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How do I set a sitewide password?

Updated: 09/30/2014

If you want to restrict access to your entire SmugMug site, you're in the right place. (If just certain galleries concern you, try this help article instead.)

When a password is set:

  1. A lock icon appears next to your name on your homepage.
  2. Your name, galleries, photos, and keywords are removed from SmugMug's sitewide search. This can take a few minutes.
  3. Your admirers will be asked for the site password on your homepage, folder, and gallery pages without passwords. If your admirers follow a link directly to a password-protected gallery, they'll be asked only for that gallery's password.

Set a Sitewide Password

You can set a sitewide password in the Privacy tab of your Account Settings. Enter a password in the field for "Set Site Viewing password."

Want to give a password hint? It's an option. Your admirers will see it when they're asked for the password.

You can also allow friends and family to skip the password. They'll have to be logged in to SmugMug for us to recognize them as your friend or family.


Q: Hold on. I wasn't asked for a password.
You won't be if (a) you're logged in or (b) you entered the password in the last week on the same computer. It's to keep us from making sane people crazy by prompting for the password too often.

Q: How do I clear the password?
Just delete the password from the password field above.

Q: Does this foil Google?
Yes. Your name, bio, gallery names, etc., should not appear in Google's search unless you place them on non-SmugMug pages.