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I'm in need of some advice/recommendations on a site to host my photos. I just took two MTB trips this fall/summer and snapped about 100 pics each trip. I'd like to organize the pics into albums (by trip location) and be able to send email links so people can view the photos as a slide show.

My hosting needs:
* Slide show capabilities
* Organize photos in groups/albums (per ride location)
* all file sizes < 1MB (JPG images)
* handle panoramic images (approx. 1920 x 540)
* be able to caption the pictures with at least 200 characters
* storage > 300 MB, no purge/expiration
* ability to link photos into mtbr forums
* free, as in beer

As best I can determine, Picasa and Photobucket seem to fit the requirements. Suggestions?
 

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I use Windows Live Photo Gallery, primarily because I use Hotmail. WLPG is the desktop organization/editing software (free) and it pairs nicely with Windows Live Sky Drive (cloud storage). You'll need to be running Windows, of course, and have a Hotmail account (free). You can create albums in the software then upload the for public/private viewing to Sky Drive right within the application itself. It's Microsoft's answer to Picasa but MS gives you 25GB of free online storage. The one drawback to Sky Drive is that you can't make large folder backups; you have to piece-meal it.
 

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Smugmug.

Granted, its geared for serious amateurs and Pros, but it's worth it. Its easy to watermark pics, copy protect, and you can even hide galleries of pics you dont want the world to see.
 

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I have Smugmug and it has worked out great. Started as a simple place to put my pictures. But then I had opportunities to do sports photography and the ease of upgrading to services like e-commerce was fantastic. I didn't have to move to another service. Just upgrade as your needs change.
 

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I like them because of MPIX.

How does Zenfolio compare to Smugmug Pro?
Here is the breakdown of Zenfolio's features.
All Features | Zenfolio

Personally, I am a huge fan of MPIX which is the photolab of choice for Zenfolio. I had a few color correction quality issues with some images with Bayphoto a few years back when I had smugmug but once I started working with MPIX I've never had a problem.

I sell thousands of dollars of images every year and the 12% Zenfolio vs. 15% Smugmug difference can be substantial.

Zenfolio is constantly doing updates to their features. I also really like their iPAD app for presenting images to customers.

Its been several years since I had Smugmug so you'll need to do the current comparison. However, I have had 4 years of fantastic customer support through Zenfolio so I'm not switching.
 

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I've been on Zenfolio now for about a year, coming over from Photobucket, and can tell you Zenfolio is fantastic. I'll second the customer service statement posted earlier. Quick reply's to all my emails was a pleasant surprise. $50.00 a year is a small price to pay for perfection when it comes to my photos.
 
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