Terms of Service

Please read these Terms of Service (“Terms”, “Terms of Service”) carefully before using the http://unusuallight.com website (the “Service”) operated by Unusual Light (“us”, “we”, or “our”) formerly known as foliosites (http://foliosites.co.uk).

 

Acceptance of Terms

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

 

By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

 

Accounts

When you create an account with us, you must provide us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our Service.

 

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password, whether your password is with our Service or a third-party service.

 

You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorised use of your account.

 

As the account holder you are also responsible for any additional users on your account.

 

Service

The Unusual Light Service is web-based and allows it’s account holders to upload content to their personal Unusual Light Portfolio Website. The service includes regular backups of account information, email support and email newsletters.  Any fees incurred in connecting to the Unusual Light Portfolio Website through the World Wide Web, including modem connections and access devices are not included in the annual fee.

 

Payment

By Signing up to our service you agree to pay an annual fee to Unusual Light.
The annual fee is subject to change. Upon any changes to the fee you will have 30 days to cancel your recurring subscription and thus your account.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

By Signing up you agree to create a PayPal subscription for annual payments, by cancelling this subscription you agree to cancel your account and the service.

 

Rights to cancellation and termination of service

You are free to cancel your Unusual Light service at any time, you can do so via your control panel, or via contacting Unusual Light. It remains your responsibility to ensure that any payment subscriptions are also terminated from your payment accounts (such as PayPal).

You have a 10 working day guarantee period (starting from your sign up date) where, should you deem the Unusual Light service not to be what you require (for any reason) you are free to request cancellation and receive a full refund of your first subscription fee (which can take up to 2 weeks to process).

It is the users responsibility to inform Unusual Light of their wish to cancel their account and service.

Upon cancellation and termination of service your files and accounts will be deleted but will be kept as part of our back up archives for a maximum of 1 year.

 

Your Content

You agree that you will not:

(a) upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy (up to, but not excluding any address, email, phone number, or any other contact information without the written consent of the owner of such information), hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

(b) harm minors in any way;

(c) impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, an Unusual Light representative or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

(d) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;

(e) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);

(f) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary rights of any party;

(g) upload, post, or transmit unsolicited commercial email or “spam”. This includes unethical marketing, advertising, or any other practice that is in any way connected with “spam”, such as (a) sending mass email to recipients who haven’t requested email from you or with a fake return address, (b) promoting a site with inappropriate links, titles, descriptions, or (c) promoting your site by posting multiple submissions in public forums that are identical;

(h) upload, post or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

(i) interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;

(j) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law,

(k) promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, without limitation, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons or incendiary devices;

(l) offer for sale or sell any item, good or service that (a) violates any applicable federal, state, or local law or regulation, (b) you do not have full power and authority under all relevant laws and regulations to offer and sell, including all necessary licenses and authorizations, or (c) Unusual Light determines, in its sole discretion, is inappropriate for sale through the Service provided by Unusual Light;

(n) solicit passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;

(o) exceed the scope of the Service that you have signed up for; for example, accessing and using the tools that you do not have a right to use, or deleting, adding to, or otherwise changing other peoples comments or content;

If any user is reported to be in violation with the letter or spirit of these terms, Unusual Light retains the right to terminate such account at any time without further warning.

 

Use of your content

By uploading or adding content to your Unusual Light Portfolio Website you agree to grant the following permissions to Unusual Light:

(a)  The right to display your content on the World Wide Web via your chosen sub domain name, any custom domain names you have added and the main Unusual Light website through it’s explore features

(b)  The right to make copies of your work for the purpose of (i) data backups, (ii) resizing images as defined by your settings on your account

(c)  A sublicense which will allow Unusual Lights hosts to make backups of your data where necessary.

(d)  A transfer of these licenses to a third party should Unusual Light ever be sold.

(e) The ability to track visitors analytics data on your website for the sole purpose (i) supplying you with visitor analytic data, (ii) help track error reports and user behaviour across the entire service.

Your Personal Data

By signing up to the service you agree that we will be able to hold the supplied personal data from you until a time which you request us to cease this information. This information will be used for our mailing list, subscription service as well as your account.

This information will not be passed onto a third party without your prior permission.

 

Links To Other Web Sites

Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by Unusual Light.

Unusual Light has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that Unusual Light shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that you visit.

 

Termination

We may terminate or suspend access to our Service immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

We may terminate or suspend your account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

Upon termination, your right to use the Service will immediately cease. If you wish to terminate your account, you may simply discontinue using the Service.

All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

 

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of United Kingdom, without regard to its conflict of law provisions and excluding the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.

 

Changes

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material we will try to provide at least 30 days notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Service.

 

Disclaimer of warranties

You expressly understand and agree that:

(a) your use of the service is at your sole risk. The service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Unusual Light expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.

(b) Unusual Light will make reasonable efforts to maintain the service, however, Unusual Light is not responsible for any damage, loss of data, customer information or vendor data, revenue, or other harm to business arising out of delays, mis-delivery or nondelivery of information, restriction or loss of access, bugs or other errors, unauthorised use due to your sharing of access to the service, or other interaction with the service.

(c) any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

(d) Unusual Light is no responsible for any of your intellectual property or copyrighted material being used without permission from this service or your account.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.

| 13:46 30/06/2014 Comments Off

Where have we been and what have we been doing?

Despite it being a little while since our last post on the blog, we’ve not actually been absent, nor have we been neglecting the platform. Far from it actually.

As well as working daily to help our users and develop new themes and sites for our clients we’ve also been hard at work continuing the development of Unusual Light.

New dashboard:

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Our new dashboard launched yesterday. As well as some fancy charts, graphs and maps the hope is that it will be easier for users to get the information they need from their site at a quick glance. This includes:

Details on blog comments, visitor analytics statistics from the last 30 days, shop sales stats and quick links to create new content.

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We’ll be adding more content to this area as time goes on, and we’re listening to your ideas, so if you have a feature you’d like to see in this area then let us know in the comments.

Images are photographs of live dashboards, not mockups

Interactive photo essays plugin:

Over the past few years there has been an increase on the amount more interactive photo essays to be published and produced by the likes of New York Times (eg: 1, 2, 3).

We’ve seen this demand emerging and started to develop our plugin photo essays plugin in September last year.

Our plugin will allow users to easily create a series of “panes” which can contain, video, text, html, photos or basically any sort of web object you can imagine. Videos can automatically play when they are on the screen and pause when they move off. Each slide can have background sounds attached and be loaded with different sorts of animations, including the “slow animation” which loads a single frame per each mousewheel scroll on the site!

We’re almost ready to go live with this, but before then we’re looking to work with photographers and create some test cases.

We’ll create a blog post in the coming week where people can propose working with us.

 

New Tumblr theme:

We’ve been developing a new tumblr theme for our users over the last half a year.

This theme is highly customisable and will allow users to embed the theme into their Unusual Light theme quickly whilst offering a large variety of layout options which should see it fit extremely well in their site. This tumblr theme will be launched in beta mode early next week.

Watch our blog for more information.

 

New templates:

We’re almost ready to launch two new templates and a brand new presentation slideshow.

The new presentation slideshow will allow users to open their slideshows with a single image, video, text or a series of slideshow and will contain navigation links to allow visitors to easily move to another series of images. More on this next month.

 

General updates and maintenance:

If all of the above wasn’t enough to keep us busy, as always there’s been some updates and maintenance, code tweaks, bug fixes and adjustments to keep our fingers coding away!

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Admin Interface and System Improvements

We’re always trying to make Unusual Light much easier for our users to work with, part of this has recently been redeveloping the admin interface.

We’ve made some new tweaks, introduced a brand new colour scheme and simplified the menus structure no end!

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| 14:22 11/10/2013 No Comments |

Sandbox Mode

Love Unusual Light but want a little more control over your theme? Are you a HTML guru? Well this is definitely for you then!

Our Sandbox mode theme is essentially a blank canvas for you to paint a HTML theme of a picture for your Unusual Light account. Enter your own custom code and use our shortcode and variable system to pull in all your content and get your portfolio presented exactly as you need it to be presented. (more…)

| 09:49 03/10/2013 No Comments |

Bank Holiday Website Deal

It’s a dull bank holiday and we’ve found ourselves a few spare hours so have decided to offer a new members (*1) sign-up deal!

All this week (until 02/09/13) we’ll be offering our basic website build service (*2) for only £180 (including the £60 annual fee for the Unusual Light account).

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| 09:46 26/08/2013 No Comments |

Breakdown


For photographers we have one set fee. £60 per year.

Gold, Platinum and Super? What? For photographer portfolios we don’t have anything like that! What we do have is a single fee per year which is the same for everyone. We believe if you have a big portfolio you shouldn’t have to pay more and if you’re low on cash we don’t want your portfolio to be low on content!
Thats it, noting more or nothing less. And we promise not to advertise our service on your website! If you’d like to mention our service, that’s completely up to you!

We do have a slightly different pricing structure for agencies, collectives, magazines and galleries etc. Please contact us for more information if this sounds like it may be what you want.

 

Here’s what you get.

 

Feature Included
Free Domain Mapping : www.yoursite.com Yes
Unlimited Pages Yes
Unlimited Photo Galleries Yes
Unlimited Images Yes
Unlimited Bandwidth * Yes
Unlimited Disk Space * Yes
Free Sub-Domain (http://yourname.foliosites.co.uk) Yes
Access to multiple gallery presentation templates Yes
Access to free customisable themes Yes
Advanced Customization (CSS Support) Yes
Password Protected Galleries/Pages Yes
Scheduled posting Yes
Google Analytics integration Yes
Website FavIcon Yes
Code maintained by us Yes
Daily Backups by us Yes
Forum support Yes
Email support Yes
Access to a community of photogrpahers Yes
Shopping cart modules Yes
Events management tools Yes
Client Download Tools Yes

* – At present we have no fair usage policy, but reserve the right to introduce one at some point in the future.

 


And not just that!

 
We’re constantly developing new features for the platform and we listen to what our users want to see. If you suggest a feature and we think others would like it too, then we implement it! If it’s something that only you’ll want. Then we can talk about it!

 

But should you even want something more than this, we’re happy to discuss?

 
As well as our standard packages we’re always happy to talk to you about a more custom website or to offer help setting things up (we understand that coding things isn’t a glorious way to spend to everyone), So here’s some of the things we can offer:

100% fully custom theme. For when you want your portfolio to stand out - From £200.
Installation of an existing theme – From £20
Data Migration from your current website – From £100 (alternatively we can freely supply you with the tools to do this yourself)
Help setting up your domain name server – From £10
Self host our system From – £100
Skype or telephone support – £100

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FAQs

FAQ

Where can I see a list of your features?

Well, you have the home page, and then there is a more detailed breakdown of our features and service over here.

Can I use my own domain name?

Of course you can, we give you instructions and assistance in setting this up for you. Or if you need more help we can do it for you for a small fee.

Do I need to pay for hosting?

Not really. We host all of your site on our platform. If you have any other applications or uses for hosting, such as hosting email, then you may still want this. We can however discuss alternatives and see if we can help reduce these costs for you.

Can I use my own domain name?

Of course you can, we give you instructions and assistance in setting this up for you. Or if you need more help we can do it for you for a small fee.

Can I develop whilst my current website is still live?

Of course you can, you can use our free domain in the mean time to be able to start uploading work, testing things out and even getting some clients to take a look and get some feedback (we always recommend client feedback!).

What about email?

At the moment we don’t offer email hosting, just websites. But you can continue to use your existing email hosting if you require it, sign up for a service elsewhere or alternatively use email forwarding to send your email to a free service such as gmail etc.

I use FTP to send clients files, can you offer this service?

In a word. No. But we offer a client download tool where you can send clients links to password protected pages on your site which includes links to your download files. This is fantastic for keeping all your branding there and making it easy for clients to get the files (no need to send over ftp account information, or to explain what FTP is!). If you really wanted to you could use your existing hosting for it.

Do you offer a free trial?

We don’t believe in free trials or test systems, these things are just open to spam and hackery! Instead, what we offer is a no questions asked 7 working day (that’s not 7 days, it’s longer!) no quibble refund policy!
I say no quibble, but if you did want a refund, we’d probably ask why, just to see if we could help you out, or if there was a way we could better our service in the future.

How/Where do I login?

When you signed up to Unusual Light you were been sent an email containing your site details. This informed you of your username, password and login link (this link is basically your domain plus /admin eg: photographersname.com/admin).

How many free themes have you got for me to chose from?

Well, we have a handful of themes, but one of them is extremely customisable and can be used to create an almost limitless amount of different themes, so this is tricky to answer!
We give you the ability to set your site’s colours, fonts (with a choice of over 500 web safe fonts), menu positions, transparencies, loading animations, gallery layouts, layouts for categories, add a drop down menu, upload your logo’s and much more… such as having full CSS control of your site!

Do you offer custom designs?

Of course we do! We have a team of designers who can offer you a quote and speak to you about your wants and needs. You can come to them with no idea at all or even a ready made design you’ve mocked up in photoshop, they’re extremely flexible! Pricing of custom designs are determined by the designer and if you wanted you can even speak to them before signing up.

I have a great idea can you do this…

More than likely the answer is yes! And when users ask us to create new features, most of the time we’ll do it for free if it’s something that will benefit our whole community. If it’s something that’s just for you, that’s cool too and we can sort out a quote for you.

I’m not a photographer, can I use your service?

No, but you should still get in touch. Our platform was created for photographers and people and bodies withing the photographic industry, and them alone.
However, our designers are fantastic and work with many different people and companies. So get in touch and introduce you: info@unusuallight.com.

What was with the name change?

We were never really launched before, but we started using folio sites as a temporary term to describe what we were doing. After a few months went by, we found through their users contacting us, a similarly named service. So we thought we’d change it!

So why name it Unusual Light

Well, we wanted a name that wasn’t limited to just being used for portfolio sites. Unusual Light is that, it’s obscure enough that we can release a book, host a show or create a magazine if we so desired.
In terms of specifically why Unusual Light… well it’s just something that all photographers seemed to be drawn to, we see it and want to photograph it. Plus the domain name wasn’t taken which was a bonus.

Are your sites SEO friendly?

We’re completely SEO friendly. Every site comes with tools to help you tag up and and describe your content to make it easier for search engines robots to read.

Can I host your code on my own server?

Not really, no. One thing we wanted to do with our service, was to take care of all the updating stuff ourselves, we don’t want photographers to have to worry about something going wrong and then having to pay someone to come in and rescue them. We want them to just concentrate on their work.
You can however host your images off of our sites on a CDN service… don’t worry if this sounds scary, if it’s something you want we can talk you through it.

Do you offer analytics and stats?

We have several google analytics tools where you can view the stats right in your dashboard! No need to keep logging into google analytics. We also have wordpress stats available to you through their jetpack plugin.

Do your sites use HTML or FLash?

All our sites are completley HTML and javascript. Whilst flash may be used on some sites through external video players we are firm believers of avoiding using any code which restricts viewers, so flash is out.

How many galleries can I have?

Absolutely. we don’t limit the amount of pages users can have, though we do reserve the right to take each user on a case by case basis… just in case they decide to host 2million galleries or something crazy!

How do you increase loading times?

We help users compress their images down to safe sizes for web, going from 1mb to 100kb in some cases.
All our sites use a caching system to speed up resource hogging scripts and serve smaller less intesive html files. We also offer CDN tools, so if you want extra speed you can sign up to a service and link up your site to get even faster speeds.

How secure are your sites? Can you stop users from downloading my images?

You can never stop users from download or “stealing” your images. If it can be seen it can be photographed! or on a computer it can be screen-grabbed. So I wouldn’t worry about this too much. We can make it a little more difficult though, disabling right clicks through an addon etc.

Can I have password protected galleries?

yep, we have these! you create a gallery, set it to password protected, give it a password and then you can share it with your clients, friends and family to your hearts content.

Are your sites viewable on iPhones/iPads and Android Tablets/Phones

As we use HTML and ensure the code is clean, sites should work well on all browsers, including mobiles and tablets.

Can I customise my homepage:

Yep, you can chose to have the homepage be any type of gallery in our system like these, or a static image, or text, or a list of all the posts on the site, a series of images etc.

Can I have a logo image?

Our themes allows you to easily upload a logo image (this is our default theme and very customisable).

Can I have a newsletter sign up

We don’t offer this service at the moment, but you can sign up to any service out there such as mailchimp (who we love) and grab their signup code for and paste it into the widget area or a page for it to appear on the site!

Can I have intro text or a description for my gallery

You can have as many text slides throughout the galleries as you need. this includes using HTML which can include embedded videos.

Can I have long captions for my images

Of course you can, just chose a gallery template that has captions!

Can I have some social networking share buttons

We have a few different addons that have a few different styles for this! Addthis is one of our favorites as it gives you stats on who is sharing your work and how many people are clicking on it… which is pretty cool.

I need a guide to do such and such?

Whilst we’re still building some of our guides and making things super easy to do we’re happy to receive emails asking about things, so just drop us a line. We also have a wiki which we’re working on, so be sure to check that out too and even contribute if you want.

How does the explore feature work?

We have a few team members who browse all the posts on the network and then if they see something they like they feature it in the explore area. All links here go straight to the photographers site to give them all the exposure in their own space.

I was featured in explore but now it’s gone

Don’t worry about this, it could be that you edited your work after it was explore. This takes it out of the explore area so we can ensure that no one is using it for evil deeds.

What’s the best way to prepare my images?

Best thing to do is export them at a size you want them at. We tell people to aim for around 1000px on the longest edge and to use save for web with a compression of around 79%. But every image is different and some may be able to be compressed more and others less. Best thing to do is aim for around 150-200kb per image by dragging the compression way down until the image looks horrid, and then drag it back up till it looks good.

Do you backup our data?

Yes indeed we do. We have daily backups in process at the moment, but we also give you the tools to export all your site’s data should you need to and we recommend that you do this from time to time.

How can I join your referral program?

Best thing to do is get in touch with us. Send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we have a minute.

Where can I find out more information on your Photographers Development Fund?

You can find more information about our fund over here

| 19:51 20/11/2012 No Comments |

Now you can import content from indexhibit

Over the years we’ve made many websites on the indexhibit platform and it served us well. But after years without updates and becoming bored of having to write hacks to deal with things you’d expect it to do naturally we started looking elsewhere, when the brief suited.

Indexhibit was a great platform and still is for many people, but should you want to move on to a new path which better suits you’re online activity, until now, all of that lovely content you created on indexhibit was locked into it.
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| 16:18 26/03/2012 No Comments |