SmugMug Photo Website Review

More than just a website for photographers

By Rebecca Goutorbe

Disclaimer – This review & website contains affiliate links to the products and services SmugMug offer, you won’t pay any more for the products or services they offer but I may get a commission Thank you  

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I have used SmugMug websites for a number of years now. At one point I had three accounts with SmugMug, one for the photography, one I used as my dog breeder website and the other was for my dog grooming business because they are so easy to use and the image quality is just fantastic whatever device people are viewing the photos or the website on . The websites worked great for each purpose and the dog grooming business website I managed to get to the top of the google search engine results pages in my local area using a SmugMug website. 
I now use, and have always used my SmugMug website for the private online galleries feature which SmugMug have on the website. The private online galleries are the galleries which I send to clients after the photo shoot. I also use the website for the unlimited photo storage which SmugMug websites offer.

Who is a SmugMug website for?

Anyone can have a SmugMug website, they are designed for professional photographers, and enthusiasts, but anyone who takes photos and wants to display them on a website or create a portfolio for their images would be suited to a SmugMug website. Anyone who wants to sell their photos online, or wants a safe secure place place to store an unlimited amount of photos would benefit from a SmugMug website.

What features do SmugMug websites have to offer?

Website Customisation

SmugMug have a number of easy to use customisation options to choose from with drag and drop blocks which you can add to the page like text, titles, videos, galleries, single photos and more. You can change the colour of the background, change the style of the text, you can customise a lot, just click the customize button in the top right of your screen and the customiser will open up. 

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Unlimited Photo Storage

SmugMug offers unlimited photo storage with every plan, that is worth the plan fee itself. The file types you can upload to SmugMug are Jpeg, PNG & GIF with the max photo size being 200MB, and the max video size 3 GB.  For the price or less than the price of an external hard drive you can have a basic SmugMug plan and safe secure storage for all your photos. Believe me external hard drives don’t last forever I found this out the hard way this year with not one but two external hard drives which completely broke, they are great when they work but when they don’t work as a photographer you are in trouble.      

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Apps

Download the SmugMug app on your device and you can access all your photos, galleries, videos straight from your phone, and download photos. You can upload to your SmugMug account from your phone, add to a photo gallery or create a new gallery all from your phone also you can order prints and photo products.  This feature is so handy when you have private online galleries you have sent out to clients, you can access the galleries if you need to straight from your phone without having to wait to get to a desktop, brilliant.

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Sell photos online

With a Portfolio SmugMug plan you can start selling your photos and videos online, set your price and sell. The price you set for each product is the same across all your galleries with the Portfolio account. You can sell digital images, prints, photo products you can choose from the products available which one’s you would like to sell, all the products are from the best professional labs (in my opinion). You keep 85% of the mark up price, and you can switch the shopping cart on and off different galleries. 
This feature is a fantastic feature SmugMug websites offer, great for events. When I was photographing the Gundog events for the Kennel Club it definitely helped to increased the sales from the events being able to sell direct from the website. Once all the editing was done and the photos were uploaded into the galleries, I would share the links on social media. I put a link on the home page of the website to the galleries from the event and everyone could go to the website to order digital images to download and order prints from the events, all from the website and pay through the website too.  After photographing dogs for 5 days, then editing the photos and uploading to the website you just want to be finished. Although you want to sell your photos after an event the thought of then sorting emails and orders out, ordering prints from suppliers, resizing images again into web files, high res files it was so much easier to just switch on the shopping cart on the website and let people order straight from the website. Thank you SmugMug   

With a Portfolio SmugMug plan you can start selling your photos and videos online, set your price and sell. The price you set for each product is the same across all your galleries with the Portfolio account. You can sell digital images, prints, photo products you can choose from the products available which one’s you would like to sell, all the products are from the best professional labs (in my opinion). You keep 85% of the mark up price, and you can switch the shopping cart on and off different galleries. 
This feature is a fantastic feature SmugMug websites offer, great for events. 

With a Portfolio SmugMug plan you can start selling your photos and videos online, set your price and sell. The price you set for each product is the same across all your galleries with the Portfolio account. You can sell digital images, prints, photo products you can choose from the products available which one’s you would like to sell, all the products are from the best professional labs (in my opinion). You keep 85% of the mark up price, and you can switch the shopping cart on and off different galleries. 
This feature is a fantastic feature SmugMug websites offer, great for events. When I was photographing the Gundog events for the Kennel Club it definitely helped to increased the sales from the events being able to sell direct from the website. Once all the editing was done and the photos were uploaded into the galleries, I would share the links on social media. I put a link on the home page of the website to the galleries from the event and everyone could go to the website to order digital images to download and order prints from the events, all from the website and pay through the website too.  After photographing dogs for 5 days, then editing the photos and uploading to the website you just want to be finished. Although you want to sell your photos after an event the thought of then sorting emails and orders out, ordering prints from suppliers, resizing images again into web files, high res files it was so much easier to just switch on the shopping cart on the website and let people order straight from the website. Thank you SmugMug   

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SmugMug Plans

SmugMug have 4 plans to choose from 
Basic, Power, Portfolio and Pro

Included with all the SmugMug plans -

You can’t use your own domain name with the basic plan, but you don’t need to worry about any extra cost for a domain name either or anything else to do with domain names.

To use your own custom domain name you can your upgrade your plan at any time to the power, portfolio or pro plan and connect your own domain name. 
Unlimited Photo Storage
Unlimited Photo Storage

SmugMug Power Plan as the list above plus -

SmugMug Portfolio Plan as the lists above basic & power plus -

The most popular plan if you want to start selling photos online

What does that mean? 

Turnkey storefront and e-commerce-optimised galleries means that you don’t have to build an online shop to sell your photo’s

– Just choose what photographic products you would like to sell online from the huge range of different sizes of, wall art and prints. You can sell web files, high res and the original digital images and then there are mugs, mouse mats  etc.
– Set your own price for all the products you have chosen
– Choose which galleries you would like to sell photos from, then switch on the shopping cart for that gallery or galleries. 
–  Sell your photos.
– Wait for an email from SmugMug which say’s Cha-ching! Who loves ya baby that email means you’ve made a sale, sold a photo and made some money.  But SmugMug handle everything, you don’t have to order anything or post anything it is all done for you. 

What does that mean? 

Set site wide pricing? 

– The price you choose for each of the products will be the same for every gallery you apply the shopping cart too, for example you can’t have one gallery with digital download web files at £20 and another gallery with digital download web files at £40 the price you choose for each product is the same price site wide. If you want to be able to have lots of different prices for the same product you can upgrade to the Pro account where you can create custom price lists. 

SmugMug Pro Plan as all the lists above plus -

SmugMug Pro is a perfect plan for professional photographers with a brand who are wanting full control over their pricing.  

SmugMug websites are not just for pro photographers, I wasn’t a pro when I got my first SmugMug website I was just someone who enjoyed taking photo’s of my own dogs. I had no idea about websites and how they worked. I did want to display my photos online and try to sell them, SmugMug was the easiest start for that. 
Having access to pro print labs was another learning curve on my photography journey, wow the difference in quality. I’ve not been down the high street since to print off a few photo’s, you really need to know the difference between a print and a professional print and the quality of the wall art available!
I learnt so much by doing the event photography for the Kennel Club too, photography wise and after sales. I don’t actually know how I would of sold all the photo’s I did over the 3 years I photographed all the events without the portfolio plan from SmugMug with the shopping cart option. I still don’t think my photo’s have ever been viewed as many times in just a few days as they were when I did my first year with the Gundogs at Chatsworth. I had over 25,000 photo views in just one day which was a few days after uploading the photos to the galleries and sharing the links. SmugMug track all the views or hits as they call them to the photo’s and video’s you load up. This was all new to me and I thought I would take a look at the stats to see if anyone had viewed the images, yes I think they found them was the answer when I saw the stats.
Selling a few photo’s when you start out as a photographer gives you a confidence boost about your work, but your not going to sell anything if you have nowhere to display it. With SmugMug your photos are displayed at such high image quality too, which is what you really need.

So to finish off my review of SmugMug websites, they are not just a photographers website, they are a great easy to use website platform for anyone with a camera or a business where you need to display images well and a great place for photographers to start on their journey. SmugMug make things easy so you can concentrate on improving your photography skills and they deal with the website stuff, find the best reliable suppliers and keep your photos safe. Thanks for reading my SmugMug review. 

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