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Frequently asked questions

 

Themes

How do I install an online theme?

I like the Blackout theme but want to remove the "Web Gallery" text

Can I change the look of the theme or the Web Gallery?

What if I really, really want to create my own theme?

Can I pick which images display in the intro animation?

 

Extending the Web Gallery Web site

What options do I have to integrate a gallery with my existing site?

How do I open my Web Gallery in a pop-up window?

How do I integrate my gallery with my other Web pages using IFRAME?

Create links to pages outside of the Web Gallery

How do I add my own header and footer HTML or use "Display top menu bar"?

Where is my custom top menu bar? (I see it offline but not online)

How do I import my gallery into my Frontpage site?

 

Online / Web hosting / FTP

I am new to the Web; how do I get people to see my Web Galleries?

How do I post my Web Gallery online?

Can I password protect albums ?

FTP upload - "ERROR" ...

I cannot upload succesfully ...

 

Unexpected behavior

Where is my custom top menu bar? (I see it offline but not online)

Where is my slideshow button?

I just uploaded the files using the PRO version but cannot access them online

Stray foreign characters appear on my album pages

 

Other

How can I copy-protect images?

When I delete my photos from my Web Gallery, will they be lost?

My question isn't listed here!

 

Themes

How do I install an online theme?

Follow the steps below:

1. Browse and select an online theme.

  • Click Browse themes button (in Web Gallery Wizard Step 4: Choose a theme for this Web Gallery) to view downloadable themes. You need to be connected online.
  • You may also access directly the available online themes here.
  • Browse and select the theme you want to download.

2. Download and save the theme file on your computer.

  • Click the Download button for the theme you want.
  • Click on "Save" in the "File Download" dialog box which pops up, to save the compressed (.zip) file to a temporary location on your hard drive (e.g. on the Desktop).
  • Double click the file to open it.
  • Right-click on the file icon and select "Extract All..." (Windows XP includes extraction software, for other versions of Windows you need to have a third-party unzip utility and several can be downloaded for free from www.download.com)
  • Specify where you want the files to be extracted (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\My Web Galleries).
  • You now have a folder named "Theme ..." in your "My Web Galleries" folder
  • Delete the compressed file that you saved to a temporary location (optional).

3. Load the theme.

  • Return to the Step 4: Choose a theme for this Web Gallery panel in your wizard.
  • Select the Load theme button. A Browse for Folder window will open.
  • Locate the extracted (unzipped) folder (named "Theme ... ") from the Browse for Folder window (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\My Web Galleries\Theme...)
  • Select the folder and click OK.

4. Apply the theme to your Web Gallery.

  • The theme illustration in the wizard panel will change to reflect the newly loaded theme.
  • The name of the theme will appear under Choose from additional online themes.
  • The radio button next to the loaded theme will be selected.

You can download as many themes as you like (e.g. Theme001, Theme002, etc.). Only one downloaded theme can be loaded into the wizard at a time.

If you create a new Web Gallery and you want to apply an already downloaded theme, you will need to load that theme into the wizard again.

I like the Blackout theme but want to remove the "Web Gallery" text

Updated: 2006.05.03

To accomplish itthis you will need to be able to modify a graphic file with a graphics editor. here are the steps you need to take:

1. Download the Heart Strings theme:
    http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Themes2-034.htm

2. Load the theme in the wizard and verify success in generating gallery.
    http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Support/FAQs.htm#install-theme

3. Modify the Heart Strings theme by editing the following file(s) with an image editor:
    WGW-0550-td.jpg
    WGW-0550-td.gif
You will find these files in the downloaded theme folder. Do not edit the files with the same name in the generated gallery, since your changes will not be persistent.

For more information, please see one of our newsletters:
http://www.webgallerywizard.com/newsletter/2006-02.htm

Can I change the look of the theme or the Web Gallery?

Updated: 2006.04.06

Presently, there are two main approaches to changing how a Web Gallery looks and performs:

  • Create and apply a custom theme to Web Gallery Wizard
  • Edit generated HTML files outside Web Gallery Wizard

The advantage of creating a custom theme is that all galleries generated or modified using Web Gallery Wizard will display the custom look. Web Galleries can be modified and re-generated using the Web Gallery Wizard program and the design provided by the custom theme is retained. The limitation of this approach is that themes control only colors and graphics, not general layout or HTML code.

The advantage of editing generated gallery HTML is that any sort of editing and extension is theoretically possible such as e-commerce shopping cart functionality. This is similar to creating a custom Web site but instead of starting from scratch, you (or your Web site designer) would have a great head start. We do not provide support for these modifications nor do we provide HTML editing services.

Please note that editing generated HTML will create galleries that cannot be further modified by Web Gallery Wizard. First use the program to generate a Web Gallery as close as you can to what you ultimately need, with all the images and albums arranged and all the captions in place. Once you start editing your Web Gallery HTML files outside the Web Gallery Wizard program, you cannot use the program to make further modifications. Using Web Gallery Wizard to modify a gallery will re-generate the gallery files and override any HTML editing you have performed on these files.

What if I really, really want to create my own custom theme?

Updated: 2006.11.10

If you require a specific look for your Web Gallery, you can have a custom theme by modifying one of the existing themes. This enables you to incorporate specific branding elements such as logos and modify gallery colors. Typically, incorporating custom graphics is easier to implement than changing the theme’s color scheme. This is because custom graphics affect only graphic files but general color changes involve also more extensive CSS changes.  

The advantage of creating a custom theme is that all galleries generated or modified using Web Gallery Wizard will display the new custom look. Web Galleries can be modified and re-generated using the Web Gallery Wizard program and the design provided by the custom theme is retained.

The process of creating a custom theme is not trivial and typically requires proficiency with HTML, CSS, Flash and image editing. Professional Web designers should be able to deconstruct a theme and create modifications. Please note that we do not provide technical support for any editing of the HTML files or the themes. We currently do not have much documentation that would provide a blueprint for theme modifications that can be performed by users. Still, as a courtesy to users with specific branding needs, we do provide a theme design and implementation service.

If you are a Web designer and use a professional HTML editor, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver, here is some topline information that may help you out:

WHAT IS A THEME

A theme basically consists of all the files in the Site folder.

You may consider editing:

  • ssIEx.css in the \Site folder (the stylesheet controling most of the look and feel)
  • Graphics in the \Site\images folder (used by the stylesheet above)
  • Flash in the \Site\Flash folder (used for the gallery intro and top banner animations)

For a theme to be importable in the wizard (like any of our downloadable themes), it also needs to have the following files in the Site folder:

  • WGW_name.txt - contains theme description to be displayed in the wizard
  • WGW_theme.jpg - contains theme preview to be displayed in the wizard

Opening the gallery in an HTML editor like Macromedia Dreamweaver, you should be able to see which CSS styles are applied to which elements in the HTML code, as well as the associated graphics.

 

Please note that theme modifications allow only changes in graphics and colors. Themes do not control general page layout or text HTML elements. If such changes are required, they need to be performed by editing the HTML files of a finished Web Gallery. Please see answer above for more about this approach.

We are presently looking into providing easy theme customization features from within the product. This functionality will be available in future versions of Web Gallery Wizard. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of new developments.

We also provide custom theme creation services as an option to customers that purchase commercial licenses and want their company colors and logo featured. Please see the Services section of our Web site for more information about customization services.

Read this if you like to experiment and you have an understanding of at least some aspects of HTML, CSS, Flash and image editing tools.

 

STEPS NEEDED TO CREATE A CUSTOM THEME

 

Create a "valid" theme folder that the program can load

This will create a folder that contains all files necessary for the wizard to be able to load and use that theme. A “valid theme” needs to have two files in the theme folder: WGW_name.txt and WGW_theme.jpg.

  1. Download to your desktop an online theme that is closest to the results you want
  2. Unzip
  3. Create a new folder, called “THEMES” in My Documents/My Web Galleries/
  4. Move the unzipped folder from the desktop to the THEMES folder
  5. Rename folder to “My Theme”. So you should now have something like My Documents/My Web Galleries/THEMES/My Theme/ which will contain one “Flash” and one “images” folder. If you see any additional nested folders, you may delete them (though it is not necessary)
  6. Edit text file My Documents/My Web Galleries/THEMES/MyTheme/WGW_name.txt with your information. This will display in the wizard when the “My Theme” theme is loaded.
  7. Edit image file My Documents/My Web Galleries/THEMES/MyTheme/WGW_theme.jpg to show whatever illustration you want to appear in the wizard when the “My Theme” theme is loaded.

NOTE: A “valid theme” needs to have two files in the theme folder: WGW_name.txt and WGW_theme.jpg.

 

Optional

Perform these additional steps if you want to create a theme based on one of the default themes already in the wizard

  1. Create a new gallery with just one album containing just one image
  2. Pick the theme that you want to use as a base from which to edit
  3. Name gallery “Temporary”
  4. Generate gallery
  5. Copy the contents of the following folder: My Documents/My Web Galleries/Temporary/Site/
  6. Open up the following folder: My Documents/My Web Galleries/THEMES/MyTheme/
  7. Paste (so the Flash, images, script.js, SSIEx.css and ThemeScript.js files get written over)

Edit theme

You need to have an understanding of HTML, CSS, Flash and image editing in order to affect various aspects of the theme. You can make a change, load the theme and see if it performs as you want it to. This task is not for the faint of heart but a little experimentation will go a long way to get you the results you want. You may want to make a copy of the My Theme folder, so you can revert back to it if the edits go haywire.

 

Load theme

  1. Start  Web Gallery Wizard
  2. Create a gallery
  3. When asked to pick a theme, click Load and point to the My Theme folder. You will see your custom text and preview appear in the wizard.
  4. Generate
  5. Enjoy!

Can I pick which images display in the intro animation?

Updated: 2006.03.29

Web Gallery Wizard version 1.5 enable you to pick which images you want featured in the intro animation. For more about this feature, please see the corresponding tip in the help file for the "manage images" Wizard screen, available online here.

Version 1.5 makes the older workaround below obsolete.

The program "picks" images to be used in the Web Gallery main page animation, based on which images have been changed last.The 9 images that a theme can use on the intro album page (e.g. the “Blackout” theme) are typically the last 9 images modified (added or having the order changes, etc.) when modifying a gallery. The thinking behind that was to keep showing “fresh images” on the album cover.

This behavior may not be the best choice for all situations. The workaround is to create a new Web Gallery (named for example "Workaround") using just the 9 images you want to have displayed on the intro page. Then copy the 9 images from the following folder:

C:\My Documents\My Web Galleries\Workaround\Site\Flash\images99x132

into the respective folder from your initial Web Gallery, the one you want altered:

C:\My Documents\My Web Galleries\My photo gallery\Site\Flash\images99x132

The 9 photos you have chosen will now appear in your initial Web Gallery. Note though that this is not a permanent solution. Each time you modify your Web Gallery, you will need to copy the images from the " Workaround" gallery into you’re initial "My photo gallery".

 

Extending the Web Gallery Web site

What options do I have to integrate a gallery with my existing site?

Updated: 2006.11.10

Below is a summary of the main options you have. In any case, if you have an existing site, it is recommended to upload the gallery in a separate directory, so the gallery files do not mix (or overwrite) your existing Web site files. You can create a new directory on your server and upload the gallery files in there by simply entering a Directory name in the FTP upload window of Web Gallery Wizard PRO.

 

GALLERY TO DISPLAY IN A NEW (POP-UP) WINDOW

This is the simplest integration.

When users are done viewing the gallery, they close the window and will see the previous window displaying your Web site. To refine this implementation, (and if you are comfortable editing HTML and using JavaScript) you can use a script to have the new gallery pop-up display in a 800x600 pixels window, without any other browser menus or toolbars.

 

GALLERY TO DISPLAY ON A PAGE WITH A “TOP MENU BAR”

This implementation allows you to add navigation above the gallery, allowing linking back to your site (or any other pages or email links).

You can implement this by checking the box for this option in Step 5 of the wizard. This requires you to modify the header.htm file (generated in the Top folder) so the links at the top work as you want for your particular site. You need to be comfortable editing HTML in order to accomplish this. The top menu bar files reside in a new Top folder generated by the wizard. The program generates the sample files and then does not modify. This way you can manually edit these files and not worry about having the program overwrite them.

Another important note, once you upload the files online, to view the page that displays the top menu bar, you need to point your browser to the Top folder. So, if your gallery is visible at ...

http://www.mydomain.com/gallery

... then your gallery and top menu bar will be visible in a frameset accessible at

http://www.mydomainname.com/gallery/Top

The solution works well if you have other content you want to display as your home page. It is not a recommended solution if you want to see the gallery and top menu bar as your home page, because in order to view the menu bar you need to point to the Top folder; you cannot have the top menu bar apper on the main page of your site at

http://www.mydomainname.com.

 

GALLERY TO DISPLAY INSIDE ONE OF YOUR SITE’S PAGES

This solution may be the best implementation as long as your HTML editing skills allow you to place an inline frame within an existing page of your site.

You can create a “blank template” page on your site, that contains your branding, color scheme, menu bar, etc. This page should be already linked to the rest of the site and have the navigation menu integrated as you want it. Then you place the IFRAME code that will display the gallery in the middle of the page. It is best to have your main navigation menu displayed at the top of the page. Having any content display on the left side or right side of the page may make the page too wide once you add the gallery. The IFRAME should be a minimum of 771px wide and 583px high in order to display the gallery without any scrollbars.

Here is the way we recommend you to do this:

  • Create a folder on your Web host where you want your Web Gallery to reside. If you want to have several Web Galleries on your Web site, create a new folder for each one.
  • FTP upload your Web Gallery(-ies) in the respective folder on your remote server.
  • Create links from your existing site to your Web Gallery(-ies) by pointing to the index.htm file in the folder where you have uploaded your gallery files.

We recommend creating these links to open in a new browser window, so when the viewer is done looking at the Web Gallery, they can simply close the window and revert back to your Web site page they were on previously.

For a cleaner look you can create these windows to have a specific size and without toolbars. This requires Javascript knowledge:

Link:

<a href="/Web gallery folder here/index.htm" title="Opens this link in a new window" target="popUpWin" onclick="popUpWin(this.href,'console',800,600);return false;">Your link text here </a>

Script:

var newWindow = null;

function closeWin(){
if (newWindow != null){
if(!newWindow.closed)
newWindow.close();
}
}

function popUpWin(url, type, strWidth, strHeight){
closeWin();
if (type == "fullScreen"){
strWidth = screen.availWidth - 10;
strHeight = screen.availHeight - 160;
}
var tools="";
if (type == "standard" || type == "fullScreen") tools = "resizable, toolbar=yes, location=yes, scrollbars=yes, menubar=yes, width="+strWidth+", height="+strHeight;
if (type == "console") tools = "resizable, toolbar=no, location=no, scrollbars=no, width="+strWidth+", height="+strHeight;
newWindow = window.open(url, 'newWin', tools);
newWindow.focus();
}

» Script courtesy of accessify.com

It is possible to have your Web Gallery more tightly integrated into your site by displaying it into a frame within your HTML pages. If you have experience with HTML scripting, this solution should not present a problem. One thing to note though is that Web Galleries are optimized to display well in 800x600 pixel screen resolution; if you add content to the page on either side it will require horizontal scrolling for your viewers that are still using this resolution for their screens.

If you do not use frames for your navigation bar, and you have a horizontal navigation bar at the top of your page, you may choose to use to use an inline frame in the middle of the page. This way you can keep the existing look and feel of your Web site pages, have the same header/ footer and fill the middle of the page with the Web Gallery.

The intro gallery page is names index.htm. Renaming any files will result in broken links. We recommend uploading the Web Gallery into its own folder, so there are no file name conflicts. To do this, in the Web Gallery Wizard FTP upload dialog box, just fill in the "directory" field. If a folder with that name is not on the server, the wizard will create it for you.

How do I integrate my gallery with my other Web pages using IFRAME?

 

A better way to integrate your gallery within an existing Web site.

The example below provides a solution for these situations:

  • You have an existing Web site and you want the gallery to appear on one of your Web site pages
  • You want your custom gallery page to have your logo, colors, menu, looking like all your other pages
  • You want to incorporate the gallery on a page you have on a social networking site, like MySpace.com
  • You want to integrate on the gallery page navigation to several galleries that you have
  • You find our original implementation of the “Top menu bar” to be cumbersome
  • You want your custom gallery page to also be your Web site default page (not possible using the “Top menu bar” implementation)

 

This implementation is based on using iframes. An iframe is an HTML structure that enables you to display an HTML page within another page, using an inline frame. This iframe has a name (“wgw” in our example) and links can target that frame so they will display pages within the iframe. Users can have any other HTML content above or below the iframe, enabling the coexistence on one page of user page content and a Web gallery.

 

CREATE NEW PAGE TO SHOW GALLERY

Create a new page for your site, using this code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /></head>

<body>

<div align="center">

            <p><a href="http://www.example.com">Home page</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/032/Portraits/index.htm" target="wgw">Gallery 1</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/036-pro/index.htm" target="wgw">Gallery 2</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:me@mydomain.com">Contact me</a> </p>

            <iframe src="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/1-010-pro/index.htm" name="wgw" width="771px" height="593px" frameborder="0"></iframe>

</div>

</body></html>

 

You can see this code live at:

http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Support/iframe.htm

If you want this page to be the default for your site:

  • Upload the gallery in a separate directory on your server. For example, using Web Gallery Wizard PRO, you can enter “gallery” in the Directory field of the FTP upload window. This will tell the program to create a “gallery” directory and upload your Web gallery files in there, preventing them getting mixed up with your other site files.
  • Name this new file index.htm and have it sit in the root directory of your site.

 

CODE EXPLANATION

Navigation menu

<p><a href="http://www.example.com">Home page</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/032/Portraits/index.htm" target="wgw">Gallery 1</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/036-pro/index.htm" target="wgw">Gallery 2</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:me@mydomain.com">Contact me</a> </p>

This paragraph contains a navigation menu.

  • The first link points to www.example.com. You will probably want it to point to your main site home page, if you are adding the gallery to an existing site.
  • The next two links point to different galleries that you want to display in the HTML iframe. These links are set to “target” the iframe named “wgw”.
  • The last link is an email link, which will launch the default email client on the user’s machine.
  • “&nbsp;” is used as a white space, to provide more room between the text links.

 

<iframe src="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/1-010-pro/index.htm" name="wgw" width="771px" height="593px" frameborder="0"></iframe>

 

Iframe

The iframe code specifies:

  • The initial page to display in the iframe (replace with the URL of your main online gallery).
  • The name of the iframe as “wgw” (so the links in the menu bar know where to display content you wan to appear in the iframe).
  • The width an height (these are minimum dimensions without forcing the display of scrollbars; you can increase them if you want to show some of the gallery background).

 

ADD GALLERY TO AN EXISTING PAGE

Alternatively, use a page from your existing site and just add the following code in your page, at the location on the page where you want the gallery to display:

<iframe src="http://www.webgallerywizard.com/Product/Yellowstone/1-010-pro/index.htm" name="wgw" width="771px" height="593px" frameborder="0"></iframe>

 

Potential issues – avoid side menu items

It is best to add your content only above or below the gallery iframe element. Having content to the left or right of the gallery display may make your page too wide to fit on some users' monitors. Approximately 10-20% of Web users have monitors set at 800x600 pixels of resolution. The gallery is designed to fit perfectly on the screen for these users, as long as there is no additional content on either side. If you place content to the side of the gallery, these users will see a horizontal scrollbar that will negatively affect their experience.

Have you tried to create a link to page outside of your gallery and it seems not to be working?

Remove the first line from all Web Gallery html files:

<!-- saved from url=(0013)about:internet -->

This line is there to show Internet Explorer that it is a "safe" site and all the generated Web Gallery pages are "sandboxed". Otherwise you get annoying security warnings each time you try to view the Web Gallery after you generate it locally on your machine. The consequence though is that once you are in the Web Gallery, IE "protects" you by preventing any linking to files outside the "sandbox".

Updated: 2006.03.29

Web Gallery Wizard version 1.5 can generate all files needed for a custom menu bar at the top of the page. Just check the "Display customizable menu bar" option in Step 5 of the Wizard. For more about this feature, please see the corresponding help file, available online here.

Version 1.5 makes the older workarounds below obsolete. Still, they may provide useful insight if you are trying to further understand how the top menu frameset works.

Updated: 2006.02.13

Do you want to add your own text and images at the top and/or bottom of the Web Gallery pages?

You may want to do this if you want to add a menu of links or if you want to add your contact information. See examples below:

We have created a sample framesets so the Web Gallery appears in the middle of the page and there are additional files with which you can modify what gets displayed above and below it. The great thing about this implementation is that you need to do this only once. Your Web Gallery viewers will see your personalized header/footer information on all album pages. Also, if you want to modify your Web Gallery at a future time, your header and/or footer will not be written over. If you need to modify your header/footer you only need to change the "header.htm" and/or "footer.htm" file(s). Here are step by step instructions on how to do this:

  1. Look at the test cases above, pick the implemeatation that suits you, download the respective ZIP file and save it on your computer to a temporary location
  2. Extract (unzip) the compressed file to a folder called "frames" - you will see three files in that folder: default.htm, header.htm and footer.htm
  3. Delete the downloaded ZIP file from its temporary location (optional)
  4. Move the whole "frames" folder and containing files into the folder containing all your image gallery files (the folder which should already contain an "Albums" and "Site" folder.
  5. Check to make sure your Web Gallery folder contains three subfolders: "Albums", "frames" (or "frames-fixedtop" or "frames-fixedbottom") and "Site". Check to make sure that the "frames" folder (or "frames-fixedtop" or "frames-fixedbottom") contains no other nested folders, just three files: "default.htm", "header.htm" and "footer.htm"
  6. Change header.htm to show whatever HTML content you want above the gallery
  7. Change footer.htm to show whatever HTML content you want below the gallery
  8. Start (or point to) "frames/default.htm" (or "frames-fixedtop/default.htm" or "frames-fixedbottom/default.htm") rather than index.htm for the main "start" page of the Web Gallery. This means that if you previously viewed your online gallery at "www.MyWebName.com" (which is equivalent to "www.MyWebName.com/index.htm") now you will have to point your Web browser, for example, to "www.MyWebName.com/frames-fixedtop" (which is equivalent to "www.MyWebName.com/frames-fixedtop/default.htm"). You will see your new header and footer content be displayed.
  9. Upload the new files to your Web host. Since these files are not generated by the program, the files are not automatically uploaded to your Web host when you do the gallery FTP upload using Web Gallery Wizard PRO. You will need to use the Windows Explorer (a.k.a. "file manager") in Windows XP or a third party FTP application.

Here are our online samples:
http://www.webgallerywizard.com/.../1-010-pro/index.htm
http://www.webgallerywizard.com/.../1-010-pro/frames/default.htm
http://www.webgallerywizard.com/.../1-010-pro/frames-fixedtop/default.htm
http://www.webgallerywizard.com/.../1-010-pro/frames-fixedbot/default.htm

 

Variable header and footer

» Download frames.zip and follow installation steps from above.

The frameset in the sample files has been implemented giving higher priority to the middle frame by setting it to a specific height, making sure your gallery gets displayed even if the window's height is small. The top and bottom frames are set to variable height and do not display scrollbars.

The sample files are given for illustration, as a good starting point. If you have some HTML experience, you may choose to change the frameset parameters to better suite your particular requirements.

The sample frameset is implemented using the following script:

<frameset rows="*,600,*" frameborder="no" border="0" framespacing="0">

<frame src="header.htm" name="header" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="header" title="header" />

<frame src="../index.htm" name="mainFrame" frameborder="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="mainFrame" title="main" />

<frame src="footer.htm" name="footer" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="footer" title="footer" />
</frameset>

You can control the behavior of the frameset:

  • Specify if you want scrollbars to be displayed
  • Specify if you want the height of each frame to be variable or fixed

The sample above specifies that the header and footer are variable in height (*) and the middle frame (containing the gallery) is fixed at 600 pixels high. The top and bottom frames are also scripted so they do not display scrollbars but the middle frame will automatically display a scrollbar if the content does not fit in the window.

Fixed header

» Download frames-fixedtop.zip and follow installation steps from above.

For those that prefer the header always visible, the code has been changed to:

<frameset rows="40,*,0" frameborder="no" border="0" framespacing="0">

<frame src="header.htm" name="header" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="header" title="header" />

<frame src="../index.htm" name="mainFrame" frameborder="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="mainFrame" title="main" />

<frame src="footer.htm" name="footer" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="footer" title="footer" />
</frameset>

This implementation works best if you want to put some important branding elements at the top of the page or a menu bar.

Fixed footer

» Download frames-fixedbot.zip and follow installation steps from above.

If you don't need to have a menu bar at the top and rather prefer to have some links at the bottom of the pages (like contact information or an email link) you may consider this implementation. The code has been changed to::

<frameset rows="0,*,50" frameborder="no" border="0" framespacing="0">

<frame src="header.htm" name="header" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="header" title="header" />

<frame src="../index.htm" name="mainFrame" frameborder="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="mainFrame" title="main" />

<frame src="footer.htm" name="footer" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" noresize="noresize" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" id="footer" title="footer" />
</frameset>

 

How do I import my gallery into my Frontpage site?

Created: 2006.12.28

It all depends on your workflow and what you are trying to achieve. Web Gallery Wizard generates a self-contained HTML site.

You can:

  • Upload your gallery to the Web using WGW PRO's FTP uploader and then have links in your Frontpage generated pages to the gallery location (make sure you upload the gallery into a separate directory so it does not interfere with any of your existing files)
  • Similar to the above but instead of linking to the gallery, make it appear inside one of your pages by putting an IFRAME into your page pointing to your gallery. (see How do I integrate my gallery with my other Web pages using IFRAME?)
  • Copy all the gallery generated files into a dedicated folder on your computer where you have your Frontpage HTML files. You can then use Frontpage to edit the gallery files and integrate it in many other ways, depending on your HTML editing skills and your knowledge of Frontpage.

For further help on how to use Frontpage to access or edit HTML files external to a Frontpage site, please contact Frontpage support.

 

Online / Web hosting / FTP

I am new to the Web; how do I get people to see my Web Galleries?

Updated: 2006.04.07

Web Gallery Wizard generates a gallery that can be posted online to any Web host. In essence the program creates a collection of HTML files that are linked together the way a Web site is.

In order to have other people see them on the Internet, you will need to upload these files to a Web server. Typically people rent Web server space from a Web host, since it is much easier than setting up your own computer to act as a Web server. You just sign up for a subscription account with a Web host that lets you upload files to the Web server.

The upload is performed using FTP (file transfer protocol) that enables files from your computer to be uploaded to a Web server.

The Web host will provide you with FTP account information, so you can log in and upload files. You will fill in this account information into Web Gallery Wizard PRO and the program will automatically upload the gallery files to your Web server.

Note that only the PRO version of the program has the FTP upload utility integrated. The standard version of the program just generates the files and you would need to use a third party FTP utility in order to upload the gallery files.

Note also that some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer some limited Web server space free to their customers. Please contact the company that offers you Internet connectivity to find out if they have any special offers.

We will likely offer a Web hosting option in the future, to address the needs of people that do not have a Web host. In the interim, if you are looking for a Web hosting service, we have been happy with 1and1.com and we can recommend them.

 

How do I post my Web Gallery online?

  • If you already have a Web host, you can upload your Web Gallery pages by following the instructions of your Web host. All you need is FTP access information to the Web server. Your Web hosting service provider needs to give you the Host name (FTP address), Username and Password. You can choose aslo a specific directory where you want your Web Gallery files to upload to. If the directory does not exist, Web Gallery Wizard will automatically create it for you.
  • If you already have a website, you may choose to integrate your existing Web pages with your Web Gallery by creating the appropriate links.
  • If you do not already have a Web host and you would like to post your Web pages online, you can search online for Web hosting companies. Additionally, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide free Web space. Contact them directly for additional information.

Can I password-protect albums?

2006.11.30

Password protection is a function of the Web server so it cannot be set from within our program.

However, you can set up password protection for a directory on your Web server. Please inquire with your Web host about the steps you need to take to create a username and password for a particular directory.

It is generally better to set up password protection for a whole gallery. You would set this for the directory containing all files for a particular gallery. You can create several galleries, uploading each one in a separate directory on the server. You will need to create an intro page with links to the various galleries. When a user clicks on a link to a gallery residing inside a protected directory, they will be prompted to enter a username and password before the browser will display the gallery.

Setting it up for individual albums is not recommended because then users will not be able to see even the thumbnail image used to identify the password protected album on the gallery intro page.

FTP upload - "ERROR:"...

The error (usually something like "Remote hostname provided cannot be resolved") is displayed when the program cannot connect successfully to your Web server. It usually means that the Host, Directory, Username or Password information are not correct.

You can verify the settings provided to you by your Web host by trying to connect using Windows Explorer on a PC running Windows XP. Just type in the FTP host name in the address bar of Windows Explorer.

NOTE: Do not confuse Windows Explorer with Internet Explorer. Windows Explorer is the file manager in Windows and Internet Explorer is the Internet browser.

When you type the FTP directory in the top address bar, you will be prompted to enter your username and password. After you get authenticated, Windows Explorer will show you the files and folders existing on the Web server. Make sure you can establish successful contact with the Web server and that you can navigate successfully to the directory where you want your Web Gallery files to reside. Create a temporary file in that directory (or just drag-and-drop a file from your desktop into that directory to verify that you have "write" permission.

If you have successfully completed these tests, then you can rest assured that using these settings in the FTP upload window in Web Gallery Wizard will enable you to successfully upload your image gallery files.

Also make sure that in the Hostname field you type in just the basic name of your Web host, not any directories.

So, let's say you created a new gallery for your photos that you have taken in 2006 and you want to upload them to your free Comcast account. You need to upload you gallery to upload.comcast.net/andy/photos/2006-gallery/ . So you will enter as your Host: upload.comcast.net and as Directory: andy/photos/2006-gallery. Web Gallery Wizard will create any directories as needed. If there is no folder 2006-gallery already on the server in the photos directory, then Web Gallery Wizard will create it for you.

Do not enter as your "Host" the whole path: upload.comcast.net/andy/photos/2006-gallery - this will give you an error when trying to upload. Enter just upload.comcast.net as your host and put the rest as a "Directory".

If you want to access your files using the FTP functionality already built into Windows XP, open Windows Explorer and type ftp://upload.comcast.net. You will be prompted to enter a username and password. Once you are logged in, you can navigate the folder structure to the andy directory and then to the photos directory and so on. This enables you to also delete files from the server, such as old galleries that you may not have use for any longer. You cannot delete server files using the FTP utility built into Web Gallery Wizard.

If you want to access the gallery intro pages using the FTP protocol, you would point your Windows File Manager to ftp://upload.comcast.net/andy/photos/2006-gallery/index.htm.

IMPORTANT! HTTP and FTP paths may be different. If you want to access the gallery intro pages using your Web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) you need to enter the correct http address. In many cases this is similar to the ftp one - http://upload.comcast.net/andy/photos/2006-gallery/index.htm. BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE! Some Web hosts "map" FTP and HTTP differently. So the correct path for Web access may be something like http://home.comcast.net/~andygroove/andy/photos/2006-gallery/index.htm. Please consult your Web host about the correct syntax to access your files with your Web browser (using HTTP) versus with your uploading utility (using FTP).

If you experience any other problems connecting to your Web server, please disable any firewall protection you may have and try again.

For more information about FTP upload please also refer to the Web Gallery Wizard help page. You can access the help page by clicking the Help button in the FTP window. It is also available online here.

I cannot FTP upload successfully

Disable firewall protection when uploading files using FTP.

 

Unexpected behavior

Where is my custom top menu bar? (I see it offline but not online)

Updated: 2006.06.16

If you have created a top menu bar and you see it in your gallery preview but do not see it after you upload, you are probably pointing your Web browser to the wrong place. The top menu bar is implemented as a frameset. So, if your online gallery can be seen at an address like this:

http://www.mydomain.com/gallery/index.htm

Then your online gallery with the top menu bar can be found at:

http://www.mydomain.com/gallery/Top/default.htm

Where is my slideshow button?

Updated: 2006.02.13

UPDATE: Version 1.4 resolves this issue. Get latest program update.

Web Gallery Wizard provides a slightly more optimized user experience when viewing the Web Gallery pages using Internet Explorer. The following features are available only in IE:

  • Web Gallery page navigation with "next", "previous" and "home" buttons
  • Fade in/out between Web Gallery pages
  • Automatic thumbnail border highlight for each corresponding image that is viewed.
  • Slideshow button and corresponding functionality

These features rely on the display engine provided by the Internet Explorer. Other browsers (e.g. Firefox or Opera) do not support the same underlying functionality so these features cannot be made available.

With the recent popularity of the Firefox browser we are aware of our users desiring to have similar functionality in other browsers besides Internet Explorer. We are planning to extended browser compatibility in version 2.0. This will be in essence providing a user interface which would not favor Internet Explorer specific functionality, albeit at the expense of some user interface refinements which we currently offer.

I just uploaded the files using the PRO version but cannot access them online

Sometimes Web hosts have different settings for accessing files using FTP protocol (when you do a file transfer) and HTTP protocol (when you view files with your Internet browser).

  • When you upload your Web site files, you use the FTP protocol.
  • When you view these files in a Web browser, you use the HTTP protocol.

This can generate confusion because the Web host can set your server up so the FTP address you use to upload a file is different than the HTTP address you have to use to view the file.

For example, to upload a gallery online you would put it in this folder:
ftp://mydomainname.com/httpdocs/gallery/ [non-operational example link]

And to view it in the browser you would need to look at:
http://mydomainname.com/gallery/ [non-operational example link]

The example above illustrates a Web host that has set up the server in such a way that a Web browser can "see" only files that are in the "httpdocs" directory. These two addresses point to the same "gallery" folder on the server but you need to use the FTP path for the FTP connection when uploading files and you need to use the HTTP path when viewing the gallery as a Web page inside your Web browser.

Your host is responsible for setting up the mapping between the how an HTTP address is translated into a FTP address for your files.

 

In other words...

The file structure on the website may be something like:
-> BigWebHost.com
     -> Users
          -> MyDomainName
               -> Website
               -> Other files

So if you have a Web site address from your Web host, they may actually provide you only with a shortcut pointing to a directory on their server. The specific path and directory may be different depending on the protocol that you use to access your files.

This way, if you transfer your files using FTP (to upload your gallery) FTP://MyDomainName.com actually points to:

-> BigWebHost.com
     -> Users
          -> MyDomainName
               -> Here is where your files get uploaded (in MyDomainName root directory)
               -> Website
               -> Other files

If you access your files using HTTP (for regular Web site viewing) HTTP://MyDomainName.com actually points to:

-> BigWebHost.com
     -> Users
          -> MyDomainName
               -> Website
                    -> Here is where a Web browser "looks" (in the Website directory)
               -> Other files

So the files that you have uploaded may actually be physically residing in a directory above. In order to be able to access them using your Web browser (implying the HTTP protocol), you need to upload them using FTP in a subdirectory. In the example above the directory is called "Website" but your Web host may have called it something different.

If this is the case you will need to contact your Web host and have them inform you of the directory structure they use and where the HTTP and FTP protocols specifically point to.

Alternatively, you can use a dedicated FTP application so you can explore yourself the directory structure on the server side.

Once you have identified the name of the appropriate directory, you will need to fill that into the Web Gallery Wizard PRO FTP Upload form.

Stray foreign characters appear on my album pages

Updated: 2006.02.13

This issue is due to the server side character encoding. Your computer (which runs Windows XP) supports UTF-8 character encoding, which is a universal encoding standard allowing characters to be displayed properly on the screen.

While the vast majority of Web hosts support this encoding and work well, some older Web host servers may not support UTF-8 encoding. We advise you to contact your Web host and inquire about UTF-8 support.

Web Gallery Wizard relies on the UTF-8 encoding standard to support International customers and gallery viewers that need the larger character sets to correctly display their respective languages.

Other

How can I copy-protect images?

There is no fail-safe to secure images on the Internet. A user can always take a snapshot of whatever is displayed on the screen and save, alter or print it. More so, all the "data" (text and images) that are displayed on a user's screen when surfing the Internet, needs to be downloaded to the user's hard-drive before it can actually be displayed. This is inherent to the way the Internet works.

Keep in mind though that the images displayed in the Web Gallery are low-resolution. These display fine on the computer screen but typically do not print well. Satisfactory printing requires much higher resolution.

You do have a couple of options to make it harder or less desirable, for people to make unauthorized usage of your images.

  • Do not enable image enlargement or, if you do, do not provide very high resolution images. You can scale-down your original high-resolution images (to 800x600 pixels for example) using a third party image editor. Use those lower-resolution images as your source to build your gallery. 800x600 would not yield "presentable" prints.
  • Reduce resolution of your original images. This works well if you want people to see more detail on the screen (by using the image enlargement functionality) and yet not be able to make good prints out of your images. Reduce the image size of your originals to something like 800x600. You can do this in most third party image editors. Import these lower resolution images in Web Gallery Wizard. When your viewers click the enlarge button, they will be able to see more detail but still not access large images that print well or that are slow to download.
  • Watermark your images. You can do this in most third party image editors. Use these watermark images to build your gallery.


When I delete my photos from my Web Gallery, will they be lost?

No. When you use the “Remove” key in the Manage images panel, Web Gallery Wizard simply removes the images from the album, but not from your hard drive. You can always add them to your Web Gallery later by using the “Add images” button.

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