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How to Allow Assistant Access to SmugMug Account?

SmugMug is a popular online platform for photographers to showcase and sell
their work. By allowing an AI assistant access to your SmugMug account, you
can leverage automation to make managing your photography business easier.
This guide will walk through the steps to securely grant assistant access to
your SmugMug account.

Overview of the Benefits of Allowing Assistant Access

  • Save time on tedious admin tasks like uploading, tagging, and organizing
  • Ability to schedule automated postings and announcements
  • Assistant can monitor sales, comments, and inquiries and notify you
  • Provides insights into your catalog and site performance using AI
  • Frees up more time for you to focus on photography and creative projects

Prerequisites for Setting Up Assistant Access

Before getting started, make sure that:

  • You have a SmugMug Pro account
  • You have an AI assistant service you want to use (e.g. Anthropic)
  • You have admin access to your SmugMug account
  • You have two-factor authentication enabled for security

Step-by-Step Guide to Allowing Assistant Access

1. Generate an API Key in SmugMug

The first step is to generate an API key which the assistant will use to
access your SmugMug account. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to your SmugMug account and go to Account Settings
  2. Click on API Keys in the left sidebar
  3. Click Generate new key
  4. Give the key a label like “Assistant” and click Generate
  5. Copy the key – this is the password the assistant will

2. Create a Dedicated SmugMug Account for the Assistant

For security and auditing purposes, it’s best to create a separate SmugMug
user account just for the assistant. Here’s how:

  1. In SmugMug account settings, click Add user
  2. Enter email and password for the dedicated assistant account
  3. Set user type to Standard and disable ecommerce
  4. Confirm the new account via email verification

3. Grant API Key Access to the Assistant Account

Now you need to grant the API key from step 1 access to the assistant account:

  1. Switch over to the assistant account
  2. Go to Account settings and click API keys
  3. Click Add API key and enter the key from step 1
  4. Check
    both Read and Write access
  5. Click Add key to finish

4. Configure and Connect the AI Assistant

With the API key and dedicated assistant account set up, you can now configure
your AI assistant service to connect to SmugMug:

  1. Log into your AI assistant control panel
  2. Find SmugMug in the list of integrated services
  3. Enter the API key, email, and password from previous steps
  4. Complete any additional service authorization steps
  5. Test the connection and review available SmugMug actions

Once connected, you can start leveraging the AI to help manage your SmugMug
photography portfolio!

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Key Things to Keep in Mind

When allowing an AI assistant access to your SmugMug account, keep the
following tips in mind:

  • Monitor activity – Periodically review logs of the
    assistant’s actions for auditing
  • Disable ecommerce – Don’t allow the assistant to
    directly complete sales
  • Limit privileges – Only grant access to necessary
    functions like upload, organize, post
  • Separate logins – The assistant should never use your
    personal SmugMug login

Troubleshooting Common Access Issues

Here are some solutions for common problems when setting up assistant access:

Can’t generate API key – Confirm you have a SmugMug Pro

API key doesn’t work – Make sure you copied the entire
key, character for character

Authentication failed – Double check the assistant
account email and password

Limits exceeded – SmugMug may throttle requests if
exceeding usage limits

Features not available – Review SmugMug API
documentation for all capabilities


By following this guide, you should be able to successfully grant an AI
assistant access to your SmugMug photography portfolio in a secure and
controlled way. The benefits of automation can save you significant time and
let you focus on your creative strengths. Just be sure to start slow, monitor
the assistant’s actions, and limit access to only necessary functions. With
the proper precautions, an AI assistant can be a huge asset in managing your
SmugMug photography business.

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