Camel Toe Coalition wrote in post #11012545
Photobucket likes to delete stuff from time to time. Smugmug really seems to be the best thing going for busy photographers. I work in a similar industry and their prices are almost unbeatable for what they provide.
About the only thing cheaper is to get some oversold shared hosting on a potentially crappy server and install your own script such as Coppermine. Its not hard to DIY but it will take more effort although you can do so much more in the long run. If you had a bigger budget i could offer you some great solutions but with a limited budget the options are somewhat limited. If you search there are so many scripts out there like Joomla which you can plugin lightbox entirely free and get a nice site going. Those with money that lack the time as said earlier would be best off to consider the offerings of Smugmug.
nprdavid wrote in post #11019670
I like smugmug but I also like flickr. The community of other photographers is pretty awesome. The ability to join other groups with similar interests is an added benefit. If it was necessary to stay in that $25 range I would most definitely stay with flickr.
Just my opinion
after going through trial periods of Smugmug, Zen and Flickr, I chose Flickr in the end...
I am a hobbyist and just want to host my photos online so wherever I go I can grab my photos. I just joined Flickr last week...and at $25 unlimited everything, I don't think you can beat it... besides, it is just straight web hosting, no crap etc so the site is pretty fast.
IMHO, at least in my area...Flickr is faster than both Zen and Smugmug and cheaper too.. only gripe I have is I can't choose a black background
I did not want to spend too much on webhosting too, but I want good enough quality, I compared Picasa and Flickr, and picasa's image quality is not as good.