PhotoPressPro Platinum3 – It’s not your father’s photo theme Image

PhotoPressPro Platinum3 – It's not your father's photo theme

April 12, 2011

We’re so excited to announce the release of PhotoPressPro Platinum3! This update adds quite a few features that have been on our wishlist for a while. Read on for the details!

What’s New?

  • Sidebar! We’ve had tons of requests to add a widget-ready sidebar to the blog theme, to place things like advertisements or custom menus. We’ve resisted up till now, but without any real reason. Now, you can add a Sidebar to your entire site, or just to particular pages. Go to Layout > Pages to set it up. When creating or editing a page, you can now set the “Page Template” to Page w/ Sidebar, or Posts Page w/ Sidebar. Or, if you choose to add a Sidebar to your entire site, you can create pages with a “Full Width” page template to hide the sidebar on those pages. Then, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag some widgets to any of the 4 new Sidebar widget areas.
  • Insert All Images, Insert Slideshow buttons. W00T!?! Yep, this means BULK IMAGE POSTING, baby. Simply upload your images as you always have, but instead of clicking “Insert into Post” on every..single..danged..image… you can now click the brand new “Insert All Images” button to throw all your uploaded images to the post editor, ninja-style, or the or “Insert Slideshow” button to add the shortcode for you.
  • AJAX Commenting. Inline commenting has always been built-in, but a page refresh was required to post your comment. That is no longer the case! (If you are currently using the Ajaxed WordPress plugin, this will probably conflict with it, and you may have to deactivate the plugin. If you have any issues with the built-in Ajax comments, or just think they aren’t as cool as I’m making them out to be, well fine then. You can turn them off on the Layout > Comments page.)
  • Page templates. In addition to the Sidebar and Full-Width page templates, we added an Archives template. You can now create an “Archives” (or “Sitemap”) page that lists all of your posts and pages by category, tag, year, month, or whatever you select on the Layout > Pages > Archives section. To add an Archives page, simply create a new page, choose the “Archives” page template, and Publish.
  • CSS3 Text Shadows. Add a soft glow, dropshadow, or letterpress effect to any text on your blog. Used correctly, this can give a very professional effect to your text. But, different effects can look pretty bad with certain combinations of text color and backgrounds, so beware. Oh, and these will not work on any version of Internet Explorer.
  • Footer title fonts. You can now change the font for the Footer titles, along with the Post titles, and Sidebar titles. Headings need not be the same!
  • Improved Line Height. Before now, the line height for the post content and the menu were based on the font size. Now, they are fixed to 150% of the text height, for much improved readability.
  • Less Naughty CSS for Contact Forms. Some of the CSS we applied to the comment forms were inadvertently applied to contact forms as well, usually to an ugly result. This has been fixed, so plugins with styled forms like cForms will look as they should.
  • Fixed compatibility with SEO plugins. A while back, we added the option to set custom <title> tags on posts and pages. But, we inadvertently broke the title functionality on some SEO plugins such as All-In-One SEO. Those should now be working correctly – email us if you have any issues with SEO plugins.
  • Floating Icons you can actually use. The my.php file must still be edited, but you can turn it on or off under Other > Floating Icons. Plus, no renaming of files is necessary! Simply edit the my.php file in the WordPress theme editor under Appearance > Editor and add your own links.

Oh, one more thing – a great new default look, inspired by the default WordPress theme. Check it out at the demo.

We’re pretty happy with the way things turned out. Love something about the new look? Hate something even more? Let us know in the comments. The new Ajax comments. :)


  • Rosie David · Posted November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Absolutely THE best photography blog theme (and the easiest to customize)….and believe me when I tell you, I’ve looked at them all and taken many for a “test drive.” With Luke’s excellent support, I was able to get done in one day what I had been trying to do for a month or longer with the other themes. I just can’t imagine anything better, ESPECIALLY for a WordPress newbie like me. Kudos, kudos, kudos!!!! Thank you for making this part of my life so much easier!

  • Diane · Posted April 29, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    I’ve only just bought Platinum2 (which I love, by the way!). How do I get hold of this version 3? Does it mean buying a completely new package, or is an update available?

    • Luke · Posted April 29, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

      Hi Diane! It’s a free update, and you should have received an email with a download link. Let me know if you need a fresh one.

PhotoPressPro Platinum2 v4 released, outsmarts inane PHP setting with jQuery Image

PhotoPressPro Platinum2 v4 released, outsmarts inane PHP setting with jQuery

January 28, 2011

Hello again folks! Back so soon, you ask? Yes, yes, well.. we thought a few of you might want to upload images again.

Many of you reported issues with uploading images.. no error message, everything looked fine, but the image just didn’t upload. But then, most of you had no problems at all.

It turns out that a security setting was added to PHP versions 5.2.12 and later called max_file_uploads. This setting is defaulted to 20, to guard against bots attempting to overload the server with uploads.

Ok, well, we’re only uploading 1 file at a time, right? So, no problem. Right?


PHP counts empty file upload fields as uploads. This means on servers with default PHP settings, a web app cannot allow more that 20 file input fields in one form. We have a few more than that.

Fortunately, my years of rigorous Google Fu training placed me at this blog post by a similarly frustrated Drew McLellan. He offered up a nifty jQuery-based workaround that keeps any empty file input fields from getting to the PHP side by disabling them.

Thank you so much, Drew. Now I can enjoy my birthday.


  • JohnV · Posted March 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Testing Comments!

  • Alison Waring · Posted January 28, 2011 at 10:29 am · Link

    Happy Birthday old fart!!

    • admin · Posted February 4, 2011 at 9:20 am · Link

      Thanks Alison! :)

PhotoPressPro Platinum2 v3: Codename "Slippety" Released Image

PhotoPressPro Platinum2 v3: Codename

January 23, 2011

We’re exhausted, but super-excited to announce the latest release of Platinum2 WordPress theme, version 3! We mostly focused on the new slideshow feature for this release, but we also cleaned up a lot of cruft. Here are some of the more notable changes. First, the most important, yet rather boring one:

VERY IMPORTANT: This version of PhotoPressPro Platinum2 requires WordPress 3.0 or higher to run. If you have not updated to WP 3.0, do NOT activate this theme until you are up to date!

Now, the exciting stuff!

  • Post Slideshow. It has arrived! Platinum2 now sports a slick, smart, and clean jQuery-powered post slideshow that’s super-easy to set up and use. Plus, it works on all smartphones, and smartly degrades to a list of images when JavaScript is not enabled. Yeah, it’s pretty smart. Say, why not check out a screenshot of the options panel below?
  • Removed old PPP Link, PPP Multi-pages, and PPP Search for Menu Bar widgets. These widgets had more than a few problems with WP 3.0, and they were actally replaced a few versions back. If you were using any of these widgets, you’ll need to replace them with the PPP Simple Link, PPP Simple Search, and the vanilla WordPress Pages widgets. Or, take advantage of the killer Menus feature and use Custom Menu widgets.
  • Fixes to bring full iOS support to the navigation menu.
  • Fixes to pass the WordPress “Theme Check” plugin. Hence, the WP 3.0 requirement. Also fixed some PHP warnings that showed up in the WP debug log.

Check out a working front-end demo on the previous post of this blog.

Black Friday sale, Google Checkout promotion, Awesome upcoming feature preview, and a contest! Image

Black Friday sale, Google Checkout promotion, Awesome upcoming feature preview, and a contest!

November 24, 2010

UPDATE: Congrats to Lisa L for winning the first theme!
UPDATE2: The second theme has been awarded to Marta von Grey! Congratulations, you two!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated, and all of PhotoPressPro’s wonderful users. You’re the best!

Or, “Why you should keep your blog up to date.”

As I’m sure most photographers can relate, if you don’t carve out a time to post on the blog, you can easily fall behind. So here’s what’s going on, starting with the time-sensitive stuff first.

Thanksgiving / Black Friday sale

We LOVE Black Friday. So we’re having a sale too! Get $50 off our Works package, or $30 off the Platinum theme by entering the discount code BF in your shopping cart, starting NOW until the end of Black Friday, November 26, 2010.

Google Checkout $10 off promotion

Google invited us to participate in their Holiday “$10 off $60″ promotion, so naturally we accepted. If you pay with Google Checkout between November 23 and December 16, 2010, and your cart total is over $60, you’ll get an automatic $10 off, no coupon required!

If you’re no Math major, that means you can double-dip and use the BF code and purchase with Google Checkout to get the Platinum theme for only $59!

Upcoming feature preview: Built-In Slideshow

Here’s just a sneek peak at what we’ve been working on since Platinum2 was released. This is by far the most requested feature, and we still have some work to do, but I wanted to get some feedback before the next release in December. So, what do you think?

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Holiday Contest

We can’t resist a chance to throw a fun contest. So we’re giving away TWO (2) free Platinum themes! The first will be given away to the first person that solves the riddle below in a comment:

Three of the slides in the slideshow preview
Are not like the others, so they must be the clue!
Put together, the words that describe all three,
Form a sentence said by this character on TV.

This may require some specific pop culture savvy, but I imagine it will be solved very soon… so if you know the answer, don’t delay! (Btw, sorry for the stupid riddle. I like riddles.)

The second free theme will be chosen by a random drawing on Black Friday. To enter, you can do any of these 3 things:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Let us know what you think of the slideshow!
  2. Tweet about our holiday sale or contest (mention @lukeweese or #photopresspro)
  3. “Like” our Facebook page

We’ll compile all the entries around noon on Black Friday and let choose a winner! (Even if you already bought the theme, feel free to participate… you could win a new blog theme to gift to a friend!)


  • […] out a working front-end demo on the previous post of this blog. PhotoPressPro Platinum2 v3: Codename "Slippety" Released · January 23, 2011 […]

  • Neshama · Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:29 am · Link

    I bought the PhotoPressPro Platinum blog and I LOVE it!!!!!!! I can’t wait for the slideshow feature! Thanks for all your help getting my blog set up Luke! I’ll let you know when it’s looking totally presentable. You are AWESOME!

  • ShannonW. · Posted November 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Hey there…what time will you announce the winner of today’s theme? If I don’t win I want to get in on time for the black Friday special :). Thanks so much.


    • admin · Posted November 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm · Link

      Hi Shannon! We actually just gave it away, and are waiting on confirmation from the winner before we announce the name. Thank you so much for participating! I hope the discount works for something of a consolation prize.. ;)

  • Neshama · Posted November 26, 2010 at 2:39 am · Link

    Finally found you on Facebook…don’t know how I missed you! Maybe because my brain wants to stop working and sleep…..
    Please let me know if I’ll be able to move my Word Press blog posts over to my new Platinum theme. If so, I’m taking advantage of the awesome Black Friday sale!! Thanks!!!

    • admin · Posted November 26, 2010 at 11:14 am · Link

      Hi Neshama! Yes, your existing WordPress posts won’t be affected by changing the theme to PhotoPressPro. But if you’re using, you’ll need to get a separate webhost to run, and your posts can be imported in.
      Thanks and good luck!

  • Neshama · Posted November 26, 2010 at 2:29 am · Link

    I know I’m going to sound like an idiot, but I can’t find you on Facebook, and I don’t quite know how to tweet yet either….I’m too busy working!!! I love Word Press, and I know I will love Photo Press Pro even more (just discovered there was a difference today)! Can’t wait to make the switch….it would be amazing if it was a free one. Thanks!

  • ShannonW. · Posted November 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I liked you on Facebook. I would love to win a Platinum Theme!


    • ShannonW. · Posted November 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm · Link

      And I liked the slideshow too. ;)

  • Wendy @ Almota Roses · Posted November 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm · Link

    I would love to win a free theme! I am in the market for a WordPress blog, and yours is on my short list! I think the slideshow feature is great, and I’m sure I would use it a ton.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • melissa · Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:31 am · Link

    I am a horrible horrible blogger who has been working on mine for over 6 months now and still haven’t made it “live” lol I LOVE the slideshow! awesome, Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  • MartaV · Posted November 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm · Link

    This looks very interesting. I’m excited to check it out. My blog needs some work for sure.

    • Louise · Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:16 am · Link

      Looks great and with a fab offer as well!

  • Lisa L · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Oops! My bad–it was actually JIM who said “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica!” but he was poking fun at Dwight. ;)

    • admin · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm · Link

      Nice job! I knew I couldn’t trick a real Office fan. :) Let me know if you’d like the theme sent to a different email address.

      But for the rest of you, there’s still a free theme available! Just leave a comment, tweet, or like our facebook page to enter for our drawing on Black Friday.

      • Lisa L · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm · Link

        Thanks Luke! Woo Hoo! You can send it to the email on this reply. Thanks! :D

  • Lisa L · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Not sure if you’re looking for the quote or the character–its Dwight from The Office. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica!

    • admin · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm · Link

      So close Lisa.. might want to watch the clip again! ;)

  • Lisa L · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica!

    • admin · Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm · Link

      Who said that, Lisa?!? (Not who is it referring to! :))

What is the difference between PhotoPressPro and WordPress? Image

What is the difference between PhotoPressPro and WordPress?

September 10, 2010

This isn’t the most frequently asked question; but it’s a really good one, so we thought we’d answer it here on the blog.

Basically, WordPress provides the content of your blog, and PhotoPressPro provides the look and feel. When you first install WordPress, the default theme is installed. You can customize some things by using widgets on the sidebar, or editing the menu; but there’s no theme options panel. So if you want to change the look, you have to edit code.

Our theme adds a “PPP Control Panel” page to your WP admin, where you can customize the entire look of your blog. You can create a totally unique blog design using just the options in the control panel, and most people do. We also provide an easy way to add custom CSS code if you want to change something that’s not covered in the panel.

In other words, you could say that WordPress is your blog, and PPP is your blog design. All of the text and images in your actual blog are added through WordPress (except the about me section)… your header slideshow, fonts, colors, and backgrounds are all done with PhotoPressPro.

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