January 18, 2017
I am looking to build a good Resources page for Sunshine users. One of the important questions that comes up fairly frequently is which web host does Sunshine work well on. So, below is a survey for all current Sunshine users to get some information regarding their current web host and how well Sunshine has been working for them.
June 8, 2016
Excited to have our new promotional video all complete! I feel like this makes Sunshine legit.
April 13, 2016
I think the first Sunshine Hangout was a success! We had only a few people, but I was able to take some questions, hear some feature requests (one of which has already been implemented) and talk about how powerful the Automated Email Marketing add-on is and why I think everyone should be using it. Feel free to watch a recorded video of the event below.
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.
January 30, 2015
Progress on 2.0
First, I want to make it clear that 2.0 will not be a re-invention of Sunshine – it is simply the next big release after 1.9. The goals for 2.0 are a redeveloped user interface for your clients when they are interacted with galleries. Let’s just say lightboxes will play a prominent role and be the default UI for everyone.
I also want to make clear that it is still in progress. However, for Sunshine to continue to grow we need to grow the business end along with the product. Our focus the last couple months has been 2.0 but also in growing our efforts to spread Sunshine across the web and gain some more users. As part of that…
We’ve secured an awesome partnership with a great company that focuses solely on working with photographers, their websites and their marketing strategies. I can’t wait to announce the partnership soon and what it all means.
September 25, 2014
Update: 2.0 has gone on down a different track. 2.0 itself will actually not contain a single new feature and not be a complete rewrite of Sunshine as many have been asking about. Instead, it will be a fundamental shift in how Sunshine is marketed and structured as a plugin – that is the most I can say right now. Instead, we have been releasing all the new features of Sunshine as incremental 1.9.x releases.
We are in active development on version 2.0! We are in the process of completely overhauling how your clients interact within Sunshine. Viewing galleries, images, adding to cart is getting a complete makeover. We hope these changes will make it much easier for your clients to hand over their money to you. If you would like to help us test 2.0 and provide some direct feedback on the direction of Sunshine please let us know! Submit the form below and we will let you know when the beta is at a point where it is ready to be tested.
Signup is now closed as it is not needed anymore
February 28, 2013
We are getting down to release time and that means touching up this marketing site and finalizing our sales model. I wanted to put this out to everyone following us so far…
What pricing model do you think you would be more likely to sign up with?
Standard vs Pro
Our original plan was to sell 2 versions of the plugin – Standard and Pro. The Pro version would be more expensive (almost double) but would contain all the power features like digital downloads, print lab integrations and more.
Free and Individual Paid Addons
The other idea is to offer an even more basic version of what we were planning for Standard and then sell each feature as a separate addon. Addons would be priced based on difficult to code and also demand. This model lets you only pay for features you want and could be cheaper or ultimately more expensive than the Pro version listed above (if you got every single feature).
February 15, 2013
Thanks to some of the first reports from beta testers, we have just released a new update to Sunshine Photo Cart. We are now up to 0.5.4 – on our way!
Previous we were creating a completely new WordPress role for your customers that sign up within Sunshine. However, we are now making all Sunshine users default to
What was updated:
- Fix – Hide order comments from all comment queries
- Fix – Don’t allow order detail page to be visible
- Fix – Bug allowing users who access wp-admin to update their own credits fixed
- Change – Don’t let users who access wp-admin see their favorite list
- Change – Removed sunshine-customer user role, users will now all be subscribers and capabilities updated
- Add – Add version number tracking and update process
- Fix – License activation/deactivation on plugin activation/deactivation was reversed
February 14, 2013
With the core set of features built and ready (and being fine tuned by our beta testers), what features should we focus on going forward for the Pro version of Sunshine Photo Cart? Please pick up to 3 options only.
February 12, 2013
At long last we are finally ready to invite you to participate in the beta testing of Sunshine Photo Cart! If you want to participate, simply read the info below then subscribe at the bottom of this post.
What do I get for being a beta tester?
We are offering a lifetime license for Sunshine. But! Only those testers that actually participate and provide feedback will be awarded the lifetime license.
What does beta testing involve?
Beta testing involves downloading, installing and generally messing with Sunshine and seeing if it breaks. If you find something broken, you report it in as much detail as possible. If you feel something has been done awkwardly, let us know. Screencasts of you breaking it are ideal, screenshots are great, 4 paragraph descriptions are very helpful. “It doesn’t work” doesn’t do anything for us whatsoever.
We also ask that you read through what other beta testers have posted and provide comments or additional feedback if it makes sense to do so. We’d like to have some healthy discussion from other photographers to make sure Sunshine is doing what photographers really need and want.
Last, verify other testers’ bugs. If you see another beta tester post that they found a bug it is helpful to us if you try to recreate the same scenario on your installation and then report if you saw the same bug or if it worked for you.
How do I provide feedback?
We will be setting up a special Beta Testers area in our forums. All your messages should be posted there instead of direct email to us so all testers have a chance to chime in on topics.
Should I use this with real clients?
That is up to you as there could be bugs that cause issues with your clients. We have used it with real clients making real purchases successfully but that is only in our own environment (on our web host with our few client testers) and we can’t guarantee it will work for you – that is why we are asking for testers.
What do I need to test it out?
Sunshine Photo Cart is built as a WordPress plugin – so you need WordPress installed somewhere. Installing Sunshine is extremely easy, usually less than 30 seconds, if you already have WordPress installed. Once it is setup, you spend a little time to create galleries and see how it all works.
How long do I have to test?
We are aiming for a final release of Sunshine in about a month from now. So we need to get people to test it out, provide feedback and then have time to resolve any issues that are found.
Become a beta tester
Thank you for your interest but we have filled all our beta tester spots. Look for our launch very soon!