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Tips for Customizing your ProPhoto4 Blog Theme

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.


Cheers!

Jeff



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Jeff Youngren -

Answered! Check the post!

Brynn Davello -

What widget do you use under your photos with the love this link? It’s amazing!

Jeff Youngren -

Answered! Check the post!

Rahul Agarwal -

What plugin are you using for your facebook comments? Do you prefer this over the standard prophoto comments?

Rahul Agarwal -

Also, who did your logo/graphics?

Jeff Youngren -

Answered! Check the post!

Jeff Youngren -

Answered! Check the post!

Christopher David -

I like how your contact for works. Is this a plug-in or special coding on your end? Thank you greatly in advance!

Amy Lashelle Beckler -

what slideshow plugin did you use for your front page slideshow? And how did you get the gift tag to stick over it?

Petrica Tanase -

how did you make the portfolio section? is that on the prophoto4 upgrade..the sliding chapters?

Petrica Tanase -

or the investment section?

Mike Cook -

Guys, this might seem like a stupid question, but at the top of each post, how do you get the title to appear on two lines. I thought it might work by hitting the return key (as you would do in Word for example) but that doesn’t work. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Jeff Youngren -

Great question, Mike – you just enter
in the post title, where you want the line break to go. The post title field accepts HTML tags, and that’s a basic one.

Mike Cook -

Thanks Jeff, much appreciated.

Steve Post -

Mike Cook Better yet, use the more-current
tag instead of the older
version… ;)

Jeff Youngren -

Steve Post – what’s the difference between the two, in this instance? Curious.

Jeff Youngren -

Great question – it’s a plugin called SlideSharePro. It’s sweet huh?

Jeff Youngren -

What do you mean?

Jeff Youngren -

It’s a Plug-in called “Gravity Forms” and we LOVE it!

Jeff Youngren -

It’s the built-in ProPhoto slideshow. The whole image is the whole header – image, gift tags, wrapping, and all. That whole thing is changing. Does that make sense @[68603555:2048:Amy]?

Mike Cook -

Jeff, sorry, just one more question. When using the new grids in ProPhoto4 in the rollover mode, how do you control the text that appears? When I use them, I just get the title and the first few lines of the post appearing and I can’t see any way of controlling this. Thanks.

Jeff Youngren -

OOOOOO! That’s a good one, I’ll answer above soon but what we did is filled in the Excerpt of the post with what we wanted it to say. When you do that, it overrides what you’re currently seeing in your case (and auto-excerpt) with what you’d like (in our case, the location). Additionally the formatting is controlled via CSS.

Mike Cook -

Jeff, sorry, just one more question. When using the new grids in ProPhoto4 in the rollover mode, how do you control the text that appears? When I use them, I just get the title and the first few lines of the post appearing and I can’t see any way of controlling this. Thanks.

Jeff Youngren -

OOOOOO! That’s a good one, I’ll answer above soon but what we did is filled in the Excerpt of the post with what we wanted it to say. When you do that, it overrides what you’re currently seeing in your case (and auto-excerpt) with what you’d like (in our case, the location). Additionally the formatting is controlled via CSS.

Amy Lashelle Beckler -

@[64300092:2048:Jeff Youngren] yes – thank you… that’s what I ended up doing as well, switching my site to ProPhoto soon.

Jeff Youngren -

@[68603555:2048:Amy Lashelle Beckler] Sweetness. When are you going to come visit?

Amy Lashelle Beckler -

@[64300092:2048:Jeff Youngren] it needs to be soon. or … maybe I can convince all these slc photogs and have you guys come here :)

Jeff Youngren -

@[68603555:2048:Amy Lashelle Beckler] We’re in :) Shoot us an e-mail & let’s chat!

Petrica Tanase -

Jeff Youngren you have on the investment section 3 links to categories on your blog..those links..are an option in the prophoto template or is custom css? i tried to make some in my blog..and well..did not work :))

David M. Kandelhardt -

Jeff Youngren Hey – I wonder where to find this Plugin? I can’t find it on the wordpress directory.

Benjamin Tennant -

Now Facebook comments are integrated right in to ProPhoto 4! And ProPhoto is also archiving those comments like Jeff mentioned in his post, in case we need to revert back to WordPress or facebook goes down.

Alejandro Garcia -

Hi Jeff. I would like to know how do you put the white border with logo in all of the images you post. Thanks.

Jim Whitham -

Hi Jeff. We have just started using Prophoto, and are loving it. Thanks for all the tips. When you have images side by side have you dropped them onto a canvas? If not, how do you arrange your photos? Thanks

Elizabeth Swenson -

Hi Jeff, Ijust satrted my own blog using pro-photo and I wanted to set up a weekly newsletter (like you have) but I can’t quite figure it out. Currently I have an RSS with a feedburner account but that only seems to want to send every day. Can you send me in the direction of a tutorial?

Thank you tons!

Liz of seelizlove.com :)

Brian Friedman -

Jeff – hey man. Your actual website – are the sections (weddings/engagements/investment) individual “pages” that you created? And how did you get each page to be a short size – by just having the background be a fixed image for each one? Hope you understand my question and THANKS!

Jeri Hoag -

@[64300092:2048:Jeff Youngren], I understand your answer to Amy’s question, but I’m curious how you get the links above the images to work if it’s part of a slideshow? Thank you!

Elaine Little -

I’d like to purchase Prophoto4, but am still not sure if I am able to customize it to manage my 1000′s of images. I sell to photobuyers (like stock images) and need a search engine to search within my site and a way to sell my images with pay pal or visa. CAn I do this through Prophoto or some other WordPress plug in? Thanks for answering.

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Hello The Youngrens. I am very curious what do you use for your newsletter sign up, can you share? Thank you

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