Sunshine 2.4 is now available

June 6, 2016

Sunshine 2.4 is now available for automatic update. This release addresses general image security but more focused using the Digital Downloads add-on.

This is a big update in terms of structure. As such, there is a very important upgrade process which needs to be run, you will be notified of how to do so in the admin area.

So what has changed?

Images no longer in “wp-content” folder

To help address image security issues, it was decided that everything uploaded to Sunshine galleries needed to be in it’s own folder, away from standard files and images uploaded into the default “wp-content/uploads” folder. By putting Sunshine images into their own folder, better security rules could be put in place which can protect Sunshine related images but not affect your other uploads which was happening for some users.

Whenever you upload an image to a Sunshine gallery, it is now placed in the “wp-content/uploads/sunshine/[unique-gallery-id]” folder. So every gallery has it’s own folder now.

With the Digital Downloads add-on, an .htaccess file is placed in “wp-content/sunshine” which prevents any attempt to directly access your full sized uploads.

Small Improvements

  • Better placement of the Phone number field on Checkout
  • Set a PayPal Page Style
  • The Quick Edit screen for Products now lets you define Sunshine options (my personal favorite update this release)
  • Filter Products by Price Level in the admin (if you have the Price Levels add-on)

Discounts Add-on Updated

Along with the 2.4 release, the Discounts add-ons has been updated as well. Discounts can now be applied automatically so users do not even need to enter a coupon code. Want to do an easy 30% off sale for everyone? Now you can!

Also discount codes can be assigned to work only for specific galleries. This allows you to further ensure a client only uses a discount code for their own images or for those using Sunshine for stock imagery you can put only a specific gallery on sale.

Full Changelog

= 2.4 =
* Change – All images moved back to their own “sunshine” folder in wp-content to prevent conflicts with other Media Library files
* Change – New placement for phone number field on checkout
* Change – Pushed back how many days until prompted for survey/review
* Add – Option for PayPal page style
* Add – New notice to remind people to ask for help instead of just assuming something is broken
* Add – Pinterest nopin meta tag when sharing disabled
* Add – Quick edit for products
* Add – Filter products by Price Level in admin
* Fix – If Favorites disabled, was still showing some references to it in places
* Fix – On Checkout/Account, changing country and available state selection was not working
* Fix – When user deletes something from cart, delete selected shipping option forcing them to reselect
* Fix – Issue with certain European date format and setting end date for gallery
* Fix – If Pickup shipping method selected, billing fields not being checked/confirmed they were filled in
* Update – Newest version of FontAwesome

Emma Day 2016

May 3, 2016



6 years ago, on May 4th, our daughter Emma passed away at the age of 3 months after battling to recover from multiple surgeries to fix her malformed heart caused by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion.

Every year we celebrate her by focusing on what is most important – being a family. As such, our family: Myself, Erika, Emma’s twin sister Claire and younger brother Oliver, will be together all day having an adventure, laughing, crying and most importantly savoring our time together.

Sunshine Photo Cart got it’s name from our time in the hospital with Emma. Whenever it was time for us to leave, we would sign her You Are My Sunshine. My goal with Sunshine is to build a business that gives me the flexibility to be with our family each and every day. I am greatly appreciative of all those who use Sunshine, contribute to it’s growth and thus help our family be together.

We invite you to celebrate Emma Day this year by taking at least 10 minutes with your family and put everything else aside. Focus on just being together while not letting yourself be distracted by what’s happening with work, that annoying client, what is going to be for dinner, the house being dirty or whatever it is that can keep you from losing focus on the important people to you.

We wish you a happy Emma Day.

Derek, Erika, Claire & Oliver

What should the next major add-on be?

April 12, 2016

Sunshine has been in “cruise control” for a while. My focus on Sunshine coding has been on small tweaks to usability and fixing bugs. I have also been focused heavily on marketing so Sunshine can grow it’s user base and “get bigger” so I can spend more time working on it (more income Sunshine generates for me, the more time I can spend on it) However, not any time in the past 6 months or so has been spent working on a huge new feature or add-on. I’m ready to get started on something big again.

So, please vote in this poll and I will take the results incredibly seriously but at the same time doesn’t guarantee which one I will work on first. If the second most voted feature/add-on will only take me a few weeks to develop compared to the first which will take a few months, I will go for the few weeks first.

Sunshine 2.3.5 Released

April 10, 2016

I have just released Sunshine 2.3.5 which mostly addressed bug fixes (see below). Typically these x.x.x point releases are bug fixes only, but a few new things snuck in because they were quite simple to get added.

Option to watermark thumbnail images

This feature request directly from the first Sunshine Hangout. In reviewing what it would take to make this happen, I found it would require about 10 lines of code so went ahead and added it into this release.

Translations for ALL of Sunshine

This is part of my plan to focus on our growing international users for a bit. Previously only the core Sunshine plugin was available for translation. I have been able to merge the translations for the core Sunshine and all the add-ons into a single file. This means translating everything about Sunshine is now possible and much easier to manage and why it took so long to make this happen. Head on over to our translation site to help Sunshine be fully translated for your language – many of them only need a little more work to be 100% complete.

Oh, and all the translations which users have submitted are now incorporated.

Full changelog:

* Add – Option to add watermark to thumbnail images
* Add – Add “register here” text link to be more clear when a user wants to mark an image as favorite but not yet logged in
* Fix – Issues using “Billing as Shipping” and error checking
* Fix – Sharing images/galleries had wrong URLs
* Fix – Taxable shipping costs not being added
* Fix – Credits properly applied to PayPal payments
* Fix – Yoast SEO was overriding Sunshine’s own title tags with wrong data for individual galleries and images, not anymore
* Fix – When using comma as decimal separator, issues with PayPal for payments
* Update – All translations have been updated. All add-on strings are now included in the core Sunshine translation .pot file so ALL of Sunshine can now be fully translated.

Announcing Monthly “Hangout with Sunshine”

March 30, 2016

Maybe because it’s really late and I have been working for 10+ hours already today, I had a random idea come to me: What if I hosted a monthly Google Hangout where I can answer questions live? So, let’s give it a go. I am going to host the first “Hangout with Sunshine”.

It will be on Tuesday, April 5th at 10am MST.

Click here to RSVP!

Feel free to post some initial questions on the Hangout page so I can be ready beforehand. Or surprise me, that might be fun as well. I promise to get dressed and even comb my hair (doesn’t always happen when you work from home), and maybe a few surprise guests will show up.

Updates galore: Core and most add-ons

March 21, 2016

Today I released a bunch of bug fix updates to the core Sunshine plugin (version 2.3.2) as well as many of the add-ons. Please make sure to get updated! The releases are all bug fixes and should be available for automatic update in your WordPress admin area.


Sunshine 2.3 Released

March 16, 2016

I am happy to announce that Sunshine 2.3 is now available for automatic update. The primary goals of this release were to refine Sunshine, not necessarily introduce any new features. This release also focused on code cleanup and trying to hunt down and remove even the smallest code notices. Of course, I can’t test every single setup but I think I got most of them.

Here are some other things that were improved:

Checkout page re-organized

One of the most important aspects to e-commerce is having a process that is easy for users. Make something complicated and they may not use it. So to make the Checkout process just a tad bit easier, we have re-organized the order of fields users must fill out. The first step is the usual email/password, but the second step is now shipping instead of billing. Why? In cases where the user selects Pickup shipping option, we don’t want them having to enter any shipping information. Less fields, easier checkout.


 on Checkout Page

Often times users will get a little hesitant during the checkout process and may want to confirm they are buying what they really want to buy. Sunshine now allows users to see the items in their cart without having to go back and potentially never return to the checkout page.



Quantity Change Notice on Cart Page

Some people on the Cart page might change the quantity for a product and go straight to clicking on the “Continue to Checkout” link assuming that their cart totals would automatically update – that isn’t the case. So if you change the quantity for any of the line items in the cart but forget to click on the “Update” button, a little notice window will popup asking you want you want to do about it.


Cleaner Settings Throughout Sunshine

I have never really liked how the settings for galleries, products, etc were looking. So I finally made just some small design tweaks and now I think they look a lot more slick. When you are looking at this almost every day of your life, it makes a difference when it looks nice.


Custom Email Address for Favorites Submissions

You can now set an optional, separate email address to receive notifications when a user has submitted their favorites.

Helping New Users

Some of the feedback from users who installed but ended up not using Sunshine said they were bit confused on what to do to get started. So, upon installation new users will see a notice in the admin directing them to our new Setup Guide. Admittedly it is very basic right now, but that leads to…

Documentation Updates Coming Soon!

Sunshine gets tons of positive feedback from our users, but consistently gets less-than-positive feedback about the documentation area. So, now that 2.3 is released focus will be on improving our documentation and continuing to improve the entire process of starting and using Sunshine.

Entire Changelog

* Update – Better add-ons page in admin
* Update – Re-order Checkout page, putting shipping first for better flow (example: don’t ask for shipping info if pickup)
* Update – Ability to see items in order on Checkout page
* Update – Confirmation on Cart page if a user changes quantity but doesn’t update
* Update – New admin notices class, much easier way of adding notices in Sunshine to help users out and do promos
* Update – New meta box styles
* Fix – Only create Sunshine-related image sizes for Sunshine galleries
* Fix – Slow servers, uploading large files times out. Set increased time limit for files to upload.
* Fix – Allow bulk delete of Sunshine’s various custom post types
* Fix – Confirmed PayPal orders should be marked as “new”, not “processing”
* Fix – Logo size issues in email template for some users
* Fix – Child gallery order not obeying gallery order settings
* Fix – Phone number no longer required
* Add – Set email address to receive submitted favorite notifications
* Add – Link to Client Galleries in admin menu bar
* Add – More add-on/pro license expiration reminders
* Add – Link to Setup Guide on installation


Digital Downloads 2.1 Released

February 24, 2016

We have released an update to our Digital Downloads add-on.

Amazon S3 integration via WP Offload S3

The free WP Offload S3 plugin let’s you sync your entire WordPress Media Library to an Amazon S3 cloud file storage account. By putting all your media in the cloud, you have unlimited, cheap file storage regardless of your web host. The core Sunshine plugin has been compatible with WP Offload S3 for a while, but now the Digital Downloads add-on is as well. Hopefully this is good news for those on limited file storage web hosts.

Minimum Order 1.1 Released

An update to the Minimum Order add-on has just been released.

Parent/Child Minimum Orders

In this release, we added new features to work with parent/child galleries. If you set a minimum order amount on a parent gallery, the items in cart from the child galleries are used to determine if the minimum is set. Previously this add-on could only handle minimum orders on individual child galleries.

Order Subtotal Minimum

There is a new option which appears in Sunshine > Settings > Checkout where you can set a minimum on the cart subtotal.


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