Installing the Lightroom plugin is like installing any software.  Here is a quick summary:

  1. Requires minimum: MacOS 10.12.2 or Windows 10 64bit, Lightroom Classic (our plugin is not compatible with Lightroom CC).
  2. Download the installer from the link provided via email.
  3. Confirm the Lightroom application is closed.
  4. Double click the installer and follow the prompts to install the plugin.
  5. Once the installation process is complete, open Lightroom, select Lightroom’s Plug-in Manager under the ‘File’ menu and confirm the Imagely plugin is enabled.
  6. You’re finished and now ready to publish your new galleries! 🙂

Mac Users

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After you’ve run through the installer, the Lightroom plugin and Imagely MacOS App will be installed in the global library for all users of your computer.  You can confirm by going to:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules

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Windows Users

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After you’ve run through the installer, the Lightroom plugin and Imagely Windows App will be installed in the global library for all users of your computer.

C:\Program Files\Imagely LLC\Imagely

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To Activate The Plugin in Lightroom

Step 1 – Go to the Plug-in Manager within Lightroom

Step 2 – Browse the left column until you find the Imagely plugin, and click the Enable button (if not already enabled)

Note: If Lightroom does not automatically see the plugin you will need to add the plugin within the Plug-in Manager. Click the Add button and find the plugin according to the path we stated above. Once added, click the Enable button to ensure the plugin is active.  Although restarting Lightroom may not be necessary, we recommend doing so anyway.

How To Setup The Lightroom Plugin

Requires minimum: MacOS 10.12.2 or Windows 10 64bit, Lightroom Classic (our plugin is not compatible with Lightroom CC).

HTTP

STEP 1 – Add your site address under ‘WordPress Settings’ tab

STEP 2 – Select ‘Get Token’

Confirm your site address, add your username and password and select ‘Retrieve Now’… wait for the process to complete and select ‘OK’.

STEP 3 – Give your publishing profile a name and select ‘Save’. You’re finished and now ready to publish images 🙂

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FTP

(we recommend only using FTP if the HTTP set up doesn’t work out for you)

Step 1 – Click on the Set Up button for the Imagely publishing service.

Step 1 - Click on the Set Up button for the Imagely publishing service.

Step 2 – Fill in the description, WordPress Settings and FTP Settings

  • Description can be anything you want to call it.For
  • For Website Settings, be sure to include http, https and www as you have it used on your website.
  • If FTP Settings is not showing you options, click on the preset dropdown and choose Edit. That will bring up the FTP module.

Step 2 - Fill in the description, WordPress Settings and FTP Settings

Step 3 – Enter your FTP or SFTP settings as needed.

Step 3 - Enter your FTP or SFTP settings as needed.

  1. Include all required FTP or SFTP credentials as required by Lightroom and supplied by your hosting company.
  2. Once entered, click the Browse button and click to your /wp-content/ folder and save.
  3. Once you click OK to close the FTP module, click on the Fetch from WordPress button for the temporary path visible in Step 2.

Step 4 – Configure any additional settings that you want used for the publishing service.

Step 4 - Configure any additional settings that you want used for the publishing service. Step 5 - Configure any additional settings that you want used for the publishing service.

How To Create Galleries & Albums From Lightroom

Step 1. To create a gallery or album in NextGEN Gallery through the Imagely Lightroom plugin, right-click on the newly created Publish Service. In the context menu, choose either Collection or Collection Set.

  • Collections correlate to NextGEN Galleries
  • Collection Sets correlate to NextGEN Albums.

Title your collection. This title will become the title of your gallery when it’s published to your site.

Step 2. Select all the images you wish to include in your new collection, and drag and drop them into the collection folder. Once you drop images inside of your new collection, click on the ‘Publish’ button at the top right of the collection.

Wait for the process to complete, once published navigate to your site to confirm the newly created NextGEN Gallery under Gallery > Manage Galleries (refer to NextGEN Gallery help guides for help managing your galleries):

Step 3. Published images will be marked as Published, however if you add new photos there will be separation between images.

  • Published
  • New Photos to Publish

 

Troubleshooting the Lightroom Plugin

Requires minimum: MacOS 10.12.2 or Windows 10 64bit, Lightroom Classic (our plugin is not compatible with Lightroom CC).

SSH Authorization

Lightroom’s FTP module doesn’t handle SFTP like a standard FTP application. If your server required SFTP then you might receive a notice about SSH while setting up a new publishing service. Simply push the Accept Key button to continue.

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Processing Error

If you receive an error like this processing error below, it is likely caused by entering the incorrect website address in the publishing server settings. For example, if your domain is http://www.myphotos.com, be sure to enter it exactly like that when creating the publishing service; leaving the www out will cause the error.  The same goes for http or https, if your website is https://www.domain.com then the URL should match in Lightroom.

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Security Plugins

If you find yourself being completely blocked from publishing new galleries, albums or images, it’s possible there is an additional security measure in place. We built our Lightroom to prevent being blocked by XML-RPC, which is a common roadblock on many hosts. However, if you are using a security plugin like iThemes Security or SecuPress, there is a greater chance of Lightroom publishing being blocked. Try temporarily disabling the security plugin to see if it helps.  If it doesn’t, please contact support for further troubleshooting.

MacOS

If you find the plugin not working at all, and you’re on a Mac, it is possible that you’re not running the latest version of macOS. At the time of the initial release of our Lightroom plugin, the macOS version was 10.12.2.  If you’re using anything older than the latest version it is possible the Lightroom plugin will not work.  We will not be supporting outdated versions of macOS.

Lightroom Version

The Lightroom plugin only supports the latest versions of the standard and Creative Cloud.

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Other Troubleshooting Steps

SERVER SETTINGS

Our plugins will run well on any wordpress-friendly server with the following wordpress.org required settings in place:

  • PHP version 7.2 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • HTTPS support
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module

Confirm with your hosting provider that you have set in your installed php.ini file:

  • PHP Safe Mode turned OFF
  • At least 250MB memory allowed
  • 30MB or larger upload limit
  • 30MB or larger post limit

Other server settings to check:

  • 755 permissions set on /wp-content directory.  If your hosting environment requires higher than 755, you risk being vulnerable to hackers. This is a sign of a less supportive web host for WordPress. You should NEVER have to go as high as 777
  • GD Library enabled and activated on your hosting account

With the above settings in place, please note that we can’t test every server available on the market. We build and test the plugin on WordPress recommended servers as mentioned above, and know that our plugin works well in their server environments.