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What do feeds do?

Updated: 03/27/2014

Really Simple Syndication is a really simple way to keep up with the latest photos of your friends.

If you have a feed reader, a browser like the fast and secure Firefox, or a modern mail reader like Thunderbird, you can subscribe to various SmugMug feeds:

  • User homepage — The feed includes the most recently modified galleries.
  • User gallery — The feed includes the most recently added photos.
  • User keywords — The feed includes the most recently added photos for a keyword.
  • User popular photos — The most popular photos for a SmugMug user.
  • User search — The top results for a given search term within a user's site.
  • User comments — The most recent comments in your galleries.
  • SmugMug keywords — The most recent photos for a keyword on the entire site.
  • SmugMug's popular photos today — The photos most highly ranked on the 'today' list.
  • SmugMug's all-time most popular photos.
  • Most popular photos by category — Get this on the browse page by picking your favorite category
  • Search results — The top search results for a given search term on the entire site.

FYI: Feeds are only available for Everyone (public), non-passworded galleries.

I've never heard of this. How the heck do you do it?

Pages with feeds typically have the RSS and ATOM logos at the bottom. How you subscribe depends on your reader.

Use Internet Explorer and want to use their feed reader? Here's how.

If you use Firefox, you'll add feeds as "Live Bookmarks". Find out how.

Not your reader? There are good tutorials online for other readers. Try doing a simple search for yours.

Looking to flaunt a feed on your blog?

You'll need the feed url. There are two ways that you can do this:

share photo button

The easiest way is to look for the Share button. You'll find it at the top of most gallery pages in Legacy SmugMug.

Legacy SmugMug
forum blogs etc. link
In New SmugMug click the Share button.  

Choose Get a link from the menu.


You'll see four tabs, each with different types of links that you can get. Select the Feed Links tab.

rss feeds link

Now you'll see several gallery-level feeds to which you can subscribe. Or use the Create A Feed Wizard to generate a feed URL for any type of feed that you like. There isn't much difference between RSS or Atom, so just copy the code for the feed you want and drop it into your blog.

custom feeds

For galleries that don't have Easy Sharing enabled, you can still get feed links from the gallery pages. Find out how.