Ok here we go with Part 2 of our Gallery series to help make it much easier for all of our members to upload photos and use features from the gallery.
Step 7: Upload Page & Mass Uploads
It is possible to upload more than one photo at a time via the Upload page. To access the Upload page simply click the Upload link in the Gallery navigation, shown in red in the next image. You will then be presented with the Upload page as shown here:
The first item on the page is a depiction of your stats, how many photos you've uploaded already, how much space they are taking up on the server and how much space you have left. Different user groups will have different restrictions on how much space is available to them, for example those who donate to the site get more space, sponsors also get more space, etc.
This is followed by 5 upload boxes with Browse buttons next to them. These work the same way as uploading an individual photo, simply click the Browse button, locate the file on your computer that you want to upload to the website and click ok to select that file. You can just do one file if you want to, or you can select up to 5 at one time.
The next box is for an image title, please fill this in. This title will apply to all images uploaded, although you will have a chance to change it after the uploads are finished and before your pictures show up in the gallery.
The same is true for the description, but you can have the description apply to all photos if you want to, for example: "Pictures from Big Bear Run" etc.
The next drop down box is where you choose what category you want to upload pictures into. You MUST
choose the correct category. I sometimes see people leaving this as whatever showed up by default and their images end up in someone else's gallery! PLEASE take the time to select the proper category from this drop down box.
Next fill in any keywords you want to apply to these photos to make it easier for people to find them when you search.
The UserName box is only there for admins and moderators so we can upload pictures for you if needed. This is followed by a couple of check boxes. If you want to receive email updates whenever anyone replies to your photo or rates your photo simply check the box. If you want to add this photo to your list of photos check that box as well.
The last step is the click the SUBMIT button which I failed to capture in my screen capture photo above. Once you click submit it will start the upload process for all your photos. If you uploaded more than one you will receive a confirmation page where you can adjust photo titles, categories, etc. before making your upload permanent. This allows you to give them different names, and put them in different places. Once everything looks ok on the confirmation page approve the photos by clicking the PROCESS button to finalize your uploads and place them into the gallery.
Step 8: Finding New Items
Finding new photos or new posts about photos in the Gallery is pretty easy. If the icons are lit up green on the left they will say New alerting to the fact that something is new in that category since your last logon, but the icons don't tell you what and they clear with each logon. Therefore, there is an easier way to find new items, simply click the "WHAT'S NEW" link in the Gallery navigation as shown in this following image:
You will then get a pop-up drop down menu where you can select from different options for photos or posts, such as photos uploaded in the last day, or 5 days, up to 25 days. When you select from this drop down menu the page will be refreshed and you will be shown the photos that match the criteria you are looking for. (shown as clickable thumbnails).
Step 9: What's Popular - Top Images
Ever wondered what the most viewed images in the gallery are? How about the ones given the highest ratings? How about the ones that have received the most comments from viewers? Well you can find out all of those things by clicking the "WHAT'S POPULAR" link in the Gallery navigation and choosing the respective item from the drop down box as shown in this next image:
You will receive a list of photos with thumbnails that match the setting you have chosen. The Top 15 are shown in each instance.
Step 10: Rating Images
Any time you are viewing a photo in full size as shown in Step 4: Image Detail in the first post in this topic thread, there will be a drop down menu over to the upper right that says RATE IMAGE. Simply click this link and you will receive a drop down showing stars corresponding to how you would rate this particular image as shown in the next example image:
If an image receives enough votes it will show up on the Top 15 of the Top Rated images as described in Step 9.
Step 11: Image Tools
Any time you are viewing a photo in full size as shown in Step 4: Image Detail in the first post in this topic thread, there will be a drop down menu over to the upper right that says IMAGE TOOLS. Click this drop down link and a menu will appear showing the options available to you. Please note only certain user groups can edit or delete their photos once they have been uploaded, so not every option shown in the next example will be available to you.
The first option shown above is Edit Image and we will cover that in more detail in Step 12 below. The second option is Printable version, clicking this will show you the photo on a page that can be easily sent to your printer. The third option is Add to Favorites. If you find a photo you like, or maybe want to come back to in order to reference the photo time and time again in the future simpley choose to add it to your favorites. The next option is Reply to Image which allows you to post a message reply tied to that particular photo. The next option is send as e-card which allows you to send a greeting card to someone with this photo embedded into the online greeting card. If you've ever used an online greeting card or postcard site, this selection is similar. The next selection is to email the image to someone, handy for sending others you know pictures from the Cayman Club site gallery. The next option allows you to subscribe to the photo and receive email updates whenever the photo receives a rating or message reply. If you subscribe you don't have to keep coming back to check to see if anyone has responded to your photo as the site should send you an email if that event happens. The last option is to report the photo to a moderator. If you feel someone has uploaded something inappropriate and you want the site moderators to take a look at it, please use this link to report the image.
Step 12: Image Editing
I have been asked several times "How do I change my image title?" or "How do I move the image to the correct category?" Well the easy answer to that question is simply to choose EDIT IMAGE from the drop down image tools menu covered in Step 11. Once you select that option you will be presented with the following image editing page:
The first section shows a thumbnail of the existing current image. You can choose to rotate the image or flip it horizontally or vertically. (I don't use those features much) You can also REPLACE this image with another one by clicking the Browse button and choosing a different image from your computer to upload in its place.
All images that are uploaded are automatically resized for you.
The next box allows you to change the image's title.
The next drop down allows you to move the image to a different category. This is something all members should become familiar with in case you ever upload a picture to the wrong category now you know how to fix it!
The next box allows you to add or edit the description.
The next box allows you to add or edit keywords.
The final box allows users with permissions to do so to enter some image notes.
When you are finished editing simply click the SAVE CHANGES button and you are done!
Sometimes members tell me that they tried to upload a photo and it failed. 9 times out of 10 it is because their photo was too large to start with and the resize autobot failed to resize it accordingly thus terminating the upload. You can overcome this problem by simply resizing the photo first on your computer using MS Paint, Photoshop, MS Office Photo Editor tools, or whatever you have on your computer that will resize for you.
If you have a problem other than a failed upload please email or PM the administrator or moderators and ask for help and we will try to help you as quickly and efficiently as we can.