As the saying goes, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” While IWU’s Web Services team adamantly opposes skinning any cats in the process of making a website, we’re excited to give you a new way to create photo galleries for your websites. We’ve been testing it out with the Office of Communications for a few months now, and today we’re releasing it for all of our OmniUpdate users across campus.
The basic idea is this:
- Upload your photos to Flickr (which many of you have already been doing)
- Create a page in OmniUpdate
Simple, right? Okay, let’s go through these steps in more detail.
First, you’ll need a Flickr account. If your department already has one, great! If not, we’ll give you access to the main Illinois Wesleyan Flickr account on a case-by-case basis. Just ask Rick Lindquist or Ann Aubry for credentials.
Once you’re logged in to Flickr, upload the photos you want in your album. Put them all in a specific ‘Set’ (Flickr’s term for a group of photos), and make note of what name you give to that Photoset.
Next, go in to OmniUpdate and create a new page. When it asks what template you want to use for that page, instead of choosing the normal two-column or three-column, click on the “Flickr Photo Gallery” option.
On the next screen, you’ll see four options:
- Page Title (as usual)
- Flickr Username – If you’re using the main IWU Flickr account, enter iwuphoto. Otherwise, it’s the user name for your departmental Flickr account.
- Flickr Album Set – The name of the Set you created earlier. For example, this one would be Photo of the Week.
- Filename (as usual)
On the next page, you should see your photo album. You can edit everything on the page above the album just like normal, and, when you’re ready, go ahead and publish. It really is that simple!
We know there are a lot of photo galleries out there on the IWU website, but we think this one is so much better, both for visitors and for content stewards, that we anticipate this being the main way forward across the site. (It’ll also fix the aspect ratio distortion problem a few of you have seen when using the built-in OU feature.)
We also encourage you to consider moving your existing photo galleries into Flickr, as you have time, to improve the user experience. If you have any questions about this process, reach out to me, Curtis, Rick, or Ann and we’ll be happy to help!