BoldGrid vs SmugMug (January 2017)

Need a website for your photography business? Here’s our comparison of two excellent options for creating your photography site: BoldGrid (the WordPress website builder from InMotion Hosting) and SmugMug.

SmugMug is probably the best known website creation solution for photography sites. For photographers with no tech or web experience, or for those people that don’t want to spend a lot of time creating a website but would rather focus only on their photography, SmugMug is a good option. However, since most of the photographers I know are pretty tech savvy, and like doing things like creating their own website, BoldGrid gives you more options and control with your website. And since it’s based on WordPress, you can also leverage all of WordPress’s functionality for your site.

Unlike other website creation companies, SmugMug specially focuses on photography sites—both for portfolios and photography businesses. SmugMug provides solutions in four main areas of photography sites: Access or display of your photos; Photo storage; Photography business sites; and Mobile app access to your photos. SmugMug definitely has some cool features.

BoldGrid, on the other hand, not only allows you to create a professional looking photography site, but you also get all of the other features you normally would using a traditional web hosting company for your website. For example, when you purchase BoldGrid from InMotion Hosting, you also get unlimited storage and data transfer, email, and all of the functionality of cPanel hosting.

So should you choose BoldGrid or SmugMug for your photography site? I would look at it this way. If your goal is to create a website to promote your photography business, and you need a total online package that includes email as well as other tools to enhance your website, then I’d go with BoldGrid. You’ll also be able to utilize WordPress to create your blog as well as add any other functionality that is compatible with WordPress. If the goal of your photo site is simply to display your images and you’re looking for a storage solution for photos, then I’d consider SmugMug.

BoldGrid
BoldGrid

Started Business: 2001
BBB Rating: A+

Price: $5.99 mo. – $13.99 mo.

Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes

Refund Period: 90 Days

Advantages of Choosing BoldGrid:

  • 100% Ownership of your Website
  • Professional Looking WordPress Sites using Drag and Drop Site Builder
  • Mobile Optimized Websites
  • Includes Web Hosting from InMotion Hosting
  • Max Speed Zone Technology
  • Free Solid State Drives
  • Free Domain Included
  • Free Data Backup
  • Live Chat Support
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee

Click Here for More Information on BoldGrid

SmugMug
SmugMug

Started Business: 2002
BBB Rating: A+

Price: $3.34 mo. – $25.00 mo.

Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: No

Refund Period: 14 Day Trial

Advantages of Choosing SmugMug:

  • Optimized for Photo Storage
  • Nice Portfolio Layouts for Displaying Photos
  • Built In Security Settings to Restrict Access to Photos
  • Mobile App Allows you to Instantly Show Photos on your Site

Click Here for More Information on SmugMug