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I'm trying to crowd source some of the things that photographers look for when selecting a photo sharing site/blog. What makes it or breaks it? What do you hate about the current photo sharing sites on the market? What do you love about them?

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Welcome Josh! Glad you are here. I think this may have been covered by multiple other questions already posted on this site such as:……… Could you maybe expand on your question with the pieces about "crowd sourcing" or the "blog" tag, as that might make your question unique? – dpollitt Feb 9 '12 at 3:57
Beyond the links above, asking for a general "discussion" does not fit very well here on Stack Exchange. You are better asking a direct specific question about a problem you are having. See our FAQ for more info: – dpollitt Feb 9 '12 at 3:58
I think the specific question in this case is that Josh is creating a photo sharing site, and would like to conduct a survey about expert users' wants and needs for such a site. That's awesome — but, Stack Exchange might not be the place for it (since survey and discussion questions are out of scope). On the other hand, we're not exactly drowning in questions these days, and I find "I'm making something; what would be useful" likely to be a much more productive question than the typical "please select a web service for me" questions we sometimes get. – mattdm Feb 9 '12 at 4:06

I can only answer as a "serious enthusiast". I don't necessarily speak for "most photographers"...or any photographers, for that matter.

The things that were important to me were:

  • lots and lots of storage (unlimited)
  • create albums/galleries as I please
  • controlled access (password-protected) areas for my clients who want to view photos but don't want them to be easily accessed by The Entire Internet.
  • allow (or prohibit) downloads on a per-gallery/album basis
  • relatively easy sharing/linking (for blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
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+ Display the EXIF data for all pictures. + Pics can be bought by viewers. + Can create an artbook and ship it. I advice smughug. However you won't get many comments and you'll have to advertise yourself, otherwise, it's good. – Aki Feb 9 '12 at 7:27
I went with Zenfolio, but smugmug is pretty comparable. – djangodude Feb 10 '12 at 2:31

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