WordPress Plugins For The Win
These are truly exciting times we are living in. As professional photographer, if your website uses WordPress plugins, you are going to want to sit up and pay a little attention.
Would you like an easy and seamless way for your clients to order prints through your own website?
If you said yes, you are in the majority. With nearly 30% of all photography websites based on WordPress, the time has come to be able to fully harness the power behind the ubiquitous platform.
My friend, Scott Wyden Kivowitz, who works for Imagely just sent me an email to confirm that print fulfillment is now a reality for wedding and portrait photographers.
This is BIG news.
After nearly four years of development, Imagely‘s NextGen Pro WordPress plugin now will allow your clients to place print orders through your own website!
How awesome is that?
Learn more about print fulfillment via the NextGen Pro WordPress plugin.
The Interview With Scott Wyden Kivowitz
A few days before the announcement, I actually got to chat with Scott about the update to their legendary WordPress plugin. Check out that interview below:
P.S. We talk about the NextGen Pro plugin being updated “today” but it was technically launched yesterday.
As it so happens so many times, after the interview is recorded I am reminded of some questions that forgot to ask Scott. He was very kind to respond. I'm sure site speed and plugin reliability are your concerns as well. Here is what he had to say about both of those topics:
WordPress, including themes and plugins, can have security issues. But so do Google, Apple, Squarespace and every other software company out there. You don’t hear about most of them. WordPress security issues come up so often because it’s easy to attack open-source software, used by 30% of the Internet. Even Microsoft had 529 vulnerabilities in 2019 alone which are individually listed here. Apple had 229.
With that said, my suggestion is to use themes and plugins from reputable companies. These are companies who update their products often for compatibility with constant changes in technology. But also companies who are updating their products, fast, to solve any security issues that may arise.
I’d recommend hosting with companies who keep their servers up to date and WordPress up to date. For example, hosts that use PHP version 5.2 and older are vulnerable to security holes not visible in PHP version 7.2 or above. So you can clog leaks by merely keeping the server up to date, which has nothing to do with WordPress.
In addition to updates, you can identify reputable companies by how active they are responding to social posts, how active they are in public forums, how they’re reviewed regularly, and so on.
Imagely's NextGen Pro
So, there you have it. Will you be updating your WordPress plugins to include NextGen Pro? How do you think your clients are going to react when they are able to book a session AND order their prints through your site?
While right now the only lab onboard to work with NextGen Pro is WHCC, that is likely to change as more labs are integrated in the system. Which professional labs would you like to see work with this application?
If you are handy with WordPress (and even if you are not, the folks at Imagely will help you out), I hope you will consider this WordPress plugin.