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    Posted: 03 April 2016 at 15:13
I am ready to take my portraiture to the next level. As in, I want people to find me and call me when they want portraits. With these two being the two big players, I checked them both out. I am leaning towards Smugmug simply because the costs are a bit easier to escalate. The stages seem to be nicely increasing. As for design, I have a friend who has done web and graphic art design for 15 years now and is going to do it for free (very good friend, he offered, as asking seems as bad as my friends who ask me to photograph them for free). He doesn't care which one I choose. I will set up my own domain and then allow them to do printing through the host's options. I do like the options Smugmug offers.

So then, what do you like and dislike about your experiences?
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I've used Smugmug for about a year now, and although I have it set up to do "sales", that's not really the main reason I have it.(I'd be thrilled to just cover the annual cost of SM) I like the ease of setting up the page, and the ease of uploading from LR. I had an issue after updating the plugin once, but had some great customer service to correct the problem within a few emails back and forth.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2016 at 22:24
Honestly...

When I started years ago (so experience may no longer be comparable) Zenfolio was a little easier for a novice like me to set up.

And I thought the name was cooler...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thornburg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2016 at 17:20
Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

Honestly...

When I started years ago (so experience may no longer be comparable) Zenfolio was a little easier for a novice like me to set up.

And I thought the name was cooler...




That's my one complaint about Smugmug. Who came up with the name? It's awful.

I use and like Smugmug, but I don't currently do any sales through it.
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I find zenfolio very good and as stated above, it was very easy to setup and their support has been very good too in my experience. If you do decide to go with zenfolio, if you use my referral code you'll get a discount: RSY-UV7-H2G http://www.zenfolio.com/?refcode=RSY-UV7-H2G (and so do I )

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2016 at 22:18
Ahoy!

Do you know RedBubble? You can make up a website with them (free) and post your images along with your prices and products that can be bought from a standard photo to clothing and everything else in-between.

Click my RedBubble sig link and you can see how it might look. It's ideal for commercial purposes and there are a variety of payment options for buyers to choose from and apart from say a 6x4" photo, buyers can buy for framed images, canvasses, laminates etc etc. As for pricing, try a 200% mark-up. also, you can add a free watermark on all your images which is selectable as part of the viewing settings.

Apart from the commercial side of things, group admins also have monthly competitions and monthly favourites and is sort of like Flickr in some ways, but as it won't cost you a dime, it would be silly not to at least open an account and dabble with the options and see what you end up with.

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I'm a SmugMugger for life. It might cost a bit more, but you really do get what you pay for and then some. I know nothing about web design yet I was able to make something that looked top-notch.
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Im using zenfolio - it tended to suit me best for what I wanted (large galleries of images, with seperate pricing etc)

No issues with speed, and payment via paypal is fast and easy.
At the time Smugmug didnt appear to have any Australian printers whereby Zenfolio did so that swayed me a bit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2017 at 09:33
Honestly, when I compared (many years ago) they seemed to be very similar. What tilted me to zenfolio was mostly the name. Smugmug was an odd name.

No problem with using zenfolio since. It's a lot of nice shopping options
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