posted this on September 23, 2010 09:33
So, the good stuff - in this lesson we're going to create your first Gallery.
Your PhotoMerchant Admin Interface
So far we've only introduced you to your Admin Interface where you control the setup of your Live Site.
Let's have a quick preview now of your Live Site as it stands.
1. Click the View Site buton to the top right of your Dashboard's main navigation strip - this will open a new browser tab displaying your Live Site in it's default state.
Your PhotoMerchant Live Site.
Welcome to your Home Page! - of course it's probably not very You just yet, but it won't be long before it's dripping with your branding and character.
Note that the URL the in adress bar of this new browser tab is the address your customers will use to access your site! http://[yoursitename].photomerchant.net/home
2. We won't go into detail here right now - but click on the Galleries navigation link at the top right of your Home Page. This will take you through to a portfolio of 3 Sample Galleries that we have in place for you to play around with.
(Actually there are 4 Sample Galleries but one of them is currently set as Inactive and therefore hidden from the Live Site.)
Have a quick play with the sample galleries and then let's head back to your Admin Interface (it should still be sitting there waiting for us in the original browser tab!)
The PhotoMerchant Dashboard
3 - 5. Notice the circled areas toward the bottom of the Admin Interface Dashboard - Once you get your site up and running these will become really useful tools to get a snapshot of your business and monitor current orders.
Ok, Let's set up some galleries and upload your images!
Managing your Photos
6. Click the Photos tab at the top of the Admin Interface.
7. Notice that you've now arrived in the Galleries sub-section under the Photos main navigation. There are also Comments and Categories sub-sections but we'll stay with Galleries for now.
8. Notice also the inactive Misc gallery that was not displayed on the Live Site when we previewed earlier. It's still accessible within your Admin Interface but will remain hidden from customers until you chose to activate it.
9. There are lots of changes you can make to the sample Galleries but let's go ahead and create your first Gallery. Click New Gallery at the top left of screen.
Creating a new Gallery
The Create A New Gallery form will have a lot of the default settings already in place for you. It's definitely worth exploring all of the options presented here to get a feel for the flexibility offered when setting up your Galleries. Be sure to click on the question mark (Tool Tip) icons along side each field title for a description of each field and its functionality.
For now though there are just a few steps we need to focus on -
10. Name your new Gallery.
11. Enter a description of the Gallery content - Try to use lots of Keywords in your description to improve your site's Search Engine Optimization (More on SEO later!)
12. For the moment check the No Expiry option - Later you will be able to use this field to define the exact period that a Gallery is available to customers.
13. Select a Gallery Fulfillment option.
14. Allocate the Event Feature Set to your gallery.
15. Allocate the Standard Pricing Model to your gallery.
16. Save your changes
The new gallery in your Dashboard
17. Note that you can change any of the details we just entered for your new gallery by clicking the Edit link.