Preferred website for photo hosting and printing?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cali shot doc, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. cali shot doc macrumors member

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    I was wondering what website you guys prefer for hosting your photos and for ordering products like coffee mugs, canvas prints, photo books, etc.

    Photobucket has some nice sales going on but i'm wondering how good their products are. If anyone could chime in i'd greatly appreciate it:rolleyes:
     
  2. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    I use smugmug. I just signed up a few weeks ago and have had a few orders completed by them. So far so good. They do exactly what you are looking for.
     
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Photobucket is a weak and unreliable site. People here who still post from them often include a thumbnail on the MacRumors server just in case the PB image gets lost in transit or something silly like that. I don't even use them for the photos I post to my model building forums anymore.

    Dale
     
  4. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Been using Zenfolio for a while now. No complaints so far.
     
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  6. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    I have used Zenfolio and Smugmug, currently using Smugmug for personal and client projects, both are excellent, good customer support, several levels of options up to unlimited storage with good selling tools, easy to set up galleries, folders, client access and both have customisable sales lists and a choice of several print labs, Out of the two I found Smugmug to have the better customer support having experienced both, there are also several other good services out there but you have to look at what they offer, they go from huge storage with bad sales tools, to excellent sales tool and limited storage and very high prices, both Zen and Smug are affordable and very popular so they are doing something right, my reason for switching from zen to smug was simply that Smugmug now has a fresh newer look and clients like that , Zen is a bit dated but still very customisable, both offer free trials so it wont cost you anything to check them out, dont just take someones word for it.


    good luck ;)
     
  7. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    I use SmugMug and find it fast, easy and reliable but I don't use the buy/sell/print option.

    Only $60.00 per year.

    ~ Peter
     
  8. jdphoto macrumors 6502

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    Same here, Zenfolio is a great option and is very professional.
     
  9. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I've been looking too, but only for sharing online. I love the Phtotobucket app, mainly because I can easily choose a sharing option, mainly [​IMG]
     
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    You probably should.
     
  11. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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  12. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Thanks, playing around right now with Zenfolio. It is looking nice, I like it so far, including the ipad app. They have 25% off ending today, so maybe I'll try it for a year.
     
  13. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Tried Zenfolio and Smugmug today. I like Smugmug, but the app has no sharing options. I really like the Smugmug site, but on an ipad it's a pain to copy the links when the "copy" button doesn't do anything because of the touch screen(I'm guessing).

    The Zenfolio website is more difficult to use, the editing pages look terrible(to me). The app has sharing options, I can get a link but not an IMG code.

    It's kind of a toss up, but I think since Zenfolio is offering 25% off through tonight I might give them a shot.
     
  14. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    What about Flickr? I use to use Zenfolio for a few years, and while it had extensive customization, it was difficult to customize well. It was also expensive, geared towards professionals, and offered poor mobile device support. I recently switched to Flickr and it's awesome... it has extensive sharing options (including copy and paste code to put into forums like this), a nice presentation, and excellent mobile support, and most other people I know are using it.
     
  15. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I tried Flickr, works well, I'm looking for an app with sharing option built in. Didn't see that with Flickr

    So I decided I should check out Flickr again. The website is the only one of all the options that easily lets me copy the links from my ipad. All the other ones have the "copy" button meant to a computer and it's always a pain to copy the link.
     
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    Same here and have found the customer service excellent.
     
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    I use Flickr for hosting and it's been 99.9% good. Once in a blue moon a photo does not load when posted on another website (forum or blog), but a refresh later it's back there. I do not use them for printing because I prefer a local shop for that. It may not be an option depending where you live, but I like being able to view the shop's sample work, and it's less of a hassle to get things redone if they are not perfect the first time.

    Depends on your needs, too. Perhaps makes less of a difference with a coffee mug, but for large prints there are so many choices (different kinds of canvases, metal prints, pleximounts, pearlescent, matte, you name it), that it really helps to choose when you can see how each looks like, otherwise it's hard to visualize how a particular image will work with it.
     

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