WP/LR Sync

Synchronize WordPress with Lightroom

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WP/LR Sync is a Lightroom Publish Service for WordPress. It helps you to publish (export) your photos, folders and collections to WordPress. More importantly, it keeps them synchronized. Any changes applied to your photos (post-processing, metadata, watermark, etc) or to your collections will trigger a re-publish. Your website will be always synchronized with your Lightroom.

WordPress Lightroom Sync

Who is this for?

This plugin will be extremely useful if you:

  • sometimes alter your post-processing, enhance your photos
  • modify the associated metadata (title, caption, keywords, etc…)
  • modify your watermark
  • need a different resolution for your images on your website
  • would like to maintain your folders and collections in WordPress from Lightroom
  • etc…

WP/LR Sync is an important tool for photographers or bloggers using a lot of photos in their articles.

How does it work?

WP/LR Sync is a bundle of two plugins. One is available on the WordPress repository and has to be installed on your WordPress website. The other one is for Lightroom and can be downloaded from here (sidebar on the right). The two plugins will communicate and keep everything synchronized. You can learn how to install and use WP/LR Sync on this tutorial. Your Media Library will be synchronized with your WP/LR Sync Publish Service in Lightroom and will look like this.

WP/LR Sync Media

You will be also able to filter your photos by collection. For instance, below, I chose to only work with the photos of my collection Dreamland: The End.

WP/LR Sync Library Filter

If you are only interested in synchronizing your photos with your Media Library in WordPress, you don’t need to read further. It will work on any kind of WordPress install. Just read the tutorial.

Collections & extensions

You might have galleries, albums (or something similar) in you WordPress. This is not a core feature of WordPress, it is brought by specific plugins such as Photo Gallery, NextGEN or, ideally, the themes. They create those for you and they all work in a different way.

So how can WP/LR Sync make your folders and collections available to those plugins and themes? It is done through the WP/LR Extensions. They are additional plugins loaded by WP/LR Sync. The extension called Post Types is included by default and can cover the vast majority of themes.

WP/LR Sync is clean and powerful. As this data is stored internally by WP/LR Sync, you can even switch plugins and themes : your folders and collections will always follow you.

WP/LR Sync Collections

For more information about the extensions, click here.

iPhone App

The WP/LR Sync API allows external applications to use it (with authentification through a QR Code). So there is now a free iPhone app on the Apple Store: WP/LR Sync Portfolio on Apple Store. Please try it πŸ™‚

More features

WP/LR Sync has plenty of features to please its geekiest users (and I am one of them). In Lightroom, you will find two interesting modules (in Library > Plug-in Extras).

Total Synchronization will link (then synchronize) the photos you have previously uploaded to your WordPress with your Lightroom. This special process uses image recognition and metadata to do the matching. You can learn more about it here.

Switch Photos lets you pick two photos on your Lightroom (one should be already uploaded on your WordPress, the other not) and will switch them. That’s the easiest way to replace a photo by another one on your website.

Reviews

If you are curious to see what people and blogs say about the plugin, you can check those links. They can also help you understand what the plugin does.

  • sɹǝpuǝǝ⅂ β„’ΚžuɐɹℲ

    An amazing plugin. It really works seamless! I had some trouble because I was new using Lightroom but I got great support from the developer!

    • Thank you, and don’t hesitate to share you URL πŸ™‚

      • WP has its’ own rootdir and all sub dir belong to wp. I don’t store my photos within wp. they’re off in another completely separate dir.

        • Then it’s better for you to use a LR plugin that does upload through FTP. Not possible to do synchronization or anything since you are completely not using the WordPress system, and you would miss 99% of my plugin features πŸ™‚ I am not sure why you are doing this though.

          • I’m doing it this way because WP isn’t the only site I support with Bluehost space. Also I then control the photos NOT WP. Gives me greater independence to do what I want and NOT what WP thinks I should be doing. Also when I do a backup of WP I’m not waiting forever for the backup to complete. The photos are already backed up on my desktop system.

          • Mmm. You also lose completely all the advantages of WordPress, maybe you shouldn’t use it. WP/LR Sync is not for you neither, has it plugs into WordPress. You should look for a FTP only solution, I think there are Publish Services like this, or host your images somewhere else like on Smugmug and reference to them from your website.

  • ErnstWG

    Hey Jordy. I am trying to sync between LR and WP. Basically it works. I can’t make it work to sync the keywords or to see them. Can you hello or guide me somehow?
    Kind regards, Ernst Wilhelm

    • Hi! The keywords can be enabled in the options. You would need also to re-publish your images from Lightroom (right click + mark as to be republished) and the keywords would be created πŸ™‚

      • ErnstWG

        I ‘ve just read C’T magazine. Congrats.

  • ErnstWG

    Hey Jordy.

  • ErnstWG

    Hey Jordy. After synchronization I can’t make the images assigned to a tag “Portraits” appear. See here https://ernst-wilhelm-grueter.de/attachment_keyword/portraits . Do you have any idea?

    • Hi! You need to modify your .htaccess for this, this is not related to WP/LR Sync at all, it is a about the Permalink that you need to set up. By the way, it’s better to contact me directly through “Contact” since this page is more about the presentation fo the plugin πŸ™‚

  • I keep my photo seperate from WP. That they are at the same website but the photos are not in a subdirectory of WP. Will WP/LR Sync support this mapping?

  • Morgan Hvidt

    Hi Jordy, I’ve been searching for “stock” photography solution. Is there a way to seamlessly have WP/LR Sync integrated into WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads? I’m looking to have watermarked photos as thumbnails, and full res download after purchase. Thanks!

    • Hi Morgan! I would love to work on such a solution for photographers. I actually contacted EDD recently to ask them if we could work together, or if they could let me use their plugins for free so that I can really test everything out in order to be able to propose a solution to the photographers but they don’t do that apparently, I would need to buy a few plugins to make sure I really understand their system. It’s just a big investment in time, and I am okay with this but it’s also money so I am waiting for a client to ask this to me so that I could find time and work seriously on testing, and implementing it if required.

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