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I'm looking to change from Smugmug to something else so I'm really interested in this thread. I started a thread here seeking info about a couple more that I'd like to learn about - Photoshelter and Photo Cart standalone software. Please chime in with thoughts if you use either of these. brad
Brad, I started out using SM, then opened a Photoshelter account, and now I've dropped SM and just use Photoshelter. Use Photoshelter promo code YA8YV9UY9R for a discount if you decide to give it a try.
The primary reason I switched was to get away from having someone else's brand name in my URL (Photoshelter allows me to use CNAME so my clients can just visit www.ianivey.com). I wanted to have just one main site, rather than a separate proofing site. Photoshelter's templates are adequate, but not spectacular. If you look at my site, you'll see what I mean -- I'm using one of their templates without alteration. I believe they offer high CSS customization, but not knowing anything about CSS, I haven't investigated.
Photoshelter is very good about SEO features. They provide good advice, prompt you everywhere you could help yourself with helpful green buttons, and are google friendly. My SM site did reasonably well in search results, but Photoshelter makes it easier, and I'm on page 1 for some key search terms.
Like SM, the client experience is hit and miss, but they're improving. I wish cycling through a large gallery was easier. It's not difficult, but it does feel a little clunky; some other folks' sites with side-scrolling continuous image display seems so smooth by comparison.
I wish I could use Bay Photo as a vendor -- Photoshelter offers EZPrints and Adorama, plus one or two others, but I was always partial to Bay when I was using SM. Nevertheless, I've had no complaints from clients about products.
Photoshelter makes self-fulfillment quite easy, if that's important to you. I've started offering a cheaper vendor for wraps, and do all that by self-fulfillment.
Ping me if you have more questions about them.