General Info

  • 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.
  • May 18, 2016

    Redframe Stats are Changing

    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...
  • January 9, 2015

    The Monthly Photo Contest is Winding Down

    We are announcing that, after 7 years of running the monthly photo contest for our members, we are phasing it out at the end of February. Though the contest does have a strong active base of regulars, it is only serving a small percentage of our membership. The resources that we allocate to keeping it running are not doing enough for our membership as a whole. We enjoy holding the contest and are considering potential alternative formats for the future. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions or feedback that you have regarding this are greatly appreciated. Please post in the comments below.
  • You’ve put a lot of work into your Redframe site and are generally happy with how it looks. However, secretly you wish that you could freshen it up or even give it a complete overhaul, but just don’t have the time to devote to it. Now with the Redframe design service, an expert web designer will work with you to help you get the most from your site. It’s Easy Share you thoughts and wishes with the designer and let them do the work. It’s Fast Have your site revamped within a week. Stay True to Your Brand Our designers will integrate your logo and marketing material make your website a true extension of your brand. Great Value Your time is valuable. Wouldn’t you rather be taking photographs than redesigning your web site? We originally began the service to help new customers get started with their Redframe site, however it has also proven popular with users that are looking to get the most out of their Redframe experience. This service is perfect for users that want to focus on their photography and not worry about which fonts and colors best express your style and business. The Redframe designers know the system inside out and are comfortable using the CSS editor and other advanced tools to push the boundaries of what you can do with your site design. The design service is $125 and is an optional add on to your Redframe subscription. It is only available in cunjunction with an existing Redframe account. Contact the Support Team (support@redframe.com) for more information about using the service.
  • July 15, 2014

    Jump Start Your Redframe Site

    Let our experts build you a professional Redframe website. Redframe makes building a website easy, but we understand that sometimes getting started can be the hardest part. Our design experts will jump start your website with a professional look and smart content placement to ensure success from the beginning. Once your website has been built, adding and editing content will be simple using the Redframe tools. Plus, you have the Support Team, Help Center, and video tutorials available to help you out if you get stuck. From start to finish, you’re never on your own. Why Redframe websites can be designed and built by anyone. However, if you prefer, you can leave the design and building of your Redframe website up to a dedicated professional designer. We realize that not everyone has the time and inclination to get their Redframe site started. We enjoy building great websites, and know that once the initial site set up is complete, updating and maintaining website is even easier. Our Site Set Up Service removes an obstacle that prevents some photographers and photography businesses from enjoying the perks of having a professional web site. How Does It Work? 1. You purchase a Redframe subscription with the extra Set Up Service option. 2. A dedicated designer will contact you to collect initial information and images. You upload your gallery images to your site. 3. The designer will set up your website with the content you provide. 4. The designer will present the finalized site up for you to review. If necessary, the designer will do one round of revisions based on your feedback. 5. You take over control of updating and maintaining your site. You will have access to our email support service as well as our guides and other support materials. *Note: The Jump...
  • You may be wondering about the security vulnerability called Heartbleed that is affecting many online services this week. We wanted to update you right away on this issue and how it affects Redframe and ifp3. The short answer: We do not use OpenSSL anywhere on our network and we have never been vulnerable to Heartbleed. We are continually revisiting our network security now and in the future to insure that all our clients are safe and that every computer on our network meet high security standards.  Your Redframe website is not affected by the heartbleed bug, because your website does not use SSL. All payments are made through PayPal which is not affected. See here: https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/PayPal-Forward/OpenSSL-Heartbleed-Bug-PayPal-Account-Holders-are-Secure/ba-p/797568#“   A basic overview can be found in the following article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/tech/web/heartbleed-openssl/index.html
  • Your site is finally at the point where you are ready for people to see it – Now what? Reality is, you can have the most beautiful, functional site in the world but, if no one ever sees it, it won’t do you any good. But you’ve gone and set up perfect and extensive Search Engine Optimization, so it will only be a matter of time before Google, Yahoo, and Bing start sending loads of visitors your way right? Nope, not quite. Sure, there is the possibility that will happen, but it’s a slim one. Things will be little different if you are an established business as opposed to a start up venture, but the basic details remain the same. Tell People About Your Site. It seems so obvious because it is, the trick is that you actually need to do it. There is even a fancy term for it – marketing. Let’s look at a few ways you can start doing this with only a little elbow grease. 1. Ask your friends for a favor In its purest sense, marketing is telling people about your business. So start there. If you are already established, tell your existing customers and mailing list, if you are just starting out you can start by telling friends and family and asking them to spread the word. If you haven’t yet, start collecting a contact list of prospective clients and start to contact them on a regular basis. There are many different levels to this and your style preference will depend on what works best for your business, but you should always offer something of value to the person on the receiving end of your outreach. This can range from information that is useful to them to a coupon offering a discount on your...
  • December 30, 2012

    The importance of your text pages in SEO

    This article was originally published in our ifp3 Forum Website pages are one of the most important elements of our websites when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and they should never be overlooked. Meta data, especially meta keywords and meta description (code behind the scenes of our websites) seem to get a lot of attention, but the content of our pages, is equally, if not more important in the world of SEO. Search engines such as Google seem to especially like two things; relevant content and inbound links. Relevant content means that our page text, content of our website, and meta data matches what a potential customer is searching for. Inbound links are links on other websites that lead to our website. The number of inbound links can signify popularity or relevance of our site. RedFrame can’t help with inbound links, but rest assured, RedFrame provides us with all the SEO tools we need to be successful. Before we get into the details, let me use a portion of a previous post of mine in the topic “What online marketing has worked for you?” to put SEO and search engine rankings in perspective: Please note that the numbers below were arrived at in 2011 and are probably much higher now “Let’s start at the top with an example of how hard it is to break into a mid sized market. Use Google and do a search for “Denver Wedding Photographers.” At the time of this post there were 505,000 results. That is over a HALF MILLION!!! (At the same time Google says there are 598,000 residents of Denver, maybe everyone in Denver is a photographer? Not!) A lot of people new to owning a website and entering the online marketplace expect that by having a new website they will...