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Video: Creating image galleries

Image and video galleries are obviously most important on web sites with pretty pictures to show off. I think our Explore California site is a perfect example. I mean how better to get across the grandeur of the state. So, let's do it. A gallery is simply a content type, but it's sort of a complex one because it contains all of these images in one gallery. To create one though, it's very simple. Just go up to Add content, like any other content type, and select the Gallery. Now this is the gallery itself. It's not the images that go into that.
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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Drupal Gardens Essential Training
6h 6m Appropriate for all Jan 05, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011

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Author Tom Geller demonstrates how to create and publish a complete web site with the powerful tools in Acquia's hosted service, Drupal Gardens. The course shows how to leverage the pre-built page layouts and add custom styling using the ThemeBuilder tool; integrate rich site features, such as surveys, user ratings, and media galleries; and push content to Twitter and Facebook. The course also covers transitioning from a Drupal Gardens site to a self-hosted Drupal site. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating and managing content and content types
  • Embedding videos and other media
  • Publishing and subscribing to RSS feeds
  • Setting up blocks, banners, menus, and forms
  • Allowing users to rate content
  • Managing comments and spam
  • Tracking site usage
  • Collecting feedback with web forms
  • Duplicating and deleting sites
  • Adding custom domains
  • Changing the site's main logo and favicon
  • Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
Subjects:
Web CMS
Software:
Drupal Gardens
Author:
Tom Geller

Creating image galleries

Image and video galleries are obviously most important on web sites with pretty pictures to show off. I think our Explore California site is a perfect example. I mean how better to get across the grandeur of the state. So, let's do it. A gallery is simply a content type, but it's sort of a complex one because it contains all of these images in one gallery. To create one though, it's very simple. Just go up to Add content, like any other content type, and select the Gallery. Now this is the gallery itself. It's not the images that go into that.

We'll add that after the gallery is created. I'll call this one "Visions of California" and for the description, "Our great state as seen through many lenses." How is that? I'm not going to change any of the settings. I'll come back and do that later, and you'll see many of the different options that you have. For now I'll just click on Save. There. It's created. But as you see, there are no pictures in it. To add them it's very simple; just click Add Media, and then you'll drag files here.

In order to do that, I'm going to make this window smaller and drag it out of the way, and I'll take my sample files here, select them all and just drag them in. Now, I'll go back, enlarge my Window again and click Start Upload. As those files upload, Drupal Gardens tells you about how much longer it'll take for those to upload. We have a fast connection, so it doesn't take long at all. And then there we are. We actually have our gallery. I can show you what that looks like in another browser, by just copying the URL, and then I'm going to launch the Google Chrome browser, which we are not logged into Drupal Gardens on-- just so we could see what a visitor would see when they went to that page. And there it is. Very, very simple.

And let's go back and do a few other things. The first thing that you'll notice is that Drupal Gardens added this Galleries menu up here. Now, you could remove that if you want. It's just a simple menu item in the main menu. And for details on how to remove it watch the video about understanding menus. When you click that Galleries link, you see all of the galleries that are in your site. In our case, we only have the one, and it says us how many images are there, and it shows the first image in that gallery. When we click on it, once again we go back to our gallery.

But we could add things other than photos to this; we could add YouTube videos, for example. To do that, once again, we just go to Add Media and then click on in Embed image or video. Now if we had uploaded something previously, it would be in the library. In my case, I'm going to re-embed a video that I put in the library and then took it out again. You might remember as this Explore California Weekly Podcast. Go ahead and paste it into that video URL and submit. Then once the page redisplays, you'll see we now have nine items: eight images, and one video.

Something that's really need about this galleries is that you don't have to leave them in their default configuration. Let's say, for example, that I want to move this video up to the top. Just grab the little compress icon and drag it up there. You can also edit these individual images in movies by clicking on the little widget here and selecting Edit. Once there, you can add a description, add tags, and even remove it by clicking on this tab right up here. I'm just going to save it and leave it as it is. Finally, you can change the behavior of all of the galleries on your site. To do so go up to Configuration and scroll down to Gallery settings, which is under the Media group.

Some of the options that you could change include where all of the galleries appear--that is, what the URL is--what the default layout is for each gallery, and how titles show up, whether it's shown when they hover or they're below, or just show no title at all. I'd want to go back to my gallery actually and make a few more small changes. If we click Edit Gallery here, we see a page very much like what we saw when first created the gallery. For example, we can change the number of columns, so let's make it 3x3 instead of 4x3.

Again, we can change where the title shows up. We can make it possible to either download or not download the original image if you want to protect the copyright and prevent it, to some extent, from being passed around on the Internet, although of course it's quite impossible to completely prevent that. You can just make it a little bit more difficult by unchecking Allow Downloading. I'm going to leave the other settings alone and just change it so we can see it is a 3x3 grid, and there it is. And as you can see, there it's slightly bigger than in the 4x3 grid. I just have to say that galleries are one thing that Drupal Gardens really got right.

They're just so easy to set up, and the effect is so wonderful, especially on a picture-rich site such is ours.

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