Over the past few weeks we’ve come across a fairly common question, and that is how to limit a package to a single photo. This is fairly common with photographers that shoot schools or sports teams. Rather than ordering individual images you may prefer to give your clients a handful of options on what set of prints they can order.
With ProofBuddy, packages do not work that way. There is not a setting in ProofBuddy to tell it to only allow one image into a package.
However, you don’t really need to even use packages for this and trying to fit it into a package is probably making your life more complicated than it needs to be.
The easiest way to create a package with only a single image is to not use a package at all. Just create a normal pricing item just like you would with any other print. Instead of titling it “4×6 Print” just call it “Package A.” And, if you have the Pro version of ProofBuddy you can even put your “packages” into their own category called Packages and your clients will never know the difference.
One of the issues we’ve come up against with plugins is that if there are too many that create new menu items the tabs run out of room. So we’re going to a design where the tabs go down the left side instead. That way there’s as much room as is needed for the tabs.
This is also going to widen the page. The admin pages were originally put at 768px wide because when ProofBuddy was started in 2005 I wanted to make sure that it would look okay on an 800×600 screen. It’s 6 years later and most monitors are at least 1024×768 so bumping up the width won’t affect most people.
And the obligatory screen shot…
Still playing around a bit with the CSS so it may not look exactly like this when we’re done with it.
You’ve seen a QR code, you just may not have known what it was for or what it was called. For a bit more detail than you probably want, you can head to WikiPedia for all sorts of information about QR codes.
An example QR code - this one will take you to www.proofbuddy.com
Basically a QR code is a two-dimensional barcode that can contain text. Where this ties in to ProofBuddy is that you can make a barcode containing a web address. So for those of you that hand out cards with your proofing web address at weddings and events you might want to consider including a QR code on your card. That way your clients can just scan the code and go directly to your site.
If you’re going to include a QR code on your handouts at events you might want to consider using the ?p parameter as part of the web address. For example, if you have an album with a passcode “123″ and your web address is www.bobsproofs.com, you can use the web address http://www.bobsproofs.com/index.php?p=123 and they will be logged in automatically.
Want to create your own? Trying to find software to build a QR code for this post I came across dozens of sites to either create a code or download code to do it. Thanks to the Google Chart API we can embed code to allow you to create a QR code for your site right here.
Enter your web address, including the leading http://, into the text box and press the button.