Portfolio organisation

Hi - I want to arrange my portfolio on my website into a few sections to make it easier for customers to buy prints.

I will organise under tabs such as 'small prints' and 'large prints' etc and the corresponding prices.

I therefore want to control which image, and which size, goes where. A customer wanting to buy a small print of an image will only see small print choices when they go to fotomoto. However the same image shown on my site could be small or large.

(Up until now my fotomoto account has had all my images ever uploaded to my site, so as a result many images are duplicated when i look at my store. I have since deleted them all and want to start over).

I work in wordpress, (the theme is 'striking') and it seems to work fine with fotomoto.

It would be great to see some examples of how other people have done this, and any other suggestions on how to organise and code.
Many thanks in advance

Sara
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  • Derek (Official Rep) May 22, 2012 19:21
    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for the question. First let me give you a quick explanation of how Fotomoto works: each image is considered "unique" by our system based on its URL, and each image can only be in one Collection (used to set pricing & availability).

    That said, in order to show the same image on multiple tabs based on size, what you'd need to do is have multiple files for each image, which differ by filename - for example 'picture1-small.jpg', 'picture1-large.jpg', etc. Then you could place each image in to the appropriate Fotomoto Collection where you've set the sizes you want to sell from that page.

    For more on setting prices & availability with Collections, please see this article.

    So what you're trying to do is totally possible, but let me forewarn you that having multiple versions of the same image in the Dashboard is harder to manage than having only one.

    I apologize for not having an example of this for you, but honestly I can't say that I've seen another photo gallery organized by size - they're most commonly organized by subject, location, popularity, event, date, and occasionally by aspect ratio or focal length (panoramic, wide angle, macro, etc.).

    My best recommendation here is to consider how your customers are likely to shop for their images, and organize your gallery to be as simple and convenient for them as possible.

    I hope that helps and kind regards,
    Derek
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    Hi Derek - thanks that is helpful.

    I think my problem is exactly that I have multiple versions of the same image in the dashboard already. It became impossible and I have removed them. This has occurred as I have built my site over a few months adding posts as I go. They all are with images. My site is wordpress so blog style.

    From what you say if I went back and just referenced the same version of the image each time I added a new post, I would not be adding another image to the dashboard? ie its the same URL.
    In theory if I only have 10 images in my portfolio, there would only be 10 images in fotomoto even if I had 200 posts but they all referenced the same 10 Urls? have I got it?

    To your last comment - agree entirely. I am actually trying to control where and when the buy buttons appear, and how. Its not appropriate to have them universally, on my site.

    So again, from what you say above, it looks like its possible to have a 'buy' version of an image, and a not for sale version of the same image by controlling the URL (ie having a separate one for each type) as you upload?
    For example by having 4 versions of the same image, I could have it appearing a)without a buy button (mark it as not for sale in Fotomoto),
    b)with a buy button but only showing cheaper prints (select different sizes and finishes)
    c)with a buy button but only showing pricier prints (larger sizes, higher quality)
    d) with a buy card buy button.

    In this way I could organise my website not by my pictures as such*, but by the price point that my customer wanted. ie buy cards here, buy inexpensive print here, buy high quality art print here.

    Let me know if I have it (ie I have to organise my images properly on my site first) and I will give it a go.

    Thanks again for your support
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  • Derek (Official Rep) May 28, 2012 08:43
    Hi Sara,

    Sounds like you've got it - you could have 200 posts referencing the same 10 images and as long as the photos had the exact same URL, you'd see 10 images in your Dashboard.

    In your abcd example above, yes - you could have 4 versions of the same image (different filenames) and it could be available 4 different ways using 4 different Collections. Note though that if you say you have 10 images, you'd then have 40 in the Dashboard.

    Sounds like you have the right idea here - I'd suggest you just set up a few collections and maybe the 4 versions of one test image to check it all out and make sure it's what you're after.

    I hope that helps and kind regards,
    Derek
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  • Thanks for your patience - thats great, will spend some time doing that.
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  • Derek (Official Rep) May 29, 2012 17:38
    You're very welcome Sara and we hope you enjoy using Fotomoto!

    Kind regards,
    Derek
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