How does search work?

Updated: Mar 31, 2014 11:19AM PDT

The highlights for SmugMug (not Google) searching



  • SmugMug indexes up to 30 keywords per photo.​​
  • The gallery keywords box (in your gallery settings)  will be indexed as long as that gallery also has a description (and is accessible by Public (Everyone), not protected by a password, and has Hello Smuggers set to yes).
  • When you're logged in, your entire SmugMug site will be searchable, regardless of your security or privacy settings. Hidden photos are searchable as well.
  • Logged-out visitors will never see hidden photos in search results and they will never see unlisted galleries or the photos they contain in search results. 






  • Assuming your Hello Smuggers SmugIslands settings allow visitor searching, visitors will find galleries and photos for public, non-password protected galleries.
  • Filenames can be indexed as keywords, if you toggle that setting ON in your Account Settings > Discovery > Search
  • Collected Photos will be revealed in their original gallery as long as that gallery is searchable.
  • Searching for part of a word will return the full word.  E.g. searching for drop will  return photos labeled drops 

  • Searching for two or more words will return only photos or galleries that contain each of those words.  Order does not matter. E.g. searching for Ball Sweetheart will return results for galleries/photos that contain the word balland the word sweetheart
  • Case does not matter. So Ball and ball will return the same results. 
  • Numbers searches will return gallery or photo results if that number is a part of a caption, gallery title, gallery description, or if it comprises a keyword. 






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