I been looking into trying to set up a website to host pictures. I'm a full time tax auditor and honestly not ever going be a "photographer" other than for fun, but i do enjoy it quite a bit. As such I'm looking for a place to showcase my work.
I already put up a test gallery on smugmug and directed my domain to it. Everything was going smoothly and I was about to purchase the pro for $150.00. but decided I should create the website before paying and see how it panned out.
I ran across a huge problem. I couldn't "easily" delete the smugmug footer. Ever after using all the options they give in their help/FAQs and using the "mini" version it still showed the "powered by" / "hosted by smugmug", "contact us", "portions copyright by smugmug".
Having a background in computer science and programing, it was pretty easy to find a way around it. However I am worried that smugmug will eventually catch on and remove this "hole". I havent payed the $150, so at least i got that going for me.
Should I pay the $150 and hope they don't fix it?
If they were to find/notice my website, would they delete it and then I'd be out $150.00?
I really like the ease of use and everything else about smugmug, but being a bit OCD and just looking to make a very simple and clean layout on my page i wish to have no copyright notice, no contact us info (specially not smugmugs).
I want absolutely nothing other than a clean header, some public gallery's, a slide show, options for download, ability to order prints, and private password protected galleries for when I shoot for friends.
Are there other alternatives to smugmug? I seen threads on zenfolio, I checked it out, seems to be about the same, do they have similar policy on the footer (or perhaps some other form of branding)? Is there any disadvantage to zenfolio over smugmug? any other players in the business that will just let me code as I please and not drop their brand in my page?
My domain name does have webspace, but at the moment it is just linked to smugmug, as I am trying to avoid having to design a website from the bottom up, i haven't done much programming since I changed major into accounting from computer science when i was in college... about 4 years ago... plus that would mean i would have to forgo the ordering prints option...
well thanks for anyhelp!