allow Pros to remove footer
This was apparently a short lived option. Some folks are still grandfathered in, but Smugmug's current policy is to force a smugmug branding on our sites (various tricks to hide it are prohibited).
I understand the need for branding, but as Pros paying quite a bit yearly, I think we should have the choice of whether we want the branding or not. I feel as if Smugmug is trying to play a small part at running my site.
Can we get this option back please?
Implement the option for users to be able to remove the Smugmug footer completely. Add this feature to your PRO service and I would upgrade without hesitation.
Remove all of SmugMug info and footer on the bottom of the web page
After becoming frustrated with Zenfolio's interface and allowable customizations during the trial period I also decided to sign up for SmugMug's trial and it was great! They almost had my business... Until I found out that you can't remove the footer with SmugMug branding. It's a shame because SmugMug's level and ease of customizations is superior to Zenfolio except for this one option.You almost had my money smugmug, but this is a deal breaker. What photo entrepreneur is going to want forced branding on a portfolio that they pay big $$$ for? You'll lose business to Zenfolio when you could be knocking it out of the park... Please let the top two membership tiers disable the footer...
For Pro accounts, this should be an option. I also don't want people knowing what web hosting site I use. My account is almost up and I'll be looking at other options.
Linda Jenkins commented
This stupid policy has cost SmugMug at least one customer. I was looking into moving all my photos to SmugMug with a paid account. We have 50,000+ customers with hundreds of galleries.
There is absolutely no way we'd do business with a company that has the gall to make us pay for this service and then cram their advertizing and marketing down my throat and the throats of our customers.
Removing the branding of SmugMug is the whole point of being able to customize your photo site. What an idiotic policy.
I was surprised to see I cannot remove the Smugmug footer. I love Smugmug but also feel strongly that it cheapens the look of my site. I have a pro account. I will consider going elsewhere now that I realize this.
so where do you vote?
I am currently on the 14 day trial ... evaluating Smugmug I love it so far BUT ... if I can't disable the footer on the Pro Version ...
I WILL USE ZENFOLIO INSTEAD !!!
This idea of enforcing the footer display will lose you $$$ in lost revenue.
It's simple ... I want my site to look professional ... having your links in the footer makes the site look like its a free site ... very tacky.
Also I don't want my competitors to find out where I am hosting my photos, they might setup a competing website! (My photos are a particular subject matter)
I actually don't want competitors finding out about Smugmug! I feel that I have the edge on them being able to offer prints etc. so easily! So if there is a way to disable it I will find out ...
I perfectly agree with the previous comments. As pro, we are already buying the most expensive version of smugmug so we should have the right to remove the name "Smugmug" from the footer. It's totally unprofessional.
I'm not on a Pro account, but this is just lame. You don't see other photo hosting companies impose this type of foolishness.
This is one of the only reasons I wont switch from Zenfolio
I fully agree that the mention of smugmug should be removed from the footer. No disrespect to smugmug but it really does tarnish the professionalism of what should appear to be a professional site.
I agree. At least we can get rid of that box popping up and have the option to link directly to our own email address.
Anonymous commented - Just add this to your CSS section in your Advanced Customization Page
display: none !important;
And the footer will be gone.
-------------------------------------------that did the trick! ;) THANK YOU!!!!
Ed D commented
This is one of the reasons I keep a domain away from Smug.
One more vote and we are up to 500. Come on, folks!
YZ summed up the feeling so nicely: "Makes it fee...that we can't afford to do our own website." It's embarrassing. Especially because the name, "smugmug," sounds so unprofessional.
Been for smugmug for many years. The footer is an absolute embarrassment. Makes it feel (given we use it to display photos taken at our lodge) that we can't afford to do our own website.
Am now looking for a new place to host photos that doesn't feel the need to advertise on customers' pages, especially paying pro customers.
Rob Reed commented
Please remove. I have just joined and wasnt aware once i paid. Not too happy.
Just got email confirmation from Zenfolio support desk: they not only said it's OK to remove "Zenfolio" footer,but gave me specific instructions on how to quickly do exactly that -- no problem, according to them.
My site was grandfathered in, so I don't have the Smugmug Footer. That said, I think those that paid for a Pro-Account should be allowed to remove the whole SM Footer.