PhotoShelter Websites: Customize Your Image Grid, Thumbnail Size, Spacing and More

PhotoShelter Websites: Customize Your Image Grid, Thumbnail Size, Spacing and More

One of the coolest ingredients of our new website templates and Site Builder are the use of “components” throughout. They are like little embedded machines in a web page, each performing a specific function or task. Components can be easily customized by our members without having to know how to code.

To give you an example, I thought it would be fun to show how our team of developers are building these components, in particular the Grid Selector. This will allow you to customize how a grid of thumbnails will look and behave on a website front page, or in a gallery.

Since components are built with functionality in mind first, the finely-tuned designed styles are added later. In the example video (below) I am showing you our internal component library. This is where functional examples are collected and documented.

Here you’ll be able to see the type of options you will have available with image grids when we launch the Site Builder.

And, this is a first. We’ve never shown the inner workings of our dev team before. Based on the level of interest we are getting about the new Site Builder, I thought you’d all appreciate this behind-the-scenes view.

The Grid Selector will live inside of the Site Builder, and it will let you create a display of image thumbnails according to your needs. Although this component will continue to expand in functionality, our Site Builder will launch with these options:

  • Setting rounded corners, or not (border radius)
  • Choosing the spacing between the images
  • Showing or hiding text-based information upon mouse rollover (hover)
  • Showing or hiding text-based information under the images
  • Selecting a grid behavior (masonry, stacked, horizontal)
  • Selecting the size of the thumbnails (small, medium, large, extra-large)

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

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There are 12 comments for this article
  1. Martin Ekwall at 10:31 am

    Hi, I´m sure it’s good for certain aspects but I always want to show the whole photo the way I envisioned not that an algorithm decides for me how they should be displayed. Most important for me is the possibility to write a text especially on the start page. Having no or very little relevant text places websites low on google ranking. I don’t understand the idea of only displaying photographs. If new customers see just a bunch of photos it doesn’t necessarily tell what this customer be helped with. Just have a look at Photoshelters own website, it´s not just displaying a bunch of websites because that wouldn´t work. It shows what many photographers need in both text and photos and the layout helps the visitors through it and sells it. Same for photographers. Could I please have some feedback on this. Thank you,

    • Grover Sanschagrin Author at 10:50 am

      Hi Martin. We totally agree with you and understand that text is important. The new Site Builder will support that. The point of this post was to show how components work, and we chose the grid selector as an example. This is only 1 component of many that you will have to choose from. You can decide of the thumbnails show the original dimensions, of if you want them to be cropped. The choice of how your website looks and operates will be up to you.

      • Martin Ekwall at 11:34 am

        Hi Grover, That´s great to hear : ) I was just getting impatient. I really look forward to these new implementations. Will the new Site Builder come this year or next year?

      • Tilmann Krieg at 1:45 am

        Hi Grover, its good to hear, that Text will be supported. I agree 100% with Martins argument, as I for example try to interest publishers in my pictures and I also often write the stories for books or editorias. A picture can be impressive, but what matters for publishers is the story behind. So I would wish the possibility to place a geneal text in each gallery and then a short explication on each photo.

  2. Patrick Hamilton at 11:41 am

    When are these likely to be completed ? I’ve been holding off on designing two new sites until these changes are ready ,which is costing in terms of subscriptions and of course time. Thanks in advance.Patrick H

  3. Sara at 5:00 pm

    Stoked on the hover text and text below the images options. As someone managing a small stock site from a collective of photographers, it will be great to be able to have the photographer’s name credited with each image right from the home page, not solely through the archive search. Thanks! Looking forward to testing the updates as they roll out.

  4. J. Ashley Nixon at 7:49 pm

    It’s good to review this and to learn that text will be accommodated more in the new designs. Words and written stories are a big part of my approach to photography so I am looking forward to these changes in PhotoShelter.

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