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04-10-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Where do you host your portfolio and why?

I'm looking at places to host a portfolio. I already host a bunch of pics on Photobucket, but I'd like to start posting some of my better pics on one of the pay sites. The two sites that come to mind are PBase and SmugMug. Of the two I'm leaning towards using SmugMug because of the ability to customize and use my own domain name.

If you prefer one of these sites over the other, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Are there any other site out there better than these two sites?

04-11-2008, 05:55 AM   #2
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I used to host my own until the damn host provider screwed me for a $100.
Now I use Picassa for albums and the free photobucket. With Picassa I can't insert an image in a thread but with Photobucket I CAN.
04-11-2008, 06:08 AM   #3
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I like Pbase. Have used it for a few years. Easy to upload, easy to maintain and add galleries. Does everything I need (or want) it to do and the price is not too bad. YMMV.
04-11-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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Guest, But, a word of caution

I use for what photos I want on-line.

If you choose, be cautious when you set up the account.

At the end of setting up your account, it will bring up a screen that says "One Last Thing" and it will ask for your cell phone number.

Use whatever option there is to get out of that screen because, if you give them your cell phone #, it will sign you up for a "free gift" service and your phone will be charged a minimum of $9.99 per month for this scam.

Other than tha caution, is a good site.

Hope that helped,


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I have photos all over the place. I have a bunch at Flickr, some at .Mac, and I have a web domain hosted by GoDaddy. As far as cost goes, Flickr is the cheapest at $25 per year for unlimited photos and bandwidth. GoDaddy is more, but still less than others I looked at. I spend about $50 per year for my domain name, 10 GB of space, 300 GB of bandwidth, and more email addresses than I can shake a stick at. I looked at SmugMug, but it was more than I wanted to pay for the service I wanted.
04-11-2008, 11:52 AM   #6
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I host it on Flickr, mainly out of simplicity, until I get enough of a portfolio together to build my own site and then I will host it myself, since afterall I do web design and hosting.
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i started building my own site but didn't get it finished due to work taking over. still, when i do it will be far better than flickr or any of the other alternatives - i tried several of these and they didn't do what i wanted.

i have a friend who isn't very webdesign literate and used simple viewer to create his own site:
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Much of my stuff is up on It is free,no ads,no banners,little drama. Rest is up on flikr,and I have just started posting to Shutterpoint..
04-12-2008, 12:59 AM   #9
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My predominant hosting site is actually pbase.

Just like Davemsn, I got images everywhere in deviantart, flickr and rest of the sites that I do not even remember. lol
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I use, easy to setup, reasonably priced and the option of selling via Paypal if you want

04-12-2008, 02:35 AM   #11
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i use godaddy as a host I get:

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For about £2 a month and for my website i use a program called rapidweaver which costs £26.32

much better than paying £35 a month for clickpic etc thats my view I also use red bubble to sell prints etc which is free because they have a base charge so they take that and give you the profit.
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Ed, how do you like Rapidweaver? I have been looking for a new app for managing my site (GoDaddy) and that is one of the apps I have looked at.
04-12-2008, 10:23 AM   #13

Highly recommend SmugMug. Like you said, great interface and highly customizable. See here:

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04-15-2008, 07:05 AM   #14
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Thanks for the replies. At this point, I'm leaning towards PBase Even though Smugmug's Power User level offers a few more features, it's also a little more expensive. I can get 1GB of storage with PBase for less than a Smugmug Power User account.
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I use to host my website and portfolio. After years of creating websites by hand I wanted something simpler that I didn't need to worry about coding. I love Squarespace; their interface is easy, the sites look good and their support has been great so far.

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