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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:
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...