July 22, 2015 at 3:27 am #23582
Symzio Network Widget Preview
As you may be aware, Symzio has been quietly under development. Symzio is a means for Symbiostock users to gain greater exposure for their images and to promote the growing network of independent Symbiostock artists. The first component of Symzio, the Symzio Network Widget, is to be released with the forthcoming Symbiostock 2.0 update. The Network Widget will… Continue reading –>
July 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm #23586
The new widget sounds very interesting. I still have a question. Will the widget works without mixed content error (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Security/MixedContent) if a webpage is served over HTTPS?
HenriJuly 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm #23587
Great question – currently, as the images will be hosted off the individual sites, we cannot guarantee that everyone will have https enabled, or even have valid SSL certificates. In the future, Symzio will host all the images itself, but this is part of a later development stage.
So the answer is that currently, if you have an https, it is recommended those pages not display the widget. There is no way to prevent a mixed content error unless we pipe the images through Symzio, which will add unnecessary overhead to their loading. If people do want this option, however, we may opt to do this so it will work both in HTTPS and HTTP protocols.
The good news is the widget has a setting for this so it can auto-disable when/if https is the protocol being used.July 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm #23588
Thank you for answering my previous questions!
Can I add my site to the Symzio even if I don’t use the widget (I force my whole website to use https protocol at the moment)? I can add link to the Symzio’s webpage if the widget is used there also.July 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm #23589
You sure can. It’s all up to us, as contributors, to promote each other. Some people will use widgets, some won’t. I personally would love to have other people’s images on my site so that visitors get a richer experience. I’ll see if I can work something out for your HTTPS issue as I hadn’t thought of that before.July 22, 2015 at 9:54 pm #23590July 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm #23591July 24, 2015 at 2:52 am #23604
Symbiostock PLUS Video Support Preview
If you’re a stock videographer, this is the good news you’ve been waiting for. Video support is on its way to Symbiostock PLUS. This means you will have the ability to sell your stock footage directly from your own independent store. Your customers will be able to view demo videos, complete with custom watermark protection and instant… Continue reading –>
July 24, 2015 at 6:26 am #23610July 24, 2015 at 6:32 am #23611
The video looks amazing!July 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm #23612
Yes – Symzio is independent of Symbiostock. We want a filtered registration process in order to integrate some quality control over who syndicates their images through the network. This is ultimately necessary to avoid the pitfalls of the uncontrolled legacy networking system. For example – if someone were to purposely want to disrupt the networking system within Symbiostock, they could easily download the free plugin, upload nudity and keyword it for ‘apples’, then syndicate it so it shows up on peer sites. The fact that I’ve not heard of this happening with legacy is a testament to how awesome our community is. But with the new system, since we want to take this to the moon, we don’t want to leave that possibility open.
Also, as we are planning big things with Symzio in the future, having a registered account is necessary for all future functionality.
Basically, it provides an additional layer of security for all of us. We can feel safe syndicating images on our sites because every image comes from a legitimate Symzio contributor.July 27, 2015 at 12:07 am #23638
GPS Geotagging with Symbiostock 2.0 Preview!
When you upload an image that has GPS information (usually automatically signed with enabled cameras) Symbiostock 2.0 will read this information and provide your customers an interactive Google Map. It will point to the exact location the picture was taken. This localization is often useful for people looking… Continue reading –>
July 30, 2015 at 1:14 am #23670
Related Products with Symbiostock 2.0 Preview
A particular issue with the existing Woocommerce system is its inefficiency with how it selects ‘Related Products’ that are displayed on individual product pages. For example, a stock photo of a red apple could show ‘related’ images of people rather than shots of other apples. This was a great concern for Symbiostockers and some… Continue reading –>
August 10, 2015 at 2:11 am #23715
Additional Features: Final Symbiostock 2.0 Preview
This is our final preview teaser for the upcoming Symbiostock 2.0. We’ve already shown you previews some of the larger features to come – Symzio, video support (for PLUS), geotagging and improved related product tabs. But Symbiostock 2.0 will also have a host of other important additions, improvements and… Continue reading –>
August 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm #23835
Just an update people – we are doing some final testing on Symbiostock 2.0 and hope to release it soon.
Symbiostock Express 2.0
Along with Symbiostock 2.0 will be a major update to Symbiostock Express. We are going to be standardizing our code in a way that permits updates and bug fixes to be a lot quicker, and accordingly a lot of CSS styles have been renamed slightly. For anyone who has created a child theme or added custom CSS, it will be reasonably simple to port your styles to the new names and we will provide a majority of the string replacements you will need to implement.
Symzio and reaching a Critical Mass
Aside from a massive amount of functionality upgrades and additions, the real gem is the Symzio widget. Our pressing goal is to make these sites permanently monetarily profitable, so this is the crucial point where we need to pool our combined footprint to promote one another. Once the widget is out, we should all aggressively promote both Symbiostock and Symzio, and implement the widget on our sites for maximum visitor recycling.
I will get more into it once it is out, and hopefully we will enter into some discussions about it, but in a nutshell:
It is all about conversions. Every visitor has a percentage chance of buying something. This is why, every single click they make, every single pixel they see, it all influences this percentage chance. The reason this percentage is all that matters is in the world of the internet, you’re never trying to reach that one person – you’re trying to reach that percentage based on a thousand people.
Therefore, if the percentage is 1%, then for every thousand people, 10 will buy something.
The two goals in any enterprise are this: Increase that percentage and increase the number of relevant visitors.
Symzio aggressively boosts these requirements.
1) By having a Symzio widget on every site, we are exponentially increasing the number of cumulative visitors the entire network sees. With each new Symbiostock artist, that number increases further. This is why more positive reviews, more members in the Artist Network, the more exposure the entire project gets, the more visitors each individual member gets access to.
2) By providing highly relevant results using advanced algorithms in a personalized and beautiful widget, we will be providing every visitor an increased number of relevant results for their search in an easy to digest manner. This means if they come to a site for apples, they will see different pictures of apples from different Symbiostock artists. This increased freedom of choice is bound to increase conversions and overall pageviews.
There will come a point where we will have enough cumulative exposure where a critical mass is created. This critical mass will tip the percentage to a perceptibly visible increase in conversions. Once we reach that point, there is no looking back.
Our goal should be to reach that critical mass as soon as possible.
…for once we do, we will truly and permanently have created an independent setting for all artists to monetize their media with absolute freedom and creative control.
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