Recreating Subsites: No way to collect galleries and folders?
In Phanfare I was able to check a box to publish an album (gallery) to a specific subsite. In SmugMug, it appears that in order to do something similar to subsites, I need to make top-level folders and then put the galleries I want in each subsite. Unfortunately, the only way I've found to put a gallery in multiple locations is to create a new, empty gallery and then collect the photos from one gallery to the other. This means I need to retype all the descriptions, reset the permissions, reset the gallery look and feel, etc. Yes, I have more flexibility to change the presentation for different groups if I want, but it's also a lot more work. Why can't it be set up to give me a "Collect or Move" menu when I drag a gallery instead of dragging photos?
The Phanfare --> SmugMug migration did a great job of moving everything over and copying the descriptions of galleries that were on multiple subsites, but continuing that now is a lot of labor.
SmugMug may not have the idea of a "collected gallery" (meaning a gallery that shares the same permissions, description, etc. as a source gallery). I can understand that would be more work to implement. I'd be happy if the option did this:
1. Create a new gallery can copy all the settings from the existing source gallery. The gallery settings are now independent of each other.
2. Collect the photos from the source gallery to the new gallery.
That would allow me to set my source gallery they way I want it and easily copy it to other locations. Then if I need to make changes, I'd have to update multiple galley settings, but at least it would be a quick way to get there.
The next problem comes with what Phanfare called sections: essentially it was a gallery of galleries. So in SmugMug land, it's just a folder with other folders inside of it (one level deep only), but I could easily share the entire structure to a subsite. I guess if the option above also did the same for folders and allowed me to copy/collect an entire hierarchical structure it would be somewhat workable.