Photo Hosting, Smugmug and Others

Started Sep 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: another option...
In reply to bjussj, Sep 3, 2012

bjussj wrote:

Is this the only way to put up more than just photographs? I'd like to have a good photo site but also be able to put in some comments about the photographs/topics of photographs. Is "blog" site the only way to do that?

There are lots and lots of ways to do what you want. Almost any photo site, whether free or paid, lets you enter a description next to a photo. Even Facebook. And if you're on a good site, you can enter the photo description on your own computer (using Lightroom, Bridge, Aperture, etc.) before you upload, and it will be read by the site and displayed.

If you're wanting to do a journal type of gallery with long text next to photos, a blog is one way to do that, like with a photography-oriented Wordpress theme (and there are many of those).
http://www.photocrati.com/photography-wordpress-themes/
http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2012/08/wordpress-photography-themes.html

But many, many of the photo sites offer alternative gallery layouts that let you enter longer text.

What you want to do is compare lots of sites and see which ones have the story layouts you want. One example is
http://500px.com/stories

I am a Smugmug customer but I am reconsidering, because their design options are few, weak, and painfully behind the times. (They seemed fine when I signed up over 5 years ago...but web design has moved on a long way since then.) And then they sprung the Pro price increase on us, without delivering the sorely needed design upgrades they have been talking about for over a year .

bjussj wrote:

Also, when I was looking into this a while ago, I thought there were some that had custom domain names included in the price. Did I make that up?

Custom domain names is another feature that can be added on to almost any good photo sharing site. Usually it is a feature of a higher tier of service. You should definitely get your own domain name, because if you become unhappy with your current web site host, you can simply transfer that domain name to your new host so you don't have to change your business cards and contact info.

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