SmugMug

User Rating
  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos
Score
8.2
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
80+

Image Hosting

This service is extremely valuable for my blogging. I self-host my WordPress blog but (almost) every image on my blog is hosted on the SmugMug site builder server. It makes my blog much faster, reduces server load and makes the process of backing up painless because photos represent 90% of my blog size.

On top of everything, it saves me an enormous amount of time on image resizing.

Let me explain.

When I upload images to SmugMug at full resolution, the SmugMug platform generates all possible sizes and crops for every image. I grab the link to the appropriate image size and post it to my blog. No more manual Photoshop image resizing is required.

SmugMug Lightroom Plugin

As you may know, Lightroom is the centerpiece of my photography workflow. It starts with Lightroom when I import photos from SD cards after the photoshoot and it ends with Lightroom when I finish processing photos and save full size JPEGs back to the Lightroom catalog.

This is where the SmugMug Lightroom plugin comes in play.

After I am done with all of my keywording, metadating, GPS tagging in Lightroom, the SmugMug plugin synchronizes all images and corresponding data with my SmugMug account. This means that I do not have to do any manual file transfers and data entry on SmugMug. It also means that every photo in my portfolio is safely backed up and available to me at full resolution at any time.

Galleries

I use Galleries in SmugMug a lot.

For example, a client asks me to show him the collection of my best Montreal photos. I login to SmugMug, create a new password protected gallery and drag my best Montreal photos from my Master Library which was transferred and synchronized from my computer by the SmugMug Lightroom plugin. Then, I am ready to send my client a custom link to the new gallery with the password.

It took all of two to three minutes.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
9.5
Templates
50+

 

  • Most scalable ecommerce platform
  • More built-in features than any competitor
  • Lets you sell across multiple channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Fantastic SEO tools
8.2
Templates
80+

 

  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos
9.1
Templates
100+

 

  • Best website builder for small businesses, with all the basic tools you need to build a great business site, or even an online store.
  • Cool customizable templates – all Weebly’s themes are simple, stylish, and mobile responsive, and you can even switch between them.
  • Really helpful SEO guides in Weebly’s help and support center, for advice on coding, keyword optimization, and tips on boosting your site’s ranking
9.7
Templates
500+

 

  • Best quality templates in terms of design and flexibility
  • Best quality features of any builder on the market
  • Full customization control without need for coding
8.7
Templates
100+

 

  • Ease of Use
  • Manage Your Website from Any Computer
  • No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required
  • Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
  • The Design of Your Website is 100% Customizable
  • A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go
  • Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins
  • Your Site Can Grow as Your Business Grows
  • Have Multiple Users