User email distribution list that notifies user when new pictures are added to a gallery
I would like the ability to set up an email distribution list for individual galleries. Whenever new pictures are added, an email is sent to the distribution list. This would be very helpful for pictures I post that family and friends are interested in seeing.
Besides individual galleries, it should work on folders, so that people are notified if a gallery is added to a folder.
We had a great feature on Phanfare called subsites. One of the features of a subsite was that whenever you "published" a gallery to a subsite, you could have automatic notification go out to a distribution list. It grabbed the feature image of your gallery and included it in the email. You could also send out manual notifications with the same type of email.
For password-protected galleries, the Phanfare email also included the password, along with a password-bypass link. If you clicked on the link, it let you in without typing the password. It also gave us reports so we could see if people had accessed the gallery from the link (if they just went to the site and typed in the password, we'd only know it was an anonymous user).
Now that we're on SmugMug, I have no notification method for friends, family, and other groups I periodically create. I'm having to spend time looking at things like Mail Chimp for distribution. This is way too difficult on SmugMug. Phanfare was easy.
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Joe Winifred Poobalarayen commented
I think this is a much needed feature, as I dont have to keep posting manually
This is such a great feature to have and saves us all a lot of time for those who upload photos for many family and friends. I don't use Facebook or Instagram and don't intend to tag someone every single time I upload a set! C'mon SmugMug!
People who follow my work have asked to be notified when I post new photos to my SmugMug site. It would be great if there was a feature whereby people could follow me on SM and be automatically notified when I post new work.
Right now there is no way for me to identify a photographer I like and be notified whenever they upload a new photo or set of photos. So even though I may have added a photographer to my "friends" list in my account settings, making me a "fan," there's no practical point to the process for me. No where inside smugmug is there a way for me to be updated when they add new work.
Nor am I able to create an RSS feed which follows a USER and add that feed to something like flipboard - RSS feeds are currently set only to the CATALOG level, which is less useful for my idea.
On other services I enjoy the encouragement I encounter from other users who have followed my account and provide feedback on the photos I uploads. I'd love to see this possible in smugmug as well.
Could be combined with option to send this notification to people that have access (security setting "People I choose") for existing or even new created gallery. This would be big improvement comparing to today when I have to write an email to them "check new photos uploaded to SmugMug." Thanks in advance SmugMug heroes! :-)
Could be connected to list of people that have access (security setting "People I Choose"or have been granted access to a new gallery). This would be important improvement comparing to today when I have to write an email to people to check new added photos. Thank you in advance SmugMug heroes. :-)
Seriously, why is this not already implemented?
And no, I don't want to tell my family to use an RSS feed or an add-on for that. Come on, it should't be so difficult to implement such a functionality. (I'm a software engineer, I know what I'm talking about ;)
Jon Reynolds commented
Feeds only work if it is a Public gallery. Need support for Private or Unlisted galleries. This shouldn't be hard to code.
Would love this feature. Or at least simple distribution lists so I don't have to click on all 33 family members when sending out notifications manually!!!!
Somewhere Down The Road commented
I agree with Lekui 樂葵 comment. a "Subscription" button like used on Word Press or a "Follow" button for those of us who use blogs. I would like to keep all my correspondence here on SmugMug rather than having to use or go elsewhere for simple applications.
The most important thing for me is to allow people to "follow" my Travels and Updates to my site from my site, not from some third party site like FaceBook or Twitter. For me it would keep everything right here and easier to work with.
Lekui 樂葵 commented
Must have this.
I'd suggest having a general "subscription" button, or something in the idea of a buying cart". Using your e-mail address (with confirmation, etc.) you can actually select what kind of things you'd like to be updated with (specific galleries, categories, website updates, newsletters, etc.).
For instance, a photographer might want to send general newsletters concerning his work (messages, updates, etc.), rather than only having his viewers be updated of newly added content.
I hope that makes enough sense...
Can we have it so that when people UPLOAD to a gallery, I'd get an email too? I'm assuming I could add myself to the "your gallery has been updated" list... but just in case... :-P
I would love to see this! Would make SmugMug the best!
Would love to see some means (auto or otherwise) of letting others know new photos have been added to a particular gallery(ies).
Daniel Eaton commented
+1 for this idea! Manual lists are tedious to keep updated.
A page or gallery setting could be included for 'keep subscribers informed of changes to this'.
This would translate in to more revenue for Smugmug as well! A method to capture and/or "opt in" to a notification/distribution list would be a plus plus!
It would also be nice to notify my customers if a new gallery has been added to a particular folder. Great idea.
I start promoting to accounts months in advance of a session. Using a system like Mailchimp and a signup system allows me to send an email once the photos are online but... and as *** Wee Herman once said, "...and that's a big but" automatic email notification would be incredible. I was with Photoreflect years ago and they had that feature built in from the get-go. Yes, put it in. No brainer.