Start with a ready-to-use SmugMug design

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After you sign up for a full SmugMug account, you'll be able to choose a template design so you can get your site looking just the way you want it. But you aren't limited to that one design! You can change it and customize it at any time.

Note: Full site customization is available for Power, Portfolio, and Business plans.


Our talented design team has created more than 20 beautiful, ready-to-use designs for you to choose from—and at no extra cost! These designs contain all the elements you need to get a beautiful photography website right out of the gate.

Can't quite decide which design you want? Don't worry, you can always change your mind and choose another later. So pick a design, play around, and if you find you don't quite like your first choice, go back and select a different design to play with. You can change your design as often as you like, even months or years from now.

You can also save all your custom designs so you can cycle through them if you want. Create special themes for holidays, life events, or seasons, and select them whenever the right time comes around. Refresh your site any time with just a few clicks!

You'll be able to preview each design at
  • the Homepage level
  • as it would appear on a mobile device (toggle top left)
  • and also at the gallery level, by clicking on any of the sample galleries on the preview page

Pick a design, add your personal or business information, upload and organize your photos. You'll have a gorgeous photography website built in no time at all. 

Best of all, you don't need to feel limited by these designs. They can be a simple starting point, if you like, and you can add/change/delete as many elements as you wish. After you've picked your design, you'll be able to customize it to your heart's content.

The Customize panel gives you access to edit any part of any page on your SmugMug site.  (You can move it to the right side of your screen by pressing the arrow key .)

Choose to customize your entire site, your homepage, all folder pages, or all gallery pages. We'll indicate which page you're working on, and the content that's specific to that page, via colored overlays.

Want to start over? Look for the "revert" icon .

Make the Design Yours

As you begin to customize, we'll help you along the process by including a description of any action you'll need to take.

Each design allows you control over three major areas: Content, Theme, and Layout.

Add Content blocks to display photos or videos, your logo, social network icons, and more.

Themes control your color scheme and fonts. Each design comes with a built-in theme, and you can personalize it if you wish.

The Layout panel gives you access to spacing and the ability to add sidebars on the left or right of your pages, as well as the option to pin content so it stays fixed when the viewer scrolls.

There is also a Customize Settings button in the green header tool bar. This gives you control over site-wide design elements such as the SmugMug header. 


Want More Control?

If you'd rather start with a completely blank slate, you can pick the SmugMug default design and add in one of our prebuilt Themes, or you can build your own from scratch. 

Gotcha: We do our very best to optimize your design for display on mobile devices. This may cause the display of things like complex navigation bars and padding between images to be different between your larger display and your mobile device. 

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