(Older information, but still mostly accurate below)
Since there has been a lot of interest in how to get pictures into the forum in a message or even where to put them in our Gallery I took the time out to take some screen captures and make this step-by-step topic to hopefully answer all of your questions.
Step 1: The Gallery
The following image shows the Gallery home page. If you click on Gallery from the navigation at the top of the site home page or from the navigation panel on the left this is where you end up. The Gallery home page is divided into 2 primary sections.
Site Galleries (Main Site Photo Albums)
Member Galleries (Member Photo Albums)
Site Galleries or Photo Albums consist of mostly pre-defined categories for images to be uploaded into. These photos are all Cayman related, non-Cayman photos should not be uploaded to a site gallery. For the most part users cannot create new sub-categories in existing site galleries. One exception to this is the Cayman Events sub category where registered members do have the ability to set up new sub categories for the Cayman related events that they attended.
Member Site Galleries or Photo Albums are the place for individual members to create their own sub-categories and upload pictures of their car, their pets, whatever. How to set up sub categories will be shown below.
I often get the question "I have photos of my Cayman where should I upload them?" My suggestion is to take a couple of your favorite photos and upload them in the Site Gallery - Cayman Images, in the appropriate sub-category for the color of your car, for example Guards Red. Then take the rest of your photos and create your own personal photo album in the Member category section and upload your photos there. Please don't upload all of your photos to both places because you have a limited amount of photos you can upload (based on file size) and uploading duplicates will decrease your available upload space even further.
Step 2: Sub Categories
In order to keep the Gallery organized there are a number of sub categories in each Site Gallery, as well as members can create more sub categories in some site galleries and in their own personal member gallery.
I clicked on "Cayman Images" in the photo above and was taken into the Cayman Images gallery where I was presented with the list of available sub categories shown in the following image:
Please note the items described in this image regarding the Gallery navigation menu, the various sub categories, and information about the items in the categories.
Not shown in this image are the categories of Interior photos, wheels and tires etc. If you have a Guards Red Cayman and you take a picture of your interior please don't upload it to the Guards Red sub-category, instead please upload it to the Interior Photos category. Please read the category and sub category descriptions to find out what goes into or doesn't go into those categories. If you are unsure where something goes, please ask BEFORE you upload it to the Gallery. If you upload to the wrong spot and don't have the permissions to edit your photo then it creates more work for the admin/moderators to move your pictures around where they belong.
Sub categories are an important organizational tool, please use them!
Step 3: Sub Category Image Contents
I clicked on the Guards Red sub category in the image above and arrived at the page shown in the following image. This page is the contents of what photos have been placed into the Guards Red sub category.
Individual photos are shown in thumbnail views with a bit of quick information about each photo. To see the full size version of the thumbnail photo simply click on the photo (shown in next image). There will also be page navigation links if there are multiple pages of photos in this sub category. These operate the same way as in the forum so don't miss photos by missing the fact that there are multiple pages of photos.
You can also change the way photos are displayed on this sub category item view by changing selections in the drop down boxes and clicking the Show Images button.
Last, but not least, if you are looking at a sub category and want to immediately upload a photo into the sub category you are looking at you can do so using the Quick Upload box at the bottom of the page. Simply click the Browse button which will open up a file dialog box on your computer. Find the image you want to upload, select it and click OK in your file dialog box. Then fill in the image title, a brief description about the image you are uploading and then keywords that you think will be helfpul for someone trying to find your photo. To upload the photo click the Upload button. Your photo will then be transmitted to the website, placed into the category you are viewing and you will recieve a confirmation page. This works great if you are uploading one photo at a time, but there is another way to upload that I will show shortly if you want to do multiple photos at once.
Step 4: Image Detail
The image detail page can be reached by clicking on any thumbnail image. I clicked on the thumbnail in the previous image and arrived at the page shown in this next image:
The page has a quick forward and backward navigation above the full size photo. There are also links at the right for rating this image, or using tools to work with the image (such as editing it or emailing it). Below the primary image is the filmstrip of images in this same sub category. You can navigate images in this same sub category by clicking images in the filmstrip.
Below the filmstrip is some quick information about the photo such as who uploaded it, how large it is and how many times it has been viewed. Following this are three boxes that show the Direct Link code, the BB Image code and img tag code. You probably won't need the first or third item, but if you want this image to show up in a post topic thread in the forum then you will certainly need the BB Code. Simply highlight the code starting with the img tag and ending in the /img tag and copy the entire line of code. Then go to the forum message you want the image to appear in and paste that line of text into the message body. You can paste up to 8 images into a single message in this manner. Save/Submit your message in the forum and it will now have images embedded in it. It sometimes helps to have two browser windows open, one to grab items from the gallery, the other to paste items into forum messages.
Last, but not least there is a category jump button at the bottom of the page that will allow you to quickly move from one category to another.
Step 5: Creating a Category
There are two reasons why you may need to create a category (which by default will always be a sub category). First, if you have an event you attended that was Cayman related and you want to create a new sub category for that event in the Cayman Events category. The second reason you may need to create a category is to set up your own personal member category. All registered members have the ability to set up their own photo albums or galleries in the Members Photo Album section of the Gallery. The following photo shows how to get started:
Simply click on MY STUFF in the Gallery navigation links and choose "Category Admin" from the drop down box. You will then be shown a list of existing categories that you already have (if any). Click the "Add Category" button to add a new category (as mentioned previously these will always be sub categories but I'm using that term in the generic sense)
Step 6: Add Category Details
The next step is to fill in the details about the category you wish to create as shown in the following photo:
The first item is the Category Title, every category must have a title. Please try to make the title descriptive for what is in the category. For example: "Photos from May Fun Run 2007" etc.
The next item is a category description. Here you can add a bit more detail about what sort of photos are in this category or what you want people to upload to the category.
Next is the Parent Category selection. If you are adding a sub category under Cayman Events you would want to choose Cayman Events as your parent category. If you are adding your own personal photo album then you want to choose "Member Categories" as shown in the image example above.
If you have the option to password protect your album you can add a password next. Last, but not least are a series of check boxes where you can turn on or off certain features for the category you create. Please note that the administrator does have the ability to override your selections if necessary. You can also edit your category later and change selections if you make a mistake.
Finally, click the "ADD CATEGORY" button and your category will be created and will immediately be ready to receive photo uploads!
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