How to set up a landing page for your client galleries and shop in Zenfolio!

I've decided to make a blog post quickly demonstrating how to set up a client galleries landing page and passworded galleries that double up as your shop in Zenfolio, as I've seen quite a few confused photographers asking for help. Zenfolio provides both the option to have direct client access galleries and a galleries landing page. A galleries landing page looks like this: Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.35.14 Whilst the Client access page looks more like this: Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.57.20 The advantages of the landing page include: 1. New website visitors can see the scope and number of weddings that you've shot 2. Enquiring couples who want to see examples of full weddings can view several from one link. If you want to set up your client galleries area so it looks like the first photo, here's how!

Step 1.

In the HOME view, right click on 'all photographs' under the photographs tab in the left hand side column. Click 'new group' Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.04.37Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.06.21  

Step 2.

A little box will appear where you can name this new group whatever you want. Name it something smart like 'client galleries' or 'proofing galleries' etc. not 'I want cake'. Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.08.19  

Step 3.

In the middle, either automatically if you pressed enter or if you double click your new group, you will see the option to create a new gallery Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.09.48  

Step 4.

Double clicking on your new gallery, as highlighted in the yellow in step 4's diagram will bring you to this page. I've put 4 screenshots in a row because I feel this step is pretty dang obvious. Click add photos-follow the on screen instructions etc. etc.Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.13.39 Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.13.55 Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.14.45 Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.14.59

Step 5.

Here's the bit where we get dicey. Go back to your left hand column and double click on your group I want cakeScreen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.16.14    

Step 6.

Then, when viewing this group, see that big ol' circled thingy on the right hand side? Click on 'Create Friendly URL & Group ID'.  Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.16.36 Now change it to a sensible URL that mimics an annoying song from Family Guy and press save. Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 17.03.43 In this screenshot you can see it has changed from random numbers and letters to whatever you saved it as. This will be the URL that you point to from your main website, this is the URL for your client galleries landing page. Really, this is THE URL! Click on that URL whenever you want to view it in full. Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 17.05.28

Step 7.

Click on 'show visitor view' in the middle section right hand side (just top left of the right hand column), and this will provide a drop down menu- click on customise

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.42.49Step 8.

Here's the second confusing step for many- people instantly start thinking ohhh let's click the middle and add photos... when what you need to do is avoid the big thing in the centre and click on... layout. Obviously!

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Step 9.

In layout, usually they auto select the 'use default blah blah', UNSELECT that to unlock changing the layout and make sure it's on centred. Click apply and...

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Taddaaaaa!!!

Now you see how it's starting to look more like a client landing page, with your gallery name under each gallery thumbnail, and the title of your group as the title of the page. Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.48.08  

Step 10.

Repeat steps 3 and 4. Every new gallery you add will appear on your group page a.k.a I want cake. Once you've got a few in there, click on the group URL, the one that I said was THE URL, and you'll see how your client galleries appear to clients!
back end
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front end
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When clients click on an individual galleryScreen Shot 2014-01-25 at 16.38.09
 

Hope that helped! Share with friends who might want to create this kind of look for their galleries!

If you have any comments of questions, feel free to leave them below!

By Marianne Chua

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