Adding 360 Degree or 'Equirectangular' Images to Your Online Portfolio

We are excited to announce support for 360 degree spherical images (also known as Equirectangular images) for your Crevado portfolio.

Equirectangular images are a great way to provide an immersive visualization experience to your Online Portfolio by providing viewers with a 360 degree panoramic views of your selected works. These types of images are especially popular amongst Architecture Portfolios as they allow for 3D walk-throughs of Architectural room renders etc.

Whether you're an Architect, Photographer or any other type of creative, adding 360 degree 'Equirectangular' images to your Online Portfolio has never been easier. Simply upload your images as normal, and assuming you've uploaded a Equirectangular image of high enough resolution you'll notice an additional option which will allow you to flag the image to be viewed as an Equirectangular image.

Note: For best results, high resolution images are recommended. Images should be 2000 pixels or greater in width.

Once you have uploaded your equirectangular image, tick the box next to the Display using Equirectangular Viewer option and then click on the blue Save button, as shown below:

A yellow pop-up at the top of the screen will confirm Changes saved successfully!.

The image will now display using our 360 panoramic viewer allowing visitors to pan and zoom 360 degrees around your image.

Live Demo of Equirectangular Viewer:

Use your mouse to pan and zoom around the image.

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Setting Your Homepage on Your Online Portfolio Website

Your homepage is the starting point of your Website. It's the first webpage that loads when someone visits your Crevado Portfolio Website so it's a page which may require some consideration/thought. You can choose what page you wish to have as your homepage, just follow these steps!

From Crevado Admin, click Pages:

From the list of pages displayed, you will be able to easily identify which page is currently set as your homepage - it will have a house icon next to it - as shown below:

Now to set a new homepage. Firstly, locate the page you wish to set as your homepage from the list displayed. For this example we are using our Food Photography page. Next, click on the properties (pencil) icon for the page you choose:

A popup entitled Page Properties will open. Now click on the box next to Set This Page As My Home Page and then click on Save Changes:

A yellow popup at the top of the screen will confirm Page Properties updated successfully - that's it - so easy right?

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Obtaining a Copy of Your Crevado Stored Data

Our data download tool makes it easy for you to download all of your data stored on our service about you.

To obtain your data you first need to visit your Account page by clicking the Account link on the top right hand corner of Crevado Admin:

Once you are on the account page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the blue Data Download page link:

Next, click on the blue Start My Archive button displayed:

Once done, you will receive a message informing you that your stored data is being gathered and you will be notified by email when the archive is ready for download:

Once you receive the email, click on the link in the email and you will be brought to the Data Download Page which will now allow you to download your data by clicking on the blue Download Archive button:

That's it! You are done!

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Explaining the Page Types Available on Your Crevado Online Portfolio

This page is a simple explanation of the available Page Types within the Crevado system. Firstly, a brief explanation of how to create/access these page types:

From Crevado Admin, click on the Pages button as shown below:

From Pages, locate and click on the Create Page button:

It is located to the right of the screen:

When you click on the Create Page button, a popup will open. This reveals the different page types available.

You can select the Page Type you desire from the drop down menu and then click the Create button to create the new page/link.

The new page/link will now appear in the navigation area of your Crevado Online Portfolio.

Page Types Explained

Gallery

Gallery page types are specially designed for showcasing your work. For more information on creating Galleries please see how do I create a gallery?

Gallery Collection

A gallery collection can hold one or more galleries/projects. This page type can effectively be used to create groups of sub-galleries. For more information please see can I create Sub-Galleries within my Crevado Online Portfolio Website

Content Page

Content pages are used as additional pages which contain your own custom content. For example, exhibition details, news & events, etc. For more information see creating custom content pages on your Online Portfolio Website

Contact Form

Provides an easy way for visitors to your Online Portfolio to contact you using a 'Contact Form' rather than a email link etc. It is the recommended way of allowing users to contact you since a contact form has several advantages over email links etc. See creating a contact form on your Crevado Online Portfolio Website for more information.

EMail Link

It is a link that opens the users default email client to send an email to the address in the link i.e. a direct email from visitors of your Crevado Portfolio website to you.

External Link

Adding an External link to your Crevado Online Portfolio creates a new link in your Portfolio navigation which in turn is linked to the website/URL of your choice. For more information please see creating external links on your Online Portfolio Website

File Attachment

Allows you to create top level links on your Portfolio's navigation which point directly to files (e.g. PDF or Word Doc). For more information please see how to attach PDF or MS Word Documents to your Crevado Portfolio

Integrated Blog

This page type can be used to integrate a blog from a blogging service e.g. Blogger, or any Atom/RSS compatible blogging software. For more information please see integrating a Blog on your Crevado Online Portfolio

Page Container

Like a Gallery Collection, a page container can be used to group one or more Custom Content Pages (and as such can be used to create secondary navigation menus in supported Themes).

Social Links

This page type can be used to place links to your Social Media presences within the main navigation on your Crevado Online Portfolio. For more information please see How do I Promote my Online Portfolio.

Splash Page

This page type acts as an introduction to your Portfolio. Splash pages can contain a slider which can be used to display your work and/or provide introductory links to Galleries on your Portfolio. For more information on Splash pages, and related configurable options please see Creating a Splash Page for Your Online Portfolio Website.

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Creating a Contact Form on Your Crevado Online Portfolio

A commonly requested feature to date is the ability to include a contact form on your Online Portfolio Website. A Contact Form has several advantages over a traditional email link, to name but a few:

  • A Contact form looks more professional compared to an email link.
  • Contact Forms are user friendly; it's easier for the visitor to contact you without the need for them to open a separate email program to do so.
  • Contact Forms provide a mechanism to contact you without revealing your email address thereby eliminating the possibility for spambots to harvest your email address.

How do I add a Contact Form to my Crevado Online Portfolio Website?

NOTE: Contact Forms are only supported with our paid accounts!

Creating a Contact Form is easy! Just follow these simple steps:

From Crevado Admin, click Pages at the top left of the screen:

From the Pages section click the Create Page button:

The Create New Page popup will appear. When it does, you need to set the Page Type to the Contact Form option; click on the arrow to reveal the drop down menu of options:

Next you need to fill in the Link Title and the Page Title and click on the Create button:

PRO TIP: The Link Title is used when linking to your Page within the navigation of your Portfolio. The Page Title can differ from the Link Title and is used primarily for the purposes of SEO. For more information on SEO and metatags please see customizing SEO and meta tags on your Online Portfolio

After you have created your new page, you will be taken to the Page Content Editor where you can edit your newly created Contact Form.

You can edit the Title and description above your Contact Form, as highlighted in the screenshot below:

Note: The Content Editor toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen as shown below:

When you've finished making any content changes visit the Live version of the page by clicking the View Live Version link at the top of the page. We recommend testing the contact form to ensure you're receiving any emails from the mailer system.

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Creating a Splash Page for Your Online Portfolio Website

Sometimes it may be desirable to create "Splash" page which acts as an introduction to the work on your portfolio. When you first build a Crevado Online Portfolio Website it will not include a Splash page but it's really easy to create one.

How to Create a Splash Page:

From Crevado Admin, click Pages:

Next, click on the Create Page button on the right of the screen:

A popup will open entitled Create New Page. Once here, under the heading Page Type click on the downward arrow. This will reveal a dropdown menu of Page Type options and you need to select the Splash Page option by clicking on it, as shown below:

You can then fill in the other options on the Create New Page popup, i.e. the Link Title and the Page Title, with whatever description you wish (for this article we have called both fields "Home"). When you are done, click the Create button:

Once you click on the Create button you are automatically brought back to the Pages area of your Crevado Admin. A yellow popup will appear at the top of the screen stating: "Page was successfully created".

Now, in your Pages area of Crevado Admin you will see that the new splash page (that we have named Home for this article), which you have just created, is at the top of your list of Pages. You now need to populate your splash page with some images! Do this by clicking on the Edit Page Content button to the right of the page title:

From here, you are able to populate your splash page by clicking on the Upload button and choosing some images one by one:

For every image that you upload (one image = one slide) you can specify a Strap Line and Link.

Note: Adding a Strap Line and/or Strap Line Link are optional; the choice is yours! You can add a different Strap Line and/or Strap Line Link to each of your images if you wish!

In the following screenshot you can see what the Strap Line looks like ("Dont' Create Limitations") when it's displayed on the splash page of our Crevado Online Portfolio Website:

If you have also enabled the Strap Line Link then users will be able to click on the strap line to be taken to the Link of your choice.

Customizing the Slider on your Splash Page

Full Screen Mode

Splash pages come with a bunch of other customization options which are accessible underneath the Slider management area:

When Full Screen mode is enabled your slider will cover the entire screen and the website header and navigation will be hidden:

When disabled, your header and navigation will remain visible (and also clickable):

Automatically Jumping to a page after the slider finishes

The Jump Page option allows you to automatically take a visitor to another page on your Online Portfolio after the last slide on your Slider has been viewed. This option is especially useful when combined with a Slider which is set to advance slides automatically. To set the Jump Page, Click on the Jump Page option box:

Once clicked you can select the Jump Page from the Pages dropdown:

Click on the Save button to save your selection.

A yellow popup at the top of the page will state Setting Updated. Also, you will see that the Page you have chosen to jump to is now written under the heading Jump Page:

NOTE: To disable the jump page simply select - No Jump Page - from the dropdown.

Automatically advance slider

This allows you to automatically advance the slider at a predefined interval. Adjust the interval by dragging the blue dot horizontally, or clicking on the desired interval:

As always, we value your feedback, if the Slider doesn't satisfy your needs just let us know!

Creating a Splash Page for Your Online Portfolio Website

Sometimes it may be desirable to create "Splash" page which acts as an introduction to the work on your portfolio. When you first build a Crevado Online Portfolio Website it will not include a Splash page but it's really easy to create one.

How to Create a Splash Page:

From Crevado Admin, click Pages:

Next, click on the Create Page button on the right of the screen:

A popup will open entitled Create New Page. Once here, under the heading Page Type click on the downward arrow. This will reveal a dropdown menu of Page Type options and you need to select the Splash Page option by clicking on it, as shown below:

You can then fill in the other options on the Create New Page popup, i.e. the Link Title and the Page Title, with whatever description you wish (for this article we have called both fields "Home"). When you are done, click the Create button:

Once you click on the Create button you are automatically brought back to the Pages area of your Crevado Admin. A yellow popup will appear at the top of the screen stating: "Page was successfully created".

Now, in your Pages area of Crevado Admin you will see that the new splash page (that we have named Home for this article), which you have just created, is at the top of your list of Pages. You now need to populate your splash page with some images! Do this by clicking on the Edit Page Content button to the right of the page title:

From here, you are able to populate your splash page by clicking on the Upload button and choosing images one by one:

For every image that you upload (one image = one slide) you can specify a Strap Line and Link.

Note: Adding a Strap Line and/or Strap Line Link are optional; the choice is yours! You can add a different Strap Line and/or Strap Line Link to each of your images if you wish!

In the following screenshot you can see what the Strap Line looks like ("Don't Create Limitations") when it's displayed on the splash page of our Crevado Online Portfolio Website:

If you have also enabled the Strap Line Link then users will be able to click on the strap line to be taken to the link of your choice.

Customizing the Slider on your Splash Page

Splash pages come with a bunch of other customization options which are accessible underneath the Slider management area:

Splash Images

When the Cover Entire Screen option is enabled your slider will cover the entire screen.

When you choose Contained Within Page Content Area the slider will appear confined within the content area of the page rather than covering the whole screen - it will appear where content normally appears i.e. contained within the middle of the page.

Site Navigation Visibility

Use these options to choose whether or not to hide the navigation links and other header items on your Splash page.

So, once you have decided whether to have a Splash page that covers the entire screen or one that is contained within the page content area (as discussed above), you can then choose to have the site navigation visible or hidden.

You can click on the option to Hide Header Elements, as shown below, to hide the navigation links and other header items:

And here is an example of a Portfolio with the Hide Header Elements selected and a Splash page that covers the entire screen and has a strap line displayed:

This next example shows Hide Header Elements option enabled, the strap line visible and the Splash page this time is contained within the page content area and not set to the entire screen option. The most obvious difference is the white boarder around the image that is not present with the entire screen option.

Now to the Show Header Elements option where the navigation links and other header items are visible, click on the circle to select it:

And this example shows the same Portfolio with the Show Header Elements enabled, the splash page once again covering the entire screen and strap line displayed:

Finally, this last example is again the splash page contained within the page content area, strap line visible and show header elements also enabled:

Automatically Jumping to a page after the slider finishes

The Jump Page option allows you to automatically take a visitor to another page on your Online Portfolio after the last slide on your Slider has been viewed. This option is especially useful when combined with a Slider which is set to advance slides automatically. To set the Jump Page, Click on the Jump Page option box:

Once clicked you can select the Jump Page from the Pages dropdown:

Click on the Save button to save your selection.

A yellow popup at the top of the page will state Setting Updated. Also, you will see that the Page you have chosen to jump to is now written under the heading Jump Page:

NOTE: To disable the jump page simply select - No Jump Page - from the dropdown.

Automatically Advance Slider

This allows you to automatically advance the slider at a predefined interval. Adjust the interval by dragging the blue dot horizontally, or clicking on the desired interval:

Navigation Arrow Visibility

This setting allows you to choose whether to show or hide the navigational arrows on your Splash page Image Slider.

To hide the slider navigation click on the circle to select it:

To show the slider navigation click on the circle to select it:

Here is an example of a Portfolio Splash page with the navigation arrows shown:

As always, we value your feedback, if the Slider doesn't satisfy your needs just let us know!

Attaching PDF or Word Docs Within Custom Content Pages on Your Crevado Online Portfolio

When building your Online Portfolio Website you may have the need to link to additional files such as PDF or Word documents within the text content of your custom content pages.

You can attach files within any of the Custom Content Pages of your Crevado Online Portfolio Website. Note that only PDF and Word document types are allowed as attachable files. That said, attaching a file within the pages of your Online Portfolio Website is easy! Just follow these simple steps:

From Crevado Admin, click Pages:

click pages

Locate the Page you wish to edit from the list of your Pages. We are going to use the About Page for our example here. So you locate your About Page and click the related edit content link as shown below:

edit about page

This will take you to your Portfolio in Live Edit Mode enabling you to change the page content of your About Page.

NOTE: A yellow popup at the top of the screen will alert you that you are in Live Edit Mode and reads: "LIVE EDIT mode is active. Click here to go back! or View Live Version".

Once in Live Edit Mode the easiest way to attach a file is to first select the piece of text you wish to create a link from then click then click the paperclip Icon on the Toolbar at the bottom of the screen:

Here is what the Toolbar and paperclip icon looks like close up:

Once you click on the paperclip icon a window will open allowing you attach the file. You have the option to name the file and then choose whichever PDF or MS Word document you wish to upload using the Choose file button:

Your file will now be attached as a link within the Page that you have chosen.

How Do I Restrict Access to Certain Galleries in My Portfolio?

Privacy Controls are only available to Premium account holders, for details see the plan comparison page

Our Premium Plan features several privacy controls which can be used to restrict access to your entire portfolio or even just selected Galleries. How you configure the privacy controls on your portfolio depends on your requirements and your own personal preferences. For example, you might want to restrict access to a gallery so that only a particular client can view it, or you might have a gallery of family photos that you want to share only with specific individuals.

There are three main privacy controls which you should consider before deciding which is the best fit for your needs:

  • Password Protecting your entire Portfolio.
  • Password Protecting an individual Gallery or multiple Galleries.
  • Changing the Privacy Control of a Gallery or Galleries from public to private which will require you to provide a direct link to those you wish to have access to them.

Read on below for the nitty gritty on each method!

Note: You can use both Password Protection of a Gallery or Galleries and Privacy Control simultaneously. However, it is not advisable to use Portfolio wide Password Protection if you are using either of the other Password Protection options.

Password Protecting your Entire Portfolio

By enabling this setting all pages on your portfolio will become password protected and visitors will be required to enter a password in order to view any page on your portfolio.

You can password protect your entire Portfolio from the Settings area of Crevado Admin. To do this you click on Settings on the top right of Crevado Admin:

From Settings scroll down to the blue header Misc Settings and below this you will see a box into which you can enter your password. Once you enter your password click save.

Note: If you Password Protect your entire Portfolio it will not appear in Google or other search engines. In addition, it is advisable not to use Portfolio wide Password Protection in conjunction with e.g. individual Gallery password protection as this will mean the viewer will require two passwords to access that Gallery.

Password Protecting only certain Galleries

In some cases it may be desirable to have Public Online Portfolio but also have a way of restricting access to work within certain Galleries.

It is easy to Password Protect any Gallery. To do this simply click on Galleries on the top left of Crevado Admin:

Then click on the Gallery you wish to edit:

Scroll down to the Gallery Settings area and here you will see that Password Protection is the first option.

Click on the Password Prtection blue area and a box will appear into which you can type your password:

Once you enter in your password click Save. Now all you have to do is provide whomever you wish to view this Gallery with the Password you have put in place.

Note: to remove password protection on a Gallery simply empty out the password field and press save

Gallery Privacy Settings

Galleries which are marked private will not be linked to from the main navigation on your portfolio. Private Galleries will also be excluded from search engine robots such as Google and are never published in sitemaps and other feeds. Private Galleries can only be accessed by visitors who know the URL or Address of the Gallery in question.

To configure this setting for any given Gallery click on Galleries on the top left of Crevado Admin:

Then click on the Gallery you wish to edit:

Scroll down to the Gallery Settings area and here you will see that Privacy Control is the second option:

Select the Private Gallery option; the writing will turn blue and a url/link will appear in a box underneath, this is the direct link to your Gallery.

How Do I Change My Crevado Account Password?

From Crevado Admin, click on the Account link on the top right of the page:

account link

Scroll down to the password box and click on it:

Now enter your new password and confirm it by typing it a second time in to the confirmation password field and then click Save:

A pop-up at the top of the page will confirm that your change of password has been successful.

NOTE: Remember to use the new password the next time you login to Crevado admin!