Complete Setup of NextGEN Gallery

Requirements

  • PHP version 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • PHP Safe Mode turned OFF
  • At least 128MB memory allowed (250MB is ideal)
  • 10MB or larger upload limit

Installation

  • Log in to your site’s Dashboard (e.g. http://domain.com/wp-admin)
  • In the left panel, click “Plugins”, then click “Add New”.
  • Search for “NextGEN Gallery”
  • Click the “Install Now” button.
  • Wait for the installation to finish, then click the “Activate” button.
  • You can also download the zip file from plugin page (https://goo.gl/5JJjLo) and upload it from the Plugins >> Add New > Upload page.

Notes

Other settings to check:

  • 755 permissions set on /wp-content directory.
  • Images must optimize first before uploading to gallery to avoid slowness speed of the site (and load time of gallery)
  • For the best performance it is recommended resizing your images to no larger than 1920×1280.

Gallery types

  • Basic Thumbnail Gallery (gallery is a grid of images that when clicked on, open in a pop-up full view)
  • Basic Slideshow Gallery (single image display gallery with transition options for your photos)
  • Imagebrowser Gallery ( slideshow gallery with forward and back navigation)
  • Singlepics (this allows you to add a single picture from any gallery you have created previously. You have two options to add a single picture in a page or blog post)
  • TagCloud (you can combine all of your tags into a word cloud where your visitors can select any category to view all images tagged with that word)
  • Templates (To have custom effects for galleries, you may need to install a NextGEN Gallery extension plugin. Other effects are built-in or created by you.)

How to use / Setup

Adding Images

  • Go to Gallery > Add Gallery/Images > Add New Gallery
  • Choose the gallery in the dropdown to upload your images to, or create a new gallery by entering the name of your gallery in the text field. (If you’d like to create your gallery directly from your page or post, navigate to the insert gallery window icon ‘Add Gallery’ button icon: http://prntscr.com/ih8mtd)
  • Next, click the ‘Add Gallery / Images’ tab
  • You have three options of uploading images:
  • 1. Upload: http://prntscr.com/ih8q35
  • First, choose the gallery to upload images to (or create new)
  • Select your image files from your computer, or drag a batch of images (you can include .zip files) and drop them in the queue to upload
  • Click ‘Start Upload’
  • 2. Import wordpress media: http://prntscr.com/ih8q7z | http://prntscr.com/ih8qc7
  • Select folder to import images to, or provide a name to create a new gallery.
  • Click ‘Select Images’ and the WordPress media window will open where you’ll select your images to import.
  • Click ‘Select’. This will import the images to your gallery that will appear under Gallery > Manage Galleries.
  • 3. Import folder of images on server: http://prntscr.com/ih8qyy
  • Select a folder to import. *The folder name will be used as the title of the gallery.
  • You may select to keep images in original location, but if you keep this option unchecked, images will be copied over to your NextGEN ‘gallery’ folder under /wp-content/gallery
  • Click ‘Import folder’. This will import the images in that folder on your server, to a new folder that will appear under Gallery > Manage Galleries

Adding Gallery

  • Go to your page or blog post and click the insert gallery window ‘Add Gallery’
  • A pop up window will appear, here you can select your display type (i.e. Thumbnail gallery, Slideshow, Imagebrowser, Tagcloud, or Album): http://prntscr.com/ih8s8f
  • Next, click the ‘What would you like to display’ tab and select the gallery you wish to display: http://prntscr.com/ih8sex
  • Next you may adjust the gallery settings for this gallery (these are unique settings for this gallery only. Global settings are set under Gallery >> Gallery Settings) under ‘Customize the display settings’, and under ‘Sort or Exclude’.
  • When you are finished, click ‘save’ and the gallery will be added within your post as a thumbnail preview, click publish or update on your post/page
  • If you need to manage or edit your gallery click once on the thumbnail and the Insert Gallery Window will reappear.

How To Design a Great Website Homepage

Summary of the video:

Keep in mind that your homepage is the window to your brand so it really needs to pop.

Oftentimes it’s one of, if not, the most trafficked webpage that you have on your website. It is the starting point for where people try and understand your brand, your company and what you do.

Your homepage should:

  • function as the table of contents of your website. When somebody goes to your website they can see that you’ve got on your website.
  • have some engagement media with call to action
  • have content silos
  • scrollable
  • connects to the main offer
  • define your role
  • footer (miscellaneous section)

Tips for improving designs:

  • Master and always practice design principles like golden ratio, rule of thirds and others.
  • Maintain a great collection of good typography combinations. Always take ample time on typography. Great designers took hours or time to perfect it, not just minutes or just do random typesettings
  • Follow and “See First” social media accounts of graphics designers that can motivate and inspire you.

Process in Designing a great website mock design