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).
I think it would be nice if there could be a login page for clients. I'm not talking about how it is now, with one per gallery. I'm talking about one simple page that I can link my website to where clients can go to enter their email and password and be automatically transferred to their gallery or event. It would make the whole client login process much simpler.
create a way to make people sign in to certian galleries with their name as well as password so I can see who has viewd my pics. and prevent password sharing
it would be great to allow clients to go to the site, go to "proofs" section, and just type in their password.
That would make things much easier than having them to sift through all galleries.
I'd like to be able to send the exact same link to everyone I have created a password protected gallery for, and when they arrive, have the viewer enter a unique code that I provide to them, and then have them be immediately transported to a page that shows all the galleries that have that password.
Essentially, I want to identify and navigate to a gallery by it's code, rather than having to first find the gallery and then entering the code. I think it is a way more elegant solution for viewers, especially when there are many clients. Users will not have to hunt through a slew of password protected galleries to find theirs, and I won't have to disclose what else is cookin'
Zenfolio does this, so SM should too :D
It would be neat to have password control to remove max image size restrictions:
It would be neat to give the option for people to sign into a gallery with a password that would simply remove any restrictions on max image size. Currently passwords are all or nothing so they are not very helpful for the cases when you want some people to see any size and most to see only restricted sizes.
Currently you need to go through the pain of uploading each gallery twice and doing all online customizations, captions, etc. twice or go through process of making a copy of each image each time and then moving one copy to a new gallery. All very tedious. And then if you update something, you need to keep track of both galleries, etc. (one with max original but PW protected, the other with a smaller max size but not protected).
(At the very least, allowing an instant gallery clone tool would mean you could just focus on one gallery and then each time just one button click clone it and then go in and change size restrictions and add a password to the clone each time.)
Lets say you want to offer a nice news picture to different newspapers, the option to send a password to "newspaper 1" that differs from the one you send to "newspaper 2" would be really nice. Also you should be able to see if any of them had used the download. If they download the photographer will send an invoice.
When a Viewing password is set, the site is completly lock down to unauthorized access. This is very great and works great. However, I would like to have an option near the Viewing Password similar to the one in the sharegroups configuratin: Allow automatic access to password-protected Galleries that belong to this Sharegroup.
This is useful when you give the viewing password to people that you want them to have access to all your pictures while restricting other galleries to send individual links to some people you only want them having access to a particular gallery.
As for the sharegroups, add an option to make the Viewing Password (of the entire site) to override individual gallery password. In ShareGroups, you have this checkbox: Allow automatic access to password-protected Galleries that belong to this Sharegroup.
Actually, my need is that I would like to share some specific galleries with some of my friends (with specific gallery password) while my family always have to remember one password: the Viewing Password.
The ability to make one's home page a password-portal page for clients would be extremely valuable.
Concept: Upon going to one's smugmug home page, a visitor will immediately be presented with a password input box. When inputting the password, the visitor will be directed to a corresponding category, sub-category or gallery. If sub-galleries are ever made available, then the corresponding gallery would suffice for the visitor to be directed to.
- Clients see only what we want them to.
Not all photographers want all clients to see everything he/she does. When I shoot an event for a big corporate client, I don't want him/her/them to see that I also shot fashion for a model or that I shot a prom the week before.
- Simpler Navigating
I know that my client will reach his/her galleries without extraneous clicking or inability to find it. The one password will get the visitor their directly.
- Elegant on the surface, highly complex below
I like the aesthetic of an uncluttered home page. Compare google to yahoo.
I have an application for which I need to control "subscriptions" to galleries separately, for different people, for different periods of time. I visualize a password list allowed where today we can create only a single password.
I have 3 types of customers that view my galleries:
1) my paid clients
2) their family and friends
3) general public browsing my galleries (aka portfolio)
I'd like a password for 1) and 2) that would allow them specific access to the gallery's group of images. For 1), they would have full access including images marked as "hidden". For group 2), the would see all "non-hidden" images. Finally, group 3) would not require a password and would have access only to those images that are tagged as public or maybe even a specific keyword such as "public".
Such a setup would also allow me to watermark, coupon code and set maximum resolutions specific to the three levels. For example, level 1 would have full resolution access. Level 2 would have XL resolution access. Level 3 would have L access with a watermark and no printing.
I think it would be nice to have a single sign on page for password protected galleries so picture viewer will not need to scroll through all the protected galleries to select thiers, all they need to do is get a single sign-on page regardless of the protected gallery and they can sign in without seeing or scrolling trhough all the other protect galleries to reach thiers.
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.
I canceled my account now for this reason and am looking for an alternative. Will try Zenfolio next.
I don't understand how hard it is to implement this simple feature request. I want my family to be able to enter in a password that will show them certain galleries. I want my friends to be able to enter a password that will show them certain galleries. How complicated is that? Instead of creating sharegroups and having to have everyone bookmark the sharegroup URL. So dumb. This is why I'm thinking I'm not gonna renew my subscription after it runs out.
Armando Caro commented
Even better would be to use Google+ circles as access control. There is such an idea posted in the "social" category.
If Smugmug introduces this, I will not mind the price doubling for their service.
I'd like to bubble my part of this suggestion back to the surface. :)
"Direct Client Login"...
Assign a password to a gallery.
Create a "client login" page.
Clients are directed to the "client login" page.
Client enters password and they are taken DIRECTLY to their gallery(ies).
I am trying to get into volume photography (school photos, team sports portraits, etc) and this is a HUGE roadblock for me.....
SmugMug...I just KNOW you have to have something for this type of functionality brewing in the labs...can you please give a glimmer of hope!?
Yes if this goes forward it should integrate with Identity providers including LiveId, Facebook, Twitter. I made a suggestion about this in more detail at http://feedback.smugmug.com/forums/17723-smugmug/suggestions/2623874-a-better-solution-for-hosting-both-private-and-pub
Can this get integrated with Facebook or Google+? These are already "curated" lists that wouldn't require more management on our part and could potentially give us more exposure. Especially for pros with Facebook pages...(i.e. having to "like" our page before having access to certain galleries).
Some sort of password protection for downloading would be great. I want to share my photos with family and/or Friends. I want them to, if logged in with a user name and password I create, be able to download the photos they wish to have. We are not all pros wanting to sell our photographs.
While making different levels or separate passwords to give to others, create a ways SmugMug gallery owners can track logins and date/time of use.