In Part I of my series on setting up a Project Gallery, I went over some reasons on why it is a good idea to have one, and what you can do with it.
Today I’m going to give an overview of the process, and outline the steps because there are quite a few (but don’t be put off by that).
Slow and steady.
But first, I want to talk a little bit about the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin vs Inlinkz.
I’ve used InLinkz (Project Manager) since I started my blog in 2010. I was on Blogger at that time and then migrated to WordPress in January of 2013. Inlinkz came with me and I have to say it is a really great tool. It has a lot of different applications but I use it solely to create galleries. So what’s the big difference? Well for me, it’s ease of use, and control.
InLinkz is an off-site application where I go and create a database of links that point to my blog. I go to InLinkz, sign in, add my links, get the code, copy the code and then paste it into a page in my blog. On a side-note, InLinkz charges for some of their services and indeed they should. Someone has to bring home the bacon, right? And I would pay for it if I was going to continue using it. Right now I have 74 free links to go, after that I have to pay a monthly fee. No big deal, but …
The WP Gallery Custom Links plugin is installed on my blog. It’s free (but you can make a donation to the developers), and I don’t have to leave my blog. I have complete control of my links and my images. All the images that are on my blog are now saved on the server at HostGator. My blog is self-hosted; it’s not a WordPress.com blog (there’s a big difference).
OK! Enough of all that. As promised, here’s an overview of where I’m going with all of this!
- Download and install the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin.
- Create a Page.
- Add the Page to the Menu Bar.
- Create a Gallery.
- Add more images to the Gallery.
- Add another Gallery to the Same Page.
- Create a drop-down Menu.
First of all, if you haven’t already, back up your blog!!
How to Create a Project Gallery using the WP Gallery Custom Links Plugin
Download and install the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin:
- Go to the Dashboard.
- Click Plugins.
- Choose Add New.
- Search for WP Gallery Custom Links.
- Click Install Now. That’s it! It’s installed and you are ready to go.
So that concludes Part II of my series. Please join me on Friday where we will really get down to business!
Hope to see you then!