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.

Client Galleries
This section is for creating galleries to sell your photos.

Photo Galleries
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.

Buy Page
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.

Project Proofing
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

Section Name
The name of the section.

Meta Title
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.

More on the Page Display & Content Listing Layouts.

Category Content
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.

Default Watermarking
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.

Remove Header
The option to remove the header & menu for pages in this section.

Display Masthead
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.

Article on the remove header & display masthead options above.

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.



This is the title of the page. When you create a new page, it uses this title for the page URL to make it super search engine friendly. Example, create a new page in your blog section called "This is a wonderful day", the URL for that page will be
This title is also shown in the meta title tag which is shown in the browser window / tab.


This is the area for the text on the pages using the WYSIWYG editor.  Learn more about the WYSIWYG editor.

Embed Video

This option allows you to embed video from  websites like youtube, vimeo, etc. Usually they offer an embed code you can copy. Copy that code and paste it into this section.

Page Title Shown On Page

Here you can either use a different title than the page title in the first option, or disable the displaying the page title all together on this page. 

Key Words

Key words are added to the meta key word section. This is not shown on your pages, but is used for search engines to use. Enter in keywords you would think people might type in that would be relevant to this page.

Include PHP file (advanced users)

This option allows you to include a PHP file for the page. You would need to enter in the full path to the file on the server. 


Draft: Not listed in the section. Still can be access by direct link, but not listed with other content

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.


This is the section or category you want to display this page in.


When adding tags to pages, these tags can be displayed with the page. When someone clicks on a tag, it will list all pages with these tags.

Share & Comments Options

Your social share options are located in Settings > Share & Facebook. This allows people to "Like" or share a page (Facebook, pinterest, etc...). If you have this enabled, you have the option here to disable those options for this page.
Same with comments. If you are using comments, you can disable the comment feature for this page with this option.

Page Form

You can create forms in the Form section of the admin to add to pages. An example of a form is a Contact Form where people can fill it out to send you a message. 
To add a form to the page, select the form from the dropdown menu.
Then you must add the following bracket code in the text editor where you want the form to display: [FORM]


This is the date the page is added. In some of the layout options, this date can be displayed (in blog posts for example). 
You can also post-date pages. When you post-date a page for a date in the future, that page won't be available on the website until that date.

Expire Date

Entering in a date here, the page will automatically become accessible after this date.  The page will not be deleted, but people just won't be able to access it.

Password Protect

Select the option to password protect a page and enter in a password for that page. If you password protect a page, you will see the option to email link when viewing the page in the admin. There you can email people you want to view that page with a link to the page and the password.

Page Display Layout

The display layout is determined by the setting in your section, but you have this option to select a different layout here. 

Disable Side Bar

If you are using a sidebar in your theme, this option is to disable that sidebar for this page. 

Page Theme

Option to select a different theme for this page. 

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.

Featured Sections

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.

Featured Content

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.

Top level pages are pages that are not in a section or category. An example of a top level page would be a Contact Us page, About Us page, etc...
Tags contact, pages
After you have created a new page, you will see a Photos tab above the page editor.

Uploading Photos

Click the Photos tab when viewing a page in the admin to go to the photos section of that page. You can also click the up arrow to open up the uploading screen. 

Preparing Your Photos For Upload

You may want to re-size your photos before uploading to a size around 2000 pixels on the longest side. Larger files 1) take a lot longer to upload, 2) may experience errors if too large for the server to process, 3) take up a lot more space on the server. But if you are needing to upload larger files just test a few before trying to upload a lot and see if they are successful. 

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.


When on the upload screen you will see a list of settings.

  • 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.


Click the Select & Upload Photos button to select the photos you want to upload. You can select multiple photos at a time.
After you have selected your photos to upload, click the open button and the upload process will start.

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

While in the photos section of a page, there is a Photo Display Settings button . In that section there are many options on how to display the photos.
You can set the default settings when creating new pages in each section by editing the section.

IMPORTANT - If you are displaying photos for selling - proofing you MUST use the Thumbnail Gallery option in the photo display settings.

As a Slideshow

This will display photos as a slideshow on the page. This has many options you can select from.
Auto start slideshow - Slideshow automatically starts when loaded.
Loop - Slideshow won't stop on the last photo and starts over.
Set the height of the slideshow to the height of the first landscape photo - this will make it so the photos have the same height and won't push the content below up and down.
Disable website side bar (if in use).
Slideshow seconds between photos - the time the photos are displayed.
Transition time - the time it takes the photos to fade in & out.

Thumbnail Gallery

Thumbnail Type:
          Justified - this set the thumbnails so each row is even with even spacing between photos.
                    Row height: the height of the rows. 250 is suggested.
                    Spacing: the amount of space (in pixels) between the photos. 
          Standard  - Shows your thumbnails in a standard display with styling set in your theme.
                    Use hover preview when mouse over thumbnail: This shows the photo in a popup when you mouse over the photo.
          Stacked - Shows your thumbnails stacked similar to Pinterest with the styling set in your theme.

  Use hover preview when mouse over thumbnail.
This option will show the small photo when the mouse is hovered over the thumbnail. This option is not available in the justified type.
Mouseover show file name & icons under thumbnail.
With this checked, it will show the file name  and icons when moused over (if available). Unchecked will just display them.
Check this box if you don't want to display the photo file name under the thumbnail.
When page is opened, display first photo and start slideshow
With this option checked, when the visitor opens the page, the first photo will display full screen (as if you clicked a thumbnail) and start playing as a slideshow.
Disable website side bar (if in use).
Slideshow seconds between photos - when someone clicks to view the photo from the thumbnail, there is an option to play as a slideshow. This is the time the photos are displayed.
Transition time - the time it takes the photos to fade in & out.


This option displays the photos straight down the screen one after another. 

Standard Photo On Page With Minis

This option will display one photo and then if there are multiple photos, it will display the mini thumbnail beside the photo. When those mini photos are moused over, it will change the display photo to that one.

One Photo

Displays just one photo with the option to the left or right.

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.

Enable add to favorites

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.

When editing pages, you have the options for tags. Tags can be used for searching and also when someone clicks on a tag, it will show all pages with that tag.
Example, you will see tags below. Click on that and it will show you the pages with the tag "tags".
Tags pages, tags
A 404 page (page not found) is a page that is shown when someone comes across a page that no longer exists. Maybe you have an old page that was delete or moved. If someone goes  to that page, this 404 page will show.
This page should say something like  "Sorry, this page no longer existing. Click here for the home page".
When editing a page or a section, you will see an option for Preview Photo. This is the photo shown when the pages are listed.
On pages, the first photo uploaded to the page will be the preview photo. You select a different photo from the gallery by clicking the photo icon under the thumbnail you want to use.
You can also upload a completely different photo by clicking the Preview Photo tab.
The preview photo is also used if someone likes or shares a page.

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