Purchasing from stock photography site Fotolia just got a whole lot easier for bloggers who use WordPress, and in turn could mean more sales for photographers.
Fotolia has announced a new plugin named Microstock for stand-alone WordPress blogs. Â The new plugin uses the Fotolia API (application programming interface) to allow bloggers to purchase stock images directly from Fotolia without ever having to leave their WordPress admin panel.
Once a blogger has installed and activated the plugin, and given the plugin their Fotolia credentials, the plugin will display relevant photos they may want to use in their post based on the tags they added to their post. Â If they see a photo they want to purchase, it can all be done from the blogging interface, and the image will be uploaded directly to their media library of their blog, as well as being inserted into their post.
Once the image is inserted into their post, they can resize it to better fit with their writing, and the system will also rename the image to a more search engine friendly name to help the blogger with their SEO (search engine optimization).
Considering that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform currently, this could mean a wealth of more sales and new customers for photographers who sell their stock images through the Fotolia site. Â The ease of shopping for images, plus removing several steps involved in preparing the images for use, could make bloggers more apt to use the service on a regular basis.
Bloggers who wish to use the plugin simply need to go to the plugins section of their site and search on “Microstock” to find the plugin, and then they can add it just like they would any other plugin.