Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video SmugMug plans and services, part of SmugMug: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques.
- [Instructor] Here we are on the SmugMug home site. So, when you type in smugmug.com, this is the first thing that you see, and I love the Try it Now button that's right here in the center. What that tells us is that, hey, we get to build a site, try it out for a couple weeks, and not have to pay any money. So, I really recommend taking a nice chunk of free tIme and dedicating it to building your site, trying it out, and exploring different themes that we'll be looking at later. It's really wonderful to have that option of testing everything out before you commit.
Now, one of the things I love about SmugMug is I find that the plans are incredibly versatile and you will find something that works for you. I'm going to pull up the plans and we're going to go to Overview. Now, the plans themselves are interchangeable. If you decide that you have not enough, you can upgrade. If you have too much, you can downgrade. So, we see here, the free 14-day trial. So, for two weeks, you're going to get to play without committing to a plan. And we have Basic, Power, Portfolio, and Business.
Now, I can click on the Learn More and we can kind of break it down, but I want to just quickly summarize for you what the differences are. The Basic plan is really not about commerce. You can't even do a domain name. So, for example, my website's justinreznick.com. With a Basic plan, it would be justinreznicksmugmug.com So, it's very limiting in terms of building a business site, but, if you're a casual photographer, or an amateur photographer and you just want a place to display your beautiful images, you'd be looking at Basic.
As we move into Power, the Power account, $6 a month is all about customization. So, now we've stepped up the game. We can really build the site how we want. We have more tools and we have the ability to have a custom domain name. So, the Power site is exactly what I use. Now, $6 a month, for a professional photographer, I think is an excellent price, and if you look at the competitors in the space, you'll find that SmugMug really, really is competitive and $6 a month is just an incredibly fair deal for what you're getting.
So, why would we step up to something like Portfolio or Business? Now, depending on how much commerce you do on the website itself, if you're a wedding photographer, sports, portrait, a photographer that does things in bulk and has different galleries for clients that come and purchase packages, maybe you want to have coupons and discounts, the more customization on the commerce side, the more important it is to have either the Portfolio or the Business. So, if you plan on moving a lot of commerce, you can simply click on the Learn More icons and decide between the two.
Now, for myself, what I do for online sales is, print sales, they contact me directly. So, if somebody goes on the site, there are multiple ways to contact me. And for when I sell my workshops, you're allowed to add some code, and through adding HTML code, I'm able to take people to a PayPal cart, and I'll show you that later. So, if you are planning on doing a lot of commerce, you're looking at Portfolio or Business. If you're planning on doing a fully customized site, you're looking at Power.
And if you're thinking, you know, I just want a beautiful place to display my images, then we're talking about Basic. So, I'm going to proceed with the Power account and kind of build out the customization from there.
- SmugMug plans and services
- Choosing a new site design
- Experimenting with custom options
- Customizing the site name and logo
- Customizing and cleaning up the galleries
- Setting up the About page
- Setting up services on your site
- Selling prints
- Additional SmugMug tips