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Creating content

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This is a basic guide explaining how to add content to your page. It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

We have an indepth guide explaining different types of content which we reccomend you read.

Creating Page

Pages are for static content, to create these head to your unusual light control panel and click the pages link on the left hand menu. Here you'll want to click the add new button to the top title.

You can now follow the guide for creating a post. The only options you don't need to follow are the options for categories as posts don't need these, instead they have page parents if required.

Additionally pages have page templates which you can chose to control the layout of the page.

Creating a Post

In your Unusual Light control panel head over to the left hand menu and click on the posts. At the top of this page you’ll see a button to the right on the title which reads ‘add new’ click this!

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Adding Images

Then head down to the box titled Gallery Manager. here you'll want to click Add New:Images.

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You'll be presented with a box where you can drag and drop your images or click and browse through folder to find the ones you want to upload. You can upload batches at a time and it will automatically order them based on the filenames you have on your images.

Remember to refer to the Unusual Light guidelines for image upload size and quality to make sure your page loads quickly and images are optimally displayed!

There is any upload tracker, which appears if you scroll down a little, if you navigate away or close this window the upload will be stopped so make sure to wait until all the images are at 100%.

When all the images have uploaded click ‘Manage Images’

Adding a gallery

First thing you'll want to do is add [gallery] to your post content area. this will basically pull in the gallery you want. You shouldn't need to add anything else.

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Managing your Images

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Here you can drag and drop to change the order of images or click them to change or add titles and or captions. Click the trash can in the top right to delete your images if you need to.

Setting your Gallery Options

At the bottom of the gallery manager box are various options which allow you to control the look and feel of your gallery:

Theme

Allows you to select a different layout for your images. going from a click through slideshow to a horizontal scrolling one and many more you can play with.

Thumbs

Includes a slide which shows the thumbnails of your images (only works with some themes)

Captions

Includes captions and image titles (only works with some themes)

Auto Resize

This is a tool which will automatically resize your images to avoid them from growing outside of the browser window size. it's especially useful when wanting to cater for large and small screens.

Random Order

Ignores the ordering you set in your layout options and randomises them

Hide Featured

Allows you to hide the featured image from the gallery, useful if you want a different image on category pages to what is presented in the gallery

Comments

Allows the use of a comments block as a slide (only works with some themes) Now you should head down to the tick options at the bottom of the page, here a drop down theme menu will allow you to choose your style of slide show.


Adding Text slides to a gallery

In the gallery manager click the add new: text link.

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A new blank text slide will appear as the last slide (you may need to scroll if you have a lot of images). For artist statements/intros you can set the type to Info, for others set to other. The width is useful for horizontal scrolling galleries as you can use it to control the space the text slide takes up. The content area can take any sort of HTML, including shortcodes, iframes, video embeds and much more.

Creating blog posts

Here you can add any content you desire to the main content area. If you want to add images you can click the upload/insert link and follow the promts to add your images. Once you have them added you can click the insert into post link and select your image size.


Setting a Category

On the right of the page you can select the category you wish your post to appear in.

Tags

Tags are especially useful for SEO, see our guide on how to work with them

Excerpt

Excerpts are used as a small description of your post and are useful for SEO see our guide on how to work with them

Publishing

If you wish to post immediately hit publish in the top right corner of the window, here you can also save your post for later or preview your post to make sure it all looks good.


Creating a category

On the menu select posts and then click categories.

Here you can fill out a form to create a new category or subcategory.