WordPress Sell Photo Preview and Future Plans

During the beginning of this year work has been continuing on WordPress Sell Photo – the new plugin to help photographers and digital artists quickly and easily sell digital images from a WordPress website.

As a result of feedback from the beta version a greatly improved admin panel has been designed to give more control and flexibility over applying prices and shipping fees to pictures both individually and by category.

This post is a quick overview of how the new admin control panel can help you to quickly set prices for your work across your whole portfolio or at an individual picture and product or print format level.

The admin panel has five tabs laid out in the order that you would use them when setting up.

Tab 1 – Add Buy Buttons

The WordPress Sell Photo works by using a WordPress Widget to display a drop down list of print or product variations based on your prices and a Buy Now button.

This is a modular system which will allow developers to connect any 3rd party widget based payment button to the website. The included widget uses WP Ultra simple Paypal Cart due to it’s simple configuration.

As most websites will not want a buy button on every single page where there is a sidebar you can choose what types of pages or post types display a buy button with the simple tick boxes shown below:

WordPress Sell Photo - Add Buy Button Widgets
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Help More People Find Your New Website With These 3 Strategies (Strategy 2 – Social Media)

Social Media for New Websites

Earlier this year I started writing up some simple guidelines to help new website owners start attracting visitors to their new website.

Strategy 1 was all about optimizing your website so that it will appear in the Google listings.

Strategy 2 is to help your target audience find your website on social media.

Sharing your websites content on social media is an essential part of any website marketing plan. Having a page or account for your website helps in two ways:

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Sell Your Photos from WordPress With A Free Plugin From Creative Transmissions

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Have you ever thought about how great it would be to sell your photography from your WordPress website but found the options were all too expensive, limiting or complicated to set up?

This year I have spent a lot of time researching different plugins and services that offer solutions for this and I have found the area lacks a truly fast to set up, user friendly and flexible sales tool for photographers on a low or zero budget.

As a web developer, when I make a photography website for a client which includes a way of selling photographs I have specific standards for the how a sales plugin or component should work.

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Bulk Upload and Watermark Your Photographs With WordPress

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This article is part 4 of this Creative Transmissions guide to launching a professional photography website. You can find part 1 here: How To Launch A Professional Photography Website With No Free Time.

It has been a little while since the last post in this series which explained how to choose the best photography website theme for your new website. The main reason for this is that the next topic – WordPress plugins is a big one so I have decided to split it over a few posts.

Now that we have a theme in place to handle the look of the website the next step is to installing some plugins which will give WordPress some extra feature which will make updating and managing your photography website a breeze.

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How To Choose The Best Photography Website Theme (Including 6 Tips To Narrow Down Your Search)

This article is part 3 of this Creative Transmissions guide to launching a professional photography website. You can find part 1 here: How To Launch A Professional Photography Website With No Free Time.

A theme determines what your website will look like. Layout, fonts and colours and all other visual aspects of the website come from the theme. Choosing a theme for your website is one of the most fun parts of setting it up.

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The Building Blocks of Your Online Photography Showcase

This article is part 2 of this Creative Transmissions guide to launching a professional photography website. You can find part 1 here: How To Launch A Professional Photography Website With No Free Time.

The Building Blocks of Your Photography Website
A modern website is more than a static page or resource. It is constantly changing, growing and includes systems and connections to external networks to help it catch the eye of its intended audience.

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How To Launch A Professional Photography Website With No Free Time

MacPherson Landscape Photography Home PageIn January I had a lot of fun building the website for MacPherson Landscape Photography and seeing it successfully launch and attract over a thousand visitors in it’s first month.

The project had been delayed all year due to lack of time so Maureen and I took decisive action to build and launch the website for January 1st 2014.

To make this happen we used some specific tactics which I am going to share on the Creative Transmissions blog in the hope that they will inspire more creative individuals to break through the not-enough-time barrier and let their work out into the online world.

This project was different as Maureen is not one of my regular website development clients – but also my girlfriend. As the web developer this certainly made communication and goal setting easier but it also added its own set of requirements for success and of course for me the stakes were high!

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Showcasing Art and Photography Online

Since this article was written serveral years ago some technology has changed and I now recommend WordPress as the content management system of choice for photographers. This article is still useful for understanding some terms and technologies you will encounter. To read about the latest developments in websites for photographers please visit the new Photographers Resource Page.

There are many ways to display photography or other images on the web. This article as a brief guide to some of the options that are available and some to the important factors to consider when setting up a website to showcase your work.

All the solutions here are open source, use technologies based on open standards and are free to use, customise and build on.

Most websites that display photography use a gallery, a slide show or a combination of the two.

Galleries

Galleries consist of a page or a number of pages of small thumbnail images which the user can click on to see a larger version at a higher resolution.

These are useful for visitors who are looking for a specific image or two and do not wish to have to browse the whole gallery to find them.

Common features of galleries include:

  • Displaying a caption for each image
  • Display additional information about each image, for example resolution, camera specifications etc
  • Organise the collection of images into albums, grouping them by subject or other category
  • Visitor comments

Galleries, like most web-based software consist of a collection of web pages and scripts. Most can be set up by copying the files to a particular folder on your website and uploading your images to a subfolder using FTP or an online file manager. Some galleries will run from a web page on your site which you can then customise, whereas others can be inserted into a page you have created yourself, giving you more control over the layout.

The more advanced gallery programs store all the photograph, album and related information in a database, such as MySQL Not every hosting account will include this so it is important to check that a database is available when choosing your hosting package.

Galleries which use a database are much easier to maintain and allow you to update and organise your gallery using an online administration tool instead of having to copy files to the server, edit text files and resize your images manually.

Many galleries include slide-shows, however you do not need a fully featured gallery if all you need is a slideshow.

Slide Shows

There are also a large number of different kinds of solutions for displaying your images in a slide show. These range from the simplest technique of moving through a list of images every few seconds, to visually impressive special effects and transitions.

The most popular techniques are Javascript and Flash slideshows.

Both of these solutions involve adding some kind of code to your website and uploading your photos to a source directory on your host server.

Using the Flash option also requires that any visitors to your site have the Adobe Flashplayer installed in their web browser. As any delay in a website loading can put off potential viewers it is important to ensure this is done properly and that if the user is unable to install the flashplayer, a fallback method is available so the images can still be viewed.

This has become even more of an issue recently due to the widely publicised arguments between Apple and Adobe. Apple have banned the use of the Flashplayer plugin on their iPads, iPhones and the iPod touch, claiming that it’s heavy use of the devices processing power will spoil the users experience due to slow loading and crashing. Considering the increasing popularity of Apple’s devices world wide, especially in the design and creative industries, it is a wise move to ensure that users of these devices are not excluded from viewing your work.

Unlike the other options, Flash is not open source but is owned by adobe. As such it is hard to customise one of these slideshows as once the author releases the Flash file it cannot be edited, so usually you only have the option of changing the photos which are displayed.

The most widely accessible method of creating a slide-show is to use a Javascript solution. This involves uploading some script files to a particular location on your server and including a link to the main Javascript file in your web page’s HTML code.

There is plenty of choice in Javascript based solutions out there offering different transition effects and levels of customisation. If you are familiar with Javascript you will find you can generally customise these to your heart’s content.

Recommendation

I would recommend that if you are serious about making a professional looking site with your art or photography that you choose a combination of these two methods. A gallery program which allows you to easily upload, tag and share your images to keep things fresh, and a slide-show which will run without the need for 3rd party plugins to ensure you or your web developer can fully customise the viewers experience.

Below are a selection of links for gallerys and slide-shows. All of these are open source and free to use. Gallery and Coppermine are one – click installs with all Creative Transmissions accounts. All of the slideshows can be used with pretty much any web hosting account as they do not rely on any particular server – side technologies. I would suggest checking them all out to see which suits your needs. There are of course many more out there and new solutions are being developed all the time.

Gallery Links

Please note that most of these galleries can be previewed using a number of themes, look for a drop down box at the top of the page to change them.

CoppermineDemo Page

GalleryDemo Page

PloggerDemo Page

Zen PhotoDemo Page

Slideshow Links

Leigeber Animated SlideshowDemo Page

Barack SlideshowDemo Page

Space GalleryDemo Page

PikachooseDemo Page

NoobSlideDemo Page