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.
This plugin will be extremely useful if you:
WP/LR Sync is an important 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 on this tutorial. Your Media Library will be synchronized with your WP/LR Sync Publish Service in Lightroom and will look like this.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.