: Delivering your images in a mini site created exclusively for your client. Streamlined sharing with your clients by minimizing back and forth email exchanges. It’s fully responsive so there are no limits to where your clients can view their images. From phones to cinema displays, your images will shine. The favorites feature will let your clients indicate their preferred images with a single click. An online store is built right in so your clients can purchase directly from their proofing site. This is optimized for all devices so there is nothing impeding their ability to purchase. Did we mention that all this added value is included with your Redframe subscription and does not cost extra? Start using Online Proofing right now with your current subscription. Log into your Redframe Administration. Once in the admin area you will be able to access the online proofing section through the main menu. If you are a happy with offering your clients proofing through the current private galleries system fear not, all that functionality will still remain. Online Proofing is a new and more streamlined, yet elegant option. We are extremely excited to be offering our new Online Proofing to enhance your photography business.
- *After seven years this is our final monthly contest. We will be looking for new ways to implement the contest in the future. January’s theme was Love. Thanks to all those that entered and voted. And the winners are…. [clear] [raw] [one_half] 1st Place Vincent Kaminski eye-contact-fine-art.redframe.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 2nd Place Louise Blake louiseblakephotography.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 3rd Place Martin Mora Moraphotography.ifp3.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 4th Place Patrick White whitephotographics.ca [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 5th Place John Gaudreau capturingcreation.ifp3.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered.
- January’s theme was Nightscapes . Thanks to all those that entered and voted. And the winners are…. [clear] [raw] [one_half] 1st Place Irina Zubanova irinaphotos.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 2nd Place Michael Gould MGOULDPHOTOSCAPES.NET [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 3rd Place Irene Tillusz artprintsbyrene.ca [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 4th Place Cindy Eccles earthlifephotography.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 5th Place David Rennie http://davidrennie.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered.
- *After seven years we are looking to make changes to our Monthly photo contest. We’ve got a few idea to make it bigger and better and we want your input as well. Please let us know your ideas in the comments section below. Decembers’s theme was Ice. Thanks to all those that entered and voted. And the winners are…. [clear] [raw] [one_half] 1st Place Tim Talbert talbert-photography.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 2nd Place Shell Foeckler superiorimageswi.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 3rd Place Irene Tillusz artprintsbyrene.ca [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 4th Place Taylor Ashley http://tviciousphotography.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] [raw] [one_half] 5th Place Susan Thomas susanthomasphotos.com [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered. Our January contest is going on now. The theme is Nightscapes/Nightlights. Enter through your site administration area.