WP/LR Sync is a Lightroom Publish Service for WordPress. It exports your photos to WordPress, along with the folders and collections, and it keeps them synchronized. Any changes applied to your photos (post-processing, metadata, watermark, etc.) or your folders and collections will be replicated. Your WordPress website will be always synchronized with your Lightroom.
This plugin will be extremely useful if you:
WP/LR Sync is an essential tool for photographers or bloggers using a lot of photos in their articles.
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 through this tutorial. Your Media Library will be synchronized with your WP/LR Sync Publish Service in Lightroom and will look like this.
You will also be 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 works out of the box with the standard WP Gallery. You just need to add attributes to the [ gallery ] shortcode in WordPress, for examples collections=’…’ or keywords=’…’ and the photos will appear as in your Lightroom. There is a screen in WP/LR Sync that will help you figure out how to use those attributes.
To make your galleries look better, give a try to the Meow Gallery.
Through different plugins and themes, you might have features related to galleries, albums or something similar. Those are not core features of WordPress, they are brought by specific plugins such as Photo Gallery, NextGEN or, ideally, themes. Their implementation is always different. You can’t even switch easily (or at all) from one to another.
WP/LR Sync makes your folders, collections, and keywords available to those plugins and themes through the WP/LR Extensions. The extension called Post Types is shipped with WP/LR Sync and covers the vast majority of themes.
WP/LR Sync is clean and powerful. Since all its data is kept internally, you can even switch between plugins or between themes: your folders and collections can always follow you.
This is for advanced users only and you might need a developer or a WordPress professional to help you. For more information about the extensions, click here.
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 🙂
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 unique 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.
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.