5 Essential WordPress Plugins for Photographers

Business Tips March 25th 2013 8:00 AM 14 Comments

WordPress is a wonderful web platform, it is no wonder it is such a popular choice for photographers around the world. So now that you have your domain and WordPress website up and running what plugins should you install to get the most out of your WordPress site as a photographer?

I have listed the top 5 WordPress plugins that I believe every photographer should be using to get the most out of their WordPress powered website. (They are in no particular order)

seo-images

1.) SEO Friendly Images – As a Photographer you are likely to be uploading lots and lots of images to your website. Why not put those images to work bringing in traffic to your site?  This plugin makes it easy to optimize your images for SEO by automatically adding ALT and Title attributes to ALL of your images.

booking-calendar

2.) Booking Calendar – Give your clients an easy way to see when you are available and to contact you about shooting. This plugin give your website a simple booking system that your clients can use to setup shoots with you.

editorial-calendar

3.) Editorial Calendar- I don’t know about you but I am always starting new posts for my blog and scheduling them ahead of time. This plugin makes it easy to visually see when your posts are scheduled and drag-n-drop to make changes to your publishing schedule.

wordpress-backup

4.) WordPress Backup to Dropbox – Nothing sucks worse than a website crash and losing all of your images/datea/content. But backup services can be expensive. This awesome plugin automatically backs up your website and uploads the backups to your Dropbox for safe keeping.

slidedeck

5.) SlideDeck – This is the ultimate WordPress gallery/slideshow plugin. Not only is it completely SEO friendly, but it is also completely Responsive. That means that it will work on any sized screen. In the age of tablets and smartphones this is a must for photographer websites.

What do you guys think? What other great WordPress plugins did we leave out? Leave a comment and let us know about any plugins that you use on your photography website.

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Anthony Thurston

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Anthony Thurston is a portrait and sports photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area as well as a senior writer here at SLR Lounge. You can check out some of his work on his Website. You may also connect with him via Email, Google Plus, or Facebook.

14 Comments

  1. Matt West

    Another great list. I recommend the Sendola plugin for future updates.
    It lets users send your contact details to their phone for free. check
    it out

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sendola/

  2. Jason Lemington

    Good info… I’m a blogger myself and I’m using this one
    right now http://wordpress.org/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/
    . It creates a 360° perspective of your images. great for enhancing your web
    content.

  3. Karol Duke

    Hello

    The Flip Image Plugin is so easy to use a child could do it.

    Visit here For Flip Image Plugin.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-flip-image-free
    Thanks.

    • jonathan

      Good work, on flip-image plugin. Its great and all… but why wouldn’t you just do a simple css transition? Then use it everywhere? That way you don’t have to limit yourself to just images?

      Just a thought,
      -Jonathan

  4. Derek Ashauer

    I think you left off an important tool for photographers – plugin to sell prints to clients like our plugin Sunshine Photo Cart.

    Also, WordPress SEO by Yoast is by far the most important plugin – even more than Sunshine – as web marketing is essential to every photographer and this is the best SEO one available.

  5. Ed

    Great article on WordPress plugins! We recently released an Album Proofing plugin for WordPress. There are lots of costly subscription based services for album proofing and we’ve eliminated reoccurring costs for photographers with our plugin. Please check it out when you get a chance! http://photopressplugins.com/

  6. cryptex_vinci

    Some of the best plugins for photographer, worth a look

    http://wpplugindirectory.org/list/useful-plugins-for-photographers/

  7. Daily News Company

    For best online photography marketing WordPress SEO by Yoast is by far the most important plugin

  8. Brett McNally

    Thank you for this useful list. I am desperately trying to find a plugin that a customer can enter a date and it will tell them whether i am free or not. Does anyone know if such a plugin exists? (I don’t want to show a calendar)

  9. Wendell Fernandes

    Need to get some of these for sure!

  10. cherestes janos

    I’m trying the SEO Friendly Images right now.

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