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7 WordPress Plugins for Photographers

A photography site comes with its own unique set of needs. For example, you need to ensure that all your images are well optimized and displayed in an appropriate way. If you are running a WordPress site, there are several plugins you can choose from to enhance the functionality of your site or blog.

1. SharePrints

SharePrints is an easy to use premium plugin that comes with very interactive gallery features. It also offers great social features such as intuitive social sharing and image commenting. You can choose from gallery styles such as the slider layouts and masonry. This plugin is fully responsive and allows you to create galleries which are compatible with a wide range of devices.

2. NextGEN Gallery

This popular WP gallery plugin has been downloaded more than 11 million times. It comes with features such as slideshows, lightboxes, Pinterest-style galleries, and watermarking. The more recent version of NextGEN is designed for ecommerce and allows users to sell photos directly from their site. This makes it stand out among other gallery plugins out there.

3. Envira Gallery

This is a premium WP gallery plugin which is slowly gaining popularity for its simplicity and attractiveness. It is fully responsive, thus compatible across different devices and browsers. Envira allows you to deep link to specific images, enable full-screen mode, protect your gallery against downloaders, and add Pin It buttons.

4. WP iSell Photo

Once your visitors have seen your albums and photo galleries, you might want to sell them your services or your photos. This plugin allows you to sell digital products and images directly from your WordPress site. Once WP iSell Photo is installed, you can create a store and stock it with the photos or products you desire to sell. This plugin can be integrated with PayPal to accept payments.

5. WP-Invoice

If you decide to sell photos on your site, you will inevitably have to deal with the task of billing your customers. The good news is that you can make your work easier by installing the WP-Invoice plugin. This plugin allows you to send invoices and bills to clients via email. Since all this is processed via PayPal, you will have a proper record of all your transactions. Besides invoicing and billing customers, this plugin can also be used to provide prospects with estimates.

6. Shutter Reloaded

This plugin allows you to create galleries which can carry an unlimited number of photos. In addition, Shutter Reloaded allows you to manage the sizes of your photos. Large photos can slow down the loading speeds of your site, thus resulting in loss of traffic and potential customers. This plugin comes with several awesome options for customizing your gallery.

7. Flickr Photostream

This cool plugin allows you to integrate Flickr Photostream to your WordPress blog or site. You can set the maximum number images which will appear on every page, thus ensuring a more attractive appearance. This plugin also enables you to insert titles and captions to your photos.

Having the above plugins installed on your WordPress site will make your photography experience even more exciting. Other plugins which could come in handy include ThingLinkFlareBooking CalendarEWWW Image OptimizerSlideDeck and SEO Friendly Images.

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