Goodbye pBase - Hello Zenfolio
After three years with pBase, I am making the move to Zenfolio. Before I say anything further, I just want to make it clear that this post is not intended to put down pBase. Pbase is what it is, a good photo sharing site with plenty of traffic, and a very large database of photos and information, from amateur to pro.
However, I just got tired of not having any support whatsover from the principals there. The latest e-mail I sent regarding spam on their comment system went ignored, three times, as did other e-mails regarding various subjects. They rely on their forums for their user base to get support.
So, fair warning to any who are considering them. Look at Smugmug and Zenfolio. Both have trial accounts for you to try first.
I chose Zenfolio due to its simple configuration, presentation, image security features, and price/feature ratio compared to Smugmug. Zenfolio's feature set is still not on par with Smugmug, but they are steadily improving - an example is the comments feature, which is still not active. But at $40 (Zenfolio) compared to $150 (smugmug) for the pro versions, and the excellent presentation of my images, Zenfolio did it for me.
Oh, and I did try the Gallery2 and Coppermine PHP options on my own website, and found that while they are excellent, they do not offer the ease of use, nor image security of going with a dedicated service for image presentation.
Hope this helps someone who is trying to decide which way to go.