With the Tendenci CMS you can easily add photo albums to showcase all of your organization's events, products, activities and more. This video gives you an overview of Tendenci's Photo Album module and shows you all of the features included to manage and share your photos on your website.
This video Help File is part of a series on using the Tendenci Photos Album. View the other videos using these quick links:
- Part 1 (you are here) - Overview of the Tendenci Photo Albums Module
- Part 2 - Creating a New Photo Album in Tendenci and Uploading Photos
- Part 3 - Editing and Batch Editing Photos once they in Tendenci
Intro to the Tendenci Photo Albums Module: Video Transcript
One of my favorite features that's included with all of our Tendenci websites is our photo album module. Our photo album module allows us to create rich photo galleries, share them, and have other people from our website, from our community add photos. I'm going to show you a little bit more about how to use that module with your website so you can start adding and sharing your photos from your organizations events and activities too.
The first thing you'll want to do is decide some of the photo settings. Again under Content (in the superuser navigation bar) you'll come down here to Photos and click the Settings widget. This will bring you to the settings for the photo module.
Screenshot: How to navigate to the Photos Settings using the Superuser Admin Navigation Bar
Photos Module Settings
You can decide what you want to name it. In this case we're calling it "Photos." You can call it Photo Album, Photo Gallery, Event Photos, whatever you'd like to call it for your organization. You can determine if you want only site admins to be able to add photos or any registered site user. You can also customize in the selective permissions if members only or some users can (add photos) on an individual basis. Of course whether or not the module is enabled. You can determine the order that you want your photo albums displayed in. Photo ordering lets you determine, inside each photo album, the order of the photos, based on how you uploaded them. So if you upload them all in one order you can have them all display in that album in the order that they uploaded in or in descending order, then you'd update your settings.
Screenshot: Photo Album Settings
Navigating the Photo Albums Module
You can reach your photo album, going up to your content menu again (in the superuser navigation bar) and just clicking on "Photos." I'm showing you on the Tendenci site because we a number of photo albums already and I can demonstrate what that looks like when seeing an actual photo album.
Screenshot: View of all Photo albums on your site (at yourdomain.com/photos)
So for example, if we come down here to this photo album, we've got the title, here's the gallery of the different thumbnails of the photos. You're able to edit, delete, add photos, edit photos and download a zip file of photos within this album. All of this is from an admin logged in view. We can click ok a photo and you can see it has the attribution license, who took the photo or uploaded the photo, you can add comments to it, you can edit the photo, and view all sizes. Which takes us to an option to download a variety of the different sizes of the photos all the way from a 75x75 square image of it which is what you might use, for example for a Twitter head shot type image, all the way up to the original size that it was uploaded in.
Screenshot: View of a single photo album
You can download them. You can also copy and paste the link directly into a web page HTML to share this on someone else's website, making it very easy to embed and share your photos. And you can come back to the photo and go through the photos that you took, through each album.
Screenshot: View of a single photo within an album
Screenshot: Click the "View all Sizes" link to download and embed different sizes of the photo, and view Creative Commons Licenses
You can use photo albums to engage with your members and site visitors by having the photos of the events that you've been at, what you guys are doing in the community and what your organization is doing to share them. Show people having fun, doing cool things.
That's kind of an overview of photo albums and getting started. In the next video I will show you how to create a new photo album and upload new photos to your website so that you can start creating photo albums as well.