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Can’t Keep Up? 6 Customization Tricks to Spice Up Your Site

What’s the point of having your own website if you can’t make it yours?

That’s entirely the point, which is why every SmugMug account comes with a whole bunch of ways to switch it up.

We also know that not everyone has all day to find inspiration in the clouds and push around pixels. So, today we’re sharing super-easy ways you can change up the look of your site without having to take a day off from work.

1) ALL: Change the Theme

Themes give you the most bang for your buck. We’ve got over 70 of them and it takes just two clicks to set one in place.

HOW: To set your new site-wide default theme, click the Themes button on your homepage and choose one to preview. When you love it, simply click the button again and choose “Save Theme Choice” to make it stick. More about themes.

2) ALL: Display Your Map

Did you know that your fans can browse your photos by location? We’ll automatically pin your public, geotagged photos onto a map shown right on your homepage.

HOW: Click the Homepage Layout button on your homepage and choose Around the World. The box will appear, and you can move it up or down the page according to taste. More about maps.

3) ALL: Feature a Slideshow (or a Video)

Grab their attention with motion. A buttery-smooth slideshow of your best photos or your masterpiece movie will get them anchored and asking for more.

HOW: Visit your homepage and hit the Homepage Layout button > Slideshow. With a Power, Portfolio or Business account, you can feature a video under the Single Photo or Video option, too. You’ll see an “Adjust: Settings” link in the top corner to specify what you want to show. More about your homepage boxes.

4) POWER, PORTFOLIO, BUSINESS: Add a Header and Navigation Bar

Adding basic branding to your site instantly gives your website a more polished, unified feel. Plus, your fans will always know where they are and where they should go next.

HOW: Open the Easy Customizer and click on the Header section. It’s simple to add a basic text header that links to your homepage, and a navigation bar that features the galleries you want to be seen most. As you tinker, you’ll get a live preview on the left. Click the Publish button to post your changes live.

5) POWER, PORTFOLIO, BUSINESS: Copy-and-Paste Customization

We’ve got tons of resources where you can search for specific customization tricks and exact code needed to make it happen on your website. From hiding stuff to moving stuff around to ginormous edge-to-edge slideshows, you can do it all.

HOW: Try our basic FAQ, the customization forums on Digital Grin (specifically this FAQ), and this thread with advanced-but-just-as-easy Javascript tricks. Simply copy and paste your code into the section of your Advanced Customization as described in the instructions.

6) ALL: Tidy Up!

Rearrange your virtual living room. Changing your gallery organization and swapping old portfolio photos for fresh ones can breathe new life into a stale site.

HOW: Display Categories on your homepage, unlist old galleries, create archive categories to “hide” stuff so your fans see the best pics first. Read up on our privacy options and review how custom Categories work for you.

There’s a lot you can do, but we’ve summed it all up for you before. Take a ride in the wayback machine and visit our first Smug Tip of the Week, the Customization Edition.

What quick and easy tricks have you done to make you love your website again?

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Categories: Customization
  1. September 18, 2012 at 11:57 am | #1

    Love that there’s a map feature and I do use it. But, that area needs a ton of UI work…. customizable pin graphic/color, click-pin-to-see-photo needs to have more info and better layout and larger images. It seems like a rush job at this stage… like it but want more.

    • Dean
      January 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm | #2

      I agree. MapQuest maps are the worst on the web. Even Bing maps are better. Not much, but better. I won’t use the MapQuest maps. Apparently Google Maps would show ads and they refused to remove them. Although I don’t remember seeing them. If they dropped their ads for commercial sites maybe we’d get them back. SmugMug has been using MapQuest since around September last year. I think it’s time the maps feature was improved. It really is an embarrassment.

      • January 30, 2013 at 9:16 am | #3

        Dean, we hear you and thanks for the feedback. We agree the maps are due for improvement. ;)

  2. September 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | #4

    I have a question regarding “Tidying Up”. If a person rearranged galleries and moves them to new Categories, does this break the links used in blogs and forums?

  3. Gary
    January 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm | #7

    Do you have a video RE: adding music?

  4. March 4, 2013 at 10:12 am | #9

    Do you still have a limit on the size of a video?

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