Shapeways Widget: Now also a WordPress Plugin

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Have you already tried our gallery widget? It’s a great way to display your designs or shop items on your own website. It turned out that adding it to a WordPress blog wasn’t that easy though, so we created a WordPress plugin for you.

To install it, simply add a new plugin from the WordPress admin menu and search for ‘Shapeways’.

The plugin can work in two modes: as a WordPress widget, or in an individual post.

To use it as a widget, just add the ‘Shapeways Gallery’ widget to your theme and configure it (learn how to do that here). This is a great way to include the widget on each page of your blog. There’s just one thing to remember: enter your shop name (and shop-section if you want) OR your username, not both at the same time.

Using the widget in an individual post or page requires the use of a ‘shortcode’:

[shapeways option=value ...]

Available options are:

  • shop – the name of your shop
  • shopsection – the name of a section in your shop (ignored if ‘shop’ hasn’t been set).
  • fav – display the favorites of this username (can’t be used together with ‘shop’).
  • cols, rows – the number of columns and rows in your widget.
  • style – allowed valued are ‘light’ and ‘dark’. The default value is ‘light’

For example:

[shapeways shop=byshapeways cols=3 rows=3 style=dark]

Please give us feedback, and don’t forget to rate the Plugin on, thanks!

Please note: doesn’t allow users to install their own plugins, so you can’t use our plugin there..

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  1. Glenn

    Fantastic! – I THOUGHT…. until I tried adding one to my site. It took me a long time to find this out so if any of YOU have a WP.COM site as opposed to a WP.ORG site you MUST read this:

    Quite simply, plugins are not available for the former, only the latter. Here is the official word from their FAQ’s:

    ‘”Plugins are tools used to extend the functionality of the WordPress platform. However, they are only applicable to privately-hosted blogs and web sites using the software. Plugins are not permitted on for various security reasons.”

    Not happy 🙁

    1. Bart Veldhuizen

      Hey Glenn,

      yeah, that’s a limitation. Not much we can do about the policies on specific sites though…


    2. Glenn Slingsby

      No, Bart, not a complaint directed at Shapeways… although if this had been known at the time I read it I would have saved a LOT of time…


    3. Bart Veldhuizen

      Gotcha. I’ve added a note to the article.

  2. Harry

    I’ve had it installed for a while now, and it shows up on my website, but the widget doesn’t update when I bring new products to the top of my store, and it uses some old product images even after I updated them (some months ago). I tried refreshing, uninstalling and reinstalling the widget, even created a new store section called Featured and redirected the widget to show that, I can’t get it to update.

    Homepage has a link to see the site I’m talking about.

    1. Bart

      Hi Harry,

      yes, I’m sorry but the current widget is no longer maintained – we’re preparing a better version at this moment. I’ll add a warning to this post.


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