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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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Please make it easy for your potential clients to contact you :-)
Contact forms make it easy for leads and customers to contact you. All photographers should be using these recommendations on their contact pages.
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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We're planning a Q&A episode for The WordPress Photography Podcast. Share your questions at http://buff.ly/1PkRbgJ
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Wow, when did we get to over 3500 members? HAHA!

For those who spend more time on Facebook than on Google Plus be sure to also join https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordpressphotographers/
Log into Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family, and people you know.
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Wow, I never noticed it got so large. I'm surprised more people to start discussions. But then again, I'm not because this is Google Plus :-)
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Aaron Hockley

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Are Copyright Activists Overreacting to WordPress 4.4's new oEmbed Provider Feature?
Upcoming WordPress oEmbed features make it easy to embed your WordPress content elsewhere on the web. Good deal, or a copyright concern?
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Sad that it needs a plugin to do that, but then again, I'd place the whole WP community more on the side that is more biased towards freely floating content that protecting copyright...
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Aaron Hockley

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How much does site performance matter?

I found this infographic interesting so I blogged it, but it's a look at how just one second of website delay can affect conversions.

(disclosure: the infographic was built by WP Engine, and I'm an affiliate. Even if you have no desire in their hosting, the stats are interesting. This link isn't an affiliate link, but the ones in my blog post are).
Performance matters. With this look at WP Engine speed, an infographic covers how even a second or two will make a measurable difference in site results.
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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Coming in WordPress 4.3 is a Site Icon feature. You'll be able to upload an image to be used as your favicon.  It also creates the Apple and Windows phone icons.  Android phones use the normal Favicon.

https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16434

I just tested the beta and works nicely!

And it looks like themes don't need to support the feature. It just works globally.
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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The video from my B&H class is now free to watch on YouTube.  Here is the link for anyone who is interested in an intro to WordPress class.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE3-NLZ8aC0
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Thanks!
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Dave Beckerman

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You may find this interesting.  I'm building a site called Wordpress for Photographers (had no idea there was a group dedicated to this).  Of course I'm building it in WP, and one twist is that I've set up a 2nd site so that I could demonstrate various plugins.

Very early on - only at it for about a week - but I have programming / writing / photography experience - and thought this would eventually be a good resource.

Your comments as I go along greatly appreciated.
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Peter Adams
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WooThemes Gets Acquired By Automattic

Big moves in the WordPress economy today. A sure sign of interesting things to come.

I use WooCommerce to sell ebooks at wpphotog.com and support subscriptions for my plugins over at photopressdev.com.

Can wait to see how this fits in with WordPress.com over time.... Feels like Automattic is going head to head with Squarespace.com.

You can also read about this over on +Matt Mullenweg's blog: http://ma.tt/2015/05/woomattic/

Matt Mullenweg announced today that Automattic has acquired WooThemes, whose flagship product is the popular eCommerce plugin, WooCommerce. All 55 team members at WooThemes will join Automattic, swelling ranks at Automattic by around 18%.
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so interesting,like it
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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The 1st Q&A of #WordPress #photography podcast is being recorded Thursday. Ask your question https://www.imagely.com/podcast/q
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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I started a new podcast about WordPress for photographers. You can catch the first 5 episodes at http://www.imagely.com/podcast/ or in iTunes or Stitcher.

Is there someone you'd like to see on the show?
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Alladom kassah

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Hello guys..i am looking for a plugin that will let my ckients choose their photos and be able to download them after retouching..and is also private and secure for my clients. Any ideas??
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NextGEN Pro offers digital downloads as well as proofing. It's built on the most popular gallery plugin, NextGEN Gallery. 
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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If you’re writing up a WordPress or photography Black Friday deal blog post please let me know. I have some for you!
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Hello. I'm the Managing Editor of Digital Photography School (http://digital-photography-school.com/), one of the largest photography sites online - we're looking for a few more paid writers right now. We need photographers who also teach and can write tutorials. 

It includes links to your social media accounts in your bio that appear on all articles you write and up to 2 links to your website/product or whatever you want in your bio as well. We have "millions" of page views monthly (ranges between 5-7 million) and lots of eyeballs of people who want to learn photography. Our audience is mostly beginner to intermediate and amateur.
If this sounds like something you want to do (we're looking for a commitment of 2/month) you can see the details and apply here: http://jobs.problogger.net/view/10023 

Also please share with any other photography/bloggers that might fit this bill and be interested too. Thanks!

I will be making the final picks as the editor so you can ask me any questions here.  
Digital photography tips and tutorials for camera owners of all levels. Read by over 5 million people per month.
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Would love to collaborate with you. I am a photographer. Do you have an instagram
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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Such a great question.  And I get into a little detail with the answer too.
 
I was recently asked a fantastic question about photography websites, which does not have a simple answer.

So I decided to break it down into the simplest answer possible.

Should I Have Multiple or One Photography Website?

https://scottwyden.com/one-photography-website/

#AskScottWyden
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thanks for the post. I've struggled with that question and have run sites both ways - catch-all sites as well as niche sites. I too have found that catch-all sites are easier to manage and do better with SEO. This is why I chose to use a generic domain which would allow the site to evolve more freely and wouldn't paint me into a corner in terms of the categories it covers. One of the challenges however is how to host categories of material on one site that would do best to not be seen as combined (i.e.: fine art photography might look watered down if hosted with sport or event photography.) I haven't quite figured out how to best present those various categories in such a way that one doesn't hurt another.
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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This weekend I'm speaking at WordCamp Boston (https://boston.wordcamp.org/2015/) about selling photos with WordPress.

I want to do more of these, and I know many WordCamp's are trying to attract additional non-developers to the events.

So I'm wondering what types of sessions would you find valuable and worthwhile enough to attend a WordCamp? (as a photographer, not a developer)

Comment and let me know!
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Dave Beckerman

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Yes, maybe this is shameless and maybe not --- but I just wrote a rant about the difficulty of finding the "right" theme - or the "right" plugin in the WordPress universe because the feedback loop - those stars and reviews are just so useless.

And now, rather than linking to my WP blog - I'm simply going to say that the reviewing system at WordPress.org compared to say, Amazon - is primative.  And I wonder why that is.

One simple example: how do I refine my search for photography plugins to order them by popularity or downloads, or active installs?

That's just one example.

I'm trying to come up with some rules for what a person should look for before installing a theme or a plugin.  And what is missing - it seems to me - is some sort of Consumer Reports of WordPress.  Some entity that doesn't have a vested interest.

And if that isn't possible - which it doesn't seem to be - a better feedback system (better meaning at least take a look at something more sophisticated in terms of sorts).

And if that functionality is there already (maybe it is and I've missed it) than make it more obvious.  Have an Advanced Search (for instance).

I could go on - but won't.
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+Duane Stevens same here! And I'm debating about naming names. 
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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In 2 days I'll be on the WP Engine show, Finely Tuned Consultant to talk about WordPress in the photography space.  I don't know what they're going to ask, yet, but I hope you will all tune in or watch the recording!

https://plus.google.com/events/ci4aspc5ehps7ifejft06t5stns
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Dan Flint

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Opinions needed on woo themes. I want to redo my portfolio site.
I have a couple of their "legacy" themes. Including the canvas theme. Haven't used them any of them in a while.
Just wondering how they would fair in a non woo upgrade? Would I end up redoing it all?
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Nope. They have a "portfolio" plugin but i don't use that. I believe all the layout customization is simply stored as settings and custom meta-data on the post.
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Peter Adams
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Retina.js is Evil. Kill it before it crashes your WordPress Website

Do yourself a favor right now and check to see if your WordPress theme uses a javascript library called retina.js (you can see this by using a request inspector like Firebug for Firefox or Fidler).

If it is being used keep reading. If you are not make sure than any future themes you buy do not use it.

Ok, why am I so worked up over this? Simple: it has the potential to bring your website to its knees.

Here's the deal. Retina.js is a piece of javascript that replaces normal images on your website with larger versions that are more suitable for display on Apple's retina displays.

Sounds good right? Wrong. 

The way this crafty little thing works is that it lets your web page load and then fires off a new request to the server to check to see if there is a "retina" version of the image (identified like so /images/my_image@2x.png).

It does this for EACH and EVERY image on your page.

If the @2x version is found it pulls it down for display. If not WordPress tries to figure out what to do and ultimately throws a 404 error.

So what's the problem? If you had a simple blog with some light theme graphics this might not be too bad. But if you have a photography website with pages that are full of images, then you have a big problem.

Specifically the problem is that  _missing_ image requests are actually very expensive requests due to the fact that WordPress has to be loaded to handle them.

You see, normally when your web page loads the browser only makes one (or maybe two) requests that WordPress has to handle. However, when retina.js is used on an image heavy website (that does not have @2x retina versions of all images) the browser generates tens of requests that WordPress has handle.

And thus the rub... if your theme uses retina.js you are inadvertently increasing the load on your server exponentially by flooding it with expensive requests.

That's not all. Because retina.js doesn't want it's image swapping thing to be noticeable it basically fires off all of these requests at the same time which can easily create a denial of service situation that can crash your web server when you have a handful or more of simultaneous visitors.

I noticed that this was happening to me on one of my own websites which was periodically running out of memory and becoming unresponsive. Looking at the logs revealed that a ton of 404 errors were happening because of these requests for @2x images on my gallery and taxonomy pages.

Ok end of rant. Here's how to fix this... you have two options:

1. Modify your theme by commenting out the use this evil script. Pretty obvious.

2. Install W3 Total Cache plugin and check the option called "Do not process 404 errors for static objects with WordPress" (It's on the  Browser Cache Settings page). This adds a rewrite rule prevents WordPress from being loaded on requests for missing images. Retina.js will still do it's silly stuff, but this time the 404 errors won't be handled by WordPress.

Happy hunting.
How it works. When your users load a page, retina.js checks each image on the page to see if there is a high-resolution version of that image on your server. If a high-resolution variant exists, the script will swap in that image in-place. The script assumes you use Apple's prescribed ...
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I am amazed at the production, definition and the production of your Paris images.
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