SongbirdPhoto.com is my photography website. I use it as a photo gallery, a blog, and an e-commerce storefront. At left is a screenshot of the homepage.
The Gallery page uses SlideShowPro to display thumbnails and large images interactively. I developed a system using Lightroom to select and prepare the images as well as to generate an XML file that the SlideShowPro Flash gallery imports dynamically. Thus I can modify the galleries simply by uploading new images to the server and modifying a single XML file.
Here’s a screenshot of the Notecard Store. I sell archival-quality notecards containing over 100 of my photos.
Although there are plenty of turnkey e-commerce solutions for photographers, I needed additional features. So I built my own using Flash and XML, and then integrated it with my own branded PayPal checkout page. PayPal information for developers is available but required much tracking down. I learned a lot in the process.
- Integration tools for PayPal, FaceBook, MailChimp (HTML email), and YouTube
- …and just about everything else!