Editor’s note: This is special guest post from our friends at SmugMug.
*What is SmugMug?*
We’re an independent, family-run company of photographers and photo-lovers. We come from all over the world, all age groups, all walks of life joined together by our crazy happy love of taking photos and taking care of the people who love doing that, too. We also love dogs, pictures that make you go “wow!”, camera geekery, and we believe in playing hard because we work hard, too.
*Why photo websites?*
Everyone should have an opportunity to tell, share and print their story. We’re all about self-expression and making it easy to do. And you shouldn’t have to pick which memories matter most, so we think that everyone should have a safe, protected, reliable way to keep their memories online where the people you love can see them.
*Who are we for?*
Everyone, anyone who loves to preserve their everyday memories and share them with the world. Whether you’re a writer or a photographer, a celebrity or a student, you’ll be able to easily create a website that is a true reflection of what you do and who you are. And it will look gorgeous.
*How are we different?*
We are independent and over 10 years strong, built on family and a shared love of photography. We blend old-fashioned, human customer service and cutting-edge Silicon Valley technology to create a powerful product supported by actual people who will answer your questions. Our Support Heroes are world-famous for their speed, helpfulness and friendliness, and we’re not at all shy about how great they are. They are artists, moms, dads, photographers, explorers, travelers and storytellers, just like you. Do you have a problem, burning questions, or an idea for a SmugMug feature request? Tell them. We listen.
What sets SmugMug apart from other photo sites is our warmth and commitment to the customer. Your website should be all about YOU and whatever you put on it, so instead of capping your webspace and cluttering it with ads and spam, you get an unlimited, gorgeous website clean of anything but you. Your photos can be huge (we love that!) and stretch perfectly to fit any browser size. This means that viewers with enormous screens can still see your photos edge-to-edge, the way they were meant to be seen.
All SmugMug accounts enjoy fresh, clean, modern layouts and safe storage and backups. We also give our top three account levels deep, site-wide customization, a rarity in the market. In addition to the existing drag-and-drop customization available at SmugMug, you can add your own HTML and CSS, resulting in infinite creative possibilities.