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Some ways to make the most of sub-galleries

Now that we have added the facility to create sub-galleries on your website I thought it might be useful to talk about a few ways they could be useful.

How to create sub-galleries
To start with you need to create a sub-gallery. To do this just go to the image gallery page and either click sub-galleries next to a gallery title or create a new gallery to which you will add sub-galleries. Adding the first sub-gallery to a gallery moves that gallery’s images to the sub-gallery. Subsequent sub-galleries will not contain any images until you add them later.

Dividing your images into categories
OK that’s how you add them, so what can they be used for?
The most common way they are likely to be useful is for splitting a gallery into different genres or categories. For instance you may have a gallery title of ‘Landscapes’ and then split it into sub-galleries for each area that you have been to – ‘Sahara’, ‘Southern Mexico’, ‘Rajasthan’, ‘Everglades’ and so on (I’m sure you are very well travelled!) Or divide a gallery into colour and monochrome. The possibilities for this are endless.

Creating a portfolio area
Following on from the idea of splitting a gallery is moving all image galleries under the same heading. So you could create a gallery named ‘Portfolio’ and add all your image galleries as sub-galleries of that main gallery, such as ‘Landscapes’, ‘Still-life’, ‘Portraits’ and so on. That will keep your menu very neat and tidy and because you can create as many sub-galleries as you like, you can add as many images as you feel you would like to show.

Better client interaction
Another way of using sub-galleries is to create a client area. You can of course do this already with a Layerspace LightBox used as a powerful client proofing tool, but this gives you another option and could be very handy if you do not need the full functionality of the LightBox with multiple websites. To create a client area, simply make a gallery titled ‘Client Area’ (or whatever you wish to call it) and add sub-galleries for each client. The you can upload the images for a shoot to the sub-gallery and send your client the link to see their images, all shown in the same stylish and elegant way that your portfolio images are shown.

E-commerce ideas
The suggestions above are aimed at photographers but if you are one of our may customers using your LayerSpace website as an e-commerce website then sub-galleries are going to be useful for you too. You could create a gallery title of ‘Shop’ and then add a sub-gallery for each category of product that you sell. Or create galleries for each main category and then use sub-galleries to split the products up further.

These are just a few ideas I can think of off the top of my head – I’m sure there are hundreds of other ways in which this feature will be useful so why not try it out and see what you can come up with?

I have created a simple website using the Fusion design which gives an idea of how sub-galleries work – have a look at it here » (the Portfolio and Client area galleries both contain sub-galleries)

Andy Eaves