New: XL-sized gallery covers and thumbnails

We’ve introduced new LARGE sizes in our image walls displays, available for both gallery covers and individual image thumbnails.


A perfect use of this is on your frontpage, when you have split your site into 2-3 main galleries. Or more generally, when you have galleries with a couple of subgalleries only.

This will also be useful when you simply want to show all images in a gallery on the same page, and in a larger size than usual (a trend that is picking up!).

Maximum impact, minimum fuss

Not sure what size to pick? We’ve also introduced new “Autosize” options for the gallery covers and image thumbnails. Depending on how many galleries or images there are to show, the system will pick the best size taking into account look, usability and loading speed!


You’ll find these options in the Gallery style settings.

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Design upgrade!

Today, we’re delighted to announce an important (and free) update to PhotoDeck websites!

The enhancements we’re bringing you this time are about design. Seemingly small little things that, put together, have a significant impact on how people will perceive your website, and through it, you.

The list of what we’ve improved is long, it’s all in the details:


A popular demand, allows your customers to zoom in part of the images on mobile devices up to the size shown on your desktop site. Yes, double-tap works too.

Breadcrumbs RIP – Welcome to modern integrated navigation

Now was the right time to redesign from stratch the navigation between images and between galleries. The galleries’ and pages’ titles now optionally include a subtle Back arrow, just like in your admin space.

Similarly, the navigation between images is now much better integrated with the image layout itself. A new option in the Gallery Display Styles allows you to display the navigation either above or below enlarged images:


Image icons and buttons

In addition to the better layout:
– updated, more modern icons
– the “Info” and “Fullscreen” icons can now optionally be displayed as buttons outside the image instead of being overlaid on the image. Perfect if you want to keep your images clean of any visual interference (new option in the Gallery Display Styles)
– the “Buy” buttons next to the images are now grouped under a single button (with a new “currency” icon), to make it clearer to your customers, and cleaner-looking.
– for those who sell packages, the “Add to package” button is now only displayed when a package has been choosen, and the text on the button can be edited.

Better fullscreen view

Both on mobile (cleaner) and desktop (better usability).

New styles for thumbnails titles/icons and image metadata

Gallery titles and icons are now shown on thumbnails in a more modern style, over a customizable translucent background that matches the design’s palette (new options in the Gallery Display Styles). The image metadata overlay got the same treatment.


Themes updates

All current themes have been updated to take advantage of these new capabilities, but in addition, we’ve also worked on some details to improve the designs themselves. For example, with designs #5 and #9 the logo automatically disappears when viewing enlarged images, to leave more room to your work.

Speed improvements

You know we’re speed addicts, no proper update goes without making PhotoDeck websites ever so slightly faster, up to 15% on some pages!

What does that mean for me?

  1. To benefit from most of these improvements, simply follow the prompt in your admin space to upgrade your design.


    If you’ve been with us for a long time and are still on an old design not listed in the interface, you won’t see that prompt. Everything will keep working, but we suggest you take your site to a new level and move to a new design!

    If you haven’t significantly customized your design nor your Gallery Display Styles, you can also do a full design reset by re-choosing your theme (My Website / Desktop & tablet theme / Change theme and My Website / Mobile theme / Change mobile theme). This way you’ll get all the latest settings, but you will need to re-set your logo and redo any customization you’ve done to your design.

  2. Check your site in preview mode before applying the upgrade to the live site. You might want to adjust some things, like for example title font size.
  3. Optional but recommended: check out the new options in the Gallery Display Styles:



This is the fruit of several months of work and about 16.000 updated lines of code, we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoying bringing it to you!

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Work in progress…

As often, we’ve been too busy making improvements to PhotoDeck to update our social networks lately…

Currently we’re working on design improvements, and doing them right means digging deep and rewriting a lot of code.

Until this makes it to your own site (soon!), what can you notice in this screenshot? ;)


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Providing your customers with legal invoices

In Europe, it is required you provide your customers with invoices for their purchase, and these invoices must include specific information. In the UK, VAT invoices for VAT-registered businesses must for example show the VAT rate and amounts.

Enters the new PhotoDeck Invoicing module

In addition to the payment receipt that your customers already get after payment, you can now also deliver PDF invoices right from PhotoDeck — less paperwork!

The PDF invoices will automatically include the full order details, including Tax breakdown if you use PhotoDeck’s tax module. You can also customize the header and footer to include any additional information your local legislation might require.


The PDF invoices can be automatically emailed to a customer after an order has been delivered (delivery is what counts when it comes to invoicing). Alternatively, you can send invoices manually from each order’s page in your admin space via a simple button.

You will find the new module under My Business / Setup / Invoices Settings.

What will you do with the time this new feature will free up for you?

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New: limited use coupons and price display including taxes

Today’s e-commerce update brings often requested features

Limited use coupons

It is now possible to limit the number of times a coupon code can be used, so you don’t have to manually disable limited coupons anymore.


For example, you can create a new coupon that can be used a single time, perfect to make sure a customer doesn’t abuse the great offer you’ve made him!

Display prices including taxes

PhotoDeck includes a Tax module that lets you separate your prices from the taxes you collect on behalf of your government. Since tax depends on the location of the customer, it can accurately be computed at checkout only when the customer provides an address.

Nonetheless, in Europe consumers expect to see prices including VAT. With this new option, your website determines where your customer is located based on his/her IP address, and includes the tax in the price shown on the pricing page, before the item is even added to the cart.


This is a perfect solution especially if you’re VAT-registered and sell to consumers!

To enable this option, open your Tax Profile and head to the “Settings” tab:


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New feature: advanced EU cookies law compliance

PhotoDeck turned 5 today! What better way to celebrate than introducing a great new feature?

The EU Cookie law requires that websites get consent from their visitors before using cookies. If you’re based in the EU and use Google Analytics or embed YouTube or Vimeo videos into your site, this applies to you.

The law is not new, and it is still subject to much interpretation. But as it becomes more and more accepted, now is a good time for us to provide you with good mechanisms to comply with it.

Mechanisms, in plural form? Indeed, compliance is not a black-and-white affair but rather a compromise between strict abidance and user experience (i.e. business). So we’re offering you several options, from the common simple Information bar all the way to an advanced Opt-in approach.


This feature includes:

  • – A cookies consent bar displayed at the bottom of the page, with buttons either to close it or to accept / decline cookies, depending on what compliance option you choose ;
  • – An automatically generated Cookies Policy page that is smart enough to know, for example, whether you’re using Google Analytics, and that also adapts to your compliance option choice ;
  • – The ability to block Analytics and embedded content for visitors that decline cookies or have not accepted them, depending — again — on your compliance option choice.

And of course, you can fully customize the message on the consent bar and use your own Cookies policy!

We’re quite happy with this new feature: it only takes a click for you to use, it goes far beyond what websites normally do in terms in compliance, while giving you full control if you want it.

You will find the new settings under My Website / Setup / Cookies consent, and guidance is here. Remember to upgrade your design to the latest version!

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Social network integrations reviewed, part I

We’ve got a nice update for all PhotoDeck websites today!

Beautiful links to your social channels

You’ll find a new Social Networks panel in your admin space (under My Website). There, you can easily add links to your social network profiles (Facebook pages, Instagram profiles, Twitter, etc…)


We’ve reviewed all designs to integrate these links and display them as beautiful icons, perfectly integrated with your website color palette. You can customize them under the Design panel in many ways: size, shape (from round to square), palette (character-like or badge), even the white space around the icons is customizable! Here are just two examples:



The links will be displayed as a separate component in your design (all you have to do is let your design update itself), or optionally, integrated into your existing menu.

Social accounts integration improved

Power-users know that they can connect their PhotoDeck account to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to share more easily images and galleries from their admin space (and even automatically when new images are added). Connecting your social network accounts also makes it easier to add the links to your website.

We’ve reviewed that part too, and added LinkedIn. It is now also possible to connect to multiple accounts of the same social networks (handy if you have multiple Twitter accounts, for example)!


To easily share a gallery on your social networks, simply head over to MORE > Share Link when viewing a gallery in your admin space!

More to come!

We’re now going to work on making it easier for your visitors and customers to share your work: “social sharing” is currently handled via the AddThis widget, and our goal is to replace it with a better integrated solution, closer to the images themselves — just like the current Info, Full Screen, and Pricing buttons.

Happy summer!

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Lightroom plugin update

We’ve just published a new version of the Lightroom plugin. The most important improvement is that the plugin now uses secure HTTPS connections, so the communication between Lightroom and our servers is fully encrypted.

Here is how to update:

  1. Download the updated plugin. If the downloaded files wasn’t automatically unzipped, do it now. You should end up with a file named PhotoDeck.lrplugin.
  2. In Lightroom, open the Publishing manager (see the + button next to the Publish Services dialog in the left-hand-side column).
  3. From there, open the Plugin Manager, and select the PhotoDeck plugin.


  4. Click on “Show in Finder” (OSX), and replace the PhotoDeck.lrplugin file with the one you’ve just downloaded.
  5. Hit Reload plugin.
  6. Done! You should see the latest plugin version indicated (0.14).

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FOLIO, the new PhotoDeck plan!

FOLIO : a high-end portfolio site at an affordable cost

PhotoDeck keeps getting better and faster! Over the past few months, we brought our members, among other improvements:

– a fully revamped user interface, easier and faster to use, optimized for mobile;

– a new Publish plugin for Lightroom, free of charge;

– refreshed designs;

Today, we’re introducing a new subscription plan: FOLIO, designed to offer to the discerning photographer a top-tier portfolio website at a minimal cost.

At half the price of the most popular PRO plan, the FOLIO plan foregoes e-commerce and private galleries, but offers everything a photographer needs in a premium portfolio, including a highly customizable, super-fast and mobile-responsive presentation, as well as custom domain name support.

Details of this new plan can be found on our Plans & pricing page.

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New Lightroom plugin with Publish functionality!

We’re delighted to announce the availability of a new Lightroom-PhotoDeck plugin that is a significant step-up over the previous one.

The new PhotoDeck-Lightroom Publish plugin allows you to:

  1. Publish your images directly from Lightroom into galleries on your PhotoDeck site
  2. Create/delete/rename/move PhotoDeck galleries directly from Lightroom
  3. Update images metadata in Lightroom and re-publish to update them in PhotoDeck
  4. Redevelop photos in Lightroom and re-upload to PhotoDeck
  5. Synchronize your PhotoDeck site’s gallery structure in Lightroom (without existing images)
  6. Update your site’s gallery introductions and display styles directly from Lightroom


The plugin is free of charge, so go ahead and check out the download and installation guide! Even if feedback so far has been good, the plugin is still officially in BETA, so please do let us know if you encounter issues.

A note of thanks

First, to Tim Armes who created the first commercial Lightroom-PhotoDeck export plugin.

And a big Thank You to Will Thames who gave us a good kick in the pants by independently starting the development of the new plugin, and keeping it open source so everybody could take it further. That allowed us to take what he started and build on it. The plugin being open source, any developer with an interest can keep improving it!

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