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.
1. Sign up with Fotomoto
The first step naturally is signing up with Fotomoto. That's free.
2. Specify the selling options
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.
3. Create the album
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.
4. Upload the originals
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.
- Click on the little triangle on Upload and choose Upload / Manage.
- Click Connect
- Once connected go to your album's folder and add a new folder for the originals with the "new folder" icon.
- Now drag and drop the original images from the Input folder onto the new folder.
Password protect the originals folder on your server
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.)
5. Tell Fotomoto where to look for the originals
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.
- Create New Profile
- Fill in Profile Name (anything), Storage type (HTTP), User name (same as above) and Password (paste from above), Host (http://yoursite.com/) and Path (the path to the originals from the site root, e.g.
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.
- Click Test Connection to make sure Fotomoto can reach the folder
- In the Filename Lookup Pattern use simply
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.