- Mar 28, 2012
Interesting.Frodo said:ethanz said:cayenne said:Just curious about the seemingly negative reactions to anything SmugMug....
Can someone give me some insight to potential negative things about SmugMug?
I've been considering setting up a commercial site through them to see if I can sell some images/wall art.
I'd not heard anything negative about them before, and while researching between SmugMug and Zenfolio, I'd just about decided on SmugMug for features, etc.
Anyway, I'd be interested in why many of you pros seem to be feeling a bit negative towards SmugMug. Is it service? Price? Policies?
Thanks in advance,
I'm curious about the same thing. I've had a great experience with Smugmug. Their features are great.
When considering a business website, I first had a play with WordPress, but quickly found this limiting. Then I did a review of most of the paid sites, including Zenfolio, SmugMug and Squarespace. I did not try any of these sites hands-on as this is a lot of work, but read quite a number of reviews. One thing about SmugMug is the name. "Mug" in New Zealand at least is slang for "face", so I did not want potential clients to associate me with a website for smug people.
In the end I went with Squarespace, which seems to provide everything I need (online sales were not a requirement) and it appears that I can post albums (galleries) of personal photos and also for clients (password protected). I would value thoughts of thos who have used Squarespace for the latter function.
I have my domain already purchased that I want to market under, and plan to basically replace the SmugMug branding with my own name.....
As I understand it, the only place smugmug will show up, is the final shopping cart.....although I have heard rumblings that with some CSS manipulations, you can get rid of that there too.....
So, anyway, my plan with SmugMug or any other hosting site, would be to put my own domain and branding on there anyway......