PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin 1.8: Now Supporting Thousands of Themes

Did you ever have to fiddle around with countless custom fields to have your images displayed in your favorite WordPress photoblog theme? With PhotoQ 1.8, stuff like having to manually enter the correct URL into the correct custom field becomes a thing of the past. In PhotoQ 1.8, theme support through views has been completely reworked and made so flexible that it now works with virtually any WordPress theme there is. Further, a convenient auto-configuration option allows you to setup PhotoQ to work with your favorite theme without, well, configuring anything.

Here is the list of highlights of this major update of the PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin:

  • Use any theme you like together with PhotoQ, thanks to the new “freeform” view option
  • Zero-configuration presets for some of the most popular photo themes
  • Theme authors can easily generate presets for the users of their themes

At the same time the iQ2 Photoblog Theme has also been updated, there is now an option to add a static front page. For a full list of changes of both PhotoQ 1.8 and iQ2 1.2 as well as for upgrading instructions, read the rest of this post. For a complete documentation and installation instructions, please check out the main PhotoQ page.

I am still looking for translators for PhotoQ and iQ2. Right now, they are both available in Chinese (Hongkong, Taiwan), English, French and German. If you are able to help with a translation into any other language, just drop me a line. Any help is highly appreciated.

Upgrading to PhotoQ 1.8

Upgrading to PhotoQ 1.7 is done in the usual way, most easily via the WordPress auto-upgrade feature. It is always wise to backup your database and files before you upgrade. If you use both, iQ2 and PhotoQ, please upgrade iQ2 to version 1.2 before upgrading PhotoQ to version 1.8. If you don’t, PhotoQ cannot be activated while the old iQ2 theme is running.

Reworked PhotoQ Views

Views define what information is displayed how on your blog. Until now, PhotoQ defined two views, one called “content” another one called “excerpt”, corresponding to the content and excerpt section of a WordPress post. This allowed you to e.g. define that you wanted a thumbnail to appear in the excerpt part of the post, and the full image in the content part. Additionally, you had the option to also include EXIF information and/or an image description in the content part.

In PhotoQ 1.8 you can define your own custom views in addition to the “content” and “excerpt” views. Information that you add to a custom view is added to a custom field of the same name. This is useful if you use a theme that e.g. requests that for every post, the thumbnail is placed in a custom field called “thumbnail”. If you setup a corresponding view in PhotoQ, PhotoQ will do this automatically for you for every post you publish.

Further, every view also has a new “freeform” option. As the name implies, freeform gives you complete freedom over the formatting of the view. This feature is very powerful, you can add any information provided by PhotoQ such as EXIF information or image dimensions and combine it with whatever HTML you desire. Freefrom makes the views feature very flexible, such that you can adapt it for virtually any theme that exists.

Auto-Configuration Through Presets

All PhotoQ settings that determine how your posts are displayed can be saved to a XML configuration file. This allows theme authors to create presets that can be loaded into PhotoQ with a single click. Like this, users can setup PhotoQ to work with a given theme without touching any of the view settings described above. PhotoQ today already ships with presets for the following popular photo centric themes

If you are a theme author and want your users to also benefit from the auto-configuration option, just create a preset and make it available to your users on your website. Your users can then place the file in a folder called “myPhotoQPresets” inside “wp-content” and it will show up in the list of presets that can be loaded into PhotoQ. Once you created a preset, you can also send me a pointer, such that I can include it in the above list of PhotoQ defaults.

Other changes

  • New option for default tags
  • Under the hood: Option handling updated
  • Some bugs were corrected along the way, e.g. those here

iQ2 1.2

iQ2 1.2 brings the following changes:

  • Possibility to add a static front page
  • Chinese and French translation added
  • iQ2 of course also has a zero-configuration preset in PhotoQ 1.8
  • Behind the scenes, option handling was updated to match the one from PhotoQ 1.8

Comments (23)

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    Sheldon Koehler says:

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    importing photos that are already on the server should be no problem through photoq's ftp upload feature.

    linking to paypal and flash display, should both be possible. but you need to code them at the theme level, or find a theme that already does what you want.

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