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How can I sell my images on Viewbook (with Fotomoto)?

Rien
posted this on June 02, 2010 05:05 PM

Viewbook works together with Fotomoto.com. Fotomoto is an e-commerce system that gives independent photographers and web publishers the power to sell their work on their own site. 

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How do I integrate Fotomoto into my Viewbook Album or Pages?
Adding Fotomoto to your Viewbook website is very simple. Open an account at Fotomoto.com and just follow the instructions here: http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/portal/articles/7478-How-do-I-...


Autopickup: Upload your high-res images in Viewbook, no need to upload to Fotomoto.
You can activate the 'autopickup' feature at Fotomoto, this way you don't need to upload high-resolution images to Fotomoto, but they will be 'picked up' from your Viewbook account. Read here for instructions: http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/portal/articles/8505-auto-pick...
Specs about image file sizes to upload to Viewbook for Fotomoto Autopickup http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/portal/articles/8310-preparing...  

 


Important:
 Be sure to add the right 'Site address' or 'Alternate site address' (username.viewbook.com or your own domain) to your Viewbook website, under 'Settings -> Site' in Fotomoto, otherwise it will not work. 


You can add Fotomoto to your Albums and Pages. The steps are the same for both. 

You can test it all by opening your Album or Page (using the 'Open' button at the top), and then click the 'Buy' button in the options of your Album.  

 

What happens when people buy photos?

1. After signing up for Fotomoto and pasting the Fotomoto ID into your Viewbook website (see instructions above), your (low-res) images are added into the Fotomoto system when a user orders your images on your Viewbook site.

2. When a customer clicks on the "Buy Now" button and completes an order, you will receive an email with the order information and be prompted to upload the high-resolution image so that we can process the order. You do NOT have to upload any high-res images before making a sale.

3. Fotomoto prints, packages, and ships the order direct to the customer. 

You can find much more info at fotomoto.com.

 

Troubleshooting
If the 'Buy' button does not work make sure you:
- Added the right Fotomoto ID, not the whole javascript code, but only the ID part as explained above (see point 5).
-  Be sure you've configured the right Primary or Alternate Site address in your Fotomoto settings (Site -> Settings). This must be the exact site address of your Viewbook website.



Want to use Fotomoto as e-commerce site engine with self produced prints?
Add your ideas and comments here.

 

Comments

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Incider Ca

i for one am really excited by your efforts to incorporate fotomoto's fulfillment application with viewbook. receiving many requests from blog viewers reviewing viewbook supported photo galleries on my site. can we expect implementation this month?

happy to beta test....

June 16, 2010 06:25 AM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Great to hear. Yes you can expect Fotomoto to be available this month. It will be announced in our newsletter that all of you will receive automatically. We're very exited about this.

June 16, 2010 09:58 AM
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Incider Ca

my heart beat is more than measurable now ;)   looking forward to the announcement. Viva Viewbook!

June 16, 2010 10:07 PM
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Patrick Lynch

Will this be available on the basic plan?

June 18, 2010 12:51 AM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Yes. It will be available on all plan levels. Basic, Standard and Pro.

June 18, 2010 10:07 AM
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sjoerd Jonkman

Great that I can sell my pictures on my viewbook site.

Anyway, I tried above instructions, but one way or another the BUY button doesn't work.

Can anyone help me out?

Many thanks...gr Sjoerd Jonkman www.sjoerdjonkman.nl

July 05, 2010 01:11 PM
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Alrik
Viewbook.com

Hi Sjoerd, Important to match your domain name correctly with the one you filled in the Fotomoto settings.

 

Cheers,

Alrik

July 05, 2010 02:06 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Here's a tutorial on how to get it working:

http://help.fotomoto.com/entries/208334-using-fotomoto-with-viewbook

 

Cheers,

piam

July 05, 2010 11:15 PM
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luca bariola

i did that and i saw the buy button just when i check is the button is there opening the my webpage from my imagemanager ....later when i open in a new window my website buy button has disappeared. domain name is blablabla.viewbook.com  or  the address where i redirect my viewbook adress ? thank you Luca 

www.squaredformat.com 

July 09, 2010 09:44 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

When using the 'Buy' button on your Website (not on a single Album)

1. Use the the 'Style Album window' of the Album inside your Page(s).
2. Add the Fotomoto ID to your Page 'Settings' 

July 12, 2010 01:24 PM
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Kenneth Shearer

Hi,

Is it possible to sell images through Fotomoto by using an embedded Viewbook Album on a Wordpress website post? I can create the gallery and upon embedding the album on my Wordpress post the album displays correctly and with the Play and Buy button on the option bar. The Play button works but when pressing the Buy button nothing happens.

Any help would be appreciated?

Thanks.

Kenneth

August 26, 2010 03:05 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Yes you can use Fotomoto with an embedded Viewbook Album. 

 

1) Add the fotomoto code at the bottom of your Page as instructed by Fotomoto AND add '?api=true&aid=a27ab61276766659' inside the code as follows:

 

 

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://widget.fotomoto.com/stores/script/488670a8ea74f7sdsdd1sd0da3...?api=true&aid=a27ab61276766659"></script>

 

2) Place the following code between the <head></head> tags of your Page:

 

<!-- Fotomoto -->
<script type="text/javascript">
function fotomoto_add_to_cart(image_uri) {
if(image_uri.length > 0) {
FOTOMOTO.API.showWindow(FOTOMOTO.API.BUY, image_uri);
} else {
alert("No image.");
}
}
</script>

<script type="text/javascript"> function fotomoto_add_to_cart(image_uri) { if(image_uri.length > 0) { FOTOMOTO.API.showWindow(FOTOMOTO.API.BUY, image_uri); } else { alert("No image."); } } </script>

 

 

September 02, 2010 12:50 PM
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Kenneth Shearer

Absolutely superb!

Thanks very much for your help Rien, code worked perfectly.

Cheers!

Kenneth

September 02, 2010 03:53 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Thanks Rien!

 

I'll add that to our tutorials :)

 

Cheers,

piam

September 02, 2010 08:57 PM
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lifeinphotography

The link above for follow instructions here to sign up for Fotomoto above the red Important does not seem to work when I click on it, I get a 404 error with a sorry they cannot open page and saying the page might have moved etc.

Is there a way to just go to Fotomoto.com and get info from there and link it to Viewbook?

December 20, 2010 06:08 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Hi Gloria,

 

Thanks for the question, we just changed our support system and moved all of our documents.

The new location is: http://support.fotomoto.com/portal/article/7478-How-do-I-install-Fotomoto-on-Viewbook-

 

Cheers,

piam

December 20, 2010 06:47 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Just changed the link in the article above. Thanks.

December 21, 2010 10:43 AM
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Kenneth Rimm

Hey :-)

I do all my own fine art printing myself - when will it be possible to sell through the site.

It's important for me that clients can pay through the site-so design look the same.

Thanks

Kenneth

March 25, 2011 08:54 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Hi Kennthrimm,

 

Are you looking for a solution where you would be able to use the Fotomoto widget but do your own order fulfillment? As in Printing, Shipping and customer care?

Can I ask why? We've had a few artists who want this just so they can sign their own prints, and inspect them before they are shipped to the customer.

If that's what you are after, then I have good news, we are currently working on a solution to give you exactly that functionality. This system would ship the print to you, then you could sign and inspect the print, put it back in the box, attach the new shipping label and off it goes to your customer.

Let me know if that's something you are interested in. If you want something else, then just jump into our forums, and post the idea/request here: http://getsatisfaction.com/fotomoto/ideas/popular and hopefully it can gain some traction.

 

Cheers,
piam

 

 

March 25, 2011 09:11 PM
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Kenneth Rimm

Hi Piam

Thanks for speedy reply.

With all due respect for your work I want to print everything myself.

Thanks

 

Kenneth

March 25, 2011 09:35 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Thanks Kenneth, well feel free to ask for that feature in our forums.

 

Cheers,
piam 

March 25, 2011 09:40 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Thanks for your contributions Kenneth and Piam.

We get this feature request more often; a simple fulfillment process, without the prints / downloads. But with all the order processing and payment in place.

It would be great if fotomoto could have a 'payment only' option for fulfillment. Basically a digital download without the download. 

March 27, 2011 12:44 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Hi Rien,

This is on our road-map, but we don't have a set date for it, here is the thread about it in our feature request forum: http://getsatisfaction.com/fotomoto/topics/option_to_use_fotomoto_e_commerce_site_engine_with_self_produced_prints

Feel free to send people there to vote on it, and hopefully it will gain more traction.

Cheers,

piam 

March 28, 2011 07:15 PM
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Kenneth Rimm

Hi Piam

First of all : Can anyone post a link or 2 so I can see it on a real site ?

Second :Why dont you just use the feedback you get here in this forum ?

I have signed up with Viewbook so I put my feedback on this topic here like many others as I understand.

I someone gives me a good idea I just say- cool I'l remember that.

When I check your forum on this I had to sign up for "Get Satisfaction" (a bit ironic name in this case) to vote  so I left.

I'm sure you will only gain business on this from people you don't attract now-maybe you'll even get some print orders if people are happy with the service but to busy to print.

I need this feature in a very near future but will look at other solutions in the meantime.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not being rude here - just a kind suggestion :-)

 

Cheers

 

Kenneth

March 30, 2011 04:22 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Hi Kenneth,

Thanks for your suggestion, the reason we use get Satisfaction is so that we can keep track of all the good ideas, and get community feedback on them. As you can imagine development resources are limited, so we try to focus our efforts where it has the largest impact. To that end, we use our forums to gauge how popular an idea is so we know how to divvy up our time and resources.

Since you asked here is a link to someone who uses Viewbook and Fotomoto, http://www.ds-photography.com.au/

Let me know if you need anything else.

 

Cheers,

piam

March 30, 2011 07:10 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Thanks Piam, I've added it to the bottom of this article. I'd like this feature a lot. No need for things like Paypal then.

April 04, 2011 02:16 PM
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Kenneth Rimm

Well I would like a Paypal option(or like that) so I can /as mentioned above).

I''l send a mail to support soon.

April 04, 2011 02:42 PM
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mel sewell

guys, I have work on my website which I want to sell. Photomot onlylets me do this if I want them to print for me. I do my own printing and some of my work is one-off paintings. So how do I sell off the page?????

Mel

May 31, 2011 03:18 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

We're adding other selling options to Viewbook later this year. Currently we only support Fotomoto.

May 31, 2011 03:37 PM
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Paul Abbitt

Is it possible to see examples of peoples website who have fotomoto, as I would like to see how it integrates with both sites?

I can’t see any in your example page?

June 01, 2011 03:31 AM
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Paul Abbitt

Sorry didn't see the above link, do you have any more, links?

June 01, 2011 03:34 AM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Here are a couple more I grabbed: 

http://www.jonathanflemingphotography.com/

June 15, 2011 02:45 AM
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Piam | Fotomoto

I thought I listed two, here is another: http://macropolo.viewbook.com

June 15, 2011 03:16 AM
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jo unruh

It seems that fotomoto are not overly interested in partners in the UK (they haven't found one in over a year).  Therefore offering other seling options (even if it is only paypal) is a must.

July 16, 2011 09:53 PM
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Piam | Fotomoto

We are planning on launching our European Partner shortly, unless something falls through. Keep an eye on our Blog for an update.: http://blog.fotomoto.com/

July 19, 2011 08:10 PM
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jo unruh

So far I have not uploaded full resolution images to viewbook.  I have uploaded 1500px X 1000px images as they are fine for web viewing.  I am guessing that I will have to replace all of my current albums with fullres images. Is this correct?

Is there a space restriction?  I know there is an image limit.  My fullres images are 10 times the disc space of the smaller images.

July 27, 2011 01:36 AM
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jo unruh

Another question with fotomoto. 

If I want to add different viewbook albums to different fotomoto price collections, how do I do it?

July 27, 2011 02:13 AM
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Piam | Fotomoto

Hi Jo,

 

What you need is a separate Fotomoto Account (a new Site Key) linked to that other Viewbook account, that may be something that viewbook can do for you.

Otherwise, we are implementing a rules engine that could assign a photo to a different collection based on various things ranging from Exif data to it's url. But that is still in development, and I can't say when it will be ready to be released.

In regards to your question about print ready files, here is a guide from our knowledge base: http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/portal/articles/8310-preparing-print-ready-files

 

July 28, 2011 01:05 AM
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Jim Rucquoi

i've opened an acct w/ imagekind here in us. they not only price, print, ship, and charge, but offer frame & matting as well and can handle the super large output i need for my photos. will your upcoming version allow me to substitute the buy button for fotomoto on each photo?

August 14, 2011 11:46 AM
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Jakob Eskildsen

OK!

Now I have tried fotomoto, with it is to me totally useless!
after that I can not get Danish VAT on the invoice when I sell a photo to a customer in my own country...

in that case I get a big problem with the IRS.
view book must  look for an alternative to the customers they are NOT living in the U.S..

November 11, 2012 10:37 AM
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Sebastien Bartoli

The integration with viewbook is great but I agree with Jakob : an european alternative would be fine.

Moreover, Fotomoto has changed their process flow. It's now more complex... and many customers are unhappy.

November 11, 2012 02:24 PM
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Rien
Viewbook.com

Any ideas for EU alternatives are very welcome.

A couple of Viewbook users use http://www.metroimaging.co.uk/exhibitions-and-interiors/web-print-f... 

November 11, 2012 08:49 PM
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Lena Hepehi

Will this work for Australia? I'm currently looking at using Viewbook as a platform for my photography but it will be no use to me if I cant sell my photos online. Please help me.

December 03, 2012 08:22 AM
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Alrik
Viewbook.com

Hi Lena, technically yes, but I guess shipping costs from the US will be a major factor, see https://getsatisfaction.com/fotomoto/topics/overseas_shipping_costs 

December 03, 2012 02:10 PM
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Deney Tuazon

Are there any other options (in the US) besides fotomoto? The process seems to be very complicated. I've tried to purchase one for myself to test it and I've never received any confirmation from them. And now after uploading a new album, viewbook won't even take the fotomoto ID so I can sell the print to my client.

December 06, 2012 03:43 PM
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fotomoto test_site

Hi Deney,

 

I'm looking at your account and I don't see any orders, can you email us and we can try and help you:

http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/portal/emails/new

 

Kind regards,

Piam

December 06, 2012 07:33 PM
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Daniel Lewis

Alrik could you help me out with the fotomoto set up. I've installed the code that it told me to do but still the 'buy' button does nothing. Any ideas??

www.daniellewisphoto.com

June 24, 2013 02:12 PM
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Jim
Viewbook.com

Hi Daniel, 

I have checked several, but not all of your albums and pages, and I can't tell which album/page are you talking about? Give me some details, and I will check it out for you. Perhaps it is better if you contact me in support. You don't have to, but we will be discussing the contents of your account. It's your call. 
It would be helpful to know the Fotomoto ID # and the albums and pages you are trying to add it to. 

support@viewbook.com

Best, 
Jim

June 25, 2013 03:10 PM