I’m putting the finishing touches on WP-SmugMug, a plugin for WordPress that integrates — you guessed it — SmugMug RSS feeds into your WordPress Posts and Pages. Activate the plugin, specify the RSS feed url for your SmugMug album, and your images appear as thumbnails at the bottom of your post!
By default the images will be sorted according to their EXIF capture dates — thankfully this information is embedded in the album RSS feed. If you don’t want your images sorted, you can specify a custom field to prevent this on a post-by-post basis. Finally, the CSS and HTML is fairly customizable from within WordPress’s Administrative Panel, meaning you don’t have to dicker in the plugin code if you don’t want to.
The genesis of this plugin goes way back to 2000 when I remade tow.com from a site feature made mobile computing software into a personal website. The word blog hadn’t become mainstream, and I was calling the site a digital journal. Up until now, I had a variety of PHP scripts to display images that I had manually processed using iView and Photoshop. It wasn’t the most efficient way of getting things done, but it was something I was familiar and comfortable with. Nearly two years ago, I migrated much of the site content to WordPress. One of the holdovers from the old site was the photo gallery code.
With this plugin, things are much easier. Numerous applications exist to get my photos uploaded easily to SmugMug, including PictureSync, SmugExport (Aperture Plugin), and SmugMug’s new web-based uploader. WordPress, of course, makes it a snap to blog. Now, with WP-SmugMug, I have the best of both worlds!
You can find some more information about WP-SmugMug in my new WordPress Projects page.
- Download WP-SmugMug (Version 1.0)