USING YOUR ADMIN - The Page Editor - Gallery Pages

Your web site may have the capacity to display a gallery page. Gallery pages, like the one shown below with the yellow background, display thumbnail images, sometimes with captions. These thumbnail images usually link to popup pages. Popup pages, like the one shown below with the black background, usually display a larger picture and some descriptive text. The larger picture may be an enlargement of the thumbnail, or, as in the example below, may be a picture that tells more of the story.

Seting Up For A Gallery Page:

If your web site has a provision for a gallery page, it is probably already set up and waiting for you to add images, or to edit the images that have been placed there for you. If you want to add a new gallery page, do this:

  1. At the top of the Page Manager, click the "add page" link.
  2. Fill in your Page Name, and choose the Section and/or subsection for your new page.
  3. The Page Type will be an "admin" page.
  4. For Template, from the drop-down list choose a template designated as "gallery". (If you don't have a "gallery" template, your site was not configured to display a gallery. Contact Desert Heart Multimedia to ask for this additional feature.)
  5. Click add/update.
  6. Your new page will appear in the Page Manager, ready for you to edit.

NOTE: If you want to change a regular page to a gallery page, in the Page Manager click the yellow "edit info" button (not the "edit" button) for that page and follow the same steps as above.

Editing Your Gallery Page:

The Page Editor for your gallery page looks a little different than your regular page editor. (See pic above.)

To edit (add images and text to) your Gallery:

  1. Drop-down number list. Once you have two or more thumbnails in your editor, you can change the order with this drop down. (Hint: It's easiest if you set them in order from last to first.)
  2. Set alt text for your thumbnail -- useful for search engines and audio web readers for the deaf.
  3. Set the title/caption under the tumbnail.
  4. Set a link to a page somewhere else, only if you are not using popup images.
  5. Browse your hard drive for the thumbnail image you wish to upload.
  6. Browse your hard drive for the popup enlarged image you wish to upload.
  7. Enter descriptive text for your popup page.

Q. How many images can you add?
As many as you wish. Each time you add an image to update your page, a new empty field will be added at the bottom of your Gallery Page Editor, so you can add another.

Q. How big should your images be?
A. As a "rule of thumb" (pun intented), make all of your thumbnail images the same size. 130px wide is a good width. Either make them all square, or make them all the same length. Keeping them all the same will help make the page appearance neat.

For your pop-up images you have more lattitude. We'd suggest keeping them between 350px and 500px wide, and however tall you need them to be. Their width will determine how much horizontal space remains on the right side of the popup for your text.

ImageMagic: The Automated Image Sizer
If Desert Heart hosts your web site, you probably have an automated image sizer working behind the scenes. This feature will make your thumbnail and popup and size them both for you. You only need to upload your enlargement/popup image in a size that is at least as large as it needs to be.

NOTE: Clients like the City of Farmington and Rio Arriba County provide their own web hosting services, and depending on the nature of the server we may be unable to be enable ImageMagic in situations such as those.