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.

Something not working? no worries - just contact us!

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!

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!

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.

Customizing SEO Meta Tags and Other Page Attributes on Your Crevado Online Portfolio

One of the most important things when you have built your online portfolio is to customize how the pages of your portfolio appear in search engines such as Google. The advantage of doing this is two-fold; it helps create clear information of what your site and pages contain when it appears in search engines such as Google and it also helps describe your page to search engines which in turn helps your page rank better in searches.

Without delving too deeply in to the technical side of things this task is accomplished using tags. The two most important tags concerning how your page appears in search engines are the Page Title and the Meta Description. The following screenshot illustrates how these tags are put to use when your site appears on the likes of Google:

online portfolio appearing in Google

As the name suggests the Page Title is quite simply a string of text which is used to describe your page. In the above screenshot the Page Title is a bit on the short side and perhaps would be better changed to something a little more lengthy and descriptive, for example "Balbao Park, San Diego CA - the nations largest urban cultural park". As can be seen above, the meta description plays an important role in terms of how your site is represented in search engine results.

Armed with this new fund of information you may be wondering how you can put this to use for your Crevado Online Portfolio.

How to customize Page Titles and Meta Tags for the pages on your Crevado Portfolio

To get started, click on the Pages section of Crevado admin:

click pages section of Crevado admin

Next edit the properties of the Page you wish to edit by clicking the properties (pencil) button as indicated below:

edit page properties by clicking on the pencil icon

From the Page Settings tab of the Page Properties dialog you can customize the Link Title, Page Title and URL of your page:

page property page settings tab

Did you know? Link Title is used to control the name of the page as it appears on your Portfolio navigation menu whereas Page Title controls the actual title of the page as it appears on your browser tab or Google etc. You can use this to your advantage, for example your 'About' page could have a Link Title 'About' whereas the Page Title can be more descriptive such as 'About Diego Marteniz Photography'.

Clicking on the SEO/Social tab within the Page Properties dialog allows you to access the Meta Description and Meta Keywords as well as giving you the ability to specify the OpenGraph image for the page in question:

page property seo social tab

The OpenGraph image can be used to control what image is displayed when your Page is shared on Social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Facebook Recommends using an image up to 1200x630 pixels for the best results. For your convenience larger images are automatically resized to these facebook endorsed dimensions.

Notes & Recommendations

  • Meta descriptions can be any length, but search engines generally truncate snippets longer than 160 characters. It is best to keep meta descriptions between 150 and 160 characters.
  • Google typically displays the first 50-60 characters of a Page Title, or as many characters as will fit into a 512-pixel display. If you keep your titles under 55 characters, you can expect at least 95% of your titles to display properly. Keep in mind that search engines may choose to display a different title than what you provide in your HTML. Titles in search results may be rewritten to match your brand, the user query, or other considerations.
  • It's widely believed that the Meta Description and Keywords play a part in how you rank on Google specifically. This is not true as Google announced in September of 2009 that neither meta descriptions nor meta keywords factor into Google's ranking algorithms for web search. Google uses meta descriptions to return results when searchers use advanced search operators to match meta tag content, as well as to pull preview snippets on search result pages, but it's important to note that meta descriptions do not to influence Google's ranking algorithms for normal web search.

Can I Create Sub-galleries Within My Crevado Online Portfolio?

You can achieve sub-galleries by leveraging a special type of Page called a Gallery Collection. By default you will already have one Gallery Collection which is initially called 'My Work' (you may have renamed it already by now). The following simple steps show you how to create a page structure which supports multiple sub-gallery sections:

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

Now, to create a new Gallery Collection click on the Create Page button on the right:

Then change the Page Type drop down menu option to Gallery Collection:

Now give the Gallery Collection a Link Title and Page Title and then click Create:

Once you have done this and created your Gallery Collection you can switch back to the Galleries section of Crevado Admin by clicking on Galleries at the top left of the page:

You will notice things have changed a little. The Galleries section now lists each Gallery Collection along with any Galleries inside them as shown below:

From here you can drag and drop Galleries from one collection to another:

Finally, when you are creating a Gallery, if you have more than one Gallery Collection created you will be prompted to specify what collection the new Gallery gets created in.

How Do I Sell My Work Using PayPal on My Crevado Online Portfolio?

PayPal support requires a Premium account for details see the plan comparison page

PayPal is one of the largest online payment processors in the world. It is a convenient and flexible way for people to make online purchases. Your Crevado Online Portfolio effortlessly integrates with PayPal - this allows you to sell your work via your Portfolio by accepting payments using PayPal.

Firstly, in order to sell your work using PayPal you will need a PayPal account. If you do not already have a PayPal account please sign up for a PayPal account first.

Once you have an account, please follow these steps to enable selling via PayPal on your Crevado Online Portfolio.

From Crevado Admin click on the Settings button at the top right of the screen:

Scroll down to the e-Commerce Settings area and here you will see the PayPal Support option. You simply click Enabled to turn this on:

Once you have enabled PayPal you'll need to assign prices to your work. To do so, click on Galleries at the top left of the page:

Select the Gallery which contains the work you wish to sell by clicking on it. Then assign pricing to any piece of work you wish to sell:

You can set the price for other items in the same Gallery by repeating the aforementioned steps. You can repeat this process for items located in other Galleries also if you wish.

That's it! Items on your portfolio which have a price will now display a cart button which when clicked on will start the PayPal payment process.

What about Tax & Shipping Charges?

Once you have entered the sale prices for your work you may wish to configure how Shipping and Taxation Charges are calculated.

Please see the following PayPal article on how to configure this.

Note: Tax and Shipping calculations are only available using a PayPal Premier or Business account.

How Do I Change My Crevado Portfolio Billing Cycle?

You can pay for your Crevado Online Portfolio Plus or Premium Account monthly, or every 3, 6 or 12 months. Choosing your Billing Cycle is quick and easy, just follow these simple steps!

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

account link

Next you will see the title Your Crevado Account and underneath that you need to click on Billing & Plans:

Next, click on the blue Change Billing Cycle link which is to the right of your Billing Cycle information:

When you click on the blue Change Billing Cycle link, a drop down menu will appear. Now you simply select the Billing Cycle you wish (i.e. monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months or every 12 months) from the menu by clicking on it to select it. Once you have done so, click on the Grey Change Cycle button to confirm your selection.

That's it, your done! A yellow pop up at the top of the screen will confirm that your Billing Cycle has been changed.

Creating Custom Content Pages on Your Crevado Online Portfolio

In addition to Gallery pages which can be used to showcase your work, sometimes it's also necessary to create additional pages which contain your own custom content. For example, exhibition details, news & events, etc. These types of pages are called Custom Content pages.

So how do I create 'em ?

Creating a Custom Content Page 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 and the Create New Page popup will open:

Now you need to change the Page Type to Content Page using the arrow to reveal the drop down menu of options:

Then 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 the content of your Custom Content Page.

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

Controlling the Formatting and Layout of the Content on your Page

The Content Editor toolbar allows you to control the formatting and styles of the text on your page as well as insert/edit images etc.

The first button on the toolbar is the formatting button:

The formatting button allows you to control the formatting/styling of text. There are a number of different Formatting Styles that can be applied to the text in your Custom Content Pages. These styles can be customized using the Theme Editor and then applied using the formatting button. Typical styles include the Normal Text of the page and the Heading Sizes 1 to 6 which are ordered by importance i.e. Heading 1 is the primary heading of the page. Here is a screenshot of the list:

How these styles appear i.e. the Font Faces used, the Colors and the Font Sizes are controlled using the Crevado Theme Editor. For more information on how to customize these styles using the Theme Editor please see the following article for more information on customizing styles.

Controlling text alignment using the Crevado Content Editor

You can use the alignment button on the toolbar to alter the current object in your content page.

When you click on the text alignment button you will be given the options; align left, align center, align right or align justified. Simply click your preferred alignment to change it.

Inserting Images in to Content Pages

You can insert images into your Content Page using the Content Editor. Click on the Insert Image button on the content editor toolbar, as indicated below:

Once you have clicked on the image button a popup will open and you need to click on the Choose File button to then upload an image of your choice:

Once the image has been uploaded it will be inserted into the Content Page in the location where your cursor was. You can then click on the uploaded image to access the image properties dialogue. From here you can adjust the sizing and alignment of the image. You can also add a caption to the image and link the image to a URL if you wish.

Customizing Font Colors using the Content Editor

Note: You can change font colors using the Content Editor but be aware that these font colors will override any theme styles (including colors assigned via the Theme Editor).

Select the text you wish to change the color of and then click on the Font Color Button.

A popup will open displaying a color chart:

You can change the selected text color by clicking on a new color from the color picker popup.

In addition to setting font colors, you can also change highlight or background color. The process is essentially the same, select the text you wish to highlight and click the font color button on the toolbar. This time simply click the highlight tab from the color picker popup and click on a new highlight color to apply it.

Here is a sample Portfolio in Live Edit Mode:

Here you can see that I have selected the text "Example123" for highlighting:

Now you can see that I have highlighted it in yellow using the Font Color button on the Content Editor Toolbar, selecting the highlight option and then the color yellow:

You can remove a highlight by selecting the highlighted text, clicking on the Font Color button on the Content Editor Toolbar, selecting the highlight option and then clicking on none:

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