What does everyone use for client gallery viewing?

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    What does everyone use for client gallery viewing?

    I need one that you can put passwords with. Any ideas?
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    I think most people use SmugMug and you can password protect your galleries if you choose to.
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    I use Photocart. Clients can view their galleries and order photos, all without sending them off of my web site.
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    smug mug.. because i can password protect them easily, AND if you have a pro account (which I do, smugmug does all the selling work for you) my clients go to their page, i give them the password.. they go to the page, pick which pictures they want, order them online with their credit card, smugmug sends me a print out of the order, ships the pictures right to my clients house, and sends me my profit of the purchase, its a beautiful system, and their print quality it GREAT
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    Is this for sales or only sharing?

    If sales look into orderpicture.com . You have to put up a 29.95 deposit against commissions (flat 12% of the net) for the site to be public.

    I'm giving them a try, among other reasons, because the S&H on a 5X7 is only $2.99.
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    I've been looking into zenfolio.com

    Does anyone have experience with them, and are there any pros/cons to them versus smugmug. Its the same sort of deal; hosting, viewing, password, and printing.
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    I would have such a problem sending a customer to something called "smugmug". Too bad, too, because the service Chris describes is pretty cool.
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    I use Photocart as well, it is right on my own site you can see it in the link in my sig.
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    the thing about smug mug is, its totally customizable.. doesnt say anything about smugmug.. when i create a gallery for a customer, i actually create a link off of my domain and forward it (masked) so the client is actually going to "clientname".chrisburkephotography.com and then they see their gallery... with nothing about "smugmug" on it, other than their recipt when they receive it.
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    Oh ok, that helps. I'm poking around with Zenfolio right now. I may hit smugmug next. Very cool business model. This may well make my going out and taking pics at the local soccer game and selling them to soccermoms a viable business. :)
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    with smugmug they have their default price, which is the ammount they get from the sale of an image (i think the standard 4x6 is like .19 cents) then you set your price.. so if it was like 2 bucks... they take their 19 cents, plus i think 8% of your mark up.. let me double check...hmm i couldnt find it.. ut i think thats right... so for example, if i charged $3 for a metallic 4x6 i profit 1.99 from that sale.... if you get some good shots of the soccer games, it could actually be pretty profitable.
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    Chris, how are you customizing your smugmug to run flash like that? As far as i know.. the only flash you can run is your banner and a slide show..
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    I use zenphoto with the plugin "zenpage"...

    www.LuckyShotPhotos.com

    Its kinda vague at the moment, i just recently changed over to the zenpage plugin.
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    its a cross between using the smug mug slide show, and some html.. it can be found here

    http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=73247

    also i finally had a chance to make smug mug custom for those who said they didnt like the look of smug mug.. heres what it can look like with a bit of html and java know how... http://chrisburke.smugmug.com/gallery/6123874_bmXAJ#385166562_8YxcU

    notice, that the only smug mug mention is at the bottom where it says "powered by"

    i wont be using smug mug as my main gallery viewer for like portfolio and such.. i will only be using it as a way for my clients to buy their pictures.. so they will only see their gallery, not all the other stuff on smug mug
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    I have been very happy with SmugMug (my site is at www.suebrucephotography.com). I hired someone to put in a few hours of work and customize my site. I think I will be rehiring them to add a page in the next month or two.

    The gallery password facility is great. Also, they stand by their guarantee. I have had 2 clients not happy with their orders - both the clients fault - but SmugMug totally reprinted with different finishes and/or sizes ... at no cost to my client OR me. Extremely excellent service!!

    Sue
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    Hey I just started useing photoreflect & Express digital has everything you will need to sell to clients with password protection . Also you have a tremendous amount of photo labs to do your fulfillment. Also there is no upfront costs to open an account. ck it out it might just be what your looking for good luck.
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    I second SmugMug, the amount of customization you can do to it is great. And i have a good client area set up so far.

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