It’s no secret that we LOVE our ProPhoto Blog theme – we’ve been fans of Jared & the gang at NetRivet (the crew behind the whole thing) for years. Not only is it a great platform that’s been built & coded very smartly – it’s also SUPER easy to customize. They’ve included a wide array of point & click options within the admin panel to get things looking how you’d like – and then if you need to get super specific with the look it’s really simple to add custom CSS styles to the theme – which is LARGELY to blame for the custom look of our site.
By FAR, one of the most frequent types of questions we get from photographers is regarding specific customization questions relating to ProPhoto4. So, we thought we’d start compiling a Q&A here! If you’ve got a question, ask it below in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer it.
Also, if you haven’t purchased the theme yet – use the promo code “theyoungrens” to save $10 off the price of the theme.
On to the questions!
What design are you using? Is it one of the included templates?
Our site is a custom theme, built by us, but it’s based on the included theme “Elegant” which is sort of funny because it doesn’t look anything like that theme anymore!
How did you make the home-page on your portfolio so clean?
We made a “static” home page that has a post with a slideshow embedded in it – and then used CSS to remove the title & background elements. The ProPhoto crew has a step-by-step tutorial of how to do that here.
What plugin are you using for Facebook Comments? Do you prefer this over the standard comments?
We’re using the ever-popular Facebook Comments for WordPress plugin and there’s pros and cons for doing Facebook comments. The HUGE upside is that it makes it easy for people to have a discussion and make comments, and discussion is hugely important to this site. More important than tracking, SEO, and custom comment styling (all of which you lose when you do FB comments. Word on the street is that the ProPhoto gang is working on integrating Facebook comment right into ProPhoto, which would be HUGE.
We’re ALSO using a lesser known Plugin called Facebook Comments TO WordPress which basically watches the Facebook Comments plugin, and imports each comment into the wordpress database, so we can retain a copy of the comment. We’re not doing anything with this right now, but the hope is to develop something that will display these “backup comments” when Facebook is unavailable. Back burner for now, though!
Who did the graphic design / logo / graphics for your site(s)?
Our logo design was done by Tegan Laing, and then all the blog graphic design and concept was done by us, and was based on photographed images. We basically wrapped a present to look like our blog, took pictures of it in the studio, and then chopped it up in Photoshop to create what you see here.
I’m digging thee “love this” button that’s under each image on your wedding blog. How did you do that?
That’s the Image Voting plugin from Flaunt Books. It was really easy to install and customize with our own button. There’s a bunch of other things you can do with that plugin, including having it display your “most loved” images, but we choose to use it just to keep people connected with the images. The only thing it does for us is help us get excited about what images people are loving!
[more coming VERY soon]
If you’ve got a question about customizing ProPhoto4, ask it below in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer it.