If you have an extensive library of photos you want to add to your site and the Photo Gallery module just won't do the trick, you can use the Photo Albums application. Photo Albums allows you to create multiple albums and organize your photos into different categories.
To get started, click the Page Settings menu that appears in the upper-right corner of the Builder, just beneath the Publish button, and select Create a New Page.
Under the "App Page" tab select Photo Albums. By default your page will be named "Photo albums" but you can change it in the Page Name field or later.
Click through the following topics for more about the Photo Albums application.
- Your First Photo Album
The first time you add images to your Photo Gallery application, you’ll be asked to name an album.
NOTE: You will not be able to add images to your Photo Gallery without adding them to an existing album or creating an album for them to appear in.
Click Upload Photos to launch your computer's file browser and locate the folder you want to add images from. If you want to upload multiple photos at once, just hold down CTRL on your keyboard as you click the files you want to add to your Gallery.
You can confirm that the upload was successful once the image thumbnails appear under “Photos Uploaded.” You will also be greeted with a message that says “Upload complete! Click on Upload Photos to upload more photos or Submit if you're finished.”
If you want to use image files that are already uploaded to your File Manager, click the “My Files” tab instead of the “Upload” tab.
A "photos" folder is created for you the first time you upload using the application. All images added via Photo Albums can be found in this folder via your File Manager or the "My Files" option in the Photo Albums application.
Click Submit to fill in album and photo details.
- Album Details and Photo Details
On the Album Details page, you can edit the album title, write a description of your album or define which category you want the album to be a part of. Click the More Album Options link to reveal settings for comments, who can upload and music for your slideshow.
Further along the Album Details page are Photo Details for each image. This is where you name your images and give captions, which allows your images to be found with the search bar on the main Gallery page. Additionally, you can move images to different albums, re-order your images, or set an image as the album cover.
If you want to delete an image from an album, click the red “delete” button.
NOTE: Deleting an image from your album does not increase file storage space. To delete files to free up space you will have to delete the file from your File Manager.
Click Save on the Album Details page to be taken to the main Photo Album page in your SiteBuilder. Since your Gallery is published, you can add the “Recent Photos” App Feed to other pages in your site to drive visitors to view your images. Click here for information on App Feeds.
- Managing Categories
Click Edit Categories from the Photo Albums page in the Builder to jump directly to the Manage Categories page. This is where you can define, remove and arrange the order of your Categories.
Category names will display in a drop-down menu of on your published Gallery page in addition to the Sidebar.
REMINDER: Albums are arranged within categories. Not the other way around!
Click Settings from the Photo Albums page in the Builder to jump directly to the Edit Gallery Settings page. Here, you can add a description to your page, as well as define who can post photos and add comments. Most of these settings are powered by the Members App.
The default setting for Gallery view is "Social Gallery," which allows commenting. You can change the default to "Slideshow." which is great for photographers and other artists.
Image resolution shrinking when uploaded?
Any image over 500KB and having width over 800 pixels is reduced to a width of 800 pixels. To avoid this, upload images via the File Manager instead of the Photo Gallery app. Be sure to uncheck the "optimize images and videos for web" option, which will upload the image at the full, original resolution. The file can now be chosen for inclusion in the Gallery by using "My Files" instead of "Upload."
Option to expand images to “full size” not on the published image page?
In the Gallery settings, “who can download” is set to “disabled.” Since the download and full size options work together, the Gallery setting must be to allow anyone to download images. This will restore the “full size” option.