From Zenfolio to SmugMug
Our history with the two image hosting platforms started in the end of 2010, when we won a one year SmugMug account at a photo competition. Back then, we had very few images that were worth being uploaded as part of a portfolio site; SmugMug plans were much more expensive than now, so the account was never renewed. Later on, in 2012, after a year of blogging and slight improvement of our images, we decided that we needed a website; therefore we considered the two major players in the market : Zenfolio and SmugMug. Zenfolio looked good, was significantly cheaper than SmugMug so it was best chance at that moment.
5 years later, we made the step and migrated our website to SmugMug, closing the Zenfolio account. The decision was taken mainly because of the way Zenfolio ignored the need to improve their algorithm for compressing the images, especially when viewed on large resolution retina screens. On such screens our images looked so soft, almost embarrassing and no way of web sharpening helped . The fact that MacPhun came with a nice offer, including a free SmugMug account for their brand new Luminar 2018 image processing software, was a good motivation to make the step to close Zenfolio account , getting a refund (luckily it was still less then 30 days from the last renew) and transferring everything into SmugMug platform.