Getting around your new site

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Themes? Content blocks? What does it all mean?

We want to make SmugMug as easy as possible to use, so we deciphered our most commonly used terms to help you figure out what's what around your site.

Account Settings: Control central for all things related to your account. You'll find them and all your owner controls under the user menu, at the far top right of the header toolbar.

Action Bar (also Header toolbar): A menu header that changes based on what mode you are in (e.g., browsing, customizing, organizing); persistent and contextual menu that always follows you around when logged in.

 

When you're logged in, you'll always be able to access all your tools from a single convenient location. All your controls are there for you right in your header.

The content of the header toolbar changes depending on the type of page you're working on (e.g., a gallery versus a folder).

And the header is only visible to you, the logged-in owner. The viewing experience for your visitors is much cleaner, allowing them to concentrate on your beautiful photos and, if you choose, the big, bold Add To Cart button.

/browse: Special page that lets you and your visitors see all your Folders and Galleries in one place. Add "/browse" to the end of your main URL to access.

Color Picker: Tool to change color. Based on your selections, complementary colors are automatically selected for supplementary design elements.

Content Blocks: These are the building blocks for creating your site’s content. Drag and drop every essential piece of a photography site (Navigation, Customization, Social, Media) into your design easily.

Customize:  One of the menu items available in your header toolbar. This opens our Customizer, which allows you to completely personalize your SmugMug site. This menu is also context aware, and if you open it from within a gallery, for example, you'll be shown options to customize your galleries. Of course, you can change that simply by clicking on the page(s) that you want to work on, once inside the customize panel.

  
                    Basic Account                                     Power, Portfolio or Business Account

You can also access your Page, Folder, or Gallery Settings if you're on one of those pages.

Page 

Folder

Gallery

Design: The overall formatting of your site and a starting point for getting your site up and running. Composed of Content Blocks, Theme, and Layout. All elements can be edited and/or changed sitewide or page by page.

Folder:  A type of page that is primarily used to organize other hierarchy pages (Folders, Galleries, Pages) for navigational purposes; replaces categories and subcategories. There are 5 folder levels, and any page type can be contained in a folder (Folders, Pages, Galleries). However, images cannot live in Folders; they must be in Galleries. Folders can be fully customized just like any other page type.

Gallery:  A type of page that’s default behavior is to contain images. The gallery style itself cannot be removed or customized over, but otherwise it can be fully customized like any other page. For organization, galleries are endpoint pages, meaning a Folder, Gallery, or Page cannot be nested within a Gallery.

Hierarchy: Your SmugMug site allows you to organize your photos up to seven layers deep: SITE > Folder > Folder > Folder > Folder > Folder > Gallery (or Page). We've named the layers Folders. And the end-point pages are named Galleries, which hold images, or Pages, which are blank slates to which any page element(s) may be added.

Layout: The ability to customize content block placement and how content appears sitewide, on a single page, or within a content block. Adjust page widths to be fixed or stretchy, tweak margins around content, add sidebars, and pin sections.

Lightbox: The full-screen view you or a visitor sees after clicking on a specific photo. SmugMug automatically detects the largest size at which we can display the photo based on your visitor’s browser. You can customize your SmugMug Lightbox.

Organize: One of the menu items available in your header toolbar. This opens the Organizer, from which you can manage and arrange all your content:

  • Change any folder, page, or gallery settings.
  • Sort, arrange, and delete folders, galleries, and pages.
  • Create new content pages when viewing your site from any folder, gallery, or homepage by clicking the Create button in this menu.

Pages: Pages are different from Galleries and Folders only in their default behavior. They start blank initially. Pages can contain content blocks and be customized just like any other page. They are an endpoint page, meaning a Folder, Gallery, or another Page cannot live under a Page. Primary uses for pages include “about me” pages, “pricing info” pages, etc.

/search: Special page that allows you and your visitors to search your photos, videos, galleries, folders, and pages in one place. Add "/search" to the end of your personalized SmugMug URL to access.

Sell:  One of the menu items available in your header toolbar. The Sell menu allows you to access your selling tools from any page on your site. View your sales history, adjust pricing, manage your personal branding options on orders, and edit your coupons, packages, and events.

Theme: Fine-tuning menu for Design that allows you to control colors, palettes, fonts; customizations here are carried through to your Cart (background color, borders, and fonts all change to be complementary to colors you’ve chosen). When creating a new Design, Themes will have default Skins and Patterns available in Categories.

Upload:  One of the menu items available in your header toolbar. The Upload button is shown on every page of your site, and it knows whether you're on your homepage or a folder page, or if you're within a gallery. The proper menu will display depending on the page you’re viewing.

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