PhotoShelter WordPress Plugin

WordPress.org is a widely used blogging tool, popular for its flexibility and ease of use. PhotoShelter has developed a plugin for WordPress that allows PhotoShelter members to browse their images, galleries, or slideshows to embed within the body of a blog post -- all without leaving WordPress.

You can download the plugin here

 

Download and Install the Plugin

There are two ways you may download and install the plugin.

Method 1:

1. Download the PhotoShelter WordPress plugin.

2. From your WordPress admin area, click on Plugins > Add New.

3. Click on Upload.

4. Use the uploader provided on that screen to locate and select the plugin, which will be in the form of a .zip file.

5. Click Install Now.

6. Click Activate Plugin.

7. Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you'll see a PhotoShelter item in the left column. Click on it.

8. Enter your PhotoShelter login details (email and password) in the form provided. Once you're logged in, you're ready pull in some PhotoShelter content!

Method 2:

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area.

2. From the left-hand menu, click on Plugins > Add New.

3. Search for “photoshelter” in the search bar.

4. Locate PhotoShelter Official Plugin in the search results.

5. Click Install Now.

6. Click Activate Plugin.

7. Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you'll see a PhotoShelter item in the left column. Click on it.

8. Enter your PhotoShelter login details (email and password) in the form provided. Once you're logged in, you're ready pull in some PhotoShelter content!

 

Adding Your PhotoShelter Navigation

The plugin allows you to automatically create a pre-populated PhotoShelter Menu on your WordPress site, which in a single click adds links back to your PhotoShelter galleries page, your shopping cart, and more. After menu creation, it can be tweaked as needed.

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area.

2. Click the PhotoShelter icon from the left-hand navigation. (Make sure that you’ve installed the plugin first – see above for instructions if necessary.)

3. If you haven’t already, log in to your PhotoShelter account from WordPress.

4. Once logged in, note the Add PhotoShelter Menu section, and click the Create PhotoShelter Menu button.

 

You may then edit your PhotoShelter menu, just like you would any other custom menu, by going to the Appearance > Menus section within your WordPress admin area.

From here you can change the navigation item labels, add or delete menu items, rearrange the order of menu items by dragging and dropping, and so on. After the menu has been created, don’t forget to make sure the menu has been added to your WordPress site itself. (This is generally determined by the WordPress theme you are using.)

 

Adding Your PhotoShelter Content to a Post

When adding or editing a post, you'll see a blue PhotoShelter logo  above the form where you enter your post's text.

Click the  to get started. 

Galleries

The first screen you’ll see is Galleries, which displays a list of all of your PhotoShelter galleries. By default, these are sorted alphabetically, but you may use the drop-down menu to change the sort order or direction. You may opt to embed the whole gallery into your post (a slideshow or static cover image), or you may click Browse to navigate to a specific image within that gallery.

Embedding a gallery

To add a gallery to your post, click the embed link under the gallery thumbnail.

Here, you’ll have the choice to embed your gallery as a slideshow or with a static preview image.

If you choose to embed a slideshow, you’ll have the option to choose from your existing slideshow presets to embed the gallery with the look and functionality of your choice. If you don't have any presets, you may simply use the default settings.

Please note that if you attempt to embed a slideshow for a gallery whose visibility is set to anything other than "Everyone," you will receive an error message. To avoid this, you must change the visibility for that gallery in your PhotoShelter account’s Image Browser.

When you’re ready, click Embed Gallery Slideshow to add the slideshow code to your post. When your post is published and a user clicks any image in the slideshow, it will click through the image's home on your PhotoShelter site (unless you have disabled click-through in your slideshow preset).

If you choose instead to embed your gallery with a static image, you’ll have the option to choose the width for this individual image. Click “Insert Gallery (Cover Image)”, and the cover image you’ve set for this gallery will be embedded into your post. (If you haven’t actively selected a cover image for this gallery, which you would have done within your PhotoShelter account itself, we’ll automatically choose the first image in the gallery.)

When a visitor to your WordPress site clicks this embedded image, it will open the gallery in its entirety on your PhotoShelter site.

Embedding a single image

To embed a single image in a WordPress post, you may locate it in one of three ways: browsing to it via a gallery, clicking “Recent Images” (which shows all of your images, sorted with newest uploads first), or by searching for it.

When conducting a keyword search, which you may do from the field located at the top of the “Galleries” tab, please keep in mind that only images you’ve marked as publicly searchable will be returned. The search operates using the same filters as the public search on your site.

Once you've arrived at the image thumbnail you want to embed, click on it to enlarge it. You'll then see several embed options.

You may:

  • Define the width of the image within the post

  • Choose between a Flash embed (which is stronger security for your image and, if priced, comes with a "Buy" button that can be disabled) or an HTML embed

  • Choose to include the IPTC Caption/Description

Click Insert image to add the image to your post according to your preferences. When clicked from your live post, the image will direct to its home on your PhotoShelter site.

Please note that if the image you wish to insert is not marked as publicly searchable or not contained in an "Everyone" gallery, you will see a warning that offers an option to mark the image as searchable from within the plugin. This is a necessary step for ensuring the image’s proper display.

 

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