SmugMug

User Rating
  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos
Score
9.1
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
510+

“SmugMug may have a silly name, but it’s serious about making your photos look fantastic.”

Unlike market-leading website builders Wix and Weebly, SmugMug only offers portfolio templates. Their layouts vary, but they all use optimal settings to ensure your images load quickly and display beautifully.

That makes SmugMug a great choice of website builder for anyone who wants to show and even sell their visual work online – including artists and designers as well as photographers.

You don’t have to be a seller to use SmugMug, though. Many of my pro photographer friends use online portfolios as shop windows rather than shops, using their websites to tout for business and share client galleries. SmugMug would suit them very well.

In fact, you don’t even have to think of yourself as a photographer. It’s so quick and easy to get started, you can publish a SmugMug gallery of smartphone photos in minutes if you want.

However there’s no free SmugMug plan after the free two-week trial, so there’s not much point in using this website builder unless you’re at least fairly serious about your photography.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
9.1
Templates
510+

 

  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos
9.8
Templates
500+

 

  • Highly intuitive and easy-to-use editor
  • Great value for money and help features
  • Highest public recommendation of any website builder
8
Templates
100+

 

  • Offers great additional features such as blogging tools
  • Easy to use, making it a good choice for beginners
  • Best value for money out of any ecommerce builder
7.8
Templates
50+

 

  • Brilliant support, especially from its live chat feature
  • Templates are fully mobile and tablet responsive
  • Fantastic and easy to use app market
5.1
Templates
30+

 

  • Aesthetically pleasing templates and design elements – each element can be customized to your chosen template with a quick click, which is something no other builder is currently offering.
  • Keeps your branding consistent, with all design elements aligning to one particular theme – ideal for those not-so-creative users.
  • Ability to change how your website looks on mobile within the desktop editor.