Smug Tip of the Week: Get Organized With Categories
Categories for Unlimited Organization
- Do you have a lot of galleries?
- Are your viewers are having a hard time finding the galleries they want to see?
- Do you want to create “sub-galleries?”
We have a solution for you: Custom categories and subcategories! They will allow your viewers to find their galleries quickly and easily… and it’s already built in to your SmugMug account.
Three Customizable Layers
Your site is organized in a simple nested system, like this:
CATEGORY –> SUBCATEGORY –> GALLERY –> IMAGE
Your images get put into Galleries, and Galleries are placed into Categories. If you want, you can also add an optional layer between Categories and Galleries, called Subcategories. They allow you to subdivide a category (like “Weddings” or “Sports”) into smaller groups (Like “2011″ or “Spring Season”), so your viewers can easily find the pictures they’re looking for.
But remember that Subcategories don’t exist until you create them. We’ll get to that next.
Make Your Own Categories
You’re not limited to the default Categories that you see in that list. Feel free to create your own Categories and Subcategories at any time! Go to your Control Panel, and look under the Customize tab, then click on the Category or Subcategory link, whichever you’re looking to create.
Or if you prefer to do it on the fly you can also create them when you make new galleries.
Remember that empty Categories and Subcategories (ones that don’t have any galleries assigned to them) don’t appear on your site, to help to keep things tidy. Imagine if you had 50 empty Categories on your homepage!
You can have some galleries in Subcategories, and some directly in a Category. They’ll sort themselves in the appropriate boxes on your site like this:
Look here to see all the details about using Categories and Subcategories.
Moving Galleries from one Category to Another
You can move existing galleries to different categories or subcategories from your Gallery Settings. Categories are under Essentials, and Subcategories are found under Extras.
You can move several galleries at one time, using the Multiple Galleries tab at the top of the page. Just be careful: Selecting All will move all of your galleries to the one Category and Subcategory that you choose. There’s no “undo” button, so just be sure that this is what you want to do!
Arranging Your Categories On Your Site
Did you know that you can change your homepage to display categories instead of all of your individual galleries? It’s just a simple mouse click in the upper right corner of the display box.
Note that you can also switch between auto-sorting your Categories or arranging them manually. In the upper left corner of your display box, you can change from “most recent” to “position”. That will allow you to arrange your galleries in any order you wish. Under the “position” link are several simple sort options, as well as some quick moves. You can organize your category, subcategory and gallery display pages in this way.
Enjoy organizing and don’t be shy about sending us an email if you need help!