This is just a quick post to answer a technical question that I get asked about this website. If you are not into website type stuff then the following will probably bore you silly. If, however, you have a photography site or are thinking of building a photography site it may prove somewhat useful.
In a nutshell
The site has two distinct layers:
The top layer is what is called a self hosted WordPress site. This is the layer that the visitor interacts with the bottom layer which is where the images are organized (very loosely in this case) and stored. If you see an image or gallery on this site it is usually being summoned so to speak from this bottom layer. The WordPress top layer is the tip of the iceberg and the bottom layer is the other, largely invisible nine tenths. It is this bottom layer that is the engine of the site as it is here that I put my images, sort them and can even sell them if I so wish – the shopping cart is part of this layer.
The clever bit:
The two layers were not designed to interact but there is a WordPress plugin called Zenfolio Press which allows either individual images or entire galleries to be placed into WordPress posts using just a single line of code. It really is that simple – at least from where I’m sitting. Of course someone else has done all the hard work which is a good thing as my knowledge of coding would just about fill up a postage stamp. Almost forgot to mention – the Zenfolio Press plugin is free.
More about Zenfolio Press here and a way overdue thank you to the developer’s kind words about this blog.
If you want to know anything else relating to this site please just ask, either here in the comments or on Twitter —->
and I’ll try my best to answer.