When comparing Photoshelter vs Shutterfly, the Slant community recommends Shutterfly for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud photo storage and portfolio services?” Shutterfly is ranked 7th while Photoshelter is ranked 9th.
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Pro In-depth commerce options
PS allows selling prints, products, downloads, and licenses. It's possible to set up multiple pricing options, adjust markup based on region or usage rights, integrate with third party vendors. Transaction fee changes based on pricing tier. Starter fee is 30%, Basic, Sandart and Pro fees are 10%, 9% and 8% respectively.
Pro Provides valuable information to Photographers
PhotoShelter creates publishes guides, market research, interviews, free photography and inspirational content in both text and video.
Pro Used by a lot of sports teams for free photo gathering
Con Limited data storage
While most other services offer unlimited storage for all plans, Photoshelter chooses to limit storage for all plans.
Con Limited selection of templates
Has only 12 responsive templates to choose from and 24 templates in total.
Con Poor SEO
Con Custom domain name only available for frontpage
Con Hard to download photos
Downloads are limited to single photos, not full albums.
Con No Lightroom integration
Shutterfly apparently has or had an API for uploading photos, but the only Lightroom plugin to do so is outdated and crashes while trying to upload.
Con Poor site design
There are multiple "silos" in the site with different user interfaces for the same function, and with different bugs in each. For instance, trying to import from Flickr the support person had me navigate to the Flickr connection UI via Create Photo Book (which actually worked, but didn't give me an easy way for others to draw from my Flickr-hosted photos), because the "Connect to Flickr" function in the main upload screen was broken. Albums in "My Photos" have drastically different capabilities compared to albums in "Shared Sites". This leads to confusion and completely unhelpful support/help documentation.