Earlier this fall you heard about how we’re renewing our commitment to PhotoShelter. A key component of that commitment is building out a team dedicated solely to improving, expanding and evolving the PhotoShelter product in new, exciting ways.
In an effort to ensure we’re updating and producing the features our members want most, we sent around a survey a few weeks back to collect your feedback and opinions. A whopping 2,175 PhotoShelter members took the time to answer our survey questions and we can’t thank you enough. Your input has been invaluable to us as we build the PhotoShelter product roadmap for 2019 and 2020. In the spirit of transparency, you’ll see the details of our roadmap below, and I’m committed to updating this list regularly so you can keep track of our progress.
We’re currently busy building our development team in Guadalajara to supplement our team in New York City and are already off to a great start. We have been aggressively hiring and ramping up the team with new, amazing web engineers, mobile developers and a designer, and their work is already making an impact. Our hiring plan for 2019 is 50% complete.
In our survey, we asked you to tell us what you’d like us to work on next. The results (shown in the chart below) clearly indicate that our members want more choices when it comes to website design templates, and we plan to fulfill that request. New designs start with research, mockups, and user testing. We’ve started this process already and plan to have functional designs in place in early 2020. We’ll be asking for member feedback prior to integrating them into PhotoShelter. Please let us know in the comments or by emailing our support team if you would like to be an early tester.
In the meantime, we are improving the search engine optimization of all existing websites using the recommendations we received from our expert SEO consultants. These improvements will come in phases, as outlined below.
In addition, I’m happy to say that an “anonymous download” capability is about to be released, a highly-requested new feature. This means you’ll be able to deliver images to your most trusted clients without requiring them to sign up for an account or use a password. Just send out a gallery link and anyone can download the images. The work was completed in development and is now going through our Quality Assurance (QA) process.
Other improvements scheduled for 2019 include:
- A shopping cart that’s visible on all mobile devices
- Keeping your own domain name on all pages of your website
- FileFlow app for Android
- Responsive design adjustments on all existing templates
Improvements we have scheduled for 2020 include:
- Overhaul client galleries with a modern, user-friendly interface
- 6 new website templates with advanced customization options
- A flawless mobile shopping cart experience
- Support for video files
- FileFlow app support for password-only galleries and anonymous downloads
In the interest of transparency and open communication, I’ve decided to share this detailed view of what’s coming for PhotoShelter. With all roadmaps and time estimates, I like to give the very real disclaimer that software development can be a journey with unexpected twists and turns. Based on what we learn from you as we continue down this path, we may choose to deliver more detailed feature work, or reorder priority. As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to share your opinion in the comments below or with our support team.
You will be hearing a lot from me in the future and I plan to keep you updated with our progress along the way.
— Grover Sanschagrin
(Co-founder and General Manager, PhotoShelter)
Two-factor Authentication for Photographer Admin area
Status: Complete (10/30/19)
Description: Users can elect to have an additional layer of protection added to the website image browser administration area of a PhotoShelter account. (This does not apply to image gallery invites.)
Status: Complete (11/5/19)
Description: Support added for image download within galleries for users without an account, or a password.
SEO Improvements (Part 1)
Status: Complete (11/14/19)
Description: Updates to image ALT tags; use of H1 tags; use of title tags for 2 templates (Marquee and Element)
Mobile App Update (iOS)
Status: Complete (11/15/19)
Description: Update the PhotoShelter mobile app so that it is fully compliant with the iOS 13 operating system.
SEO Improvements (Part 2)
Status: Complete (12/05/19)
Description: Updates to image ALT tags; use of H1 tags; use of title tags for 3 templates (Shuffle, Promenade, and Sonnet)
Mobile App Update (Android)
Status: Complete (12/10/19)
Description: Update the PhotoShelter mobile app so that it is fully compliant with the Android 10 operating system.
Shopping Cart – Mobile Friendly
Status: Complete (1/23/20)
Description: Ensure that the shopping cart is visible and fully functional on all mobile devices.
Custom Pages Fixes
Status: Complete (2/28/20)
Description: Fix the issue where page title and descriptions are not correctly updating when more than than 1 custom pages are present. (This is an SEO-enhancing fix.)
SEO Improvements (Part 3)
Description: Updates to image ALT tags; use of H1 tags; use of title tags for 4 templates (Downtown, Pivot, East, and Horizon). Improve support for the GoogleBot indexer for website pages and compliance with Google Images. (Also includes compliance with the upcoming Google Image Licensing program.)
FileFlow for Android
Description: Release of our new mobile download app for Android devices.
SEO Improvements (Part 4)
Description: Fully qualified links within portfolio websites (all templates)
Existing Template Updates (Part 1)
Description: Improve responsiveness and address support tickets (if any) for 4 templates (Marquee, Element, Shuffle and Promenade.) This includes support for full screen images on mobile devices.
Existing Template Updates (Part 2)
Description: Improve responsiveness and address support tickets (if any) for 5 templates (Sonnet, Downtown, Pivot, East, and Horizon.) This includes support for full screen images on mobile devices.
New Website Templates (Design & User Testing)
Description: Design and user testing of new templates is complete. New templates and supporting system is now in active development.
SEO Improvements (BONUS!)
Description: Support for the new Google Images Licensing program by embedding 2 new IPTC fields (Web Statement of Rights; and Licensor URL) into the images if they are present. Build a special page so the Google Bot can quickly index all of the relevant information.
SEO Improvements (Part 5)
Status: In QA
Description: Removal of the switchover to the PhotoShelter.com domain name. Preserve custom domain name on all pages of the website.
New Website Templates
Status: In Progress
Description: Make 6 new website templates available with more customization options in each. (Goal: Initial functional product available in late August.)
Status: In Progress
Description: Overhaul client galleries with a modern, user-friendly interface.
New Shopping Cart
Description: Rebuild the shopping cart entirely, with a responsive design that works with the new website templates.
Description: Add support for video files in a PhotoShelter photographer’s account.
FileFlow: Deep Linking & Magic Links
Description: Will allow use of our mobile downloader app without an account. Will support password-only and anonymous downloads
List Updated: May 13, 2020
Cover image by PhotoShelter member Sophie Carr