5 reasons why you’ll love your custom SmugMug mobile web “app”

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own personal or business SmugMug mobile “app” that you could share with clients, family, friends, or visitors? Well, now you can! Creating a custom app for their mobile phone or tablet is the easiest way for your visitors to find and see your work. You can share your entire SmugMug site, just a page, a folder, or a gallery. The options are endless. Professionals — this means clients can have their own app to showcase and share their wedding and any special event right on their mobile desktop!

Let’s go over five reasons why this cool new feature is one you’ll want to take advantage of.

1) Brand yourself

Who says only big companies can have their own app? Now you can wow your customers, family and friends by having your name, logo, and photos on your own unique app. Your brand should resonate in person, in print, and online. Continue to build your reputation and identity as professional, technically savvy, and successful. The market is more competitive than ever, so stand out and show yourself and your brand as a leader in the field with a mobile app.

2) Your photos found faster

It’s no surprise to anyone that more and more content is added to the internet daily. In fact, more than 2 trillion (possibly 3 trillion) photos alone are added to the web each year. That is a lot of pictures of weddings, senior graduation portraits, food and more. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to have one’s photos be discoverable and findable. It’s literally a needle in a haystack. By creating your own app, you make it incredibly fast and simple for others to find your work. No searching on the internet and no incorrect links – just your own branded app, with only the photos you wish to share.

3) Stand out from the competition

The market is competitive. What better way to hammer home the point that you are the right photographer for a prospective client by saying, “I can give you your own app of your wedding photos. Can the other photographers you’re interviewing say the same?” It’s a client offering that yells “Hire me!” without any actual yelling. Pretty impressive.

4) It’s fast and easy

Best of all, getting your own app couldn’t be easier. There is no coding to learn! No App Store approval ever needed. It’s fast and hassle-free to create, and updates instantaneously every time you make any changes to your SmugMug site. And it looks awesome on both iOS and Android.

5) Bragging Rights
Let’s face it, having your own app is pretty awesome. How many people do you know that have their own app? Probably none. There is no shame in having a little something to brag about.

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This new feature has been capturing the attention of our customers and press alike. SmugMug CEO and Co-founder Don MacAskill sat down with USA Today Columnist and SmugMug customer Jefferson Graham to catch up and discuss our mobile web app. Check out the segment on Talking Tech Podcast to hear more on why having your own app is the bees’ knees.

To learn how to get your own mobile app and see a step by step walkthrough, be sure to visit our mobile web “app” help page. We would love to hear what your customers, friends and family think of your new app – so let us know their reaction (and yours!) in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

Get SmugMug on the go with all-new mobile apps.

With hundreds of thousands of installs and a 4+ review rating in the app stores, our iOS and Android apps have been a huge success and a helpful tool for uploading, as well as accessing photos on the go—for you, your family, and your clients.

At SmugMug, beauty never sleeps.

In the newest versions of our mobile apps, we’re taking beautiful to the next level with an attractive, consistent look across both desktop and mobile experiences. Your profile photo and cover photo are now on display at the top of your app home screen.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

We’ll also display your featured photo as a cover photo in each of your folders and galleries.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

What about those slideshows? 

We’ve made accessing the full-screen slideshow of your photos easier by making the play button more prominent.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

Sometimes a picture is worth at least a few words.

Now you can see titles and captions on your photos! Add them from your desktop site and see them displayed on the mobile apps, too.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

We just let the speed demon loose.

Now that we’ve touched on the beauty of the new apps, we’d like to also mention the beast-mode part of our equation. That’s right, we added major horsepower under the hood of the new apps, which means your photos will display up to twice as fast (and in many cases much more) as our previous versions. Welcome to the photo fast lane!

Breaking it all down.

We’ve mentioned the highlights, but if you’re interested in a more detailed list of mobile app features, have a look at them right here:

iOS features

  • Browse SmugMug folders and galleries
  • Upload unlimited photos and videos
  • Save galleries for offline viewing
  • Play full-screen slideshows of any gallery
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users
  • Browse all folders and galleries privately shared with you by other SmugMug users
  • Enable the SmugMug extension to upload from your Camera Roll, SMS messages, and other apps
  • Delete photos from your SmugMug account

Android features

  • Browse SmugMug folders and galleries
  • Upload unlimited photos and videos
  • Save folders and galleries for offline viewing
  • Play full-screen slideshows within a single gallery or across multiple galleries
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users
  • Browse all folders and galleries privately shared with you by other SmugMug users
  • Upload from your Gallery, SMS messages, and other apps
  • Delete photos from your SmugMug account
  • Auto-upload photos and videos to your SmugMug account
  • Cast photos and videos to your TV with Chromecast
  • View detailed photo information
  • Change download location to external SD card
  • Support for Amazon Fire TV
  • Set Android Daydream, the interactive screensaver mode, to display photos from a SmugMug gallery

Ready to get more beauty and more beast-mode from your SmugMug app? Head on over to the Apple App Store or Google Play, grab the latest update, and prepare for awesome photos on the go.

Ring-Ring…Calling all photos, it’s the SmugMug magic uploading link.

Hello, it’s SmugMug and we’ve got a quick, easy, and secure way to get your photos from your phone onto your SmugMug site. It works like magic so we’re calling it our SmugMug magic uploading link. Now you can transfer all the those trip, party, or selfie photos you snapped from your phone right to SmugMug faster than you can say Abracadabra!

This handly little tool is a big help when you’re working with your SmugMug site on your computer and you realize that you want to add a few or even a gazillion photos from your phone right to a specific gallery. In just a few clicks, we’ll send a magic link to your phone via text message.

With that link, you’ll be able to move photos right to the gallery—and like magic you’re done and done!

Need all the details? Check them out right here.

Ring-Ring…here’s one more phone uploading thing. When you’re on the go and want to move your photos from your phone to your SmugMug site, another great uploading tool is our SmugMug app for iPhone or Android.

When it comes to uploading, let’s think outside the Dropbox.

Can we be frank for a second? Dropbox may be a convenient place to backup your photos and videos, but it’s not the best way to showcase, share or sell them. That’s why you have SmugMug, right? So now we’ve made it super simple to transfer your photos from Dropbox to your SmugMug galleries in just a few clicks—right from the SmugMug browser uploader.

Just select Dropbox in the uploader,

sign in to your Dropbox account,

select the photos you want to upload and, drop those photos on SmugMug like they’re hot!

Remember you’ve got unlimited, pixel for pixel secure storage with SmugMug so go on and give us all you got.

See how easy it is to free your photos from Dropbox’s virtual shoebox in the sky, right here.

Special Note: This feature currently doesn’t work if you’re on a custom domain. Custom domain support is coming soon, but in the meantime, switch your URL to your SmugMug nickname version (yoursmugmugnickname.smugmug.com) to get Dropbox to work correctly.

Your Background’s Got Some New Moves

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and a gorgeous homepage for your photography website does just that. SmugMug makes it easy to have a jaw-droppingly beautiful homepage with our options for content, themes, backgrounds and layout. And now, we’ve added full-screen HD video to the already existing background options of full-screen slideshow, a single image, or a rotating series of images.

Backgrounds sit behind your navigation menus, Gallery Blocks, Text Blocks, and any other content you have on a page, so to make your video the star, you may want to consider moving—or even removing—content that cramps your style.

Of course, you’ll probably want to have your logo and navigation menu remain and be very visible. Certain colors in your background photos or video can make your site hard to read, but we have tools for solving that through background options: just toggle on a “mask” that dims or brightens the background and allows your content to shine.

This new feature is available only on New SmugMug. Videos must be less than a minute long and can’t be shortened after uploading, so make sure you trim your video before you upload it.

Once you upload your video, you’ll want to open your Customizer and select the Background tab to set it as your background. Check out this help article for the full dish on how to make your video background shine.

Is it available on my account? Basic account users can add background images, videos, or slideshows to their homepage only. All other account holders can add this content to any page(s) on their site.

You can set your video background to appear across your entire site, only on your homepage, or on select Galleries, Folders, and Pages on your SmugMug site. Tweak it to your liking in the Customizer.

New Feature: Gallery Downloads for Your Visitors

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added one more card to the digital-file delivery deck: Gallery Downloads for your viewers. You’ll now be able to give friends, family, or clients the power to quickly and easily download an entire gallery of full-quality photos themselves.

Have a set of birthday party photos that you’d like grandma to have, or a prepaid photo shoot to deliver to a client? No more need to send a disc or thumbdrive, or request the gallery download yourself and then forward the link.

Simply set this up in the gallery settings and remove yourself as the middleman in your digital-file deliveries.

You’re in control of whether or not this feature is available within a gallery, as well as who can use it—you can even set a password for the download process if you wish.

Combine Private Sharing with Visitor Gallery Downloads to create a personal, powerful, and private photo-delivery experience for your adoring fans. Private Sharing allows you to send a unique invitation for a gallery to specific guests. If you’ve got a SmugMug Portfolio or Business account, you’ll be able to customize this experience even further with your Client Area.

Of course, all our other digital-file delivery tools still exist. As the account owner, you’ll always have peace of mind knowing you can recover your original files from any gallery by clicking the download icon in the Organizer. SmugMug Portfolio and Business accounts can sell gallery downloads and individual photos by adding them to their Pricelists.

Learn more about Visitor Downloads, selling digital files, and Private Sharing from our help center.

Shiny, New Product Photos in the Shopping Cart

Do you ever find yourself about to buy your favorite photo, but hesitate because you’re not sure if it’d look better in a frame or as one of SmugMug’s beautiful, ready-to-hang print products? Well, now you don’t have to guess because you’ll see example images for each product before adding it to your cart.

Now, when you (or someone visiting your SmugMug site) opens the cart, you’ll see examples for each category of products to help you imagine how it’ll look in your home, office, or anywhere you want gorgeous art.

It looks great on mobile devices too:

When you choose a particular product and click the information icon, we’ll show you product images from a variety of angles so you’ll know exactly what to expect. We’ll even show you the back of the ready-to-hang products, so you’ll know how a product will hang on your walls.

And, of course, if you’re a SmugMug Pro selling specific products, we’ll always only show those products to your customers. Combined with other great pro features like coupons and packages, these product photos will help show off what you offer and boost sales.

Give the new product photos in the cart a thorough look over, and let us know what you think! We love feedback and are always looking for ways to improve your experience.

Note: This feature is available on New SmugMug only. Old SmugMug users will need to upgrade to try out the new shiny.