With the new Fotomoto shopping cart integration for the Turtle skin you can sell your photos as prints, cards or offered for download in a fully customizable, stylish way. While there are lots of stock photo sites and printing services around, none of them offers as many choices for the customers, and as many controls for the seller like Fotomoto. Visitors can share your images over eCards, or through facebook and other community sites to support quick spreading.
The first step naturally is signing up with Fotomoto. That's free.
With Fotomoto you can fine-tune every little detail to your taste: the prices, the profit, the sizes and formats allowed, and paper quality - you can even define discounts. By default Fotomoto adds a 50% profit on prints for you, and deducts 15% from downloads. But you can change the profit rate on prints to 25% (affordable), 50% (moderate) or 100% (high end), depending on how you feel your added value should be represented in the price. Check out the Quick Pricing button.
Now Make the album in jAlbum using your Store ID (see your fotomoto.com settings page) – insert the code on the Settings / Turtle / Selling photos / Seller ID box. Obviously you need to tick the Use Fotomoto box too.
In the album don't include the originals, because jAlbum puts them in a folder visible to the public. In order to stop visitors from downloading the images from the album make sure to turn on
Right click protection on Turtle's Advanced page, and you can also apply a watermark (on the same page). This will not affect the final prints.
Make the album. Preview and modify the settings to your taste.
When you are satisfied with the album Upload it to your site or jalbum.net in order to be able to test with Fotomoto. If you are uploading to your own site you will need to click on the little triangle on the Upload button, and choose: Upload / Manage. Now you can define a new connection. When you are logged in create a new folder for the album with the "new folder" icon. Never upload albums to the site root unless you are creating the whole site in jAlbum.
In order for Fotomoto to fulfil the orders it will need to get access to your high resolution photos. Go to your album's Input folder (
Tools / Open directories / Input directory), and upload the original images to either your
album's root / originals folder or to a shared folder in your site root, e.g.
/hires. The latter has the advantage that you don't need to notify Fotomoto of each new album, but you will need to make sure there are no duplicate file names in all the albums. Use any FTP or sFTP client or you can even use jAlbum's built-in FTP client. I will show you how.
Now your files are ready to share with Fotomoto, but first you might want to make the folder password-protected. Note, this step will not work on jalbum.net, because jalbum.net's way of protecting folders is different from what Fotomoto can handle. Just use a folder name to store the originals (see above) which is hard to guess.
You will need to access your site's control panel:
Choose Password Procect Directories, and navigate to the "originals" folder you've created in the previous step. Use the folder icons on the left to change directories, and click the folder name once you are there. That will bring up a window to add permissions to the folder, something like this:
Tick the Password protect this directory box, and create a new user. Make sure you've provided a strong password. Click Add/modify authorized user. (Copy the password for later use.)
In order Fotomoto can pick up your originals you will need to give the login credentials on fotomoto.com. It can be managed on the Fotomoto Settings / Auto pickup page.
albums/albumname/originalsWith jalbum.net you don't need to fill in the Username and Password fields, just make sure the Path points to the proper folder.
FILENAME.EXT, as jAlbum is using the same names in albums as the original files were named.
Now you are ready to cash in some money. Just make some noise to make your album noticed.
Here is my final album (click to test):
(Please note, altough I tried to collect my better shots, these are not professional-quality photographs, but otherwise you can buy them if you like. :) )
I hope you'll find this a great addition to jAlbum / Turtle. Please note, to use this tool you don't need to have a license (or storage), so you can give it a try straight off.
jAlbum is not prepared for Fotomoto's special needs. I'd not include the originals in the album. It's better to store them completely separated. Usually just a drag and drop with an FTP client. No need to reproduce the same structure either as long as the file names are unique. (As far as I know)
One other question on this... does Fotomoto need to have the originals all at the root levels of the "originals" directory, or does it need them in the appropriate sub-directory, following the original gallery/album structure? or does it matter?
Am I missing something? Is there a simpler was to do this? The "have-it-your-way" link only gives general information and still doesn't provide the answer. I sure like to see jAlbum handle originals better in a future version, like put them all in a single directory instead of mixed in with the slides, thumbs, index.html, folderimage.jpg, etc.
I get that the originals need to be made available to Fotomoto but not accessible in an unprotected directory, but is there a way to get jAlbum to put all the originals in one location that I can copy to my website so Fotomoto can get them? I have over 1000 images in my gallery that are coming from many directory locations. Manually copying all 1000 of these images into one directory would take forever.
I tried several choices and it looks like the only way it works is to "copy originals" AND "link to originals via scaled images". This copies the originals to the output directories where I can separate them and upload to a server directory for Fotomoto. Then I will have to re-build the gallery again to remove the originals before uploading the gallery. There are extra files and subdirctories inside these originals directories, so sorting is still required. This is NOT and automated process.
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Hi, Input directory can be different based on the model you chose. If you use "Copy", then all the originals are copied to the "Input" directory. (They are not necessarily the "originals", but those jAlbum use as input images.) In the case "Link" each and every image can come from a different directory. To find the image jAlbum using as input right click the thumbnail and choose "Show in filesystem". In the case of "Use folder" the album is built back into the folder the images come from. "Input directory" shows this folder. See more in this blog post: http://jalbum.net/blog/entry/have-it -your-way
If you don't include the originals in the album (you shouldn't), you still have to introduce the originals to Fotomoto some way, otherwise it cannot sell them. This is what this article is about. Just upload those high resolution images anywhere on your server (you can even password-protect), and show Fotomoto this folder through their "Auto pickup files" panel.
I don't know where to find the originals to copy since I'm using scaled down versions. First of all there is no "Input directory" listed, only Image, Output, Program, Skin, and Config directories under Tools / Open directories. The output directory is the scaled-down images and thumbs only folders under "album". The input directory contains the slide.html and image.jpg files for slides and thumbs. The final uploaded output seems to contain the images from output directory but with the html slides from the image directory.
So how do I copy the 1000+ images from my original collection which have only been copied in low res format to the output folders? Maybe it's under Album / Pages "Link to ...something...". Which setting do I need there? I must have to copy the originals somehow or I get the scaled down version. But your instructions say not to include the originals. Would be please clarify this?
No, the watermark is only applied to the downsized images in the album, but the originals never touched. Once you specify the source for the originals in your Fotomoto settings panel, Fotomoto will use the images from there.
I'm wondering if the watermark (under the images tab in turtle) with also end up being printed/downloaded/emailed ?
I have updated the sample album with Turtle 4.0.4 now so you can check out.
Unfortunately there was a bug in Turtle 4.0.2, which I fixed now. The updated skin (4.0.4) will be available on Monday.
I have purchased jAlbum Pro license, installed fotomoto and setup jalbum with Turtle. I set up prices in photomoto and uploaded a small test album to my own domain: scenicbritain co uk / gallery1
However nothing happens when clicking the "fotomoto cart" button, below an image!
I have spent ages looking through the settings and I cannot see why it is not working?
You don't have to insert any script. Once you add your Fotomoto ID on the Settings / Turtle / Selling photos tab, Turtle will do the rest. Step 2 is about setting up selling options on the fotomoto site. You might need to read their instructions on how to set up the options, but I use fotomoto with its defaults it the example above. Please note, the Fotomoto panel does not show up until you upload album, and add the site to your fotomoto preferences. See screenshot 1, "Site addreses / Add (alternate) site".
I am not able to figure out, from your directions, how and where to insert the FotoMoto script within your Turtle skin. Also, I am unable to complete your instruction #2 (specify selling options) because my albums to not appear and I have no clue how to get them to show up. I do love the skin and am eager to get going -- your help will be greatly appreciated.
Just adding the text "Buy" next to the shopping cart would probably help a lot. Also, to me the shopping cart icon looked grayed-out and I thought it was disabled - which would make sense if I hadn't clicked "Buy" on anything yet. If the cart icon is in fact the "Buy" button, maybe it could have more contrast.
Yes, I agree, the buy button should be more pronounced. Maybe adding the text "Buy" next to the shopping cart icon can improve on it. The "Checkout with Paypal" button comes from the Paypal site, so I can't replace it with the shopping cart icon button. The same is true with Fotomoto, but they provide the whole panel, so I have even less options to customize it. I might add an option to have the labels shown along with the icons, and probably a new button style which have colorful background.