Integrating a Blog With Your Crevado Portfolio

If you run a blog on a website such as Blogger, LiveJournal, Wordpress, Tumblr or the countless other blogging services then you may be wondering if it’s possible to incorporate your blog as part of your online portfolio. Fortunately Crevado makes this really easy! Here’s how to do it:

From Crevado admin, click Pages:

From the Page Management page, click the Create Page button on the top right of the screen and the Create Page popup will appear. From the Create Page popup change the Page Type to Integrated Blog:

You’re almost there! Now specify the title of your blog as it will appear on your portfolio, ‘Blog’ is always an obvious choice but it’s entirely up to you what you call it (keep in mind you can always change the title by editing the properties of the page after it’s created). Finally enter the full address of your blog, for example http://googleblog.blogspot.com:

When you’re done click the Create button and the details will be validated and your page will be saved - golden! Now click the view portfolio link on the top right of Crevado admin and check it out:

Your blog page is dynamic and will be updated automatically so when you add (or update) articles from your blogging app they will automatically refresh on Crevado - all you need to do is wait a little while!

Got questions on our blog integration? Something not working? no worries - just contact us!

Customizing the Favicon on Your Online Portfolio

A favicon is the name for the icon which you probably normally associate with the websites’ you’ve bookmarked or “favourited” in your browser. The image below indicates one of the places the icon is used (in this case, within Google Chrome but the same is true for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and more). The default favicon on your Crevado Online Portfolio is the Crevado logo:

Fear not however, this can be changed within the theme editor:

Once the theme editor has loaded select the Logos option and the various logos for your theme will be displayed. To change the favicon used click the upload button next to the favicon option and select the favicon file you wish to use then click Open/Upload.

Note that your favicon image format and dimensions are important! Please read the following wikipedia article regarding favicon format and sizes versus browser compatibility!

Once you’ve uploaded your favicon a preview will appear next to the upload button. From now on, visitors who browse your online portfolio will see your personalized favicon rather than the default Crevado icon:

Hell yeah! Let the good times roll!

How Do I Edit the Gallery Thumbnails on My Portfolio?

The thumbnails for your galleries can be managed from the Galleries area of Crevado admin:

How do I change the order of the thumbnails?

You can reorder your gallery thumbnails simply by dragging and dropping the thumbnail into the desired position.

Changing the Thumbnail Image

Changing the thumbnail image is easy. Hover your mouse over the gallery thumbnail you want to change and click the cog icon which appears on the top right of the thumbnail. To change a thumbnail to an alternative image, click Change Thumbnail:

You can then choose to either upload a new image or select an existing image from the gallery which can be used to represent it. It’s wise to customize the layout of your galleries first and then crop accordingly once you’ve settled on the desired layout.

Cropping an Existing Thumbnail

The default cropping applied to your gallery thumbnail may not suit every type of image, in these cases you may wish to manually adjust the cropping for maximum impact.

Hover your mouse over the gallery thumbnail you want to change and click the cog icon which appears on the top right of the thumbnail. From the dropdown menu click Adjust Cropping :

From the cropping page, you’ll see a yellow box which represents the target cropping area

You can resize the crop area by dragging and dropping the resize squares located at the edges of the yellow crop area. To move the crop area itself simply drag and drop it.

Underneath the cropping area you’ll see a preview image which shows you how the cropped image will look should you save the changes.

To save your changes click Crop It!

Your gallery thumbnail has now been updated to use the cropped version of the image.

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HOWTO: Sell Photo Prints and More Using Your Crevado Online Portfolio

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

So, how’s it work?

Crevado has built in support for Fotomoto which enables you to sell your photographic works directly from Crevado online portfolio. Supported formats include photo prints, canvas and more! To enable Fotomoto integration simply visit our Fotomoto setup page and click the Sign Me Up! button. Note that this is a one click process and once you’ve been setup you will receive an activation email from Fotomoto. Please follow the instructions in the email and activate the Crevado/Fotomoto integration by clicking the activation link as indicated below:

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If you don’t receive the email then remember to check your junk/spam folder as the email may be hiding there!

Activating simply involves choosing a password for your Fotomoto account:

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That’s it! Crevado is now linked to your newly created Fotomoto account and you can sell photographic prints directly from your portfolio! Any images marked available for purchase in Crevado will display a buy button which when clicked will popup the Fotomoto cart widget and allow the visitor to purchase the image as a print:

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From within Crevado admin images can have their purchase ability switched on or off on a per image basis by simply editing the image details (by default everything is marked available for purchase):

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Don’t forget to configure Fotomoto!

From the Fotomoto control panel click Select Products and Prices and configure the available formats for your work and set pricing for each type.

To configure formats, click the on/off switch for each individual type you wish to offer for purchase: img

Pricing for a particular format may be configured by clicking the pricing link which appears when you mouse over the format type title: img

Also check out the FotoMoto tour page. For further help and support on Fotomoto please visit the Fotomoto support page.

HOWTO: Setup Disqus Comments System Your Online Portfolio

How can I enable Disqus integration so people can leave comments on my Work?

It’s pretty easy! Crevado has built in support for Disqus, a popular and comprehensive commenting system for modern websites.

Got your Disqus account details?

Before you can enable Disqus integration you need to have a Disqus account created and your shortname noted. If you don’t have a Disqus account go here and sign up:

Enter the URL of your portfolio exactly as it appears on the domain box within Crevado settings, e.g. if your Crevado domain is ‘demo’ then your url will be http://demo.crevado.com/

Note: For the purposes your Disqus Site URL, avoid prefixing your domain with www. unless it’s part of your crevado domain name!

Presumably, you will be the primary moderator so choose a Disqus username and password and click continue to create your account.

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Once you’ve created your account confirm your Disqus shortname by clicking the admin link:

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and then click Settings. Your shortname will be shown in pink:

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Remember: Your Disqus shortname and Disqus username are not the same thing and may be different!

Now that you’ve got your Disqus account setup, we need to tie it to your portfolio.

Enabling Disqus Comments with your Crevado Portfolio

From Crevado admin choose settings: img

Scroll to the disqus feature box and enter your Disqus shortname to activate the integration. (if you don’t know what a Disqus shortname is see the top section of this article) img

Once you’ve entered your shortname just click save and Disqus integration will be activated: img

You should verify that the comments system is working by clicking the view portfolio link:

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When viewing a Gallery you’ll see the comment system load underneath the main stage.

Can the Comments system be disabled for certain items?

The comments system can be enabled/disabled on a per Gallery basis. To change whether the comment system is enabled for a particular gallery simply select the Gallery from the main Galleries section. Then scroll down thru the Gallery Configuration until you find the Comment setting box. img

Here you can enable / disable the comments system for the Gallery in question.

Why Doesn’t My Portfolio Appear in Google and Other Search Engines?

What is a Search Engine anyway ?

Search engines allow people to search across the billions of web pages available on the internet of today for topics or keywords of their choice. Without Search Engines, discovering or finding websites of interest to you would be very difficult.

There’s lots and lots of Search Engines out there but realisticly speaking you really just want to target the big three: Google (67% market share), Microsoft Bing (16%) and the Yahoo! Network (13%).

Yahoo and Microsoft teamed up a couple of years ago providing a bigger threat to Google’s dominance. Under the companies’ 10-year agreement, Microsoft handles Internet queries for Yahoo pages. Microsoft also has rolled out a multimedia advertising campaign to attract users and is bolstering results by displaying data from Facebook Inc.

How do I get my Portfolio to appear in Search Engines, such as Google?

Search Engines index the internet primarily by sending out robots (known as Spiders) which discover sites by following links from sites they already know about. This process is called Spidering and it’s how Spiders build up an map of the world wide web (internet).

Armed with this knowledge, your first course of action should be to get the link to your portfolio “out there” as much as possible. Example recommended practices include:

  • If you use message boards or forums, add your website to your user profile and/or signature.
  • If you use social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+ then you should share your portfolio with your friends. Crevado provides you with an easy way to do this - simply click the Promote link from within Crevado admin and share your portfolio on whatever networks you’re a member of.
  • This applies to your day to day communication too! Add your portfolio address to any stationary you have, put it on your outgoing email signature etc.

Manually Submitting your Crevado Online Portfolio to Search Engines

The fastest ways for spiders to get to know about your portfolio is for you to tell them. Google and Bing both have pages where you can submit your site for inclusion. We recommend adding your portfolio URL to both Google and Bing once you’ve populated it with content:

Spiders have a lot of work on their hands (do spiders have hands?)! Be patient - it can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks after submission to appear in search results.

How Do I Add Images to My Portfolio?

So you’ve created a Gallery on your portfolio. What next? Upload some goodness!….

Select the gallery you want to upload images to by clicking on Galleries then click in to the gallery of your choice (we’ll assume it’s empty for the purposes of this article)

The gallery welcome screen will appear if your gallery is empty, if not you’ll see the existing images in your gallery.

You’re ready to start adding content to your Gallery, click the Upload Image icon in the upper right.

Then select the images you wish to upload from the window and click Open.

Tip: You can select and upload multiple files at once by clicking on the files whilst holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard (for Mac users you need to use the CMD key instead)

Once the upload completes the image(s) will be visible in your gallery from both Crevado admin as well as your public portfolio.

When creating a new gallery, the first image you upload will be assigned as the ‘cover image’ for the gallery. You can change the cover image (as well as crop it etc.) from the galleries page.

You’re now ready to enter information about this image, to tell viewers more about your work. Of course, you don’t need to enter additional information, and you can change it or add to it at any time. To learn how to attach additional information to your images see this article

Return to the Galleries page at any time, simply by clicking on Galleries at the upper left on the taskbar.

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

Premium plans allow you to make certain galleries visible only to those who have a password. 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.

You can also use the Image Information settings on the Gallery page to control whether to show or hide the information about images in a Gallery, which appears as an overlay. By default, this information is hidden.

Using a Custom Domain With Your Crevado Portfolio

What is Custom Domain Name binding ?

Custom Domain name binding allows you to host your Crevado Portfolio on your own domain name so instead of hosting your portfolio at yourname.crevado.com you’d be hosting it at www.yourname.dom instead.

When Custom Domain name binding is activated, visitors (including search engine spiders) to your crevado.com address will be automatically redirected to your custom domain.

remember: custom domain name binding requires a Premium account for details see the plan comparison page

Do Premium Plans include a domain name?

No. Crevado does not provide domain registration - you will need to register your domain yourself and then follow our configuration instructions.

What are the benefits of a Custom Domain?

Better branding (your domain name, your portfolio), better SEO benefits (securing yourfullname.com pretty much guarantee you the top spot in google for searches for your full name). It also raises your street cred and makes you one of the cool kids!

Who should I use to register my domain name?

Crevado recommends Namecheap.com for domain registrations. Other popular major registrars include GoDaddy and Network Solutions.

How much does it cost to register a domain?

It depends on the extension (.com, .co.uk, .com.au etc.) of the domain and of course varies from registrar to registrar. Roughly, a .com will cost you around 12 USD per year.

How do I configure Custom Domain Name binding?

Configuration depends largely on who you used to register your domain. We have detailed configuration instructions for all major domain registrars:

Custom Domain Setup : Network Solutions

The following article describes how to link your Network Solutions registered domain name with your Crevado Portfolio.

remember: custom domain name binding requires a Premium account for details see the plan comparison page

  • Log in to your Network Solutions control panel
  • Goto Domains / Manage Domains
  • Select your domain by checking the box next to it and click ”Edit DNS
  • Under ”Advanced DNS Manager” click ”Manage DNS Records

NOTE - You are unable to add your CNAME records with Network Solutions Default A Records in place so you must first scrap your A Records. If something goes horribly wrong, you can reset to default afterwords.

  • Edit your A records and Delete the @none, * and WWW records
  • Now return to the ”Advanced DNS Manager
  • Under ”Host Aliases” click ”add/edit
  • Important! Under Alias, in an empty box put www | Leave the first drop down blank | Select the second radio button | In the Other Host box enter proxy.crevado.com (Note there is no . at the end like regular CNAMES)
  • Now click go
  • Now you need to login to the admin of your portfolio. Click on the “Settings” tab:

Domain Setup * Scroll down to “Domain Name Binding” under “Domain Hosting Settings”

Domain Setup * Click on “use a custom domain” and add the WWW version of your domain name in the field provided and click the “update domain” button.

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That’s it! Now all you need to do is wait for the DNS changes to take effect

  • NOTE!: The DNS changes you made at your registrar can take some time to propagate to DNS servers around the internet (anywhere from one hour to one day).

If you run into any trouble, you will find it more helpful to first contact Network Solutions for support as they have access to those settings (while Crevado doesn’t). Here is a direct link to their Support Page.