WP/LR Sync

Synchronize WordPress with Lightroom

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.

WordPress Lightroom Sync

Who is this for?

This plugin will be extremely useful if you:

  • alter your post-processing, enhance your photos as you go
  • modify the associated metadata (title, caption, keywords, etc…)
  • change or alter your watermark
  • need a different resolution for your original images in WP
  • like to maintain your folders and collections in from Lightroom
  • and so many other use cases!

WP/LR Sync is an essential 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 through 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 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 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 WordPress install. Just read the tutorial.

Collections & extensions

You might have galleries, albums (or something similar) in you WordPress. It 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 🙂

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 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.

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.

 

Download, Try & Buy

  • sɹǝpuǝǝ⅂ ™ʞuɐɹℲ

    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 🙂

      • 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 🙂 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 🙂

      • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • Dennis Henß

    Hey Jordy,

    I’m actually testing the trial version and having an issue.
    After uploading a picture it is shown twice in my media pool in WordPress. The reduced picture is beeing uploaded and a another, same named file with just 3 Bytes of file size.
    Can you give me a hint if I’m doing something wrong or is this a behavior related to the trial version?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dennis

    • Hi Dennis. Not sure what is happening, it’s the first time I hear that one photo being uploaded appear twice in the Media Library. Wasn’t this photo already present? Technically, I don’t see how this could be happening actually. Also, you could check your PHP Error Logs, also try with all the other plugins you are using disabled, maybe another plugin is doing something on upload?

  • Terry Kahler

    Hi Jordy. I’ve been using your plugin now for quite some time and I love it. I have synced so many photos that I now need to reorganize my structure. What is the best way to accomplish this? I could not find an automated way of doing so and reorganizing in LR does not automatically move the photo in WP. It just makes another copy. Is this a manual process? If so, what is the right procedure? Let me know.

    • You mean, you would like to create folders and collection in your Publish Service? Right now, everything is in “Photos” (in italic)? If yes, then you can create folders, create collections, move your photos from “Photos” to your collection, publish that collection. WP/LR Sync will NOT add a new photo in WP, it is the same one, so there is no problem. However, you might want to clean you “Photos” (in italic) in LR, in that case you can delete those photos after they have been published through a collection, they will not be deleted on WP since they are somewhere else as well 🙂

      Technically and logically it makes a lot of sense actually but if you are not a developer it might not be easy to grasp. I hope it helps 🙂

      • Terry Kahler

        Hi Jordy. I did not explain myself very well. I already have a lot of folders each with collections in them. I want to reduce the number of folders and collections so it will require to move them around. If I move them in LR they don’t move in WP and vice-versa. What’s the best way to reorganize folders and collections so they stay in sync?

        • If you move the folders and collections in LR, they move in WP. If you move them in WP, that is not replicated in LR though. So the best way is to re-organize everything in LR.

          If you want to gather collections together, make sure you publish the images that you moved into one before deleting the previous one. Maybe that’s not important for you, that depends on the install, but doing so will not delete the original files and re-upload new ones, it will keep the same ones which is better.

          • Terry Kahler

            Thanks Jordy. That’s what I was looking for. I appreciate it.

      • Terry Kahler

        Hi Jordy. I did not get a response to my clarification. Can you take a look at this when you get a chance?

  • Hi, Really loving this plugin so far. Just a quick question – I’f I delete an unattached photos from WordPress, will Lightroom remove the same photos from the LR collection? Or is the plugin one-way LR > WP sync only?

    • Hi, and thank you 🙂 You need to delete that photo from the Publish Service in LR, it synchronizes in one way.

  • George Cook

    Hi Jordy,
    Congratulations on 3.0
    How do I upgrade to the new version without having to purchase again?
    I believe purchased an account for 1-3 websites forever but that level does not appear to exist anymore.

  • Matthew Brown

    how can I find my log in to download this paid product again please?

  • Julien Ferrandez

    Hi, I don’t get the point that I have to pay for 1 or more URL. For my photography website with different galleries (each with its own url I guess), do I have to buy “the starter” for all my website or something for each of the gallery ?

    • Hi! Of course, your website is only one main URL 🙂 The Starter is totally fine.

      • Julien Ferrandez

        perfect, it seemed obvious in this way but we never know … I ha
        trouble to finish my order, I tried a few times with different debit
        card and I always get the message “Error: Bad request – parameter error”, any idea ?

  • cylemo

    Hi I purchased the lightroom plugin last year september (yearly subscription). How do I upgrade to the newest version?
    Thank you

  • Skeeter

    You need a VERY clear “call-to-action” on your page. I’m interested in your plugin but I’m clicking around and around and it took me forever to find how to buy it (i.e., give you money) and then suddenly I can’t find the differences between starter, professional, agency, etc.

    Just a suggestion from a marketing guy — keep it simple. Your sales process should be so simple that even your granny (or grandpap) could figure out how to give you money.

    • Hi, I have added a few buttons but the main one is on the left, it wasn’t easy to find? And I would rather have only one option to buy it unfortunately I need to please so many people, so I try to made options for them. Originally there was only one option but it didn’t work at all.

  • Downloaded many months ago. Decided to you use now. Said Trial had Expired. Decided to purchase a $19 subscription. Got email with key, entered key, got: No Subscription was found for this serial….

    • I think that’s because you are using the old version of the LR plugin you installed at this time. You need to use the download link you got in the welcome e-mail and it will work 🙂

  • Ry Beaver

    Hi Jordy – quick question – what version of WordPress does this work with? I am assuming as it needs a WordPress plugin it will only work on .org and not wordpress.com sites? I did read through the FAQs but couldnt see it jump out at me. Thanks Ry

    • Hello Ry! Plugins only work with your own install of WordPress (WordPress.com is a specific service owned by Automattic, you can only use their plugins, very limiting, not recommended). It works with any version though 🙂

      • Ry Beaver

        Thanks very much. Looks like more compelling reasons to move away from WordPress.com and setup my own install..

  • How come this is free on wordpress.org?

    anyway. Can I sync images to a specific folder in wp?
    Like now I am using Alloy photo LR to Nextgen gallery plugin.

    I have some albums that I would like to sync images to. And currently with alloy I can update new images to WP without even opening WP.

    • Actually I am not sure what you are looking for 🙂 You are using NextGen + Alloy. That system is very restrictive and only works with NextGen but it seems that is exactly what you want to do (= updating NextGen albums). WP/LR Sync can do exactly that but not with NextGen (since it is a extremely closed gallery system) but it works with any other open gallery systems out there, any themes, including the natural WordPress flow (and could work with NextGen with an extension, some people do it but I don’t recommend it).

      • lets say I have website.com/images where I have a gallery of some sorts. Currently I use JIG on the front end that fetches images from nextgen. when I upload from LR, it will automatically show on website.com/images.

        Can I do the same with WP/LR sync if I use wp real media library?

        And you didn’t answer me regarding the free verstion. is that an older version that wont be updated or?

        • There is no free version, but yes, the WP part is downloadable for free, you need to buy the license and insert it into the LR plugin.

          Yes you can do basically the same, WP/LR Sync + RML. But I am not developer behind RML so for what it can do exactly you need to check that plugin.

          • ah of course. forgot there was two parts in this equation 🙂

    • Usually it’s either the match is totally perfect or totally un-perfect. Technically speaking, 64% is actually very low with the algorithm I am using 🙂 I could make this better but you would need to have Google kind of servers for that or it would take months.

  • The Plugin looks very promising, but before I purchase, I need to know two things:
    1. If I buy the «Standard – 19.00$ Yearly / 5 URLs» … can I use this license on two different Lightroom Installations → 1 × Desktop (3 URLs) and 1 × Laptop (1 URL)?

    2. Is there an Upgrade from the «Standard – 19.00$ Yearly / 5 URLs» to the «Standard (Lifetime) – 99.00$ Lifetime / 5 URLs» license?

    • 1. No problem, as many Lightroom installs as you want! The only restriction is the number of URLs, not the number of Lightrooms 🙂
      2. Yearly and lifetime works differently, so they are not upgrade to each other, they are just totally different. But I can refund one and you can take another one.

  • Creativira

    Hello,

    I’ve got all working and synching is great. I noticed files that have ‘@2x’ in the name, the ‘@’ gets removed when it reaches WordPress. Can you confirm if that’s a bug? Thank you for checking.

    • Hi! Good! But the renaming is done by WordPress, it avoids certain type of characters, WP/LR Sync doesn’t do that though. That said, why do you want to upload @2x files through Lightroom?

      • Creativira

        I have retina versions of my logo. It’s just been a practice to add ‘@2x’ for retina images. I see it doesn’t matter for my theme as it has different uploads for different sizes. Please disregard.

        Another Q: Where is the best location to delete files to keep both folders tidy? Delete in LR or WordPress to keep the same number of files?

        Thank you!

  • Justin Goldstein

    What is the minimum version of MAC Lightroom required, to work with this plugin?

  • Gregg

    hi, ive been using WP/LR Sync for several years now. I have a lifetime subscription. Recently Lightroom has let me know that I need to install the latest version even though my current version works just fine. How do I get and install the latest version?

  • Gil Stose

    Hey Jordy! Q for you.
    1. Will wp/lr sync the info back and forth from wp or does it only push the info from LR? For example, if I change the title and filename of an image in WP Media, will LR also get the updated info? I have been using the File Renamer in the media library and am wondering if I am wasting my time doing so.
    2. File renamer is great and i do like the scan feature! Is there a better way to edit text info? If I go via WP Media, when I am done editing, it takes me back to page one of X, despite having worked on page 5 of X. I noticed too that editing txt thru the renamer also does the same thing. Is there a work around?

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