Zenfolio's useless blog feature

Good news... photographers using Zenfolio can create a blog on the Zenfolio site and tie it directly to their Zenfolio galleries!
Bad news... it has fewer features than a Twitter post.

Okay, that may be overstating the problem a bit, but the point is there. The Zenfolio blog is so limited in its customization that I've found myself simply not using it anymore. Compared to popular blog sites like Wordpress and Blogger, the Zenfolio blog is nothing more than a notepad.

This seems like such a big whiff from Zenfolio. Such a good site dedicated to photography and photographers, but such a waste of a blog feature.

I've written Zenfolio about this before, and have seen comments on the community about it, but I have to ask... How is it that one of the leading photography website services comes complete with lab selection, a shopping cart and deep customization, yet neglects one of the most important things about being a photographer... connecting with your audience? It's quite embarrassing, actually.

I guess I'm past the point of complaining about it (since Zenfolio rarely does anything its customers suggest). I just want to know how something this important can be so neglected.

Comments

  • I am having so many issues with the Blog that I think I will switch to something else for Blogging.
  • I HATE the blog! So many issues! I wish I could offer something other than a complaint, but it's just bad. Period.
  • I have no real problems with using it but its just so limited, I also get decent numbers of views on my blog and no ability to put Adsense on my blog pages. Plus a huge concern with the actual SEO that gets "done for us" by Zen is leading me to do research today about moving my blog (which of course I can't even export and will be forced to copy/paste).
    As I'm looking it seems Wordpress is my best bet for the blog and the more I think about it if I start a Wordpress site then I will just move everything over to my own hosted site. Unfortunately I have 2 large Zen sites and its going to be a ton of work with thousands of photos as well as hundreds of blog posts but I am not feeling like investing more time in growing my site if I'm just going to be limited on my growth by my website provider.
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