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This tutorial shows how to create categories (albums) in and upload pictures to Phoca Gallery.
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When we look at the back-end in Phoca Gallery, let's click on categories. You'll see that in categories we have 2012 and 2013. Think of these as galleries. In Phoca Gallery you create a category and then you add images that you've uploaded to the server to each category. You can assign it to many galleries if you want. You can also create galleries within galleries for displaying your pictures. Let's create a category called "winter cars" and make it a subcategory of 2012. Within this category I have an option to put a description for the category: "Here are some pictures of cars and the wintertime. This is an example."
That's basically all I need to do right now. You can always go and explore other settings that are in here like the publishing options and whatnot. I'm just going to save and close and now we've got a category for winter cars created as a subcategory of 2012.
The next step is to upload the pictures that we want to include in this gallery. I'm going to click images here in the side menu, which will take me to the images window that shows what is uploaded already. This shows the flower images that are in Phoca Gallery already. But I want to upload and these images have already been assigned to categories. But this is not where I upload the images to. This can be a little bit confusing in Phoca Gallery but because Phoca Gallery has so many options, this is well worth learning the specific steps for uploading images and managing them in the gallery, because then it will really enable you to do the things that you want to do.
If we want to add a bunch of images, we go to "multiple add" and now you see here we have three options: upload multiple, upload, and create a folder. Now over on the right-hand side it shows the path on your server where your images that you upload to Phoca Gallery are stored. And then you can also create different folders within the structure to upload your pictures to, so it's another way to organize them.
Alright, next let's upload the pictures. I'm going to click on multiple upload and then I'm going to click “add files” and that will allow me to pick more than just one image. I can hunt and peck all of them or I can drag a box around them and upload them. Now I'm not going to upload these pictures right now because I've downloaded them with their file name from the webpage that offered these up for free but you see that name is really confusing for these files. That's not going to mean anything when I look at it a few months from now. You have a couple of options: the best option is have your files named before you upload them. For instance, ”red snow car.” You know that's going to mean something when you go to upload things. Here is "snowy street." That's also why we want to have folders set up here, so that you have things organized the way that makes sense for you.
If you want to rename them quickly you could select them all, right click on one, and select rename, and then choose "snow cars." You rename that first, and as soon as I hit enter they all are named the same and they're given numbers. That's another quick way if you've got a lot of pictures from a Christmas party you could just say Christmas party 2012 or 2014, select them all, and they'll get renumbered.
Now, let's go to multiple upload, add files. Just click "start upload," and these images will start to upload. When that is done, we can “refresh” and you will see now here in Phoca Gallery 2012, winter cars are there.
They're not in a gallery yet but they are on the server now, and the next step is where we add them to a gallery. Alright let's just call these images "winter cars" and the alias will be assigned by Joomla. Let's add them to 2012, winter cars. Now it's going to create thumbnails for them, resize them so you have thumbnails. When we hit “save and close” you'll see a picture pop up while it's making the thumbnails. Now type a description of it, choose publishing options, and any other options that are available to do with each picture that you've loaded. Now when we go to the front here and refresh we see the three galleries: 2012, winter cars, and 2013, and when I click on winter cars, those three pictures will come up. You can open them up individually in a size that your Phoca Gallery is set for, you can go through like a slideshow looking at one, you can push play, you can refresh. #joomla