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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:

Basically, WP/LR Sync is an essential tool for photographers or bloggers using Lightroom.

How does it work?

WP/LR Sync is a bundle of two plugins. One is available in the WordPress repository and has to be installed on your WordPress website. The other one is for Lightroom and needs to be bought from the Meow Apps Store

The two plugins 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. Note that WordPress only displays such custom filters in List Mode and not in Grid Mode (the icon on the left).

WP/LR Sync Library Filter

If you want to see your hierarchy of folders and collections in your Media Library, there is a little option you can activate. It’s simply called the explorer, and it looks like this.

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

Sync with your Galleries

WP/LR Sync offer attributes, helpers, and an API. This allows virtually any kind of WordPress installs to use its data. You can work with this data the way you like, everything is possible. Let’s look at a few easy ways.

The most straightforward is by using the WP Gallery. You simply need to add an attribute to the [ gallery ] shortcode in WordPress, for examples wplr-collections=’…’ or wplr-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. The images order for those attributes is handled by the Custom Order or the Collection Settings from the Lightroom side.

Sync with Galleries

Another solution is to use the Meow Gallery. If you are already using the Gutenberg Editor, the Meow Gallery will allow you to pick very naturally the collection you need. And it will be prettier and nicer than the standard Gallery.

Complex gallery systems can also be compatible with WP/LR Sync. For example, FooGallery allows you to choose a collection from Lightroom, re-use the keywords, and more. If you need the features of a powerful gallery system, I recommend you to try the FooGallery.

Extensions

WP/LR Sync makes your folders, collections, and keywords available to those plugins and themes through its API and the WP/LR Extensions.

The extension called Theme Assistant covers most cases. For example, this extension can create one page (any other post type, like post, page, product, etc) per collection, and categorize (or any kind of taxonomy) them under a folder. Of course, this will be all kept synchronized through time.

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 will always follow you.

This is for advanced users only and you might need a developer or a WordPress professional to help you.

External API

There is also an external and read-only API available through WP/LR Sync. Your data will be safely accessible from an app on a smartphone, for example. Currently, this is one app available on the iTunes Store (although it is not free, and not made by Meow Apps).

Image Optimization

WP/LR Sync doesn’t optimize your images and shouldn’t; Lightroom does it, and WordPress does it. WP/LR Sync is the bridge in between. For Lightroom, I recommend you to use JPEGmini. For WordPress, please have a look here: Image Optimization for WordPress.

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.

Refund Policy

If you have constructive feedback about this website, or the plugin itself, we are willing to give you a discount: contact us. And if the plugin does not actually suit you, don’t worry, you will get a refund.