Sections, also called categories, are sections on your website to add content to. (with the exception of top level pages which would be for pages like contact, about us, etc...).
When Sytist is first installed, there are no sections and you just add the type of sections you want to use.
To create a new section go to Site Content -> Create New Section.
To edit a section click on Site Content then edit under the section name in the left menu.
There are 7 types of sections available when creating a new section in the new section wizard. Each section determines how the pages in those section work.
This section is for creating galleries to sell your photos.
This section is for creating galleries to just display photos.
This section is for selling items like services, download products & standard products like gear, clothes, etc...
Article on creating store items.
This section is for creating blog posts.
This section is for selling items like services & download products but will just list the pages in the category of items for sale and instead of clicking the page title, it will show an add to cart button.
A section to create pages and upload photos for your clients to approve or request revisions for designs. This section is not for selling photos.
New for Sytist version 0.7.8
A registry section like a wedding registry where people can add money to customers' accounts.
Article on setting up a registry section and how it works.
Options & Defaults
There are a lot of options & default settings when you edit the details of a section after it is created.
Photo Defaults Tab
The name of the section.
This is the title shown at the top of the browser window.
Text About Content
This is text shown above any content that is listed on the page.
Text Under Sub Categories
If there are categories listed in the section, this would be text shown under those categories.
Text Below All Content
Text show below everything about the footer.
Show content from a page
This option is if you create a section and have a page in that section you want to show instead of listing content.
Page Listing Layout
This determines how the pages are listing in the section.
Page Display Layout
This determines how the pages are displayed in the section.
Category Listing Layout
This determines how the categories are displayed in the section.
This determines how the section acts and is based on the option you choose in the New Section Wizard.
Option to display a billboard on this section page.
More on billboards
Default Expire & Private Settings
Settings to set the default amount of days to set the expiration date, the default password protected page status and option to hide expired pages in this section.
Private Page Settings
Option to show a password button or form for password protected pages.
Require To View
To determine if a customer has to be logged into an account to view pages in this section.
The option to choose a different theme for this section and the pages in this section.
Password Protect Entire Category
The option to require a password to view this section and the contents of the section.
This sets the default watermarking options when uploading photos to pages in this section.
Default Page Status
The option to set the default page status to draft or publish when creating new pages in this section.
Allow Commenting on Pages
The option to allow commenting on pages in this section.
Add Search Icon
This will add a search icon to the section page to search for pages in this section.
Disable Side Bar
If you are using a side bar in your theme, you can disable that side bar for this section and pages in this section.
The option to remove the header & menu for pages in this section.
1 billboard slide of the first photo or cover photo on pages displayed in this section. You can edit the layout of it in the Site Design -> Billboards section.
Preview Photo Tab
This is the preview photo for the category.
Rename Folder Tab
The option to rename the category folder (url) after it has been created.
Page Title Shown On Page
Include PHP file (advanced users)
Publish: Active page / gallery and listed on the site.
Pre-Register: Will be listed on the website, but when viewed, will show a form for people to fill out when the page / gallery becomes available. Then you can email those people when it becomes available.
Closed: Similar to draft, but can not be accessed by direct link. Only you when logged into the admin can view the page / gallery.
Share & Comments Options
Page Display Layout
Disable Side Bar
The home page is the first page seen when someone comes to your website. You can edit this page in Site Content -> Manage Home Page.
There are certain features available just for this page under the text editor area.
Once you have created sections, you can select from those sections to show on the home. Click here to view an article on setting up featured sections.
This allows you to display most recent content added to your website either by sections / categories or from all sections. Basically creating a list of avaialable galleries.
Add a Find My Photos Form
You can add a find my photos form on the home page where a customer can enter in their gallery password and be taken directly to their photos without having to navigate to the gallery.
When editing your home page, click the "more options" link, scroll down and check the option to add the form.
Preparing Your Photos For Upload
Also be sure you have saved your photos sRGB color profile for the web. If you don't save or export your photos with the sRGB color profile, they may look dull or washed out.
- Watermark Photos - the option to apply a watermark to the photos when upload. You can set the default status of this by editing the sections the pages are in.
- Apply Logo - the option to apply a logo to the photos when upload. This default can also be set by editing the section.
- Discard Duplicate File Names - with this option selected, if a photo with the same file name is found in the same gallery, it will not upload it and just discard the photo.
- Rotate Based on EXIF data - Attempts to read the EXIF data and rotate the photo if needed. Some programs save that data differently so you may need to test this option with both portrait and landscape oriented photos.
- Replace photos with same file name - with this options selected it will replace any photos with the same file names in the gallery.
- Discard original photo files - this option will not save the original photo file uploaded. With this option selected, you will not be able to offer immediate download photos or free photos.
The time it takes to upload photos depends on many factors: The uplink speed of the server, the upload speed of your ISP and the size of the photos.
While the photos are uploading you need to leave the upload screen open. There is a link to open a new tab if you want to do something else while they are upload.
You can also upload via FTP and then have the server process the photos. Also when uploading with FTP you can automatically create sub galleries. See this article on uploading via FTP.
Photo Display Settings
IMPORTANT - If you are displaying photos for selling - proofing you MUST use the Thumbnail Gallery option in the photo display settings.
As a Slideshow
Standard Photo On Page With Minis
There are additional settings toward the bottom left of the photo display settings screen:
Enable social share
This enables the ability for someone to share the photo to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or email. When someone shares a photo, it sends a link back to the gallery where they can see the photo.
This allows the visitor to add to their favorites. For someone to be able to add to their favorites, they have to create an account and be logged in.
Enable Photo Search
This option allows the viewer to search photos within the gallery. It also adds a link to view all tags of photos in the gallery.
Enable Compare Photos
This allows the customer to select photos and compare them side by side.
Enable Time Blocks
This option will create a drop down of time blocks in a gallery for the visitor to select from and pull up photos based on the date / time taken of the photo. See this article for information on this feature.
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