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6 Essential WordPress Plugins For Professional Photographers

November 5, 2014 3 Comments RSS Feed

While there is no shortage of photo storage and sharing services around these days, if you’re a serious photographer who makes a living taking pictures, you’re going to need a web site to promote your business, interact with clients, and display your images.

Many photographers choose WordPress for their business sites. It’s a powerful content management system and it combines just the right amounts of flexibility and ease-of-use to offer users who aren’t technically inclined a straightforward platform to build their site on.

But, one of the main draws for photographers is the huge number of photography-focused plugins available for WordPress. They turn WordPress from being a great application to build any site into a site that’s perfectly suited for running a photography business.

In this article, I’m going to look at six plugins that any photographer should know about.

SlideDeck 2 For WordPress

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There are many slider plugins for WordPress, but SlideDeck 2 takes sliders to another level. It makes it very easy to create customized sliders to display images, text, and videos. SlideDeck includes dozens of “lenses”, which allow for the creation of many different slider formats.

Shutter

Wordpress Plugin Shutter

Shutter is a photo proofing and slideshow plugin that allows photographers to display images for their clients to select. It includes watermarking features so that photographers can display their images without allowing them to be downloaded in their unmarked version, and per client galleries so that clients can browse their sets, make choices, and access the full resolution version with or without payment.

BirchPress

Wordpress Plugin BirchPress

If you’re a portrait photographer or need a way to manage appointments, BirchPress is the plugin for you. It’s a powerful scheduling and booking extension that allows clients to see your availability and book appointments from within your WordPress website.

SEO Friendly Images

Photography sites are obviously image intensive, and that means you need to pay particular attention to search engine optimizing your images. SEO Friendly Images will help you take care of you images ALT and TITLE attributes tags.

Media Manager Plus

Wordpress Plugin Media Manager Plus

While WordPress is great for displaying images, its media management capabilities may be more limited than a professional photographer is used to. Most will use external services for hosting images, like Flickr or 500px. Media Manage Plus is a handy way to integrate those services with WordPress’s media management, allowing photographers to easily bring images from external hosting and sharing services into their site.

Simplified Social Sharing

Of course, it’s not enough to get images into your site, you’ll also need to provide a way for your site’s users to share them over social media. Simplified Social Sharing provide a straightforward sharing widget that supports most of the major social networks.
These are some of the highlights available for photographers who use WordPress, but there are many more. If you have a favorite photography related plugin, feel free to share it in the comments below.

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  • alex

    “free” base empty platform. totally useless without the extensions. Which are NOT free. I use fotomoto to sell the images, a plugin for password protecting and pixproof for proofing.

    Workflow > Batch watermark photos in Photoshop, then set up page with photos. Client gets passworded page, logs in for proofing, i get the list back, (and proof back and forth if needed) and send the files to him via google drive for high res photos, or he can download them directly from my website (fotomoto) – for a fee – for low res. Using fotomoto, client can also download high res, buy prints, canvas, or framed print. Win-win. Plenty of options along the way. One thing lacking is a built-n invoicing system. Another is albums/folders for uploaded files.

    I tried sunshine, it takes ages to load… after 15 secs and still loading, i shut it down. not an option for me.

  • I think you raise exactly the right points Alex. Sunshine is worthless without any of the add ons and they all start at like 10 bucks. You can’t even get a basic set up for less than $40. Don’t have a problem buying software, but I have an issue being told its great and then finding out it won’t do anything unless I buy the whole thing.

  • Danial Wilson

    All your elements regarding photography are great.
    I would like to suggest Avartan Slider WordPress plugin for professional photography. It showcase your gallery and photos in a fascinating way. I’m sure that it’s image sliders, video sliders, content sliders, text and animations makes your photo more interesting. It has unique features like touch and swipe navigation, drag and drop visual slider builder, multi-media content and much more. It will help you to grab users attention very quickly.