As a photographer, we will typically want a place where we can display a portfolio of our work, as well as sell prints or downloads of our images. And, because we are visual people, the presentation of that display is important to us. Thankfully, SmugMug knows that too! They just launched their brand-new site yesterday (here’s the link with their blog post that explains everything). I’ve been a customer for over a year now, and I have to say that the improvements are spectacular. My site now looks like a professional portfolio where I can also seamlessly present and distribute my photographs.
Other than the overall look and new designs, the biggest change they made is the ease of customization. You can see how in just a matter of minutes I was able to get a completely brand-new look for my site using WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop. In fact, I now have merged my portfolio and prints site to be one-and-the-same over on SmugMug (they used to be on two different websites). I’m pretty sure that I’ll go in and make little changes over time, considering that the customization features are just so easy to use.
BTW, if you want to get an account of your own, be sure to use the discount code NICOLESY to save 20% off your new SmugMug account :)
Here’s a quick comparison of the old site (left image) versus the new site (right image) … I used to have it designed so that it looked like a seamless integration to my website. I decided to scrap that and go for a polished portfolio presentation of my work.
Old SmugMug (left ) versus the New SmugMug (right)