Blogging and Landing Page

thyferethyfere Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
edited April 5, 2018 in SmugMug Feature Requests
Hi Folks,

I believe that SM doesn't have native blogging platform. How can I maintain a blogging page on SM website? Need few ideas. I have seen a couple of threads in this regard but they are old. Maybe there are new ways out there. By the way, why SM doesn't work on this feature?

Second, I want to create a landing page for my social media ads that will have forms. Are forms supported on SM website or again this is another feature that is missing? :(

Naj

www.najamimages.com

Comments

  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 3,342Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    A few people handle blogging in different ways. One is that you can create "Pages" in SmugMug that are set to look like blogs. This is a little tedious but can be done. The other option is to use a WordPress or other blogging site and make it look like your SmugMug site, and link back and forth with each other. The benefit to this is that it can help boost SEO by using a website with a high rank like WordPress or blogger, and linking it to your SmugMug site.

    Blogging is something we'd love to get to at some point in the future.

    Using a "Wufoo Content Block" you can embed forms into your page, using the Wufoo tool.

    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
  • DyunDyun CAPosts: 42Registered Users Big grins
    I use "pages" in Smug Mug. It does take a while to create, but looks pretty good IMO. My only complaint is that I can't select a "feature" photo for that post from any of the existing albums and I can't "create" a gallery or folder on that page as far as I can tell. It's important, because if I ever decide to share it, it will not have a feature image go to with the link.
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,459Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 13, 2018

    You can select any photo to feature on your site for any folder, page or gallery.

    Customize > Page Settings > Feature Image
    In the upper left corner browse to anywhere and pick a photo.

    Customize > Content and Design
    Right flyout under "Add Content Block" expand "PHOTOS"
    Slide a "Multiple Photos" widget/box out to the page. In it select whatever gallery you want the photos to show from.

    If you have multiple posts on one page add a single photo box/widget to each post and select a photo from anywhere on your site.

    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • XC_PhotographyXC_Photography Brighton Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    I have to say, I think it is rather short sighted of SmugMug not to include a blogging service native to the system, the SEO argument for using a different service is really an outdated argument, in 2012 this was the case, but things have changed. There are so many things I love about Smug, but this is a big issue for me, I worked in IT for years, the last thing I want to do is spend all the time needed to make a blog look like my site, the pages option is unworkable, would just be great to have something integrated so we can add to it on the go too, but hey ho, they won't listen so this is just a pointless rant!
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 3,342Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee
    edited June 5, 2018

    @XC_Photography: Blogging is something that we for sure want to add to SmugMug at some point in the future. As a small company we've had to make hard decisions on what we've focused our attention on. While we agree with you that the current situation is not great, right now there is at least some way for photographers to have a blog; because of that we've been focusing our attention on solving different problems that don't have alternative solutions. In the future, we'd love to build a photographer centric blogging tool. We'll obviously reach out to all of you to understand your pain-points with blogging so we can build a solution that all of you will love.

    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
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