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Old 02-24-2008, 06:36 PM
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Comparison of online photo sharing sites - Flickr, SmugMug, Pbase & Zenfolio

Hi everyone ... I just suddenly thought of getting organized with my photos online ... was using multiply last time and it's just getting too slow ... So I plan to get a comparison or some sort so it can be useful for other members who decided to go "pro" and pay for those accounts too ... So far i've only searched Flickr Pro and Smug Smug ... so here it is :

Flickr Pro Account

Price : US$24.95 a year
Pay with : Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover or PayPal.

* Unlimited uploads (10MB per photo)
* Unlimited storage
* Unlimited bandwidth
* Unlimited photosets
* Archiving of high-resolution original images
* The ability to replace a photo
* Post any of your photos in up to 60 group pools
* Ad-free browsing and sharing

Sample gallery:
ShaolinTiger - http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaolintiger/collections

Smugmug Standard Account

Price : $39.95/year
Pay with : Credit Card only

# Securely backup your photos
# Enjoy unlimited storage
# Sleep well with backup DVDs
# Say goodbye to ads & spam
# Say hello to complete privacy
# Personalize with themes
# Send beautiful photo email
# See your photos BIG
# See them on your iPhone
# Buy professional prints & gifts
# Post photos in blogs & forums
# Crop the bad parts
# Enhance the good parts
# Retrieve your high-res photos
# Organize at light speed
# Add photos from camera phones
# Have your own URL
# Track unlimited traffic to your photos
# Be notified of comments
# Create private ShareGroups
# Create and join communities
# Make life easy with Web 2.0: Tags, RSS feeds, APIs, and Ajax
# See photos on Google Maps
# Network with friends and family
# Find popular photos fast
# View by timeline

Sample gallery:
Lurker - http://lurker.smugmug.com/

PBase

Price :
US$23 yearly for 500 Megabytes
US$60 yearly for 1500 Megabytes
Pay with : ??

* Additional storage can be added at any time in increments of 500MB.
* Direct Image Linking (post your photos on other sites) help
* Number of photos limited only by your available storage space.
* Unlimited number of galleries.
* Zip uploads, Stylesheets, EXIF extraction, automatic thumbnailing

Sample gallery:
( anyone with PBase mind sharing? )

Zenfolio

Price :
Basic - US$25/year ==> Kinda useless .. 1GB per year
Unlimited - US$40/year
Pay with : Credit Card only

For Comparison Table kindly visit:
http://www.zenfolio.com/zf/features.aspx

Sample gallery:
Demo account - http://demo.zenfolio.com/

Fotop.net - From HK

Price :
HK$198 / US$26 for 3GB per year
Full pricing list - http://www.fotop.net/go/pricing
Pay with : Credit Card / Local HK bank payment

Unique Features:

* Mirroring disk array for maximum protection of your photos from disk failure.
* Experience software developer listen to your suggestions, comments, encourgement and help requests.
* Enable/Disable "direct link" of images from other website
* Support "Movie clips" upload
* Send album to friend through email
* Member profile page
* Member favourite list
* Member latest update list
* Album/photo category
* Album/photo voting
* Improve brightness, contrast and color of photos in 1 second.
* Password protected/hidden album.
* bookmark photographers / friends.
* Show off pictures in categories.
* Vote/Rating on pictures in categories.
* Background music for albums.
* Private Messages between members.
* Easy to remember URL (http://www.fotop.net/username, http://www.fotop.net/username/albumname) for your visitors.
* Email notify you when someone sign your guestbook or comment on your photos.
* Member guestbook, comment on each album/photo.
* WYSIWYG(html) editor at guestbook, comment, messages, profile page, etc.
* Unlimited level of nested(sub) album.
* Support ZIP, jpg, gif.
* Simple and fast batch photos upload by a single ZIP file.
* EXIF extraction, digital camera detection, automatic thumbnailing.
* Rotate, resize, move, hide, delete of photos.
* Sort your album based on popularity, title, number of comments, and photo capture date.
* Your own choose of highlight photo of each album.
* Edit multiple captions at once.
* Slideshow with different effects.
* visit counter for individual photo/album.
sites).

Copyright in Your Images
fotop.net does not claim ownership rights in any image contained in your account. For the sole purpose of enabling us to display your images through the Service and fulfilling any orders for you or those you have shared your images with, you grant to fotop.net a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, distribute, and display those images. Please note that when you share images, you allow the recipients to share and make photographic prints from those images.


Sample gallery:
My HK fren - http://www.fotop.net/heik/heikgallery



Places you want to avoid uploading photos to:
  • Facebook
  • Multiply

Read their terms and condition's properly, photos uploaded will won't be yours anymore. They reserve all rights to distribute ...

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Old 02-24-2008, 06:41 PM
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( hope u guys dun mind i make 2nd post coz dun wanna interfere with the main comparison post )

Erm personally i think smugsmug LOOKS better ... haha flickr is like too plain and white =/ Actually my priorities for looking at these galleries are :

1) Private gallery - Password access ( Not account based .. meaning even people without flickr/smugsmug can enter password and go in )
2) Free for all comments - People without an account can comment ..
3) Unlimited album/sets - I guess all paid account should have this ...

What's suitable for me ar ? Any information is greatly appreciated
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:23 PM
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Flickr pro most of the members here have it.

You can find mine here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaolintiger/collections

I love Flickr for the groups, community and social side of it - it's an extremely social site.

Pbase is good for that too, you might wanna check it out at:

http://www.pbase.com/

It's SmugMug too not smugsmug

Another one to consider is Zenfolio - http://www.zenfolio.com/

Those would be the main 4 to choose from.
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Flickr pro most of the members here have it.

You can find mine here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaolintiger/collections

I love Flickr for the groups, community and social side of it - it's an extremely social site.

Pbase is good for that too, you might wanna check it out at:

http://www.pbase.com/

It's SmugMug too not smugsmug

Another one to consider is Zenfolio - http://www.zenfolio.com/

Those would be the main 4 to choose from.
ooOOo i'll check out pbase and zenfolio ... btw does flickr has the password protection thing ?

Lol smugmug .. my bad
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Multiply.com leh?
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Multiply.com leh?
DUnno .. i feel it's slow ... then ppl can't comment if not multiply user and can't lock photos .. i'm using now and plan to change
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DUnno .. i feel it's slow ... then ppl can't comment if not multiply user and can't lock photos .. i'm using now and plan to change
Other should be same... multiply can't lock photo? U mean set to private issit? Can laa...

Slow? Not mine woo
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:24 PM
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Multiply doesn't quality, if you put multiply you can put any blogging platform, it's not a serious photo hosting solution.
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I would love to use FlickR as it has a very wide audience but find the loading extremely slow compared to Pbase.
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here is my smug site, standard account
http://lurker.smugmug.com/

smugmug only accepts credit card payments.
flickr is great due to it being very forum like, but i dun like the way the gallery layouts
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