Lightroom at the center of your web presence – Part 2


In Part 1 I presented how I manage my portfolio galleries on this website through Lightroom. In this post I am going to cover the front page gallery and photos in the blog posts

The front page gallery is the one you see when you first go to It is what I would call a virtual gallery, as these are photos selected from the other galleries.

The gallery_Front_Page keyword is set to export (Include on Export is checked) and appears as a tag on my WordPress site. I use a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  that selects images that have the gallery_Front_Page tag. So to update what is shown on the front page, I simply add or remove the gallery_Front_Page keyword in Lightroom and publish the photos to WordPress from Lightroom

For posts on my blog like this one I have a keyword format post_{YYYYMMDD} (Year, Month, Day). These keywords are also set to export (Include on Export is checked) and appear as tags in WordPress. In the post, I use a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  that selects images that have the post_* tags for that particular post and have set the slide show to not automatically run so it appears as a static image with the Show Thumbnails to allow you to see all the related images and click through them manually. They get organized with a gallery_Post_Only_{YYYY} keyword and into a smart collection for that keyword like all the other galleries on the WordPress site, but these Post Only galleries are not shown through a gallery page, unlike the gallery_Belly_Dance gallery example from Part 1. The images are all managed through Lightroom, but i do log on to WordPress to create and publish the posts like this one.

In Part 3 i will be covering what I use in Lightroom to manage my photos on portfolio on my portable devices, Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram

The the model in the photo at the top is Marianne with a 1987 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Lightroom at the center of your web presence – Part 1

Rosh Sillars talks about your web site as the center of your Social Media Solar System Plan

I see my use of Lightroom as an extension of this idea.

When I first started using digital technology in my photography, finding an efficient way to manage and publish images became a project in and of itself.

I built my earliest website from the ground up using a product called ThumbsPlus to manage the images and then use the database to display images on the web

I was even using my own linux server I had built myself to learn web coding.

I eventually realized that was way too much work and I started using Lightroom to manage my photos.

In 2010 I found a plug-in for Lightroom that let me post images to WordPress galleries.
In WordPress i am using the Nextgen Gallery Plugin
In Lightroom I am using the NextGEN Gallery Export by AlloyPhoto

Check out this post on Publishing with the Lightroom Plugin
I am using a keyword format of gallery_{Gallery_Name}
So for photos in my Belly Dance gallery I have a keyword gallery_Belly_Dance assigned to them. These keywords are set up to not export (Include on Export is unchecked) so they are only used within Lightroom. See Use Keywords on for more information on using keywords in Lightroom

I set up smart collections in the NextGEN Gallery Export in Lightroom for each of my gallery_* keywords to go into a photo gallery on my WordPress website. All I then do is publish the collection in Lightroom and the photos are sent to WordPress.

Each gallery in WordPress is on it’s own page and the page contains only a Nextgen Gallery Basic Slideshow Gallery  pointing to it’s relevant gallery. If I make changes to the the existing photos, the WordPress gallery is automatically updated once i have published from Lightroom. To add or remove photos from the gallery, I just add or remove the relevant gallery_* keyword in Lightroom and republish the gallery to make changes on the WordPress website, without having to log into WordPress at all. It is all managed in Lightroom.

Check this tutorial on Lightroom Publishing for more information

In my next post I will go through how I manage the images for the front page and posts on the site with Lightroom

The picture at the top is a multi-exposure HDR done in Lightroom at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, Connecticut.