Using The Photo Gallery Feature

A photo gallery is a collection of photos that can be associated to an item.  When customers browse the directory site, they usually look for items with photos. This is one of the contributing factors as to why a customer ends up liking and reading an item. A photo gallery appears in the directory front as follows:

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The photo gallery feature is not available in all item types and levels. There is also no fixed number of photos that a gallery can hold. To give you a better idea of this, refer to the following table:

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To create a photo gallery, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on Galleries (under Modules). After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on the Add sub-menu on the top of this page. After doing this, a form will appear like the one shown below:

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  3. In the Account area, look for the Member who will own the gallery. You can do this by hitting the Click here to select an account link.

    In this same area, do the following:

    1. In the Username box, type the login ID of the Member. Then, click on the Search button.
    2. Choose the Member by clicking on the Select button.
  4. In the Gallery Title box, type the name that you want to give to the gallery.
  5. Click on the Next button. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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    At this point, the gallery has been created successfully but you still need to add the images that you want to display.

  6. Click on the Add image link.
  7. In the new form shown below, do the following:

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    1. Click on the Browse button to select the image file on your local PC.
    2. In the Thumb Caption (English) box, type the text that you want to appear when the mouse pointer is moved over the thumbnail image in the directory front. Do this also for all the languages you have enabled on your directory.
    3. In the Image Caption (English) box, type the text that you want to appear when the thumbnail image is clicked and viewed in a separate window. Do this also for all the languages you have enabled on your directory.

      DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img1We advise you to have the Thumb and Image Captions available in all enabled languages so when a visitor browsing the directory changes the site language, the captions will also change in accordance with the selected language.

    4. Click on the Submit button.
  8. A page will appear like the one shown below:USING_THE_PHOT_GALLERY_FEATURE_img7

    If you want to add more images, click on the Add Image link and repeat Step 7. Otherwise, click on the Galleries Home sub-menu on the top of this page.

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To add more images to an existing gallery, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on Galleries (under Modules).
  2. Click on the gallery icon of the corresponding gallery.
  3. Do Steps 6 to 8 of the procedure that you perform when creating a gallery. (Refer to the previous How To)



After creating the gallery, the next thing to do is to associate it with the item (listing, event, classified, or article) that will use it. If you do not proceed to this process, the gallery that you have created will be useless.

An item can only have one gallery at a time. When the Site Manager deletes an item with gallery, the gallery can be re-associated with the other items created by the same Member or those with No Owner.

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To associate a gallery with an item, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the item type (Listings, Events, etc.) under Modules where you think the item falls under.
  2. Click on the gallery icon of the corresponding item. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  3. Select the gallery that you have created earlier (e.g., Dental Health).
  4. Click on the Submit button.

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    A photo gallery automatically appears in the directory front once associated with an activated and paid item.