Google+ Integration

The latest ProPhoto 5 build, #159, includes some significant new functionality around Google+ integration and Google rich snippets. If you aren’t on the latest build yet, you can go to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.” to trigger an auto-update.

Google+ integration

New options in ProPhoto allow visitors to your site to +1 or share your content in their Google+ profile, as well as allowing you to promote your own Google+ profile.  We’ve also made it easier to connect your site to your Google+ profile, allowing Google to associate you as the author of your content in search results, helping you to establish your brand. For the most part, Google +1 features parallel the Facebook buttons and widgets you are already familiar with. You can view thorough instructions on integrating Google+ with your ProPhoto site here: http://www.prophoto.com/support/google-plus-integration/

Google Rich Snippets

ProPhoto now utilizes microdata formatting in its markup as recommended by Google.  These formatting changes can provide search engines like Google with more detail about the structure of your content which can improve the content and appearance of your search results. Here’s a full list of features added in this build

  • Google +1 button in post footer
  • Google +1 and share buttons added to call to action area
  • Google+ badge widgets to link to Profiles, Pages, and Communities
  • Google+ “follow” button widget
  • Alternate social media post author links
  • Simplified Google+ authorship integration
  • Built-in Google rich snippet formatting

Proofing Waitlist Removed

This is just a quick update to let you know that we’ve disabled the proofing plugin waitlist, so for the time being anyone can purchase the beta version of the proofing plugin without waiting.  We decided the rate of purchases and relative stability of the plugin were such that we no longer need to limit the number of purchasers.  It’s possible, but unlikely, that we might turn the waitlist back on if a scenario evolves to where we feel it would be in out customers best interest again.

To give you a brief update on some of the features that are coming very soon to the plugin — we’re currently about 2 development days away from updating the plugin with a fairly flexible and sophisticated ability to handle shipping costs.  After that, we plan to release a tax functionality, about a week later.  After taxes, we’ll do an initial pass at implementing discount codes and coupons.  Then, after those features are complete, we’re going to spend 2-3 weeks adding purchasing and handling digital downloads. After that, there are still about a dozen small to medium sized features we are going to add, but those are the big ones that are coming soon. So, our very tentative and subject-to-change development roadmap is:

  • Shipping – May 26
  • Taxes – June 2
  • Discount codes & coupons – June 9
  • Digital downloads – June 30

Thanks to everyone who has purchased so far. We’re working as hard as we can to make this a great product that will make your lives easier and your business more profitable. Your participation and patience during this beta period is a big help!

Proofing Plugin Public Beta

Today we’re pleased to announce that the ProPhoto Proofing plugin add-on module is available for sale in limited numbers. The official, full-scale launch is still forthcoming, tentatively planned for July 15, 2014.

a few screenshots of the proofing plugin

a few screenshots of the proofing plugin

Public Beta

This pre-launch marks the beginning of what we’re calling our “public beta” period. That means the plugin is mostly functional and ready, but still is being rapidly developed. We’re busy adding documentation, fixing small bugs, refining existing features, and still have a few moderately-sized new features to add before the public launch. So, if you can’t wait to get your hands on the proofing plugin and don’t mind some missing tutorials, a few small hiccups, or waiting a bit for the final features to be added, you can now purchase and start using the plugin.

How to purchase:

To purchase, just head over to http://www.prophoto.com/buy/ and click the tab labeled Proofing Plugin. On that page you’ll be able to enter your email address to be added to the waiting list (more on that below). The full, regular price for the plugin will be $199, but for those purchasing during the beta period, the price will be discounted 10% to $179.

Limited quantities:

We’re going to start the public beta period by only permitting 10 new purchases per day. To make that work, everyone who wants to purchase will add their email addresses to a waiting list we will notify by email you when you can purchase. As the plugin becomes even more stable and documentation improves, we’ll increase the number permitted to purchase each day until ultimately there will be no restriction.

More info:

If you’re curious and want to see more screenshot, a glimpse of the functionality, etc, the only thing we have currently are some beta tutorial videos. If you want to see those, check out this tutorial. Soon we’ll have some marketing materials showing of the features in a more polished way.

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