Phanfare Refugees

darryldarryl Major grinsPosts: 984Registered Users Major grins

Wow.

https://www.smugmug.com/phanfare

At SmugMug, our mission is simple - to provide a service that helps everyone protect and celebrate their priceless memories. To that end, we are thrilled to welcome Phanfare customers (and their photos!) to SmugMug.

Phanfare will no longer be available after May 28, 2017, but we’ve worked with Phanfare to create a fast, easy, and automatic process to transfer all your photos and data. You can upgrade to SmugMug immediately, and even better, SmugMug will honor the remainder of your Phanfare subscription. Simply hit the button above to get started.

Back in 2007 I predicted that a lot of "pros" that used Phanfare would bail on them when they pivoted to a social networking based service . They abandoned that plan 2 years later, switching to a system that allowed you to group galleries in "subsites" (ex: http://gladlee.phanfare.com/palm)

So hmmm, Pages, that's new. I guess you could use that to replicate subsites, which was much simpler, in that you just select what subsite a gallery belonged to, and Phanfare took care of the rest:

Man, I loved that feature. Boy, it would be awesome if the Phanfare -> Smugmug migrator automatically converts Subsites into Pages....

But ANYways, what I really wanted to talk about was Journal layout. In responding to somebody here... https://www.facebook.com/Phanfare/posts_to_page/

I realized that Phanfare had a kind of amazing feature that I never used, but apparently many did: Journal Layout. An example of this is here:

http://bigwig.phanfare.com/5660484

By simply choosing a different layout style, and then typing a huge journal entry into the Album Description, you got a pretty nice looking "blog" page.

Alas, a huge amount of text in Album Description does not look good in SmugMug's Journal style, or really any of their styles:

I don't know how SmugMug might address this particular migration headache. And I don't know how many Phanfare customers use it and honestly what kind of numbers we're talking about anyways. But yeah... it's a tough one - lots of time invested in their sites.

I'm fairly confident that SmugMug will get the photos and videos, and the metadata (captions, album descriptions). But manually recreating a bunch of Subsites as Pages would be a pain. And I don't even know how to address the Journal Layout thing... I guess Pages support text blocks? But probably not blocks that automatically wrap around images...

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  • darryldarryl Major grins Posts: 984Registered Users Major grins

    Search! I almost forgot about search. Man, back in 2010, when Google Photos wasn't even a twinkle in some young kids' eye, it was AMAZING to be able to search my photos. Of course this only worked if you had named your albums with say, the name of the kid whose birthday it was, or the museum visited, but I got pretty good at remembering that.

    The Organizer in Smugmug is great. Drag and drop and all that goodness. But no Search? C'mon! (Ah, feature request filed in 2015: http://feedback.smugmug.com/forums/17723-smugmug/suggestions/6770424-allow-search-in-organizer)

  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    @darryl said:
    So hmmm, Pages, that's new. I guess you could use that to replicate subsites, which was much simpler, in that you just select what subsite a gallery belonged to, and Phanfare took care of the rest:
    Man, I loved that feature. Boy, it would be awesome if the Phanfare -> Smugmug migrator automatically converts Subsites into Pages....

    Phanfare's "subpages" are brought into SmugMug as "Folders", automatically for you. If you had 5 galleries in the "Palm" subpage, you'll find a Folder with those 5 galleries in it, with a similar URL structure as it was on phanfare: yoursite.smugmug.com/Palm/galleryname

    @darryl said:
    I realized that Phanfare had a kind of amazing feature that I never used, but apparently many did: Journal Layout. An example of this is here:
    http://bigwig.phanfare.com/5660484

    By simply choosing a different layout style, and then typing a huge journal entry into the Album Description, you got a pretty nice looking "blog" page.

    We will import the Gallery Description over, though we won't maintain the layout. So your long album descriptions won't be lost! The SmugMug Journal Style does something similar but not the same: it uses the caption of the photo to tell a story. This way you can associate a particular photo with part of the story, rather than hoping the automatic layout puts the photo near the part of the story in the album description. You can also try out the Collage Portrait, which will make a blog-like layout with the photos and captions.

    @darryl said:
    I'm fairly confident that SmugMug will get the photos and videos, and the metadata (captions, album descriptions). But manually recreating a bunch of Subsites as Pages would be a pain. And I don't even know how to address the Journal Layout thing... I guess Pages support text blocks? But probably not blocks that automatically wrap around images...

    Yes, we'll import over as much of that information as we can. Subsites will become folders (automatically). Our own "Pages" can support whatever you'd like to add to them, including text blocks. We have a whole host of "content blocks" (widgets) that can be added to the page via a drag/drop interface and moved and setup as you'd like.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • darryldarryl Major grins Posts: 984Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2017

    Hey, thanks for the response leftquark! I'm actually a longtime SmugMug user, but haven't really uploaded to it (nor Phanfare) for ages, now that I've got most everything in Google Photos. Still this was huge news, and I have family on Phanfare, so I wanted to see how things looked. After SmugMug launched its huge makeover, I played with it a bit, but never dug deep.

    That's interesting about Folders. I was trying to use them to replicate Pages and at the time didn't want to make a folder public (because I still had a Recent Folders widget on my home page), so as an Unlisted folder it got the unique random ID tacked on. Phanfare's Subsites were "unlisted" w/o any randomness, but I guess if I don't use Folders on the Home page, that's fine.

    Question: While I did use Subsites, most of my galleries were just hosted from the home page, which did a great job of just chronologically grouping photos by year and date of photos in gallery. So for galleries not in subsites, will you be putting them into folders named after years (which was how their organizer displayed galleries)? Or maybe put those year folders into a top-level Phanfare folder? Right now my folders are a bit of a mess. So I'd be a little bummed if all the non-subsite Phanfare galleries got dumped into the top-level. (Oh snap -- I see that my images did transfer over, and as I feared, everything's at the top level. UGGGGGGH. So uhm... has anybody written a command-line interface to SmugMug? Or wasn't there a Windows-based SmugMug gallery manager way back when?)

    One other thing about Subsites is that a gallery could be in multiple subsites. So a "Birthdays" subsite might include the "Mom's 60th Birthday" gallery, but that gallery could also be in a "Mom" subsite. I honestly didn't use this feature much, but I guess you'll just be dropping the gallery into the a folder that matches the first subsite, since you don't have symlinks or aliases that would allow a gallery to be in multiple folders.

    Yes, I'm familiar with Journal Style, and I think a long time ago I played with Collage Portrait. I wonder how the UX will be to chop up a big text block from Album Description into individual captions. Thankfully this isn't something I did, but rather what someone posting to Phanfare's Facebook were concerned about that I had not even thought about.

    Oooooh, now that everything's transferred... time to see what a mess I've got.

  • darryldarryl Major grins Posts: 984Registered Users Major grins

    OH, it's just the folder structure, not the photos yet. Makes sense.

    Man, ok, now that I see most of my 2450 albums all at the top level, I remembered some other things about Phanfare that I always wished SmugMug would do:

    • Album dates visible in organizer , automatically generated based on dates of photos in album (with ability to override)
    • Optional display of album date in every album

    So the organizer really was great for bulk uploaders (I call it shoeboxing) like myself who wanted to see things reverse chronologically:

    Alas, that wonderful built-in, automatic organization is now gone:

    This is exceedingly regrettable. I suppose with some clever (and arduous) API work one could try to regenerate dates and then... put the in the Album Title? At least then the SmugMug organizer would show them. Feh.

    Anyways, Album Date is definitely some lost metadata. Man, this is gonna suck for some people. :-/

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    As a fellow refugee thanks for starting this thread. Started my migration about 48 hours ago and its about halfway done so I am being patient (well mostly) and waiting for it to finalise while I read all the support pages etc before I actually start to fiddle with anything.

    I was a big big user of the Journal style - 10 years worth of daily blogs. I was also a big user of sub-sites with a lot linked to external websites via inline frames etc. So I am following the above tips to work out what to be doing to recreate them.

    I did notice a couple of things so far - any photos that had been cropped or rotated are back to their original state.
    Any files that have not transferred over due to their file types - go to account settings > stats > uploads > details - to find a list of them all. It may take some detective work to narrow them all down to our original source on our hard drives as it doesn't list their original folder/album location or anything in the name.

    Also - I know SmugMug doesn't have rotate video function and I have a few that are going to need rotating. Any suggestions for aps or free programs that do this simply ? I use Apple Mac and iPhoto/iMovie environment.

    If it helps anyone as a tip - I have taken screen shots of my entire library and each albums privacy settings and/or sub-site settings and stored them in a folder on my hard drive so that I can make sure I am able to do as many comparisons as possible when carbonite dumps our accounts once and for all and we lose out access.
  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    Something else - still reading all the support docs but haven't come across this yet - will I still be able to drag and drop my photos and videos direct from iPhoto ?
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,497Super Moderators moderator
    edited April 16, 2017

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:
    Something else - still reading all the support docs but haven't come across this yet - will I still be able to drag and drop my photos and videos direct from iPhoto ?

    I don't see that as an option on upload. The drag & drop option is from your computer (as opposed to another site).

    Until a SmugMug representative chimes in here...

    Help page on uploading photos to SmugMug is at http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/1386737-how-do-i-upload-photos-and-videos-.

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 16, 2017
    Thanks Denise - I had been using iphoto as a search term in the support area and nothing was coming up. So it does look from your screen shot there that the apple icon only relates to uploading from my iphone. So technically I could create my favourites folder in iphoto - drag them over to a folder on my desktop - then drag into smugmug. Extra chain in the link but I guess it would work.

    Another question that just popped into my head - and I am putting them here as I think of them so others finding this thread might also see the Q&As:

    In Phanfare we have the Library and the Album View. Essentially our work space and then the view that others see. Does SmugMug have similar ? I cant work out whether I can see everything in my account yet as my migration is still happening 2 and a half days on - soooo many files ! But while it is happening I am just trying to think of as much stuff as I can to be prepared to get started on fixing everything as soon as the migration is done.
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,497Super Moderators moderator

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:
    In Phanfare we have the Library and the Album View. Essentially our work space and then the view that others see. Does SmugMug have similar ? I cant work out whether I can see everything in my account yet as my migration is still happening 2 and a half days on - soooo many files ! But while it is happening I am just trying to think of as much stuff as I can to be prepared to get started on fixing everything as soon as the migration is done.

    I'm not familiar with Phanfare so I can't give you an exact comparison.

    You have the view of your photos as they will be seen by your viewers by simply opening folders, galleries, and pages.

    You also have the organizer, available only to you when signed on. There you can make bulk changes, create new folders, galleries, and pages, drag galleries to different folders, drag photos to different galleries.

    Help page on Organizer is at http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/1213254.

  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    Dragging in straight from Apple Photos doesn't work, but if you're in the SmugMug Uploader you can click on "Browse Computer" and then choose "Photos" to access the photos in the Photos app, and choose from there.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    Thanks Denise - i just got the email saying my migration is completed so now I can actually get in and have a look around and work out the difference between folders, galleries and pages.

    Leftquark thanks but thats Photos - not iPhoto - so wont work.
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    If my memory serves me correctly, you could drag from iPhoto to SmugMug, but it's been a while since iPhoto was discontinued and I don't have a copy around to try it out. I'll see if our QA team can dig up one and get an answer.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    No probs leftquark - iPhoto wasnt actually discontinued - just hidden and replaced by Photos - but many Apple users retained it as its a far better application for organisation and editing than Photos (which seems to be more for teens!!).

    Have spent the entire day trying to recreate some basic chronological order to some 400 folders. Rest of the week will be doing a side by side comparison with each folder and the corresponding one in my Phanfare library to work out what has migrated and what hasnt. Seems that as well as each "album" not migrating chronologically, each of its sub albums and sections and then the photos inside each - are also all totally out of order :( so much work to try and match it all before the Phanfare library disappears.

    Anyway must go rest the eyes, back and wrist - they have worked hard today.
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee
    edited April 17, 2017

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:
    No probs leftquark - iPhoto wasnt actually discontinued - just hidden and replaced by Photos - but many Apple users retained it as its a far better application for organisation and editing than Photos (which seems to be more for teens!!).

    Technically no longer supporting it and offering new updates is considered "discontinued" (which is Apple's official stance on it and it was last updated in December 2015) but because software is installed on someone's HD and not accessed via the cloud, you're correct in that some people have hung onto it and continue to use it. I'll keep digging and see if we have a copy lying around so we can test uploading to SM from it.

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:
    seems that as well as each "album" not migrating chronologically, each of its sub albums and sections and then the photos inside each - are also all totally out of order :( so much work to try and match it all before the Phanfare library disappears.

    There is an option to sort galleries by Date Taken, if that's how you had sorted them on PhanFare. You can also do this in Bulk across all galleries, so you don't need to do it manually one-by-one.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    We were able to confirm that you can drag photos straight from iPhoto into SmugMug to initiate an upload.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 2,762Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee
    edited April 18, 2017

    I know Phanfare had a pretty active community so I've created a new forum for the Phanfare to SmugMug migration and moved this thread into it. Feel free to split topics out into their own threads in this forum from now on. It should help other Phanfare migrators find similar topics easier.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • jerryrjerryr Smugmug Customization Posts: 475Registered Users Major grins

    Hi - I have already helped out one Phanfare user with a migration and SmugMug Customization - once the albums moved over from Phanfare to SmugMug.
    Throughout the dgrin forum you can see a lot of different ideas for your SmugMug site.
    You can also view a variety of SmugMug customizations I created here : http://www.jrcustomization.com

    • jerry
  • landejolandejo San Francisco, CAPosts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    Thanks @jerryr ! I'm using the Phanfare-SmugMug migration as an opportunity to rethink/re-imagine my site (I imagine many others are doing the same) and really appreciate the help and pointers to resources like your page.

    /Jas
  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    @leftquark said:
    We were able to confirm that you can drag photos straight from iPhoto into SmugMug to initiate an upload.

    Thank you !!!!! That will make my life much easier !

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    @leftquark said:
    I know Phanfare had a pretty active community so I've created a new forum for the Phanfare to SmugMug migration and moved this thread into it. Feel free to split topics out into their own threads in this forum from now on. It should help other Phanfare migrators find similar topics easier.

    Thanks for this - we refugees appreciate it !

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    Spending my weekend getting everything back into order.

    Am a little confused about functions. So when I am in "Organizer" view - I cant seem to click on any folder or gallery to see what is inside it ? So far all I seem to be able to do is move the galleries into folders. Where can I actually view and fix the contents of my galleries ? As everything has come over well and truly out of order I need to do side by side comparisons with my Phanfare albums (before they disappear) - in order to reorder everything.

    Last weekend once my migration completed - I sat and created a heap of annual folders and dragged all the galleries into the right year. Left all my albums that previously lived under the "Miscellaneous" heading and also my many "sites" as I will play with them later.

    But now that I am back in Organizer and wanting to start getting all my previously named "sections" into their right order (and the photos in them back into order as well) - I am not seeing where to do this. I am obviously missing something obvious LOL. Is "Organizer" what we would have previously called "Library" - the area where we actually created and built our albums etc.

    Off topic - leftquark - are you able to tell us how many Phanfare clients you have migrated over ? I am curious as to how many of us were still around.

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    @darryl said:

    So hmmm, Pages, that's new. I guess you could use that to replicate subsites, which was much simpler, in that you just select what subsite a gallery belonged to, and Phanfare took care of the rest:

    Man, I loved that feature. Boy, it would be awesome if the Phanfare -> Smugmug migrator automatically converts Subsites into Pages....

    From what I can see in the migration I have a lot of duplicate galleries due to anything I previously had an album linked to as a subsite.
    I am guessing this will mean I will always have to duplicate everything to each of those galleries ?

    As an example;
    I had my normal phanfare album which was locked down to access only to my specific friends and family.
    But some albums were also linked out to subsites that were again password protected but I could send those to specified people who I didnt want to be able to access my normal albums. So for example I had a travel subsite and a concert photos subsite - and if I was in a forum where I wanted to share those photos - I only shared the subsite itself.

    Am I right in thinking that now that they have all migrated over as separate galleries - there is no way for me to have a gallery that I can "mirror" to different locations. So if I want to continue to have a smugmug "page" (I guess) that is accessible by password to my friends and family - but I also want some of the folders or galleries visible either publicly or by password elsewhere - from now on these will be separate folders or galleries.

    No idea if I am using all the right terminology LOL. Even as I am typing I am wondering if I am explaining it all logically.

    Geez I hate change when its sudden and unexpected!

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    Been watching the introduction videos on you tube for hours. Thanks for all the detail you have put into them.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,497Super Moderators moderator

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:
    Am a little confused about functions. So when I am in "Organizer" view - I cant seem to click on any folder or gallery to see what is inside it ? So far all I seem to be able to do is move the galleries into folders. Where can I actually view and fix the contents of my galleries ? As everything has come over well and truly out of order I need to do side by side comparisons with my Phanfare albums (before they disappear) - in order to reorder everything.

    But now that I am back in Organizer and wanting to start getting all my previously named "sections" into their right order (and the photos in them back into order as well) - I am not seeing where to do this. I am obviously missing something obvious LOL. Is "Organizer" what we would have previously called "Library" - the area where we actually created and built our albums etc.

    In the organizer, clicking on a folder should show the galleries that reside in the folder, and clicking on a gallery should show the photos in the gallery. Both clicks need to be done in the folder / gallery list on the left.

    In the screen shot below, I clicked on the caret next to the folder "Wandering near home" to open the folder, then clicked on the gallery "spring! 2017" to show the photos on the right.

    You can drag photos to a different gallery (choose on the right, drag to the left).
    If you have a folder open then folders and galleries within that folder will show on the right. You can move items from the right to a different folder.

    To change sort direction, first click on the item you want to resort on the left. Then look above the right grid for two buttons, Sort by, and a toggle sort direction indicator. Choose the sort direction there.

    Note that gallery settings also include a setting that specifies the sort sequence of the photos within the gallery.

    The help page Organize your content may be helpful. Take a look at the section titled "Sort Photos"

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,497Super Moderators moderator

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:

    From what I can see in the migration I have a lot of duplicate galleries due to anything I previously had an album linked to as a subsite.
    I am guessing this will mean I will always have to duplicate everything to each of those galleries ?

    As an example;
    I had my normal phanfare album which was locked down to access only to my specific friends and family.
    But some albums were also linked out to subsites that were again password protected but I could send those to specified people who I didnt want to be able to access my normal albums. So for example I had a travel subsite and a concert photos subsite - and if I was in a forum where I wanted to share those photos - I only shared the subsite itself.

    You could collect photos from a gallery into other galleries, creating different views of the photos for different purposes. Unfortunately the settings of the collection are inherited from the original location so you can't have the source gallery password-protected for one user but not another. See help page Display a photo in multiple galleries.

    You can also share photos only with specified individuals without making the galleries available for public access. See help page Share photos privately with only people I choose.

    Another option that might be helpful is sharegroups. See http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/93261-can-i-share-multiple-unlisted-galleries-with-one-link-sharegroups-.

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    Thanks Denise - am reading each of the links you posted to work out what will work best for each situation (I have too many "situations" lol).

    Much appreciated !!

  • darryldarryl Major grins Posts: 984Registered Users Major grins

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:

    Another question that just popped into my head - and I am putting them here as I think of them so others finding this thread might also see the Q&As:



    In Phanfare we have the Library and the Album View. Essentially our work space and then the view that others see. Does SmugMug have similar ? I cant work out whether I can see everything in my account yet as my migration is still happening 2 and a half days on - soooo many files ! But while it is happening I am just trying to think of as much stuff as I can to be prepared to get started on fixing everything as soon as the migration is done.

    SmugMug has a "preview" mode for layout changes, but I think the best way to see what other people will see is to view your site in Incognito Mode (Chrome) or another browser where you're not logged in.

    Yeah, I really found myself missing a Preview button when I'm inside a Gallery. Especially after I changed Gallery Style or other made other Appearance modifications. So it would really be nice to have a quick button to see that.

  • darryldarryl Major grins Posts: 984Registered Users Major grins

    @KarinaExPhanfare said:

    @darryl said:

    So hmmm, Pages, that's new. I guess you could use that to replicate subsites, which was much simpler, in that you just select what subsite a gallery belonged to, and Phanfare took care of the rest:

    Man, I loved that feature. Boy, it would be awesome if the Phanfare -> Smugmug migrator automatically converts Subsites into Pages....

    From what I can see in the migration I have a lot of duplicate galleries due to anything I previously had an album linked to as a subsite.
    I am guessing this will mean I will always have to duplicate everything to each of those galleries ?

    @leftquark wrote:

    Phanfare's "subpages" are brought into SmugMug as "Folders", automatically for you. If you had 5 galleries in the "Palm" subpage, you'll find a Folder with those 5 galleries in it, with a similar URL structure as it was on phanfare: yoursite.smugmug.com/Palm/galleryname

    Actually, I'm not finding this to be the case. This was my subsite in Phanfare:

    After migration to SmugMug, I see:

    For some reason the migration tool split my subsites into multiple folders with the same name, each holding one gallery? That's weird, and... unfortunate. I suppose sorting by name and then dragging around can fix this, but it seems like it's not working the way you thought it was supposed to, @leftquark. :-{

    @KarinaExPhanfare's experience with "duplicate galleries" (I think they're actually folders with duplicate names) echoes what I'm seeing.

    So probably one big difference to understand between Phanfare and Smugmug is that organizationally, Phanfare's structure was flat. If you don't think about subsites, every album was in one big folder. Phanfare's library UI grouped them by year, and sorted them by date, so it seemed organized, but without that overlay, it's just one big folder.

    SmugMug has folders. You can put galleries in folders. You can create subfolders and put galleries into those. It's similar to the folder structure on your computer.

    I wished the SmugMug migrator had given us the option to have folders created by year, and the albums would be migrated into those appropriately, mirroring what you see in the Phanfare library. Because the Phanfare main site was also organized by year.

    I don't know how heavily people used Subsites. I did it for a few things (school photos for a specific room, special events, company events), but mainly I would upload an event, hide the bad photos, and make it public, which would magically show it chronologically (thanks to automatic album date calculation). A Google search for site:phanfare.com reveals that there's no small number of Phanfare users that also seemed to use this as their primary way to share.

    Phanfare also had a section at the top of their organizer called Featured, for when you wanted to certain albums to always be at the top of your default chronological view (hence, Featured). It appears that that metadata has been completely lost, which definitely might be a bummer for some. Example:

    Good idea to take screenshots, @KarinaExPhanfare ...

  • KarinaExPhanfareKarinaExPhanfare Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 13Registered Users Big grins

    I took sooooo many screen shots first!

    I was a very big user of the subsites so I am really trying to get my head around how best to make changes that will work for me.

    Some examples of how I used them:

    I had one just for great concert shots that I had watermarked. The full gigs were in my normal albums viewable to friends and family - but if I wanted to share some shots with random folks online - I had a separate subsite.

    Same with travel shots. Main albums all locked down to private for family and friends. But my "most awesome" ones without me in them - that I shared with randoms online or folks I had met but didnt want to give them access to my whole life - plus they were watermarked - went in a subsite.

    I also run sizeable websites for specific actors, singers and genealogy. On each one I have inline frames with a phanfare subsite built into the website itself. This one is my toughest problem where I need to find a solution that works. Those photos and videos have nothing to do with my "life" so they were not visible on my normal phanfare page that my family and friends saw. I have to do a lot more reading on what works how to see what is going to work for me in this situation.

    Meanwhile all I have done for 10 hours today is go through my albums chronologically and compare image counts (mostly only missing a couple of random videos that I can easily reload - plus some bmp's that I will reformat and upload - keeping track on a checklist), then put the albums/galleries back into order within an annual folder (I am an archiver so I have 50 years of annual folders - gazillions scanned from negatives and originals), then put the images back in order, and double checked all album & photo descriptions have come over. I have also been rotating everything. Have left re cropping for "later". So I have done 1967 through to 2004 so far. Need some dinner and a rest. My bootie is square!

    One thing I noticed - Where I created the annual folders and moved everything into place - a combo of galleries and also folders I think (I think where an album had sections in it - they have come over as a folder) it wont let me drag both folders and galleries into my preference date order. So say in my 2017 folder it has migrated some folders with sub folders/galleries, and some galleries - it prioritises the folders first. So I cant technically make every subfolder and gallery chronological. Hope I have explained that right. I might do some screen shots and show you later after I have a break.

    We have a public holiday here in Aus on Tuesday so thats a free day away from work where I can get back into this project.

  • writing1writing1 Colorado Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 23, 2017
    Last December, I paid a SmugMug customizer to transfer my 8,000 family photos to SmugMug and create a site that resembles the Phanfare one I had used for 12 years. It may help you to see how close he came. Compare “New Mexico" in Phanfare (http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/BRGa78hm/1/14330945) and SmugMug (https://murawski.smugmug.com/2015-2019/2016/New-Mexico) (the lighter Phanfare background is a recent change of mine).

    SmugMug photos open faster than Phanfare's, and SmugMug's collage layout looks more modern than Phanfare’s odd version, but SmugMug is a pain to work in. Right-click options for deleting photos and other everyday tasks are sorely needed. Adding "A favorite part of the world (August 2016)” below the New Mexico breadcrumbs required a workaround unknown to SmugMug's tech support. And you can’t isolate a portion of a SmugMug site as you can in Phanfare; breadcrumbs let viewers open everything. Then, as others have reported, photos don't transfer to SmugMug in quite their Phanfare order, and rearranging them takes endless hours.

    SmugMug would have fewer emails to answer if it created some how-to’s or templates for making Phanfare-like sites. Lacking them and any interest in learning SmugMug from scratch, I worked with @jerryr (http://www.jrcustomization.com) to jumpstart things.

    Finally, I can’t figure why Carbonite bothered to buy Phanfare and then let it languish and die. As for the short notice about closure, it’s inexcusable.
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