Privacy groups with separate passwords, with access to specific galleries
Give users the ability to create groups with arbitrary 'labels' e.g. : family, friends, work colleagues, parents, etc.
Allow a different password to be set for each of these groups, and perhaps even some generic settings (what size photos they get to see, for example)
In gallery settings allow a tick box to tick which 'groups' may see this gallery. (include an "all" tick box too)
When someone goes to the site, they type in the password they were given, which is the one of the group they're in. Then they get to see only what galleries have been checked for their given group with the settings assigned to their group (e.g. can only seem small photos).
Allow one gallery to be shared by multiple smugmug users, so that the gallery owner can invite/allow other users to add, delete, organize photos.
Michael Kemper commented
I'm using another hosting service that is experiencing severe technical issues and I'm looking to move everything over. This is the *only* thing that is keeping me looking at other services and not joining SmugMug. Please bring your developers back to make this happen.
Yes! Please please pretty please! This would be more than a HUGE improvement for me; it would let me do just what I have always wanted to do with SmugMug and why I subscribed to SmugMug in the first place: keep all my private photos in one place but share selected photos with selected groups of people (many of whom are unwilling or unable to create even free visitor SmugMug accounts).
I tried Private Sharing, ShareGroups and Smart Galleries but none worked for my needs. THIS would be PERFECT.
Mike H. commented
Yes, this would be great! I like the idea of being able to generally set galleries so that sharing is turned off (eg, no "right-click enabled"), but have select viewers be able to download pictures. This suggestion is even more detailed than I had in mind, but it's all a great idea. One could have one set of galleries, then have unlisted pages where friends can download for free, and pages that are viewable and searchable by the public, but do not offer downloads (at least, not without paying). Good idea.
This would be awesome.
Rich Tilton commented
I would love something like this. I am shooting ice hockey games. I want to offer free download for the parents from my daughter's team but sell to the opposing team. I do not want to make separate galleries or use another program (i.e. google+). I need to offer a password which would allow the free download while checking out.
Greg Moore commented
I too am wanting one site to post both private and public photos. Currently sending e-mail links, but I'm sure that will become more involved as time goes on. Help Smugmug Help
i thought after the "amazing" upgrade, i will be able to create different usergroup giving each usergroup different gallery access and resolution. disappointing that number 1 request is not even considered.
After all the hoopla about the improved privacy management in the new SM, no real improvements! Why is it still not possible to limit the assistant's access to only selected folders/galleries? User groups and custom privileges are absolutely essential - especially for those who use the site to store work and personal content!! Are you listening, SmugMug?? 4 years since this request was posted, and no action??? Shame...
Steeve Vanengeland commented
I think Zenfolio does this
Dee Savoy commented
I just had a chat with a SM Hero about this exact issue! I want to share photos with various groups of people, and have them ONLY be able to see what I want them to. Sharegroups allow you to share specific galleries, but it's just a flat view of chosen galleries. I want to maintain the look / feel / organization of my site.
Can anyone recommend another photo site that does this? I'm not sure I want to continue paying for SmugMug if I can't do this.
As for the option some are recommending of setting various gallery passwords to the same thing on every gallery you want a person to have access to, apparently that only works within 1 category!
I don't want to have to send my friends a link for every new event or trip. I just want them to all be able to get into the 'Friends' category galleries, and NOT into my Family category galleries (for example).
Can't this be done using ShareGroups?
This is ridiculous. Been waiting for years, and they've not even started on this.
I'm looking into SM alternatives at this very moment.
John Bertram commented
Yes. Yes! YES!! (I'll have what they're having...) --- or certainly SHOULD be having by now.
This is a complete failure on the part of Smugmug and why I will be moving away when my current subscription expires. I want people to be able to see one gallery and not all the others. You can "hide owner," but then you lose all of your site's formatting! Ridiculous.
second request on the list, but no answer... where are all the "heroes"?
i'm looking for alternative just for this... sm, you're missing the train
It's clear the smugmug don't take into consideration that people have stopped using them because of this simple feature.
After 3 years of using SM now I'm seriously contemplaiting going somewhere else just because of this. The waiting gets too long!
Erik I commented
No comments for 13 months regarding this feature request?
I have been using SM since 05 but I now have so many passwords for so many different people (family/friends/coworkers/kids sport teams etc) its now become a total mess. My parents/grandparents (= "full access") now have so many passwords they dont bother to log in unless I specifically send them an email each time.
I dont know why SM dont care about this feature. Now that Im able to DL zip file of my images I may not renew next year.