About The FortrisGallery Administration Area
The FortrisGallery administration area is password protected to insure that only you, will be able to upload images to your web site. The administration area for this sample site is also password protected. If you would like "guest" permissions to take the administration area for a test drive and upload a few of your own photos, please contact CJ Peters at the email address on the bottom of this page, and let us know which of our FortrisAdmin applications you are interested in.
Below is brief outline that covers some of the features you will find in the FortrisGallery administration area.
The images you upload in the admin area can be organized by category or "album" if you choose. Each album category can have it's own name, subtitle, byline, posting date, album cover, and a "rich text" description field. Rich text editing in the category's description means that there can be basic text formatting such as "bold" and "italic" text, along with indented lists and links. Any category can be made visible or hidden, which would also hide all the photos in that album from your site visitors. There is also a "Shoebox" album category which is never shown to site visitors. It makes a great place for holding images that you may need to use again, and are not ready to permanently remove from the system.
From the main Add/Edit/Delete Photos page, you can upload a single image, or up to ten images at a time. We will program the FortrisGallery application with important information about your site, so that all of the images you upload will be the correct size and quality. Just about any image file type can be uploaded including .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .tif, .tiff, and .png. That list includes the most common digital camera and desktop scanner formats.
Once uploaded, FortrisGallery will also make an appropriately sized thumbnail image for use on your size. You can also upload a separate thumbnail image if you choose, along with a unique super-sized image for allowing your site visitors to zoom in or enlarge that image.
On the Photo Edit page, you can also give each image a title, subtitle, byline, post date, order number (for controlling the order in which the images appear to your site visitor), individual "show" and "hide" options for each image, and a full rich text description area, which can include basic text formatting and links to other pages.
Here you can transfer any images you have uploaded from one album category to another. All of the images settings, such as title, upload date and description are also transferred with the image to the new album. The order numbers of any transferred images can also be maintained. This is a great way to temporarily move certain images into your Shoebox album, and then out again, if you are not ready to permanently remove any images.
Aux 1 & Aux 2
The Aux 1 and Aux 2 features are available for each image you upload. Aux 1 contains a collection of small icons that can appear next to your images. You could give any of your images a "one star" or "five star" icon for example, or assign a photo a "blue ribbon" or a "check mark", etc. The Aux 2 page allows you to customize text-based tags for adding to your images. For example, you could set up a tag that reads "For Sale" or "Best In Show" and then assign that tag to any given photo. There are 10 different Auxiliary 2 text-based tags that you could customize, and use on any image, as many times as you need.
The New Tag
The "new" tag is a special text-based tag, which can also be customized. If the "new" tag is turned on for your Gallery, a small "new" tag will show up next to the photos most recently uploaded. The number of days that an image is new for, can be easily changed by the site administrator. In addition to being able to customize the "new" tag for it's color, basic formatting and text-based content, the "new tag" page sets how new items are prioritized. New images and photos can "float" to the top of the sort order automatically, or they can be left "in-line" and stay with their given order numbers. This is useful if you would like to highlight the newest photos by sending them to the top of the natural order. Once the number of "new" days has passed, the image will return to it's normal order position.
The General Display page controls how the main gallery page will appear to your site visitors. There are three main groups of layouts available, which can be selected and changed at any time.
- Single Page, One Album Layouts merge all the images in any different albums you may have set up (not including your Shoebox images), and displays them to the site visitor as one big collection.
- Single Page, Multiple Album Layouts keep your images separate in any different album categories you may have set up. The site visitor can switch to a different album to view by clicking on a text link, or pulling the new album name from a drop-down. Because it is still a single page format though, none of the album information, other than the title of the album, would be available for viewing.
- Two Page, Multiple Album Layouts offer the most separation between albums and photos by showing all the album information (title, description, album cover) on one page, and requiring the visitor to select an album before viewing the image that it contains.
The Trends pages offer a quick look into which photo are most viewed in your gallery, what the most common viewing times are, and how many unique site visitors have landed on your main gallery page. As with all of the FortrisAdmin applications, there are detailed application notes in the side bar area of each page in the administration area. They provide more detailed information about many of the application's features and functions. If you would like to take the FortrisGallery application for a test drive, and see how easy it would be to upload and maintain an image gallery on your own site, please contact CJ Peters at the email address on the bottom of this page.