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Michael R. Soluri is a New York City based fine art documentary photographer, speaker and author of Infinite Worlds: the People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster). His work is widely published, exhibited and in permanent collections. He also has made presentation at a number of national museums and NASA related venues. Michael’s photography has appeared in numerous American, European, and Brazilian print and online publications like WIRED, Smithsonian Magazine, New Scientist, New York Times, Time, Discover, Air & Space, NPR, Family Circle, Mother Earth News, Wired UK, Grazia, Amica, Vogue Brasil and Claudia. To see more of Michael’s work, visit his liveBooks8 website: www.michaelsoluri.com

New Horizons space craft in high bay at NASA GSFC, June 2005

New Horizons space craft in high bay at NASA GSFC, June 2005

Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

MS: Visual, elegant, graphic.

Q: How often do you typically update your website?

MS: I seek consistency in my visual branding. As a result, there is not any set time. I typically update when I feel a need to revise gallery images, copy text, or make new additions to my Media.

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2:01 PM GMT May 11, 2009 … moon in first quarter

Q: How do you choose the photos you display on your homepage?

MS: Because my website is custom-designed, I use only one photograph. As a result, it is a challenging communication process based on an essential question that I explore from the user point-of-view: What the visual essence of what I do?

Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?

MS: Personal control over the design specifications, aesthetics, and gallery elements of my site.

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer someone designing their website?

MS: Patience. It’s a learning curve. Be prepared for a creative journey in designing and implementing every aspect of your site.

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Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

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liveBooks is happy to announce that clients are now able to proceed with checkout with our built-in billing management tool. Choosing your payment plan/package and finalizing your payment details has never been easier. Below you will find a detailed step-by-step tutorial that will get you on your way to publishing your site without a hassle!

 Paying for your Subscription

  1. Select the Active Site in the navigation bar
  2. Select Account

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3. Select Trial Sites under the Manage Account header

4. Select Buy next to a Trial site you want to pay for

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5. Select a Subscription

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6. Input payment information

7. Submit your payment


FAQ

Q: Does my paid subscription automatically renew?

A: Yes, it does. All paid subscriptions will renew automatically on both the monthly and annual subscription levels. In order to stop your subscription from automatically renewing into a new bill cycle, we recommend that you cancel your subscription before the month or year ends.

Q: How do I know when my subscription renews?

A: You can find the exact renewal date of your annual or monthly subscription in your account panel:

  1. Select the Active Site in the Dashboard navigation bar
  2. Select the Account button
  3. Select Subscriptions under the Manage Account header
  4. The renewal date is located under each active subscription, it will show you this: “Service through XX/XX/XXXX”

Have more questions? Contact us at help@livebooks.com!

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Stephen Gosling is an English Wedding Photographer based in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a B.A. in Documentary and Fine Art Photography. To see more of Stephen’s work, visit his liveBooks8 website: www.goslingphotography.com.

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Hi there, I’m Stephen and I’ve been shooting weddings in Washington, D.C. since 2007. I shoot 10-12 weddings per year for my ideal clients; fun couples who want to relax on their wedding day. I got started in photography when I bought a camera to take with me to Spain when I was 16. I was very interested in landscapes and nature photography at the time but that evolved into an interest in shooting people.

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Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

SG: Relaxed, authentic, un-structured.

Q: How often do you typically update your website?

SG: Every 6ish months.

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Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

SG: When I’m editing weddings and I come across an image I just know I want it on the homepage. I put those images in a folder on my desktop.

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Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?

SG: I’ve always loved the SEO featured with liveBooks from the very beginning. And the SEO tools are still great!

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Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

SG: Don’t skimp. A professionally designed website with exceptional back-end features is worth its weight in gold.

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Have a website you’d like us to feature? Email us at social@livebooks.com.

April 18th, 2017

Spring Cleaning | Tuesday’s Tip

Posted by liveBooks

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Spring is officially here – the time of year where we can start putting away our winter coats and boots and get excited for warm weather, sunshine, and being outside. Spring is also the time of year that allows us to take inventory of the old, polish it up, sweep it out, and dust it off. This same concept of “spring cleaning”  should apply to your business as well – and most importantly your website. When was the last time you really did an overhaul of your site? If it’s been awhile, now is the perfect time and we’ve compiled a list of things to focus on first to get you started!

Content Clean-Up

Make a conscious effort to do a truly comprehensive content clean up. This can range from something as simple as going through your portfolios and galleries and deleting older photos, adding new work, or moving images around, to actually digging in to your analytics and seeing which pages get the least amount of traffic and editing from there. Website design trends are moving toward cleaner, simplistic, and clutter-free – so really evaluate whether each page of your website is absolutely necessary and providing value to your audience.

Update Your Events Page

One of the things we see all too often is event pages that are far outdated – even by a few years. Take the opportunity to make sure your website is updated with your upcoming workshops, speaking engagements, photo expeditions, or any other important events you’re partaking in. Nothing looks more unprofessional than inaccurate information on your website – plus, this will be a great way to promote the events you care about and hopefully garner more attendees.

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Calls to Action

One thing we’ve often noticed that’s missing from photography websites are clear calls to action. While most of the focus should be on your imagery, you also want to make sure you’re telling your audience what you want them to do. Whether that’s booking you for a job, project, ad campaign, or even buying prints, tell them what you’d like them to do and make it easy for them to do it. Having a button on your pages can be an ideal way to lead customers to your end-goal: contacting you!

Update Your Contact Information

If you’ve recently moved your studio or changed your contact phone number, it may be time to look over your contact page. Is your new contact information up-to-date? It can become easy to overlook this simple step, but doing so may cause you to lose a great deal of clients!

Also, try to have your contact information readily available in multiple locations on your website. Customers don’t want to search through countless pages to find your phone number or address. Remember – adding a map to your pages can be an ideal way to attract new customers!

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 SEO Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) should be something you focus on all year ’round, but if it’s not your strong suit definitely take the opportunity now to pay extra attention. If your goal is to increase traffic to your website (which we think it should be!) then make sure your keywords, tags, descriptions, titles, and content on your pages are working for your business. If you’re not ranking as high with search engines as you’d like, it might be time to overhaul your old SEO tactics and start fresh with these tips!

Experiment With New Website Designs

We know that completely changing your website design is a huge undertaking – but small, subtle changes can be made to create a fresh new look without all the stress of a total re-design. Switch up the images on your homepage. Change the names/titles of your portfolios. Add a new page – such as a blog – to your website. All of these changes will keep your website up to date, as well as give returning clients new things to look at and explore.

Want to explore other design templates? Take a look at all of our responsive templates now to begin!

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What “spring cleaning” are you conducting on your website? Email us!

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If you are currently have a storefront with WeddingWire and have received three (3) or more client reviews, you are eligible to place the WeddingWire Rated logo on your website! Learn how you can begin with our simple tutorial below:

  1. Log in to your WeddingWire account
  2. Click ‘Showcase Reviews‘ under the ‘Reviews‘ tab
  3. If you are eligible, you will see the WeddingWire Rated badge under the ‘WeddingWire Rated‘ heading
  4. Click the ‘Get the Code‘ button
  5. Copy the HTML code
  6. Open your liveBooks dashboard
  7. Click Content
  8. Click on the page you wish to add your ‘WeddingWire Rated’ logo
  9. Click the green ‘+‘ icon to add a content block to the desired page

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10. Highlight and click the ‘HTML‘ content block

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11. Paste the HTML code you copied from your WeddingWire account into the HTML box.
*For more information on how to use this content block, click here.

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12. Save and publish!

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The liveBooks8 website editor allows you to create a custom navigation bar that fits your website’s specific needs. Whether this includes a drop-down menu that organizes your portfolio galleries, the use of social media icons, or the use of links and buttons, you’ll be able to customize every aspect of the navigation bar. Check out the video tutorial below to get started!

Is there a new liveBooks8 feature that you are excited to learn more about? Let us know at social@livebooks.com!

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The process of uploading images to your liveBooks8 website doesn’t have to be a daunting one! With some planning and organizing, your images and portfolio galleries will begin to take shape before you know it. From recommended image sizes to uploading your images in order to create image galleries, this tutorial will help get your galleries on their way to perfection!

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The liveBooks team would like to wish you a Happy New Years. We know that with the beginning of a fresh new year, many people get wrapped up in new projects and goals. Why not make one of them cleaning up your website? Here are a few tips that will help get your website ready for a new year with a fresh start!

  1. Update your image gallery

Sometimes you get caught up with work, whether it’s at photoshoots, editing images, creating editorials, and forget to update your website with the new images you’ve created. Updating your images is an important part of showcasing your work. This is especially important for your homepage. Now is a great time to look at your recent jobs and see which images would be best to showcase.

2. Check your links

It’s important to check your external and internal links continuously throughout the year. Links that don’t lead your audience anywhere create a poor user experience. They are less likely to go back to your website once this happens. It is especially important to check external links as other websites may change page names, website URLs, etc. Internal links are equally as important but are under your control. Check these every time you change a page name within your website.

3. Optimize your SEO 

SEO is one of the most important aspects of your website! The liveBooks8 platform allows you to control SEO on a page/photo level as well as as on a site-wide level. It’s important that all of your SEO tags, descriptions and titles be up-to-date. Now is a great moment to look over these parts of your website. Still need some help understanding what SEO is and how you can optimize it on your website? Read our SEO Everything article!

4. Remove any outdated information from your pages

As a new year begins, it brings the opportunity to showcase new works and events that you would like your clients to see and attend. Potential clients interested in attending your events and conferences could be lost if they see that you have not updated information for the 2017 year.

5. Update your website’s copyright footer

Your website’s copyright year will not automatically update. Make sure that if you have a copyright on your website, to change the year from 2016 to 2017! This is especially important in the footer – the place where most people forget to look through.

These simple tips will make your website look both cleaner and more professional. As the new year begins, make sure to set aside some time to complete these tasks. They will make your website look both more professional and will help attract the right clients in 2017.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be one of the most important features that your website can have. This feature encompassed the technical requirements needed to improve your website’s rankings, drive organic traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. liveBooks is proud to boast that our built-in SEO tool offers our clients the ability to customize their SEO settings on a photo, page, and site-wide level.  Additionally, all liveBooks8 sites automatically include micro date that search engines, web crawlers, and browsers can extract and process to provide a richer browsing experience for users.

Learn how to start utilizing our SEO Everything™ tools with our quick tutorial below.

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Have you been paying attention to how your website’s search engine mobile performance results have been doing? If you haven’t, it’s time to start now! Google has now announce that it will create a mobile index separate from its existing search engine. Due to the fact that over half of Google searches are now being made through mobile devices, it was only a matter of time before Google took actions to improve its users’ experience.

Google plans to create two separate web indexes – one dedicated to mobile pages and another to desktop pages. Mobile versions of the pages will be prioritized on its search results page. A desktop version will be displayed if the website has no mobile pages available.

What Does This Mean to Your Website?

Google will now place value on mobile pages when indexing a site and determining its position on search results. Once Google sets the change in motion, websites that do not have mobile-friendly designs will likely see significantly reduced search engine traffic.

If you host your mobile content on a separate subdomain, this could cause some problems for your search engine results. This is to say that if, for example, a mobile user attempted to access “yourcompany.com” on a mobile phone, they might see the URL displayed as “mobile.yourcompany.com”. If this is the case for your website, it may be time to revise the content you display on the mobile website. Google will be prioritizing the content on that subdomain rather than your desktop version.

Testing Your Website

You can now test how your mobile website is seen by Google’s web crawlers! Visit Google’s test for mobile friendliness to find out how your website performs. You will enter your website’s URL and click the “Analyze” button. If you’re website is seen as mobile-friendly, a green message will display letting you know.

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liveBooks is Ready for Google’s Mobile Index. Are you?

liveBooks is ready for this change in search engine indexing! We are proud to say that all liveBooks websites are fully-responsive. Regardless of screen size, your website will adjust its width and features such as text and images to optimize its mobile visibility.

If you haven’t started using liveBooks yet, start your free trial and begin creating your beautiful, fully-responsive website today!

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