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Here in this chapter, I want to take a few minutes to talk about how we can more effectively take advantage of web galleries from right inside of Lightroom. Now we're going to have to start off with the basics, and we'll do that here in this movie. We'll talk a little bit about web galleries: what are they, how can we use them, what is the domain name and hosting, and why do we need that? And then from there, we'll explore how we can upload a default web gallery that comes pre-installed with Lightroom. But then, from that platform, we'll kind of jump off of that into this other space of looking at third-party web gallery plug-ins, and looking at how we can actually import those and install those and then use them and take advantage of them.
And I also have a couple of resources for you, where you can get more information about other third- party plug-ins that are out there. All right. Well, first things first. Typically, one of the things that you want to do is make a selection of images. Here I have some photographs that I captured just a few days ago. Well, what I want to do then is I want to select this folder here and then go over to the Web module by clicking on Web. Now once inside of the web module, we can choose a number of different templates. If you go through the Template Browser, you've see that there are many different types of templates-- whether it's an HTML gallery that's really simple and straightforward, or something that's a Flash gallery, perhaps something a bit more complex.
For example, if you go to the Layout Style panel on the right, you could choose something like the Airtight PostcardViewer. Now, this is a really fun way to view images. Click on a thumbnail. It becomes bigger. Use your arrow keys to scroll around different photographs or click again to zoom in and zoom out. Well, as you can see here, there are number of different types of galleries we can use. Yet before we can create a gallery that has any relevance, we really need a domain name and hosting, and I have a couple of recommendations for you here.
If you navigate to chrisorwig.com/hosting, there are two hosting companies that I recommend. The first one is Bluehost, and if you click on that link, it will take you to their site. It's a moderately priced hosting company, and they do a phenomenal job. Now if you're looking for a bit more of a high-end hosting company, the one I recommend down below is Media Temple. Now what you want to do when you're looking for hosting is you want to get your domain name and your hosting at the same place. Think of it this way: Perhaps you could think of your domain name like a cell phone. Well, a cell phone, without an actual plan--meaning the number of minutes that you can use per month--isn't really useful.
So the number of minutes, or the plan, is the hosting. The domain name is like the cell phone. So we need those two components together, and once we've purchased those, and once we have those, we can then take advantage of that inside of Lightroom. All right. Well, now that I have covered a bit of the basics, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can create a web gallery and then upload it to our server, and let's do that in the next movie.
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