Smugmug, Zenfolio, Flickr, etc. - too many options

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mgn2
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Smugmug, Zenfolio, Flickr, etc. - too many options
Apr 7, 2013

I am looking for a photo site to meet the following requirements:

1. Back-up unlimited amounts/sizes of photos (+maybe HD videos)

2. Clutter and social networking non-sense free (or at least optional)

3. Easily share photos with friends and family and control privacy settings

4. Longevity of site (i.e. will the site be around in 5/10/20 years)

5. Transferability - i.e. can you easily move from the site to another one if say prices go up, site becomes slow, etc.

6. Site speed including upload and download.

7. Looking to spend $50/year or less.

I know its a long list, but what would you pick?

drusus
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I chose zenfolio
In reply to mgn2, Apr 8, 2013

mgn2 wrote:

I am looking for a photo site to meet the following requirements:

1. Back-up unlimited amounts/sizes of photos (+maybe HD videos)

2. Clutter and social networking non-sense free (or at least optional)

3. Easily share photos with friends and family and control privacy settings

4. Longevity of site (i.e. will the site be around in 5/10/20 years)

5. Transferability - i.e. can you easily move from the site to another one if say prices go up, site becomes slow, etc.

6. Site speed including upload and download.

7. Looking to spend $50/year or less.

I know its a long list, but what would you pick?

I had similar requirements and chose zenfolio. Smugmug was my second choice. i liked the ease of downloading that zenfolio has, which includes option to download an entire gallery with one click. Smugmug did not make this easy but this may have changed. I also did not like one detail of the  slide show view in smugmug. Something about the top of the screen was annoying but I don't recall the details. You can create a free account on each and try it out. After a while of using a free account I upgraded to the $60 per year account so I could get unlimited storage for videos. Privacy settings are easy to set up and flexible enough for my simple needs.

Hope this helps.

Drusus

PS regarding longevity I have no idea.

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BigBen08
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Re: Smugmug, Zenfolio, Flickr, etc. - too many options
In reply to mgn2, Apr 8, 2013

I have a paid account with smugmug. It allows you to adjust the photo sharpness - amount, radius, threshold, sigma, when the photo is uploaded. This compensates for sharpness loss when your photo is downsampled for display at smaller sizes.  You can also download photos from your gallery at original size, so smugmug acts like an online storage site.

I also have a paid account with flickr. But to me smugmug offers better IQ. My photos look better on smugmug.

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