SmugMug and Zenfolio are the two top options for setting up Photography sites. If you are a photographer, you’ve probably already ran across SmugMug and Zenfolio when exploring available options for setting up photography websites.
Both options are very similar. Instead of side-by-side comparisons, this post is a summary of what users are saying about the differences between SmugMug and Zenfolio in various photography forums.
The lists below only point out their differences. If an item was mentioned multiple times (3x or more) in the forums, it made it on the list below.
- has video and geotagging
(Zenfolio does not,Zenfolio has since added video)
- greater flexibility and control of page layout
- has many more site customization options
- easier to configure
- nicer shopping cart/checkout experience
- pages look better out of the box
lacks video support
- order prints through mpix (this seemed to be a favorite)
From my research, the quote below summarizes it nicely:
Zenfolio is easy to use, and looks great if you happen to like their particular layouts. There are really only about 9 options that you can choose from. And they are cheaper, and have a slightly better fee structure if you want to sell your photos online.
On the otherhand, SmugMug has a lot more customization options, so if that’s your thing, or you have a more particular look and feel in mind, it is likely to work better there. Plus their support is great and very fast, as others have mentioned. But it takes more work to get it up and running.
by bosphoto at Outdoor Photographers Forum
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For side-by-side comparison:
What’s been your experience with SmugMug or Zenfolio?