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WordCamp Orange County Plugin-a-Palooza Entry: WP Art Store

This year, WordCamp Orange County (coming up on June 6th and 7th) is doing something a little different. Plugin-a-Palooza a plugin-building hackathon/competition that they first announced back in February. The rules are pretty simple: pitch a plugin idea, get it approved, write a plugin, submit it by a specific time, make sure it’s GPL, and then talk about it.

I volunteered to help Suzette Franck build out a plugin to submit to Plugin-a-Palooza that would let artists easily sell their work from their website without having to do a lot of technical inventory management stuff.

The result is WP Art Store, and you can check it out on WordPress.org or GitHub. The plugin is a fairly simple custom post type plugin that adds a new post type for works of art along with several ways of grouping those art works together–by medium, by theme or subject, or by technique.

Works_‹_Art_Store_—_WordPress

Additional information about the work of art can be added, including a price, and these things will display on the front-end with an image and description of the piece. WP Art Store uses CMB2 to simplify the creation of the metabox that stores this information.

Edit_Work_‹_Art_Store_—_WordPress

 

The site owner just needs to add information about their piece of art, and add either a URL to a payment page or an HTML embed code for a payment button. We recommend PayPal, but any payment processing service that gives you a direct URL to a purchase page for a specific item or an HTML code to embed on your site can be used.

Along with the ability to manage and display individual works of art, the plugin comes with a side-scrolling gallery built using SmoothDivScroll by Thomas Khan. This can be added by using a shortcode and offers a nice, unique way of displaying a collection of images.

WordCamp Orange County is coming up soon. If you’re heading out there, be sure to check out the Plugin-a-Palooza workshop session hosted by Chris Lema on Saturday starting after lunch at 2pm.

1 thought on “WordCamp Orange County Plugin-a-Palooza Entry: WP Art Store

  1. I can’t wait to present the awesome work you have done at WordCamp Orange County! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! This is a great plugin that will really help self-representing artists sell their work on their own WordPress powered site and be self-sustaining. Thank you again, you are awesome, Chris Reynolds!

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