Thursday, August 16, 2007

When is good enough.... good enough?

This is a question that we struggle with all the time. Being passionate about what we do pushes us to constantly try to improve upon our unique system.

Because of this since my last post, we have added some great new features to our already impressive list of services (view list).

Built in FREE shopping cart. Ok, pet peeve for me. When you say something is free or included... it should be just that. If you are looking into other portfolio website services out there do you homework. Many claim to have a free shopping cart but charge hundreds of dollars to set it up. In June, added a free, customizable 250 product shopping cart to the standard list of features included with every site.

As with the rest of our site building, users can customize the look of their shopping cart with just a few clicks of their mouse. Add an unlimited number of products to a specific image. Users can showcase up to 250 different images at a time. Best of all the entire system is designed to work right out of the box with Google's new merchant account system. For those of you who already have a merchant account or want to fill orders themselves, not a problem, just set the system up to send the information directly to you.

July brought integrated website search engine optimization to every IVWebsites. Now the mysteries of how to code your site to get good search engine placement is eliminated. Follow our simple directions while answering a few questions about your site and what it is about and the system will automatically take that data and generate the code needed to embed the content into every page of your site so that search engines have what they need to index you.

Also introduced in July was our full-screen portfolio slide show. Now visitors to IVWebsites can click and experience a full-screen transitioning slide show of artists portfolio images. Best part is that users can pause the show and zoom in to see details of any image they like.

August. When it comes to the web - fresh content is king. IVWebsites is now making this easier for artists with our rotating image library. Websites can now feature an image that users set to change: every time the page is loaded, once a day, once a week, or once a month. Users select the rotation schedule and load up to 12 images at a time to their rotation library. Oh, ya... almost forgot... it's all included in our standard price.

September..... who knows what September will bring. Actually, I don't know... my programmers won't tell me till it's done. They don't want to spoil the surprise.

Anyway, guess we'll see in September. For those of you still looking for a source for a online portfolio website builder, check out and you won't be disappointed. Some of you have called and questioned if it is actually true that you get everything we say you get at the price we say. It is. There is no better, more flexible, more feature rich service out there.