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Show off your hard work; display your photographs with the easy-to-build slideshows and web galleries in Lightroom. They're a straightforward way to display images on the web, on the desktop, or projected onto a screen. In this breezy segment of Lightroom 5 Essentials, Chris Orwig explains how to select your best images and group them into collections, apply a design template, and customize the look and feel of your web gallery or slideshow. Then learn about watermarking photos for copyright protection, uploading HTML and Flash galleries to a website, and adding a soundtrack and titles to a slideshow. Plus, discover how to create video-based slideshows, new to Lightroom 5.
In order to be able to build and eventually upload your own online web gallery using the Lightroom Web Module you'll need to have a few things set up. In particular, you'll need to have a domain name and also a host plan. And that's true with any website. Like with my portfolio here, I needed to purchase the domain name, CrisOrwig.com and also a hosting plan. And by having those two things together, well someone can then go to ChrisOrwig.com and view my work. And this is also true if we want to upload some sort of an online web gallery. We need somewhere for this web gallery to live.
Like with this one here. It lives inside of a folder on my server. The folder name, well it's colors. Therefore, you can navigate to ChrisOrwig.com/colors, the name of that folder, and you can view these images. You can view this web gallery. Therefore, for you to be able to eventually upload your own pictures to your online gallery, you'll need to have a domain name and also, a hosting plan. Now I find that this whole topic of domain names and hosting, well, sometimes it can be a bit intimidating or confusing or vague.
Because of this, I think it's helpful to talk about this by way of a comparison because it's really helpful to have a good handle on what this whole thing means, or what does it meant o have a domain name and a host plan. So let's see if we can't try an analogy on for size. In order to get a better working understanding of how to work with these concepts, I like to compare a domain name to a cell phone. A cell phone or domain name, by itself, well it isn't really worth that much. It's not that functional. In order for a cell phone to be active, what we need to do is have something else. We need to activate it and have some sort of a service plan. Now it's these two things together, which really make this work. And the same thing is true with domain names and hosting. And in my own experience, what I've discovered is that typically it's best to purchase these two things at one spot.
In other words, if you're going to pick up a new cell phone it doesn't really make sense to drive across town to one shop to buy the phone. And then, to drive someone else to activate it and to pickup a service plan. Typically it's best to purchase both of those things at one store at one spot. Now with domain names and hosting you don't have to do this. You can do these at different locations. Yet in order to keep things simple, again, I find it's best to just purchase these items at one place. And typically the place that you purchase these things at are at a hosting company's site.
Now there are a huge range of different types of companies that provide hosting. Everything from really elaborate and expensive to that which is dirt cheap is not quite so good. So what I have found is that you want to typically pick something which is in the middle, something which provides good service based on its cost. And you can do a little bit of research and you'll find a number of different options. And I want to throw out one, I want to give you one recommendation, if you need a place to look. You can navigate to ChrisOrwig.com, forward slash hosting. And there you'll see this small page on my site.
And if you click on this link, it will take you to the host company, Bluehost. And in my experience as a teacher over the last half a dozen years, I've recommended this particular host company to a wide range of people and I've used it myself. And based on its overall cost and also the services you get from it, well, I've just found it to be a good fit and also to be a really good service. So what you'll want to do, if you're interested in picking up a domain name, is go to a site like this, and buy your domain name and hosting.
And then once you have both of those things, you'll be ready to start working with this web module, in order to create your own web gallery, so that you can upload that web gallery for others to enjoy.
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