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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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If you're new to WordPress and local to NYC then please join me!
 
I am happy to share that I'm teaching a class at the B&H Photo event space in NYC.   The class is called WordPress for Photographers - An Introduction and is 100% free! http://buff.ly/1blCUy2

If you are looking to learn about how to use WordPress for your photography website, then please join me on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

This is an intro class, so if you've been using WordPress for a long time then you likely don't need it. 

Seats are limited so please RSVP at the B&H site.  Did I mention it's free? http://buff.ly/1blCUy2
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Wish I could join
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Mel Gattis

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Hey everybody.  Happy Easter.  I was wondering if I could ask for opinions on using a Parallax site (http://themify.me/demo/themes/parallax/) for my photography page (www.MelGattis.com).  Not sure how this would be for seo and the such but I figured I'd ask and get feedback.  Looking to make some changes and update my images.  Thanks.  Mel
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Greetings and thank you for the feedback.  My Theme is Titan.
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Photographers, have a WordPress question? Ask and I’ll try to blog the answer on the Photocrati blog.
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+Duncan Soar No problemo! And thanks for using the theme!
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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I just published an article on the importance of keeping your site up to date.  Check it out at http://www.photocrati.com/keeping-wordpress-up-to-date/ :-)
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Aaron Hockley

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Were you a Pressgram user?

The Pressgram social network and app was interesting, and had a fair amount of buzz a while back.  Eventually it shut down... and I recently interviewed the lead developer and wrote about the story of Pressgram.

Here's what happened.
The story of Pressgram, an independent social networking and photo sharing application with ties to WordPress.
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Great interview.  I decided not to pick up Desk, but I hope John does well with it.
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Alexander S. Kunz
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Just got the notice that both of my sites have been auto-updated. If your WP sites aren't auto-updating you may want to install this update ASAP because it contains a few security fixes.

https://wordpress.org/news/2014/11/wordpress-4-0-1/
WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. Sites that support automatic backgrou...
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+Alexander S. Kunz I tend to be the paranoid type so I do have the contents of that field backed up - especially since all my photo posts are custom css rather than plugin or media library driven.  My CSS situation seems to have resolved itself though - and was likely a problem with my cache plugin.  I turned it off, purged it, and after turning it back on all was well.  This has happened before with updates - which is precisely why I'd rather update on my own and be able to work out these issues immediately rather than have the site in various stages of broken for hours before I notice my update email.
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Eje Gustafsson

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Upgrade to WP4 Ya or Nej? 

Using both +Photocrati and +NextGEN Gallery 
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I agree with +Aaron Hockley.  Developers get more than a month to ensure compatibility. With WP 4.0 there was 3 or 4 months.  We (Photocrati) made sure ours was compatible with the first week it was available as betas :-)
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Fun interview for everyone to listen to.  Bryan and I talk about WordPress themes, plugins and websites for photographers.
 
WordPress Themes and Galleries for Photographers

Listen to an interview I had with +Bryan Caporicci on +Sprouting Photographer discussing #WordPress themes and galleries for photographers http://www.sproutingphotographer.com/57

 Read the show notes prior to listening if you'd like!
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Thank you Marcel.  There are a bunch of email encryption plugins on WP.org.  https://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=encrypt+email
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Do you use a staging site?

Some of the better web hosts (I mention a couple in this article) have made it really easy for novice users to have a test/staging site to test changes with themes, plugins, and the like without the risk of breaking your website.

Does your host offer a staging site?  Do you use it?  What hosts have you found that work well for this?
A web host with a WordPress staging option makes it easy to update or experiment on your website without potentially breaking your "live" site.
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Yes, I use a staging. My host in Canada is WPCloud.ca. They use a system named WP StageCoach, and it works well.
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Alexander S. Kunz
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Can anyone point me to a solution/plugin to block deep-/hotlinking of images?

I found a simple plugin but it doesn't seem to offer a whitelist, and I need to whitelist domains so that Photon (JetPack's CDN for images) will continue to work.

Thanks!
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I think you'd have to use htaccess to prevent hotlinking http://www.htaccesstools.com/hotlink-protection/ but that will also prevent Google from using the images (I believe)
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So, I'm finally happy with my new wordpress site. What do you guys think? Any recommendations of how I can improve it?

Thanks in advance

Sam
The digital photography portfolio of Sam Colbear, a local landscape and travel photographer from Southend-on-Sea, UK
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Nice site. A couple observations:

The layout is beautiful and eye-catching.

The animations don't bother me but maybe they are slightly overdone.

You should be using pretty permalinks!

I found myself wanting BIGGER pictures. The default size is too small for my taste. I have a big monitor and I want to see big pictures.

Those are some suggestions for improvement. Overall, a very beautiful site and very beautiful photography!

Eric
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Siteground.com currently has an easter promo running with pretty compelling prices for WordPress-optimized hosting.

Is anyone here using them? What do you think? Thanks!
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Haven't tried Siteground but love Inmotion. I've been with them and experienced no hassles for the past few years.
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What are your favourite themes for your photography websites?
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Here's another simple one. "Decode" by Scott Smith. Could be a good starting point for something more dynamic.
http://nmf.amityeric.net/
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What dimensions and size do you guys reduce your hi-res images to before uploading to your WordPress media library?

Thanks

Sam
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I use 800px on the long end.
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With WooCommerce releasing a photo extension to their system, I figured now was a good time to write a bit about my take on the current state of WordPress photo ecommerce.
WordPress is a great web platform, but can WordPress photo ecommerce replace hosted services for photo proof and delivery to clients?
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Integration with labs that only support sRGB colorspace is also a huge issue for the fine art market and why a lot of folks self fulfill prints etc. 
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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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We just pushed a super awesome giveaway at +Photocrati.  We partnered with JPEGmini to offer one free JPEGmini Pro license to a lucky winner.  Costs nothing to enter.  I hope you'll try to win :-)
http://photocrati.com/giveaways/jpegmini/
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If lab integration within WordPress existed...

Question 1: Print lab integration within WordPress, on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being extremely important) - how important is it for you?

Question 2: Would you switch from a non-WordPress system to a WordPress only system if the plugin had print lab integration?

Question 3 - How important is not paying commission for you? What if there was one price you paid per year (1 low price) and no commissions on sales.
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+Mike Matenkosky The $99 wouldn't be only for lab integration. It's actually for a full gallery management and display plugin w/ ecommerce and proofing.  Lab integration would be a benefit to paying subscribers.  The plugin already exists without lab integration.
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I was recently pondering Why WordPress and wrote about it.

The article gives some background, but given that this is a WP photographers group, I figured I'd ask the question here as well... why do you use WordPress?
Why WordPress? Here's a look at several answers to that question.
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I had a friend help me design a dynamic website. Eventually I need "more" and my friend wasn't as available, and I didn't have enough knowledge on PHP/MySQL to do it.

I heard a few web designers using WP as a framework, so I figured if they're using it, why not me?
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Aaron Hockley

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iThemes Password Compromise

Heads up: if you have an account with iThemes, they've been compromised and apparently user passwords were stored in plain text: http://ithemes.com/2014/09/25/update-2-security-update-for-ithemes-customers/
As promised, we want to keep you updated on information about the attack on our membership system at iThemes we disclosed Tuesday. (In addition to the post, we sent emails Monday night to every customer in our system to alert you of this issue, asking that you reset your password and other places you use the same …
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Interesting as I never got the e-mail on the 6 sites I maintain.
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Alexander S. Kunz
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Also, is anyone using "something" to prevent Google from hotlinking the full res images directly for grabs in the search results?

I don't, but I found this:
http://inthelimelight.net/stop-google-image-search-from-hotlinking-your-photos-without-a-plugin-bing-too/
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From the site: "First you need to disable client side caching for your website. This is important or the solution will not work."

Be aware that this means that you're going to use a lot more bandwidth on your web server and your site is going to seem a bit slower to repeat visitors.  Whereas with normal browsing if they loaded a page with 10 images and then reloaded that page it would quickly load those images from their browser cache, now it's going to re-download those 10 images from your server on each page load.
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