So I've been doing a lot of investigation and testing of two portfolio based photo hosting sites. To date I have been using a Wordpress site with the ProPhotoblog theme to publish my photos but over time the site has deteriorated due to my lack of time and the effort it requires to keep the site updated and populated with fresh material. I've also becoming increasingly frustrated by the poor media library management options in wordpress and by the lack of a publish plugin for Lightroom. I have used LR/Blog and Dossier De Presse plugins for Lightroom to export but these are inferior to the plugins for Smugmug,Zenfolio and 500px. So, I decided this week to look for a new option. Ideally I wanted something that would meet the following criteria Mostly a portfolio style site with option to add blog. Easy to customise and maintain. Easy to publish photos from Lightroom and keep them sync'd with the site Cost effective. Opportunity to sell an image, if I'm lucky. I have looked at SmugMug, Zenfolio, SquareSpace, Wordpress, and 500px. SmugMug meets nearly all my criteria but doesn't support blogging. I would need an additional blog site, although I am considering just using Google+ for this. I think it is more convenient than a personal blog. On the positive side it has the best native plugin for Lightroom and it is very easy to customise and use. SmugMug is priced at $60/yr for my basic requirements and $150/yr if I want to have the option for people to order through the site. Zenfolio meets all of the requirements. A little more difficult to customise than SmugMug but has more customization options. Has a built in blog page, although this is fairly limited at this time. Lightroom plugin is courtesy of Jeffrey Feidhl. Zenfolio is priced at $60/yr for my basic requirements and $120/yr for the option for people to order through the site. Zenfolio has a 20% coupon at this time and would be a better price SquareSpace seems to meet some of the requirements but I actually found it difficult to customize and couldn't find a publishing plugin for lightroom. Wordpress - I still can't find a theme I like and management of the Wordpress media library is cumbersome. Initially I thought this was my cheapest option but actually I fund that I am paying $80 per year (on a 36 month commitment) for site hosting on bluehost.com 500px is a nice portfolio option but lacks customization at this time and doesn't support any blog. The Lightroom plugin is pretty good however but not as robust as the SmugMug plugin or as fully featured as the Zenfolio plugin. This site is probably the best as social site with the whole site being focused around social interaction and voting etc. Although, as the site grows its increasingly difficult to find a presence. So after all this I have narrowed it down to a choice between Zenfolio and SmugMug. Both meet nearly all my requirements and both are priced similarly, although Zenfolio has a 20% coupon at this time and would be a better price. Before I make my final decision I thought I would conduct a short poll of M43 users here to see what you are using for photo hosting. For those who are interested I've used the trial period on both sites to test both sites. I've tried to customize them so they appear the same. Any differences are due to limitations in customization. http://richardella.smugmug.com and http://richardella.zenfolio.com Any feedback??