News from Zenfolio

January 20, 2016

Triggered Emails, CVV Changes, Inline Keyword Editing and More!

Thank you for your lively feedback and input on how Zenfolio evolves. In response to your requests, we are thrilled to announce our latest features that will make you look better and make more money.

We’re eager to tell you more about these innovations and our future plans in our second Town Hall Meeting led by the Zenfolio Executive Team. Attendance is limited to 1000 so be sure to register in advance.

Triggered Emails

Triggered Emails

Improve client engagement with the new Triggered Emails system. You can now send a scheduled series of emails automatically when your clients trigger certain events, like creating an account, sharing a favorite set, or making a purchase. Create custom email templates with content of your choice (think discounts, purchase reminders, etc.) and choose whether to add a time delay or send immediately to further customize what communication your clients receive.

Set up personalized email schedules by going to Visitors > Email Communications, then sit back and enjoy the improved communication with your clients.

Customize Visitor View Updates

Customize Visitor View

Customizing visitor view has a brand new look. Your site menu editor is prominently displayed on the left side of the screen - make edits, add menus, and reorganize without extra clicks. Collapse the site menu and website settings for a larger preview area. We’ve also consolidated settings to make it easier to navigate - site-wide options are located below the site menu editor, and any page-specific options are controlled in the top horizontal toolbar.

Simplified selection of updated preset and themes will make it easy to refresh your site for the new year. Attend our free webinar on Designing Your Site for Success to make a site your visitors will love.

Inline Toolbox Editing

Editing a series of keywords and captions for photos is streamlined with a new editing workflow. While viewing large photos you can also add keywords, title, caption, and categories inline. Make use of keyboard shortcuts to go even faster: tab goes to the next field, Enter will save, and arrow keys move to the next or previous photo.

Gallery Sort Order

By popular demand, the default sort order for new galleries is by filename, and after uploading to a gallery the sort order will be re-applied. For those preferring custom sorting, the order can still be manually adjusted after the gallery is uploaded.

50 New Free Songs from Triple Scoop Music

Triple Scoop Music

All accounts have access to 50 new songs from Triple Scoop Music absolutely free. Enhance your homepage or client’s slideshow experience with the perfect soundtrack for any occasion.

User Agreement

Any website that collects personal data is required by law to have a Privacy Policy. A ‘Terms and Conditions’ section is also strongly recommended. To keep our photographers covered, all sites now include a combined User Agreement/Privacy Policy that visitors can access from the bottom of any page. Among other things the agreement covers intellectual property, copyright, and how personal information is stored and protected. We have tried to make the link as unobtrusive as possible so it’s there when needed but does not distract from your photography.

Along with the User Agreement there is also a new ‘Powered By Zenfolio’ notice (optional for selling accounts) in the lower section, which helps deflect most legal responsibilities from the photographer to Zenfolio. The link includes your referral code so you’ll earn credit for anyone who signs up for Zenfolio via the link on your site.

Slideshow Support for Mobile

We’re making big changes to our gallery slideshows behind the scenes, and the first step is an enhanced slideshow experience for browsers that do not support Flash - this includes mobile devices and tablets. Watch for a number of additional improvements as we phase out Flash slideshows altogether, including HTML5 audio coming soon.

Favorites Updates in Edit View

It’s easier to communicate with your clients about their favorites sets now that all of their contact information and order history is just a click away. Use your custom email templates directly from the Shared Favorites Set page, just click the Gear Icon next to a favorites set, and select Email.

Default Shipping Method

During checkout the shipping method will generally default to the least expensive option, better matching client expectations. Some exceptions to this rule will include very fragile or bulky items.

Simplified Sign Up

New photographers signing up with Zenfolio will benefit from a streamlined setup process. Select a design, upload portfolio photos and fill in SEO details, and in just a few minutes you’ll have a professional site ready to share. It has never been easier to get started - tell your friends and be sure to use your referral code.

Updated Presets

Our website presets have all received a refresh to their fonts and colors. In addition to the styling update, we’ve paired down the selection to the best designs we have available. Check out the new Presets by going to Customize Visitor View > Site Presets on the left side of the screen.

Platform Improvements

Search Infrastructure

Our search architecture has been completely overhauled, leveraging multiple dedicated search databases configured specifically for the task. Searches are now faster, more comprehensive and the groundwork has been laid for future search enhancements. Stay tuned!

Hardware Upgrade

We successfully completed a major platform upgrade project in December, upgrading and expanding the primary system databases. We are happy to report improved database performance and expanded redundancy, resulting in a faster experience for you and your clients. An added benefit is removing the need for downtime when we release new features!


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