Creatives of all types need strong online portfolios and social media accounts that are updated regularly. But keeping all those sites and accounts up-to-date can be a big hassle—did you remember to post your latest song on Twitter? Have you shared your newest writing on your WordPress site? When did you last update your Tumblr portfolio?
These recipes from If This, Then That (IFTTT) will help automate the process and make sure that your latest work is always on display.
For Photographers and Graphic Artists
If you have a blog or portfolio on WordPress, you can easily get your work uploaded to your site and your social media profiles when you have something new to share. One way you can do this is by linking Dropbox to your IFTTT profile. Here’s a recipe that will upload a new work to your WordPress site:
Just choose a specific folder in your Dropbox account, and whenever you upload a picture to that folder, it will get posted on WordPress. This is one of the coolest uses, but there are plenty other great ways to use Dropbox that could be useful for creative types, too.
If you use Flickr as a part of your online portfolio, you can do the same thing there:
You can also do the same for 500px, another free photo sharing site that can use IFTTT commands—or you could chain it to the others, so that whenever a photo gets uploaded from Dropbox to Flickr, for example, it then goes to 500px:
And if you use Tumblr instead of WordPress, you can easily update that, too:
In addition to updating your various sites and portfolios, you can also add your social media accounts. Here’s a recipe for uploading your newest work from a Dropbox folder to Facebook:
You could use the same idea for Twitter, too, though Instagram doesn’t support automated posting. You could, however, share your Instagram posts to other networks, as it can be used for triggers. If you’re an artist not using Instagram yet, you should start soon.
For Videographers and Musicians
While IFTTT doesn’t provide as many useful channels for videographers and musicians, there are a few that can help you keep your portfolio and social media channels up to date. For example, this recipe lets you post a video that you’ve uploaded to Facebook:
Unfortunately, neither YouTube nor Vimeo allow you to post automatically from a recipe, but both can be integrated with your social accounts and your portfolio. This recipe, for example, lets you create a new post on your WordPress blog when you post a new video to Vimeo:
Someone even created a recipe that lets you send an email to a specific list of contacts when you upload a video to DailyMotion, which is a great way to let a lot of people know that new work is up.
If audio is more your thing, you can use IFTTT’s SoundCloud integration to automate some of the process. Here’s a recipe that will post songs from a Dropbox folder to your SoundCloud account:
And then you can use a number of other recipes to post a new track to your various social media accounts, like this one that will post it to Twitter:
You could even update your WordPress or Tumblr blog with your newest work with a recipe like this:
The above recipe even includes the SoundCloud shortcode so that the SoundCloud player is embedded directly in the post, which is pretty cool.
For Writers, Bloggers, and Written-Word Artists
The IFTTT recipes for anyone who creates written work are very similar to those for visual and audio artists above. Here’s one, for example, that will share your new WordPress posts via Buffer:
You can cross-post between blogging platforms, like putting your Tumblr posts on your Blogger account, and make sure all of your followers on social media know that you’ve put up new work; these are all pretty simple recipes. But you can also get creative, too. I rigged up a recipe, for example, to update a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of the social sharing of my articles every time one of my articles gets posted on MakeUseOf. Here’s what I did.
Those rules come up with an RSS feed that looks like this:
The feed is getting the title, URL, and date of each of my posts, which is exactly what I want to be added to my spreadsheet.
Now, I head back to IFTTT and create a new recipe using Feed as the trigger, so every time a new item gets posted to that feed, the recipe will run.
IFTTT has the extremely useful “Add row to spreadsheet” action for Google Drive, so I’ll use that as the action, and make sure that each part of the post is getting put in the right column of the new row by using separators:
This particular recipe might not be useful for you, but I hope it shows you just how creative you can be with IFTTT and your portfolio. Most websites have author pages, and you could easily set up feeds and recipes for each of your major publications to have them added to your blog, posted to social media, or put in a tracking spreadsheet.
Use Your Imagination
The best part about IFTTT is that you can use other tools—like Feed43—to make it even more useful. So don’t feel limited by the channels that are listed on the website. Use your imagination, and you might be able to come up with a really useful recipe that no one has ever thought of before!
If you’ve used IFTTT for automating your online portfolio, social media accounts, blogs, or websites, let us know in the comments! I’d love to hear about how you’ve put this awesome tech to use.
If you have any questions about using IFTTT to update these things, post them, too, and we’ll see if we can get them answered.