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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?

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      • xav commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please can you remove your branding? We pay a fair whack for our product, I find it very unusual for someone to advertise their product on someone else's site, thee is no reason for you to have powered by Smugmug anywhere on MY site, I am sure that this won't be approved as it really smacks you in the face of insecurity, can you just put on a fecking button to say NO to smugmug branding? it is pretty binary either yes or no. Zenfolio and Squarespace both allow you to remove it (they also have integrated blogging, you know keeping things uniform, but that is another complaint that won't get approved by the moderators, nothing like skewing the data!).

        Please just allow us to remove you from our sites, you will see a lot more recommendations, at the moment I am steering many people away from even bothering with the trial!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please disregard my previous post. I just figured out how to remove the logo. It was visible in edit mode, but after I adjusted the settings in customize, the smugmug logo disappeared when I logged out.
        Very happy now, and great site. :)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For the amount of money we are paying, this needs to be an option. Smugmug does not sound professional. It sounds cheesy, and will turn away business I fear.

      • Jenn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Honestly I am currently looking into other services with this being the number 1 reason

      • Gary Rose commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree. When did they change the policy? It was never on my original site with them...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I will add my vote to get rid of "Powered by Smugmug..." Especially since it is so prominent when I paste my site into Facebook. In fact, that phrase is larger than my website address. Really? At least put it at the bottom of the link graphic.

      • Darrick Langbroek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Totally agree! I don't think when we're paying for a more premium membership that we should be forced to have the SmugMug branding on our sites. I believe it makes my site look less professional. Other than that I'm very happy with the service however it's because of this that I've been considering other sites such as Squarespace for my site.

      • Brendan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Annual site fee plus commission on all my sales should be enough compensation to allow the removal of the footer. Perhaps they could offer folks a slight discount on the annual fee if they turn it on.

      • Garry R commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can only echo previous comments - the visibility of a Log In link below the footer is unprofessional with several of my clients commenting why is it there and should they use it. It is unnecessary and should be allowed to be removed.

      • Carlo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        I can't tell which is the start and end of this thread. There is no dates on the posts. Just joined and want to remove the footer smug mug adverts. Did smug mug finally agree to this ? I have over many years used many different sites and still do. There is always an option to remove this. Surely there is on Smug mug.

        Just paid a load of money yesterday so if it can't do it I will get my money back via my credit card.

      • Fred Morledge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


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        Love, PhotoFM

      • sgriob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just joined smugmug today and started doing some testing and customizations. I love the versatility of the site, but I can't get rid of the smugmug footer. What a disappointment. I won't be renewing.

      • Ben Broomfield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like this too, I happily tell anyone that listens how great your service is, but I don't want the smugmug branding on my website text distracts the eye, and I want people looking at my photos and nothing else!

      • Bryson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So, Evan (SmugMug)... what's the next step here? Is there a vote among SM to make this happen? How does change take place at SM and how long is the process? I've been with you guys for years and have found the organization reasonable in most cases with change.

        Happy, but interested in your company's position, as it relates to this "branding issue" for the working photographer.

      • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Afraid I have been 'tricked' into it as well. Not at all happy and have just sent them the following mail:

        Dear Sir/Madam,

        I have joined SmugMug in the past week, so far proving happy with my
        recent $300 annual purchase. I trialed other companies before deciding
        to give you my business. In the past few days I have already been
        disappointed to see the forced "Powered by SmugMug" at the bottom right
        of my developing website. I have searched online to see many other
        disgruntled customers, including a thread where over 1000 customers
        have voted against the forced issue. This is really disappointing as
        one of the key features that you advertised was promising a unique,
        brand-free, advertisement free website for users that paid more money.
        Yet, already I feel I have been lied to.

        Is there a way to either minimize the text or remove it? I have read
        that you don't allow it to be removed. Surely if that is the case
        though, you have breached your promise with me as a prospective
        customer. For a website apparently made by photographers, for
        photographers, I am sure you understand how it can seem unprofessional
        to have a host name mentioned. Quite simply, I would likely have took
        my business elsewhere if I had known this in advance.

        I shall look forward to hearing back from you.

      • john commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally agree to the removal of the Smugmug Pro brand on my website, this is totally unnecessary considering that this is a Pro account.

      • AdminEvan Deffley (evan) (Admin, SmugMug) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        KT, since your original feedback was posted as a new idea (rather than a comment on an existing idea), I don't believe there's a way for us to transition that to a comment on this thread. However, I'll paste it here exactly as you wrote it. Also, feel free to place it in to a new comment on this thread. Thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback!

        KT's original comment regarding the ability to remove the footer is as follows:

        "I have personally requested SmugMug to allow Pro users the opportunity to remove the totally unprofessional footers that most all of my clients/visitors have questioned and or become entangled, confused, lost-in, and most importantly distracted by. A small bit of research reveals that at least 200 other Pro users agree wholeheartedly! Come on SmugMug...either let the Pro users keep or drop the footers or as one Pro suggested "Pony Up" by paying us for your advertisement or give us or freedom of choice which we are already more than paying for!"

      • KT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks to both of you for early response...very much appreciated! However, you both only responded to my last 2 of 3 comments; essentially overlooking my first entry which is in line with my remarks that I would appreciate being posted to this matter as well. The initial comment (which has not been posted) was listed/earmarked (possibly mistakenly) by me to as for the "General Pro" category. As such I would appreciate it too being rerouted to the "allow pros to remove footer" arena. Thanks, KT

      • AdminEvan Deffley (evan) (Admin, SmugMug) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi KT,

        Apologies for the confusion! As Aaron mentioned, we did receive your comments. We merged your feedback in to the existing request for allowing Pros to remove the footer. Your vote was contributed to the idea here. Thank you!

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