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Digital Photo Sharing Website

Published 02/13/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

SmugMug is a photo sharing application that lets users share, protect and profit from their images. Users can save images to their SmugMug account which can be shared by email, Twitter or Facebook. Images can also be embedded in blogs, websites and forums. The application offers unlimited backups for videos and photos as well as watermarking tools. Users can access advanced privacy options to determine who can view their images and videos. 1080p high definition video is supported and can be viewed on iPads and iPhones. Each image uploaded to SmugMug is kept at its full resolution. Images can also be added directly from third party websites, including Picasa, Aperture and Lightroom. Photo gifts can be purchased through the site and professional users can handle sales and fulfillment

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

SmugMug was founded by father-son duo, Chris and Don MacAskill. The site was originally intended to provide a video game-focused service when it was first introduced in February of 2002. The following August, the MacAskills decided to take SmugMug in a different direction by focusing on photo sharing. SmugMug officially launched in November of 2002. Many users have praised the application for its numerous features, which cater to both individuals and professionals. Users can save, share and backup their photo albums and sell photo-related products and services.

What are the differences to other apps?

SmugMug offers a variety of services that makes it stand out among the many other photo sharing applications currently available. Users receive all the typical features, such as photo importing capabilities, the ability to post to social networks and sharing tools. SmugMug has also packaged its services with high resolution originals, HD video, sales tools and a handful of other features that make it more appealing to users who want a serious photo management solution.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

SmugMug utilizes a dark color scheme that creates a trendy, professional atmosphere. The dark background also creates an appealing contrast for photos. The application is clutter free and includes a user friendly layout and design. Users can alter the look of their photo albums by selecting form a list of eye-catching themes. SmugMug offers an atmosphere that feels clean and works well in almost any situation. Users can share family photos or impress clients with professional images.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a SmugMug account by clicking the green “Try Us Free!” button found near the center of the homepage. The registration for on the next page asks for an email address, password and desired SmugMug site name. The user can also click the blue “Login” button in the upper, right hand corner of the form to sign in with a Facebook account. After submitting the form, the user can create their first photo albums.

What does it cost to use the application?

New users can sign up for a free 14 day trial of SmugMug. After the 14 day period has passed, the user will have to select a subscription plan and provide billing information. The site offers three plan options. The first is the Basic plan which costs $5 per month or $40 per year and includes unlimited uploads, 24 MB max file size, unlimited traffic, access to 50 themes, gallery and site passwords, unlisted galleries and sites and custom slideshows. The Power plan costs $8 per month or $60 per year and includes access to the Easy Customizer, SmugMug approved design firm access, custom hostnames, HTML, JavaScript and CSS customization options, 1080p videos and image embedding. The Pro plan costs $20 per month or $150 per year and includes custom watermarks, right click protection and access to SmugMug’s commerce tools.

Who would you recommend the application to?

SmugMug is a great tool for anyone who needs a serious, reliable photo management solution. The application will cost money, but the basic plan is affordable and gives the user access to more tools than they would receive through a free service. Professionals can use SmugMug to store, share and sell their images and related products. The site offers security features as well as user friendly tools to help the user manage photos efficiently.

  • Custom watermarks help protect professional photos
  • Galleries and sites can be password protected
  • Three subscription plans are available
  • 50 eye-catching themes are available to customize albums
  • Photo products can be purchased and printed with the user's photos
  • Pros users customize with JavaScript, HTML and CSS
  • Images can be embedded into websites, blogs and forums

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Cheapest plan (per month) : $5.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $20.00

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