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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.

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