NOTE: This article is provided for your convenience, but D’Mention Systems is not responsible for its content since the Gallery is not a product of D’Mention Systems, but is provided as an add-on benefit to your website.
The Gallery is a Tier 2 feature and there are many ways to utilize and display the Gallery.
You can access the Gallery by clicking on “Gallery” in the left hand menu of your website’s back-end. (See below.)
Clicking “Add Gallery / Images” will allow you to upload any number of images into a specified gallery. Please note that images cannot be uploaded without being assigned to a gallery and only one gallery at a time can be selected when uploading images. (See below). Also, take note that some images may be downsized, so be aware of the size of image that you are trying to upload. It is best to use 72 dpi images (web standard) to avoid any loss in image quality.
If you have not yet made a gallery, simply click the second tab, “Add New Gallery”, name the gallery anything you like, and click “Add Gallery”. You will then be automatically taken back to the first screen, where you will be prompted once again to upload photos.
Once you add a new photo to the gallery, you will see that a confirmation message appears above the prompt window, which says that the photo was uploaded successfully.
If you go back to the Gallery menu on the far left side of the dashboard, you will see an option to “Manage Gallery”. Click this and you will see a menu which lists all of your existing galleries. You will see that there are options to add new galleries, search through the images, as well as a pull-down menu of “Bulk Actions” that you may apply to one or more galleries. Under this list you are able to delete albums, set a watermark on the album for added security, create new thumbnails, re-size images, import meta data, and recover from a backup. You can apply these options to each album by checking the box at the left hand side of the album’s title.
Back to the Gallery menu, if you click “Albums”, you will be provided with a menu in which you can create albums, which are simply collections of galleries. For example, if you had five galleries from different events, you could make a general “Events” album and include all of those galleries without having to upload the pictures once again.
In order to do this, you must first create a new album, and the drag files from right to the left hand column to put other galleries or albums inside of the new album. Once you are satisfied, click update, and this will save the settings of your new album.
Under the Tags Section of the Gallery Menu,you can manage the tags that you would like to use on your photos. This menu gives you commonly used options for photo tags, as well as the option to create your own. “Slug” means that you can create a name for your tag that is more search friendly. This term must be in lower case with no spaces. You may use a dash instead of a space. For example, if your tag says, “Portfolio Images,” your slug would be “portfolio-images.” You also have the option to delete tags from this menu as well.
The next tab to the right is for “Thumbnails.” Think of these as the mini-photos that you see in the gallery before clicking to enlarge. Here you may change what size your viewers will see them at, as well as the quality of the image. You would change the quality of the image to change the loading time of your page. NOTE: Smaller images of lesser quality load much faster than larger with higher quality.
The next tab over to the right is “Images.” You can use this area to change the size of your images, the quality, as well as turn on caching. This means that when someone accesses your page, their browser saves the image so that in the future, it will load faster. NOTE: You should click “Clear the Cache Folder” when you change your image settings, so that the new images and or settings will appear for those who have a page already cached in their browser from an earlier viewing.
Under the “Gallery” tab, you can deactivate a gallery’s link, change the number of images per page, decide on the number of image columns, create slideshow settings, decide on slideshows vs. thumbnails, show the image browser instead of the slideshow or thumbnails, add hidden images, create Ajax pagination (which does not make the browser refresh for every photo), and change your image sorting options.
The next tab is called “Effects”. This is the menu where you can change the settings of how images appear in the gallery. You use the Link Code line to show your gallery in a page, with the specified effect. Please do not change the Link Code line. Try experimenting with different effects to learn exactly what they mean.
The next tab is the “Watermark” tab. This is where you can change the settings for your watermark. If you do not wish to ever use a watermark, this is not something you need to change or take time to learn. If you are going to use a watermark, you can use an image file or just text. The options are simple, and a preview is shown to the right so you know exactly how the mark will show up on your images. NOTE: All images in the Gallery are effected by the watermark.
The last tab is the “Slideshow” tab. All of these settings control the look and feel of your slideshow. The best way to see how this works is to create a sample slideshow and change the settings until you are satisfied.
Back to the Gallery menu on the far left hand side of your dashboard, you will see the “Roles” category. Click on this and you will be directed to a menu where you may adjust who has permissions to which areas of the galleries. For sites where there are many different users, this might be a good idea to ensure that only the proper users are able to change galleries and settings.
About & Reset/Uninstall
The last two parts of the Gallery menu on the left are rather unimportant for changing settings. The “About” category is where you can find more information regarding the creators of this gallery software, etc. The “Reset/Uninstall” category does just what you think it does. Please do NOT visit the Reset/Uninstall page.
Inserting a Gallery Image, Gallery or Album
This gallery program uses certain codes in order to insert the gallery material into pages and posts. The following list are the codes that you may need to use in order to insert the proper displays and items into your site.
When writing a page/post, you can use the following tags:
For a slideshow : [slideshow id=x w=width h=height]
For an album : [album id=x template=extend] or [album id=x template=compact]
For a gallery : [nggallery id=x]
For a single picture : [singlepic id=x w=width h=height mode=web20|watermark float=left|right]
For a image browser : [imagebrowser id=x]
To show image sorted by tags : [nggtags gallery=mytag,wordpress,... ]
To show tag albums : [nggtags album=mytag,wordpress,... ]
To show random mages : [random max=x ]
To show the most recent added mages : [recent max=x ]
Tips and Tricks
If you encounter an issue with the gallery slideshow restarting or having problems playing through, please take the following steps:
- Go to the dashboard, and edit the page that has teh slideshow. Click on the HTML tab (Next to Visual) and find the code that says [slideshow id=1]. Edit this tag so that is does not have <<strong>> or <</strong>>. If it does, delete both sides. This should fix the problem.
- Just to clarify: change <<strong>>
[slideshow id=1]<</strong>> to just [slideshow id=1].