How to add project galleries (for WordPress)
This is assuming that you have installed and set you up the Category Thumbnail Plug-in. If you haven’t had that done then that needs to happen first. Keep in mind that styling may need to be done for your galleries to look the way you want it to. My team can help you with that! Just fill out a request on our contact form (it sometimes pops up annoyingly and gets in the way) to get help!
Let’s assume you have Category Thumbnail Plug-in and you want to add a new gallery. Remember, all the galleries that we install are automatic, provided you follow the correct steps with your posts, so your posts will automatically show up on your galleries. (You don’t need to do anything more but install the gallery and choose the correct category in your post.)
Say, a new recipes page. Here’s what you do…
Add a new page.
Name your page.
Insert the following code into the page (you can insert it in visual or text mode, either way will work)…
I have to spell this code out or my blog wants to insert a gallery :)….
(where I use the word bracket…replace with a real, honest to goodness bracket!)
Now, you need to replace the number 1389 with YOUR category id. (if you don’t know how to find your category id find that tutorial please in our tutorial pages).
Save your page and you have a beautiful new gallery styled specifically for your site …(an example taken from one created for Mom 4 Real)…
You can make multiple galleries if you like and put text before or after the shortcode (that’d be the text and category ID you just put in). Wherever the shortcode is inserted on the page is where your gallery is located.
Now, some trouble shooting…
1. my project gallery isn’t showing anything.
There are a couple possibilities; the two most common…
First, you haven’t put posts into that category. Remember, your gallery is category driven. You have to have put the posts you want to show up in your gallery into that category (if you don’t know how to choose a category for your posts find that tutorial in our tutorial pages). Check your posts and be sure the right category is checked.
Second, these galleries use featured images to show the galleries. If your post doesn’t have a featured image chosen, you won’t have a post show up in the gallery.
2. Now that I have my gallery created, how do I put it in my menu?
If you don’t know how to add pages to your menu…well, you need the tutorial for how to add items to your menu. That will be coming next week. Stay tuned!
3. I want to create a seasonal gallery but not include it in my menu bars. Is that possible?
Sure, these galleries are great for that!!
You simply create a new page with the gallery you want to use (let’s pretend it’s a Christmas gallery). Name your page, insert the code for your Christmas category, make your page public (remember…if you have a menu that automatically shows pages that are created set your page to private to prevent that from happening). Now, grab your page link and use that to link a sidebar graphic to your page, or a social media share to your post…whatever you choose.
An example of this in action is on NellieBellie’s page where each of these graphics on the sidebar are linked to a page…
Each of these images would then open to a new page with that gallery. These are not menu items on her main menu but created as special galleries for the special things (you could do one for Christmas, Parties, egg recipes…whatever!).
Now you can create your additional galleries without help. Of course, we are always here if you need us!
SSA installs a great many galleries and is happy to do it for you if you find this overwhelming. But, hopefully with this tutorial you are well on your way to doing it yourself!