Photography Store Extension for Woocommerce
Photography products need a more efficient way to be added, configured, and displayed.
1. Bulk image product uploader similar to flickr - Uploads and creates electronic products with preset attributes.
2. Selectable product type, "photography" just like simple, variable, etc. that activates the appropriate tabs and functionality required for a photography store
3. Product based on size, or bulk purchase amount.
4. Automatic watermarking for featured image if photography product type is selected. Check out the Image Store Plugin
5. Connection to print companies like mpix.com for print and frame options.
6. Lightbox layout with checkboxes to quickly select images. Great for portrait photography or wedding photography. In my case it would be good for Real Estate Photography selections and options for Realtors so I can upsell.
7. Private viewing and selection gallery for non-public images, i.e. weddings, Real Estate.
Hope this gives you some great ideas.
A woothemes Photo Cart child theme for photographers like Smug Mug or Proof Press. It seems like wooCommerce would be ideal at dealing with this.
Thanks for your query. :)
During our original rounds of development, we reached a point where a second round of customer development was required.
During these talks with photographers, it occurred to us that we were developing too many features to fully satisfy the needs of a professional event photographer.
We have thus gone back to the drawing board on this project and have moved through a new round of customer development talks, followed by our current wireframing and prototyping phase.
We'll be sure to keep everyone updated as to the project's progress, and look forward to sharing the results with everyone. :)
Thanks and regards,
Chief Product Officer at WooThemes
Arnfinn Nilsen commented
It's status since Oct 28, 2013 has been STARTED.
In http://www.woothemes.com/2013/10/maximize-your-photography/ they say "This extension is estimated to be launched towards the end of Q2 2014. Please stay tuned to our blog for updates as soon as we have them."
Everyone knows that such projects may stumble upon unknown roadblocks and complexities that makes the need for the estimated timeline to be extended. No problem understanding that. From an organisation like Woo, I would have expected at least some feedback to address some of the questions raised. Is it close to release? Is it postponed one month? 'Till next year? Mothballed for eternity? Some feedback shouldn't be too much to ask for...
One of the reasons I'm still waiting for this is that I have investigated all the excisting WordPress based solutions I could find. They all have their clear limitations. The WooCommerce ecosystem on the other hand opens to many new opportunities more fluid and advanced than those other solutions dedicated for photograpy; stock (digital media) and print. The main drawback with all the excisting solutions I have found so far is that they are proprietary and you have to rely on the good faith and goodwill of the the same vendor for every change or addition you need, where the WooCommerce is an entire open ecosystem.
One of the most significant benefits of a better communication from the assigned team is to collect input from various photographers needs and wishes. Since this project is already past it's estimated release date, I would assume that at least something has been done with the Extension up until this point.
Please give us some feedback and interact with us, Woo. ;)
Gideon Fisher commented
This is exactly the thing that I wanted to know, and it looks like there are very few answers or updates from Woo.
I'm in the middle of updating my wordpress theme to an all bells and whistles type thing. And whilst I'm very excited to have a sleek new look, I'm also dreading hooking up my old Online Picture Proof portal.
O.P.P. have no styling options (apart from basic colours etc). So, when I do all that call to action work to get people excited about their pictures, they have to go outside of my site to a slightly crappier one. Not good for sales.
As soon as woo develop an interactive sales platform for wedding and portrait photographers, we will all snap their hands off! I'll pay you cash money!
Arnfinn Nilsen commented
This was promised for late Q2 this year. We are already well into Q3 and still no status or info from Woo...
Any new info about this?
That's a big disappointment... I was holding my breath!!
I got a reply from Woo Twitter saying they are not developing this but a 3rd party dev and they don't know when it will be ready. I wouldn't hold your breath on this coming out soon. I'm tempted to develop this myself. It's quite a big project though.
Any update on this…?
I would like to add that most e-commerce solutions are designed to display one image size only and it is really important for photographers and artists to have the option to be able to display landscape, portrait and square image formats in their shops.
This exactly what I'm looking for in Woocommerce. The sort of extension would be ideal for photography websites I'm developing for clients! I hope this is an extension that will arrive soon.
Good start but what is missing? An API for the delivery part, because I need to be sure that the result is 100% like I expect. There should be an connection to proceed with the order after the payment. Print the images at my own or send them to my favorite lab or ...
So this has started, any update on the planned release of this?
And I would love to beta test it.
Read the reviews of how many people are dissatisfied with Smug and Zen. Both of these are comparably priced between $100 - $150 usd per year with unlimited storage.
Photocrati like Woo runs through Wordpress but falls short and it's priced at $89.
They do offer a money back guarantee which they did live up to in my case.
Photoshelter is the next logical choice but comes in at $360 per year with 60GB of storage.
For the photography offering a specialty in Landscape or other Fine Art this is brilliant.
However, for the Studio Professional that needs to offer a wide variety of sizes, mounting, framing and private galleries, the WooCommerce as is now also falls short.
I don't think the automatic watermarking is a big deal, when the vast majority of photographers use Photoshop or Lightroom. And I'd say the majority of Pro Photographers would choose to handle print orders themselves.
It is the taking of print orders that is the most important part.
Selling prints - this would be a gallery of images, divided into categories, where anyone can purchase a print of an image.
An existing shopping cart theme would require each image to be set up as a different product, with size and print options set up as variations. But this would quickly create a huge product list.
It would be much better to have the products as just the print options, and then associate that with an image by selecting an image from a gallery. That way, each image does not have to be set up as a new product. It is just added to an image gallery. And then referenced from the shopping cart by a unique code when someone wants to purchase a print of that image. Similar to the Product Add On plugin.
Ideally, it is the image that the customer selects first, and then the customer selects the size and print options, followed by delivery options.
Digital downloads/purchases of images would be useful.
And a client area - these images are behind a login and are for clients to view only. Images can be viewed and selected, and print options/products selected through a shopping cart.
Add me to the list. Thanks for the suggestion.
Paul Ram commented
@James is there already planned a date for the release? I realy like the features of this plugin. Keep up the good work!
Would love this functionality! Especially a bulk upload feature that watermarked, resized, and created a digital product automatically. If you could change the price of a group of photos easily that would be great too.
I have been looking for a Photography-based WP theme with eCommerce for a long time now.
And there isn't a good solution out there.
But I'm sure there is lots of scope for such a Theme.
In order to sell prints, with various framing options, and digital downloads of images.
David Taylor commented
Also - the purchase button needs to lead to an option where the buyer can choose from multiple size/price options.