So sneakily on a Friday night, smug mug apparently sent out an email to the pro users that their subscription costs would increase.
Essentially the cost of the service to sell your photos increases from $150/year to $300/year (though apparently $250 if existing customer)
Their reasoning is due to the costs of the bandwidth, which i find strange as they've increased the costs just to the people who make money for smug mug - i.e. the people that they already get 15% of sales from - shouldn't an increase in use of the service from the pros equate to an increase in profit? It doesn't seem like they have tackled this well at all.
So i've now learnt of the competition "zenfolio". http://www.zenfolio.com
The example websites look great to me, and it's only $120 per year.
And this free service: http://www.uploadjunction.com/ migrates your photos from smugmug to zenfolio for you!
My trial period for smugmug ends in three days, so i'm going to also start the trial for zenfolio right now to ensure letting go of smugmug is the right move. The clean professional sounding name "zenfolio" already puts it ahead in my books, but need to do some more digging.
Has anyone here used zenfolio?