I have been looking around and testing lately and I tried both Smugmug and their main competitor (in the slick and pretty category) Zenfolio and pbase (in the pro/sell category)
I did a trial in both of them and I think Zenfolio gallerieslooks better but smugmug has a small edge in certain features (more integration) and a more vibrant community, and pbase has the best commenting culture and best search and optimisation.
Neither zenfolio nor smugmug seems to offer even a basic upload in opera
There's a few others and here's my totally subjective assessment - and I am curious about what others who have tried some think of them.
Maybe this will be useful for the next person wondering how to put their different sets of imagesBest for pro/semi pro client facing galleries
and to go on tangents:best for commenting/discussing
- one of the oldest communities still active in near enough its original form. The photos there are of a very high level I wouldnt dare post mine but I have been hanging out there forever
flickr - although theres a lot of noise in there, theres also a high chance to get seen
my.opera.com - galleries actually look quite nice and clean, and the community will look and comment
- active commenting of the encouraging kind but the design has aged. a lot.
pbasefor sharing with friends and family
72 photos http://www.72photos.com/
flickr for linking to and integrating in blogs/sites
flickrphotoblog (1 a day)
aminus3 http://www.aminus3.comto upload something for use on forums, etc
webshots.comfor mixed media
I looked at a few more I cant even remember, and I would be interested in any really good ones I havent tried, in any of those categories
At the moment I have a few images in flickr, and most of my images in my.opera and 72folders - I just couldnt justify paying for the yearly fee a the prices the big guys, no matter how pretty and feature rich they are. Maybe in a fewmonths this might change, but for now i'll see how 72folders matures.
72folders is still beta at the moment, but the upload tool works in opera 9.25 and 9.27 and to about 90% of features in the beta. The design could use some polish and the slideshow and feed/site widgets need developing, and there is not much of a commenting or discussing culture, but the basics are sound and the workflow to add/tag/assign images is quite slick (it even has some online editing which i havent tried so i cant say if that works in opera). I am at http://iphigenie.72p...tos.com/view/profile
I actually like the community at my.opera and the design is clean, but uploading image by image is a pain and will limit my use of it. I'm at, predictably... http://my.opera.com/iphigenie/albums/
- mostly the same pics as now on 72 folders, but less of them and sometimes an earlier version. I will probably evolve this into something different from what is on 72folders
I also got lured into blipfoto.com, the image-a-day concept. Started 5 days ago so we'll see, but I must say the design is minimalistic and beautiful. Maybe someone else at DC wants to play
I'm @ http://www.blipfoto.com/iphigenie
I also have a whole bunch of family/travel pics of no artistic value but which i want to share with the people on the pics, and for that I am not sure yet, but I might use a differnt 72folders account. Or flickr. Or webshots since I have a credit of 100000 images there, habing registered in 2000 and forgotten about it.