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Title: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 07, 2013, 22:49
Hi All,

I tried to figure out how to customize the basic look of my site, but have no clue.

basically i want to remove those link, and maybe only left 'login' link..

(http://d.pcs.baidu.com/thumbnail/7ed8954ba802104ee5750f64cfd9d17a?fid=3694972279-250528-3938505632&time=1381203991&sign=FDTAR-DCb740ccc5511e5e8fedcff06b081203-MUbIGP0lbgWMJyks96JDuwA4EgI%3D&rt=sh&expires=8h&r=413673048&size=c850_u580&quality=100)

and also I wonder how can i display some images on my front page?

I saw some widget like latest images, featured images. How about if it is possible to display grid of my images on front page? or big thumbnail display as categories.

I have gone through some symbiostockguide but can't find the way..

thanks.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 08, 2013, 05:07
In order to display featured or latest images on the front page, you have to use home page cta template. To make a grid of more than six images, you have to change code, and you would need to do a search for that, this forum or the other forum. Once you choose the template, go to widgets and place them in the area on the page you want them. In other words, drag the latest images widget from the left side over into the area of the home page area on the right, such as below content, etc.

The part you want to get rid of...it has been months since i did that, but i think i created a an above header menu, then just checked the items i wanted to appear. You do that in Appearance>Menus.


Hope that helps.

Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 08, 2013, 08:52
Hi, I create an above header menu and manage to choose what i want to show it.

for the first front page, I create a new page with cta template, but how can i make it the landing page? let's say my site is www.xyz.com (http://www.xyz.com), i tried to create a page title 'homepage' then it is always www.xyz.com/homepage (http://www.xyz.com/homepage)

i will try to play around it.


In order to display featured or latest images on the front page, you have to use home page cta template. To make a grid of more than six images, you have to change code, and you would need to do a search for that, this forum or the other forum. Once you choose the template, go to widgets and place them in the area on the page you want them. In other words, drag the latest images widget from the left side over into the area of the home page area on the right, such as below content, etc.

The part you want to get rid of...it has been months since i did that, but i think i created a an above header menu, then just checked the items i wanted to appear. You do that in Appearance>Menus.


Hope that helps.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 08, 2013, 11:14
Hi, I create an above header menu and manage to choose what i want to show it.

for the first front page, I create a new page with cta template, but how can i make it the landing page? let's say my site is [url=http://www.xyz.com]www.xyz.com[/url] ([url]http://www.xyz.com[/url]), i tried to create a page title 'homepage' then it is always [url=http://www.xyz.com/homepage]www.xyz.com/homepage[/url] ([url]http://www.xyz.com/homepage[/url])

i will try to play around it.


In order to display featured or latest images on the front page, you have to use home page cta template. To make a grid of more than six images, you have to change code, and you would need to do a search for that, this forum or the other forum. Once you choose the template, go to widgets and place them in the area on the page you want them. In other words, drag the latest images widget from the left side over into the area of the home page area on the right, such as below content, etc.

The part you want to get rid of...it has been months since i did that, but i think i created a an above header menu, then just checked the items i wanted to appear. You do that in Appearance>Menus.


Hope that helps.




In the dashboard go to Settings>Readings. The first two items is where you choose which page is the home page.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: marthamarks on October 08, 2013, 12:18
You really should take questions related just to Symbiostock to its new dedicated Forum:

http://www.symbiostock.org (http://www.symbiostock.org)
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 08, 2013, 12:55
You really should take questions related just to Symbiostock to its new dedicated Forum:

[url]http://www.symbiostock.org[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.org[/url])



I think people post wherever they think they will get an answer the fastest. Sometimes that is here.  :)
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: marthamarks on October 08, 2013, 16:28
You really should take questions related just to Symbiostock to its new dedicated Forum:

[url]http://www.symbiostock.org[/url] ([url]http://www.symbiostock.org[/url])



I think people post wherever they think they will get an answer the fastest. Sometimes that is here.  :)


I suspect many people, especially newbies, aren't even aware that the other site exists.

Besides, we'll build a much better database of resources available going forward if we consolidate our questions/comments/suggestions/etc into one forum. Not spread across two.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 08, 2013, 18:34
True, but for those of us not on the latest version 2.7.2 or whatever it is at now, there are a TON of answers still here that apply. I don't see why it's such a big problem to let people choose where they post. People (me included) come to this forum because ALL the stock news is here...sometimes it's just convenient to post here.  :)

I don't mind posting in both places.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: cascoly on October 08, 2013, 20:02

I saw some widget like latest images, featured images. How about if it is possible to display grid of my images on front page? or big thumbnail display as categories.

I have gone through some symbiostockguide but can't find the way..

thanks.

you can add featured or similar to your site with the various plugins that have been mentioned

if you just want to display some fixed images, you can create an html table and display your images (with links to full sized if you want).  see other posts about making contact sheets

steve
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: marthamarks on October 08, 2013, 20:08
True, but for those of us not on the latest version 2.7.2 or whatever it is at now, there are a TON of answers still here that apply. I don't see why it's such a big problem to let people choose where they post. People (me included) come to this forum because ALL the stock news is here...sometimes it's just convenient to post here.  :)

I don't mind posting in both places.

OK. Whatever.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 13, 2013, 09:31
actually i tried to post in that forum, but maybe i will check here more and i guess i can get more replies here..

True, but for those of us not on the latest version 2.7.2 or whatever it is at now, there are a TON of answers still here that apply. I don't see why it's such a big problem to let people choose where they post. People (me included) come to this forum because ALL the stock news is here...sometimes it's just convenient to post here.  :)

I don't mind posting in both places.

OK. Whatever.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 13, 2013, 09:32
thank you very much, sometimes it is just a easy job..but without having an instruction it takes a lot of time. thanks!

Hi, I create an above header menu and manage to choose what i want to show it.

for the first front page, I create a new page with cta template, but how can i make it the landing page? let's say my site is [url=http://www.xyz.com]www.xyz.com[/url] ([url]http://www.xyz.com[/url]), i tried to create a page title 'homepage' then it is always [url=http://www.xyz.com/homepage]www.xyz.com/homepage[/url] ([url]http://www.xyz.com/homepage[/url])

i will try to play around it.


In order to display featured or latest images on the front page, you have to use home page cta template. To make a grid of more than six images, you have to change code, and you would need to do a search for that, this forum or the other forum. Once you choose the template, go to widgets and place them in the area on the page you want them. In other words, drag the latest images widget from the left side over into the area of the home page area on the right, such as below content, etc.

The part you want to get rid of...it has been months since i did that, but i think i created a an above header menu, then just checked the items i wanted to appear. You do that in Appearance>Menus.


Hope that helps.




In the dashboard go to Settings>Readings. The first two items is where you choose which page is the home page.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 13, 2013, 09:34
I am able to add the featured images and latest images widget..now maybe just something to display in front page.. will check the contact sheets.. thanks.


I saw some widget like latest images, featured images. How about if it is possible to display grid of my images on front page? or big thumbnail display as categories.

I have gone through some symbiostockguide but can't find the way..

thanks.

you can add featured or similar to your site with the various plugins that have been mentioned

if you just want to display some fixed images, you can create an html table and display your images (with links to full sized if you want).  see other posts about making contact sheets

steve
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 13, 2013, 09:37
thank you very much, sometimes it is just a easy job..but without having an instruction it takes a lot of time. thanks!



In the dashboard go to Settings>Readings. The first two items is where you choose which page is the home page.

Trust me, I know. Sometimes its just a simple setting somewhere, but not where you would expect it to be!  :)
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 14, 2013, 11:36
i saw some sites with a slider of images (which i think is a widget)..

but i saw some like with a composite of images, but which is not link to every single image. Guess it is just a composite banner?

I cant really find the post about making a contact sheets..it is a html code that display images in grids?
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: marthamarks on October 14, 2013, 16:02
i saw some sites with a slider of images (which i think is a widget)..

but i saw some like with a composite of images, but which is not link to every single image. Guess it is just a composite banner?

I cant really find the post about making a contact sheets..it is a html code that display images in grids?

The slider on my site is Soliloquy free version. It's free, very basic, and easy to use. There's a paid upgrade that gives more options if you want/need them.

I think the latest version of the SYXtra plugin has/had the capacity to make square thumbnails that would line up evenly and be clickable links. Not sure if that's what you're talking about, but if it is you can check it out.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: Kerioak~Christine on October 15, 2013, 03:10
The latest versions of Symbiostock have an option to customise and create a front page complete with a slider in a semi automated process, this might be of help to you ?
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: mtkang on October 16, 2013, 10:32
ok will try it out..

so actually if i pick up a book about using wordpress, i can customize my symbiostock site? right?

it is actually very fast if someone set up a steps by steps. everything is a few clicks but takes you long time to figure out or ask.

thanks everyone for the time.
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: FastRacer on October 16, 2013, 16:58
ok will try it out..

so actually if i pick up a book about using wordpress, i can customize my symbiostock site? right?

it is actually very fast if someone set up a steps by steps. everything is a few clicks but takes you long time to figure out or ask.

thanks everyone for the time.

Not sure if you were making a joke, but if it was a serious question, a book will help with the standards of how to use wordpress and some things will be applicable to the SY theme, but the SY theme is fairly unique, so no, not all answers will be in there.

I have a Wordpress for Dummies book I browsed through last night. I should read it, I am sure I would pick up some more tips on doing things. Wish there was a section for symbiostock.  :)
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: luminous on December 31, 2013, 06:27
What is cta template?
Title: Re: customize the general look of symbiostock
Post by: ShazamImages on December 31, 2013, 07:13
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