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Professional photographers know how important it is to have an online presence. Photo sharing services upload and store albums full of images that you can share through email and social media. The best photo sites like SmugMug also offer photo editing, printing and even the ability to sell your photos.

Storage options for the subscription plans are all the same. Regardless of which subscription you choose, SmugMug provides members with unlimited storage for photos and images. You can upload images up to 50MB each and videos 3GB each. That’s enough space to accommodate 20-minute videos and large photographs from DSLRs. When it comes to uploading, SmugMug took 29 seconds for the site to upload 65MB. Part of that speed is due to the drag and drop uploading method.

One of the features that sets SmugMug apart from other photo sharing services is online backup. The SmugVault is an extra service that you can add to any kind of account. This feature gives RAW, TIFF, PDF, PSD and even Word and Excel documents a safe home. Use the Vault to store originals of edited photos in a safe online location in case any of your devices crash.

SmugMug is the best site we reviewed for boosting visibility. SEO, search engine optimization, is a tool that helps users find your site easily using search engines and popular keywords. SmugMug offers adjustable SEO settings for meta descriptions, titles, galleries and file name keywords. For newcomers to SEO, the help section has tips for wrangling more traffic to your page.

As you gain more traffic, you’ll want to protect your photos. It’s easy for other people to find your photos online and claim them as their own. And while SmugMug has effective protection for their users’ photos, only the most expensive plans give you right-click protection and custom watermarks.

If you already own a business, SmugMug’s higher-priced plans have eCommerce options with an automatic storefront and branding. You can sell your images as digital downloads or physical copies at your own price and use customized packaging for your orders. The storefront from SmugMug offers an impressive range of ways you can print your images. Customers can order your work on museum-quality canvas, photo cards, mugs and stickers to name a few items.

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