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Private Gallery "How To" ... Help for Private Gallery Owners

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:23 pm
Ok, I'm now ready to start setting up my private gallery, but as usual, I need a little help. I already know how to post the pics, so all I need to know is how to set up the album.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:43 pm
Well, the first thing you gotta do is create an album ... if that's the trouble you're having. Go to ... oh, hell ... hang on, I'll go look. Be right back. Don't go anywhere.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:44 pm
Ok, I won't budge.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:49 pm
OK ... yeah, go to "My Gallery", click on "Create/Order my albums", Click on "New" under the album list box (which oughtta be empty), then type an album name in the small data field and click on "Submit Modifications". Now, you've got an album to play with. Go back to "My Albums" and select that album and upload to your heart's content. Except, I wish you could upload in batch, rather that one at a time, but that's just nitpicking. That's about as far as I've gotten yet, but it seems pretty straightforward. I'm gonna play with the "Edit Pictures" thing later ... I imagine I'll invent myself a surprise or two there. Lemme know if this helped at all, but be gentle, I'm new at this too, ya know.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:51 pm
You're a sweetheart Timber. Thanks so much. That helps a lot. The only question I have left is, can I make more than one album?
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:52 pm
Sure ... just go to the create/order page and make one the same way you made the first one.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 09:54 pm
Beautiful!!! Thanks again Timber :-D
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:05 pm
Glad to help. I figure we'll leave this thread not marked as "Answered" for a while ... I expect more folks'll have questions, and we can all learn together here on this thread, just to keep it organized. I hope, anyway.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:14 pm
Sounds like a plan ;-)
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:26 pm
I have some questions about the use of the photo galleries.

1. Are we able to reference them in a hotlink inside a post on the A2K boards without causing extra bandwidth expense?

2. What about outside these boards, are we able to hotlink to them from another site?

3. Are the captions and comments under the photos able to be formatted with different font styles and sizes?

4. Are there different layout styles to choose from or just the one "contact sheet" style?

5. Are there any restrictions on individual photo file size?

6. Any restrictions on the size of an album in number of photos and/or total file size?

7. Can the private galleries be linked to and viewed by non-A2K members if permission is granted or must they be A2K members to view it no matter what the permissions are?
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:44 pm
I was also wondering if there's a way of knowing how much space you have left?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:52 pm
i can answer that, montana, there is a giant amount of space, not to worry.

i have a posting problemo myself, i may have to hand carry photos over, and craven has been helping but later is better, i want him to regroup from the crisis.

once i get posting photos, ai yi yi.
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husker
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:56 pm
i'd be glad to help but do not have access
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 10:58 pm
Ok, let's keep this one open.

I'll make a tutorial with screenshots and all when I get a chance. Montana, let me know if you need any help.

Timber, I have some ideas for the batch uploading.

Butrflynet wrote:
1. Are we able to reference them in a hotlink inside a post on the A2K boards without causing extra bandwidth expense?


It'd probably cause more bandwidth (because of more views, for e.g. the gallery is not visibly linked to for guests so search engines won't drive as many visitors.

But it's perfectly fine to do so. When the bandwidth is used on Able2Know pages I can ensure that there is a balance of revenue to bandwidth use.

And wanna know sumthin' neat? I already have hotlink protection in the gallery. Very Happy So it'll work just fine on A2K domains and domains of other sites I specify (for e.g. the cafepress store we used was hotlinking the images) I think I solved the hotlink problem for the users who were not getting the images. I'm waiting for phoenix to show up because she was having that problem and if it work for her that will complate the test and it will have worked for everyone.

Butrflynet wrote:

2. What about outside these boards, are we able to hotlink to them from another site?


Nope, I made sure to say that on the order page. The reason why is because when you put it out there on some site, another visitor might find it and put it on another site and so on and so forth. For an interesting example: I had a funny cartoon on a 404 page, someone hotlinked it on another site (I didn't mind, they were enjoying it).

But others saw that forum and eventually many sites osted it. Once it gets to teh point where it's too much to tolerate you can't stop it. Even if the server administrator takes measures to curb it the image won't be removed from all those sites and even with hotlink protection in place every time those pages are loaded it will send a file request to the server (even if this can be configured to return a 403.


Butrflynet wrote:

3. Are the captions and comments under the photos able to be formatted with different font styles and sizes?


To some extent, yes. It uses the same BB code but does not have the editing buttons. Fonts are not a feature of the current forum or gallery BB code.

Butrflynet wrote:

4. Are there different layout styles to choose from or just the one "contact sheet" style?


Individual galleries do not yet have the ability to change the sytle of the gallery. I will be redesigning the main one a bit and will also be creating a separate photogallery with a layout catering to artists. But there will be this option in the future.

Butrflynet wrote:

5. Are there any restrictions on individual photo file size?


Yes, 1 MB, which is pretty big for the web. The gallery for artists will have a larger limit.

Butrflynet wrote:
6. Any restrictions on the size of an album in number of photos and/or total file size?


There is always a limit, no such thing as unlimited. The end of the hard drive is one limit for e.g.

But, the limit I believe a member will run into first is their space limit (ranging from 100 -1000 MB).

Butrflynet wrote:
7. Can the private galleries be linked to and viewed by non-A2K members if permission is granted or must they be A2K members to view it no matter what the permissions are?


Yes, if they are linked to they can be viewed. Owners of private galleries can make it viewable only to members but the default setting does not restrict who can see it, it's just not linked to, from Able2Know for guests as it's mainly bell or a whistle for the members, and not the focus of the site.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:07 pm
Montana wrote:
I was also wondering if there's a way of knowing how much space you have left?


Not yet. But I sincererly doubt you will run out of space in a year (or ever).

You posted this picture: http://www.able2know.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=&pos=3

You could post 2,625 photos of that size with 100 MB of space.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:09 pm
A note about the maximum size for a file:

It might be reduced because 1 MB is a very large photo for the web. Few would eever see the bottom of it.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:11 pm
That's awesome. Thanks for all your help Craven. I hope I didn't start asking questions too soon. You've got enough on your plate at the moment.

Smooch ;-)

Boy am I gonna have fun with my little gallery :-D
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:13 pm
This is one of the things on my plate. I need to get feedback if I wanna know what help files to write, what's not intuitive etc.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:14 pm
Just another question that entered my mind, but only answer now if you have time. If I have several albums, can I re-organize the photo's after they're uploaded? Can I move a photo from one album to another?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2003 11:18 pm
Yup. You'd enter admin mode for your gallery and then you will see the option to edit pictures in the album. When you do so you can edit the picture's names, descriptions, and album.
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