Set Your Photography Website Apart with Jetpack

As a photographer, you likely have a portfolio of gorgeous images that dazzle fans and customers. But you need to get those images out there so that everyone can see them.

Building your own WordPress site is a great place to start, and for photographers looking to do even more with their sites, there’s Jetpack. Jetpack will enhance your portfolio with gorgeous, user-friendly photo displays meant to attract new followers and photography fans. It also includes features that help large photos load quickly, which improves user experiences and boosts your search engine ranking.

Today we’re going to look at three specific Jetpack features photographers should use on their website:

  • Photon, which enables photos to load quickly.
  • Carousel, which displays photos in a full-screen carousel.
  • Galleries, which offers options for formatting galleries.

Read on to learn how each one of these options will help your website stand out and draw more attention to your portfolio.

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Building a Beautiful Photoblog with Jetpack

Jetpack is a powerhouse of added functionality for self-hosted WordPress. As a photographer, some of my favorite features are the ones that elegantly and easily add beauty to a site, helping you quickly launch a new photoblog or enhance an existing one. Jetpack makes it simple for WordPress bloggers of any proficiency level to create a stellar photoblog in very little time, no matter the theme — these four modules will get your photoblog off to a great start:

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How to remove stylsheets added by Tiled Galleries and Carousel

If you wish to use your own stylesheets instead of the ones that are automatically added to the posts where you’ve inserted a Tiled Gallery, or a gallery using Carousel, you can add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file, or to a functionality plugin.

To remove Tiled Galleries’s stylesheet:

function tweakjp_rm_tiledcss(){
    wp_dequeue_style( 'tiled-gallery' );
}
add_action( 'wp_footer', 'tweakjp_rm_tiledcss' );

To remove Carousel’s stylesheet:

function changejp_dequeue_styles() {
    wp_dequeue_style( 'jetpack-carousel' );
}
add_action( 'post_gallery', 'changejp_dequeue_styles', 1001 );
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Jetpack 2.1: Tiled Galleries

Posting photo galleries on your WordPress blog is a fun way to share your experiences with the world, but do plain old thumbnail grids truly express your artistic side? No, they don’t. That’s why we’ve added tiled galleries to Jetpack.

Tiled galleries allow you to create beautiful photo mosaics for your blog posts. Just activate the Tiled Gallery module (and optionally set the tiled layout as the default) to create gorgeous galleries in seconds. Your friends will envy you, and your enemies will fear you.

You might be thinking, “Are tiled galleries the only new feature in Jetpack 2.1? If they are, that’s certainly understandable, because it’s an amazing addition to an already feature-rich plugin.” No, tiled galleries are not the only new feature; we’ve also added a slideshow mode for galleries. Just choose Slideshow from the Type dropdown when creating your gallery, and you’ll instantly have a dynamic photo display. Slideshows and tiled galleries both look amazing on mobile devices, and they both integrate seamlessly with the Carousel module.

In addition to giving you new ways to show off your photographs, we’ve spent a lot of time fixing bugs, too.  Photon, Infinite Scroll, Publicize, Sharing, and the Contact Form modules have all been given some TLC, and the Custom CSS editor has been updated. For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.

Update: Jetpack 2.1.1 has been released to fix a bug that was preventing updates from Jetpack 1.9.2 and older.

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