Whoa, take a look at this! SmugMug’s been looking pretty dapper these days, has it not? The popular photo-sharing service just recently underwent a complete and total revamping of its website, making it even more user-friendly, pleasing to the eye and just flat-out awesome. The SmugMug people have taken a good thing and made it even better. Like the first time someone ever added bacon to a cheeseburger. Or the first time someone decided to put bits and pieces of cookie dough in ice cream. Or even the first time someone decided to throw some Oreos in a deep fryer. Only difference is that there’s no shame in indulging in the new SmugMug—you also won’t gain 50 pounds by doing so either.

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“We’ve built a product that’s not only the most stunning service you’ve ever seen, but offers unlimited personalization that the web has never seen,” said SmugMug’s CEO and Chief Geek (yeah, we didn’t know that could be an official job title either) Don MacAskill in a press release. “Alone among all the major photo-sharing services, we understand that photo-sharing doesn’t just begin and end with beautiful. It begins with stunning and ends with personal.”

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The layouts in the new SmugMug are completely 100% customizable and look fantastic regardless of whether you’re viewing it on a computer, tablet or mobile device (each one of their 20+ layouts has a corresponding mobile version). However, what if you’re not too keen to change? What if all of SmugMug’s newly crafted awesomeness is too much for you to handle just right now? Well, not to worry. Unlike certain websites that force you right away to adapt to their changes whether you want to or not  [cough]Facebook[cough], SmugMug is (for the time being, at least) letting you keep your existing site just the way it is. You’ll have your own secret preview mode where you can tinker around with your site however you want (and with as many customizable features as the new SmugMug has, you’re going to have quite a lot of options) until you get it just the way you want it. Once you do, you’re just one click away from unleashing your brand-spanking new kick-ass site to the masses. You won’t be able to switch back to the old version once you make your new site public—but then again, once you realize just how fantastic the new designs and features are, you won’t ever dream of it.

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In a press release, Brian Strong, SmugMug’s lead engineer said, “We saw this as an opportunity to combine what we’ve learned through our eleven years, and make SmugMug into what we always imagined it could be.”

With all of this customization talk, you might be thinking, “Oh great, now I have to learn Javascript / CSS / C++ / HTML / insert-ridiculous-techy-code-name-with-a-symbol-or-two-here.” Not in the least. It’s just a matter of dragging and dropping—all you have to do is drag your content blocks into the places you want them (header, footer, across all pages, into just one gallery, etc.) and boom, there you go. However, if you’re down with all of that coding stuff, 1) more power to you because that stuff is HARD, and 2) SmugMug still has Advanced Customization options via CSS and HTML, allowing for even more nitty-gritty customizing of your page.

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Also adding to the greatness that is the new SmugMug is that video uploads are now available to users with Basic accounts. Hooray motion pictures! If you’d like to see an overview of the new SmugMug, check out this video.

Memberships begin at only $5 a month, coming with a free 14-day trial with no obligation and 24/7/365 access to their Support Heroes (whether they actually wear superhero capes on the job or not is still an unresolved mystery). Happy SmugMugging, everyone!