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. 
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
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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