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Holy Trinity of Plugins for WordPress and Lightroom

If you’re building a photography website on WordPress, and you use Lightroom, three plugins by Jordy Meow comprise the holy trinity (I wanted to say  holy Meow Mix – but… copyright) of WordPress photography plugins Photo Engine- WP/LR Sync This first part of this trinity is a two-parter plugin that allows you to sync images from Lightroom collections with your WordPress site.  Photo Engine is the plugin for the WordPress side, and WP/LR Sync, is the plugin on the Lightroom side. The power of this combination can’t be overstated. Want to add or delete an image to a specific, say “Architecture” WordPress gallery? Just move it into the Architecture collection you’ve set up in your Lightroom WP/LR Sync publishing service.  Press the publish button, and it uploads your image to your WordPress site. If, like me, you often go back and re-edit photos? No problem – your image in Lightroom’s WP/LR Sync is marked as a “Modified Photo to Republish” and again, it simply awaits a push of the “publish” button to upload to your WordPress site. Now for the fun on the WordPress side… After publishing, you’ll find your galleries (collections) neatly contained in WordPress folders. With the proper software (I suggest Meow Gallery, which I’ll cover next) you don’t need to touch WordPress once you’ve link a gallery to a page! Additions, deletions, and updates happen automagically! Your workflow effort has been reduced to next to nothing.  Updating, moving images, etc on your site is as easy as moving them into the proper collections in Lightroom! Meow Gallery If you’ve looked into gallery schemes for photography you may have fallen in love with tiled galleries. For galleries containing a mix of aspect ratios (think portrait, landscape, squarish) a tiled gallery to me is easily the most attractive form of presentation.  And you might have seen Jetpack’s implementation. It looks good, but it comes with one major drawback; Jetpack, a bulky sledgehammer of a plugin that includes many features you’re unlikely to need. Additionally, if you use Jetpack’s CDN, your images stay on it forever; to update an image, you need give it a new filename; think on that when you think “workflow”! I rejected that solution out of hand, and soon found a plugin “Tiled Galleries without Jetpack”, that worked pretty well. It’s really Jetpack’s tiling software without Jetpack. The “author” cleverly removes everything else. He says he’ll update whenever Jetpack does, but he hasn’t for a year. Perhaps Jetpack hasn’t updated its tiled gallery component, but that still made me a bit nervous. So I was delighted when I learned Meow Gallery had implemented tiled galleries.
A word here about Jordy, author of these plugins. Put simply, he knows what he is doing.  As you read through his documentation, you get a sense of his code-philosophy; he's been around the block and understands and avoids the pitfalls of bloated code that can slow down a site, and misbehaving code that crosses boundaries to conflict with other plugins - with resultant problems and debugging nightmares.

The code is clean; to add image titles for images in Meow Gallery, I used only basic coding skills to add a title field and a corresponding enable/disable checkbox in the admin menu. In documentation, he shows how to use filters to keep this sort of custom code out of the plugin itself so you can survive updates.
None of this will matter much to you if you're happy with these plugins out of the box, and you easily can be; Jordy gives plenty of configuration options in set-up menus.
Meow Lightbox Coming soon