Nimbus Setup Guide

Nimbus Setup Guide

Welcome

Nimbus is the new web for photographers. It simplifies your online presence so everything you need is at your fingertips – anytime, anywhere! Your website, blog and galleries are finally connected in the cloud.

Think of it as a channel to communicate and collaborate with your clients. Everything from your portfolio to your paperwork is connected. It’s never been so easy – and fun – to build your business and share your photos online. 

 

Getting Started

Brands and Nimbus

In Nimbus, each brand gets its own website.  If you need to enable Nimbus on another brand, you can do so from the settings to Manage Sites.  Learn more about brands in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Themes

Themes control the look and feel of your Nimbus site and your publicly-accessible areas of ShootQ.  Update your site with a whole new look by changing themes and tweaking colors without affecting your content.  Choose your theme in the Themes settings in Atrium.  Learn more about themes in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Navigation Menus

Menus are the navigation links that appear on your site.  Their location is theme-dependent and most often appear at the top or side of every page.  There are several pre-configured for you: Home, About Us, Blog, Galleries, Contact and Client Login.  You can add, remove and modify these links to go to internal Nimbus pages, ShootQ pages, even to a specific URL from the Navigation Settings.  Learn more about navigation menus in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Galleries

You create magnificent images, now show them off to the world.  Create galleries by importing images from Pictage events, flickr, Instagram and directly from your computer.  View your Galleries.  Learn more about galleries in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Pages

Pages are places for your content.  Each page can have text, images and video.  Create a page in the Pages settings.  Learn more about pages in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Blog

Already have a blog?  If so, you can import your previous posts from a Wordpress or Blogger site - even import from an RSS or Atom feed.  Import your blog.

If you don’t yet have a blog or want to start fresh, create a new blog post in Posts.  Learn more about blogs in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

 

Advanced Topics

Domain Name

Want to use your own domain name?  No problem!  Let us know your domain name in the DNS settings and find information about configuring your DNS settings.  Learn more about DNS in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Users

Users in Nimbus are separate from the users in ShootQ.  Additional users can be created in Nimbus to manage content and author blog posts.  Create new users in the Users settings.

  • Users need to be invited using a similar invitation to ShootQ.  Invited users will be able to configure their own profile settings in Atrium.
  • Existing shootQ users must be invited to Nimbus, they are not automatically added as Nimbus users.

Learn more about users in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

SEO

SEO, or search engine optimization is built into each Nimbus site.  Configure permalinks for pages and blog posts when creating them.  Additional SEO configuration is available for configuring your URL structure in the SEO Mapping settings.

  • The default URL structure in Nimbus conforms to good SEO practice.
  • URL structure can be customized by changing base URLs and individual permalinks.

Learn more about basic SEO settings in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Learn more about advanced SEO Mapping settings in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

Files

You can upload files to link to them from one of your pages.  You can also upload music files that you have rights to for gallery music.  Learn more about files in Nimbus in this knowledgebase article.

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    Andrew Niesen
    Hey dawn and snapcubby, Please send URLs for the pages you're having trouble with. I have our developer looking into this.
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    David Higgins

    @Kevin- go to your galleries, open the gallery you want to delete. Down on the bottom right, where the the publish and save button are, there is the "Delete" button. It is only text, small and to the left of the publish button. This will delete the gallery you are currently in. 

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    Katie Van Buren

    Hi Cayce,

    Strange, I replied to your post last week.  It doesn't appear to have actually posted.  I apologize about that.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  It appears there is a issue that is only effecting some photographers.  We are aware of the issue and are working toward a resolution.  We will post as soon as it is fixed.

    Ben's suggestions above are also great.  If you create a new thread or the best practice is to submit a support ticket to ShootQ  http://help.shootq.com/requests/new.  This gives us more detail about the problem you are experiencing and a better opportunity to resolve it.

    Katie

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    Andrew Niesen

    Heather, 

    Re-reading your post it sounds like you thought that the changes were published even though they weren't. Nimbus uses cookies in your browser to simulate what your public areas will look like without actually publishing them. The purpose is to give you a full preview without having to publish and commit permanent changes. 

    We've tried to communicate this with a yellow bar on the Nimbus dashboard that says: "Customers cannot see your Nimbus site. When you are ready to share it with the world, click here to publish."

    So what you were seeing was simulated and in your browser (and only your browser). If you weren't signed into ShootQ or Nimbus, you would have seen the public pages of ShootQ the way they were before you published. But I bet you thought the Nimbus-themed public areas were live to the whole world, and in trying to get back to what you had before, you published your Nimbus site, which at that point really did permanently alter your ShootQ public areas. And the message above on the Nimbus dashboard isn't enough.

    A lot of people think that this is caused by bugs - meaning that the code is malfunctioning, which it isn't - it's working the way it's designed to work. It sounds like we may need to work on the design to make it less confusing - so that you don't think you've accidentally published a theme when you're actually just previewing it.

    Am I getting what's going on here?

    BTW, I also am going to see what we can do about getting you back to where you were, but I need to meet with the development team next week about it. 

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    Sally LeDrew

    Hi......just wondering about he 'pages' in settings........I want to add another page.......I have tried but can't seem to see it........how do I do this and will I see the new page on the navigation bar of the site??

    thanks

    :)

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    Snap Cubby San Luis Obispo

    Thank you Dawn, for bringing this to my attention as well!  Nimbus has totally screwed up my client areas.  It was not made clear at all that I couldn't test changes in Nimbus without affecting my already implemented client areas, proposals, etc.  Also, when I log out completely to see what my clients will see, there is still a drag down bar from the top that gives the login window to my ShootQ account.  This looks completely unprofessional.  The fonts are also completely weird on the proposal site, switching half way in both size and color, which was not at all the case before.  And this is a past proposal sent out pre-nimbums.

    What's going on here?!  I had been in contact with my rep at ShootQ, anxiously awaiting Nimbus as I didn't make it on to the Beta list, but was told over and over that it was being delayed because you didn't want to release a product that wasn't finished.  Frustrated with the lack of accountability for the delays, she assured me that you didn't want to release a product you weren't proud of....  Yet this is the crap you release?!  

    I just want the old ShootQ I had back, so I can implement it into a Wordpress site and be done with this crap.

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    Andrew Davis

    I've just started working with Nimbus, and it's definitely looking promising. I would love to see many more options for customization, but I understand that may take a while to implement. I have a few specific items that would make it much more useful to me, and some wishlist items.

    *Homepage Slideshow option-I would like to be able to have a native slideshow on the homepage, instead of one static image, or needing to embed a slideshow from another site.

    *Product Options Should Display on Public Pricing Pages
     I know this is more of a ShootQ issue, but myself and several other users have been asking for this for ages in the ShootQ forum with no luck. What use is it to be able to set up product options when they don't display in contracts or public pricing pages? Actually, product options not showing up in contracts is an even bigger issue than it not showing up on the public pricing pages. 

    *Why does it say 'NEW GALLERY' above every gallery on my site?

    *What happened to the full screen button that was on the galleries a couple days ago, and mysteriously disappeared?

     Wishlist:

    *SmugMug integration (probably a long shot since they could be seen as a competitor to Pictage for print fulfillment)
    *Complete customization via editor or CSS
    *Full Page Slideshow Option 

    That's what I have for now, it's definitely a good start, but not quite fleshed out enough for me to fully switch over just yet. And the product options thing, really, that's just annoying and I'm a little embarrassed for the team there that it's such a poorly implemented 'feature.' I have contracts that just say 11x14 Flushmount Album, because I was thinking that specifying 40 pages, and a brown leather cover would actually show in the contract.

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    Andrew Niesen

    @Heather - you don't have to do anything. If you're seeing changes to your public (branded) areas of ShootQ, just log out, quit your browser and then re-visit the public pages in ShootQ without being logged in. You'll see they haven't changed.

    We're working hard on Nimbus. It's a big project and it's going to take time to make it awesome. More themes will be coming over the coming months and I'm sure you'll hear from us regularly.

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    Christina Kennedy

    Is there any way to disconnect Nimbus from my customer facing pages until I decide to switch to Nimbus?  Prior to it's release, I had changed my customer facing pages to match my WordPress site, and it had a temporary, "Fall Sessions," header.  Now I have changed my WordPress site to a non-seasonal look, but my customer facing pages thru ShootQ can't be modified to match.  It's kind of embarrassing, especially since I'm no longer booking fall sessions!

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    Katie Van Buren

    I am sorry to hear that your first impression with Nimbus hasn't been a good one.  Have you had a chance to watch the set up video?  If not you can view it at http://vimeo.com/26811587  I thought I could share a few other sites with you to click through.  I am sure there are photographers that can chime in to share their own too. 

    http://crystalized.photosit.es/

    http://snellman-photo.photosit.es

    http://other.photosit.es/

    Katie

    Edited to correct vimeo link

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    Cindy Brown

    Ben: Did you put your logo on each photo in the header? I tried loading a logo where Nimbus asks for a logo, but I couldn't get it to take one with a transparent background and without the transparent background the logo looks tacky.

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    Julie Foskett

    I am using my zenfolio galleries instead of the nimbus galleries. I see how to add a button and link to the url. But there is a button on the home page that says "view our work" how can I have that button send to my zenfolio url? Also, how do I set this new site to my custom domain? Lastly, is there a tech support contact phone number I can call for help? 

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    Jenny Marlowe Marvin

    I just submitted a ticket, but when I preview the website I've ben working on today it looks like this.  In preview it should be the Crystalized theme....  Any idea as to why it looks this lovely?! :)




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    David Higgins

    I published our main brand site just to see how it will actually function. There in nothing but a white screen with text. I have tested in IE, Chrome and Firefox. This is the case for both brands we have published.  No logo, verticle left justified menu and plain text only.  

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    Julie Foskett

    I seem to have lost the spot where you change the main header image... Could you also tell me the sizing needed? 

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    Andrew Niesen

    Okay, I'm starting to understand the confusion. It's funny, because this came up a little in beta testing, but we thought we had it fixed with the publish warning and messages.

    I've called a meeting for Monday with our head developer of Nimbus and Justin Lund so we can make sure we're thoroughly understanding the confusion and make appropriate changes.

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    Sally LeDrew

    Hi James.......worked like a charm!!!  Thanks xo

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    dawn earles

    I just tested it in IE and everything looks fine.  In chrome it looks like hell.  Not sure why.  Snap Cubby, take a look at your pages in a different browser and see if they look ok.  

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    James Costa

    Hey Andrew! Nimbus is definitely looking awesome and the developers are doing a kickass job. While I can't answer all your questions, here's a few:

    • I was talking to Mark McClain, the lead developer, and he mentioned that the ability to show a gallery on the front page is coming shortly. The only problem with the coming solution is that the user would have to click "play" to start the slideshow function, but that is a perfect example of where a custom theme works better (or you could use Crystalized since it has a slideshow in the header of every page that starts automagically).
    • For the "New Gallery" bug, I can't personally recreate it. Can you guide us through what theme you're using, a link to where it happens, and try adding a title to your gallery if you haven't to see what it does?
    Wish I could help on the other bugs - please feel free to ask if you have any more Nimbus-related questions and I'd love to help!
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    Jenny Marlowe Marvin

    @john  to answer your question, when working with the template and it wouldn't show it in the preview I just chose a different template and published for a second and then went back to the Crystalized theme and it works great.  It literally only took me 3 hours to set up my entire Nimbus site (still working on getting all the right photos up)  but I am actually thoroughly impressed with how integrated it is.  I have already received a few comments of people saying they like the look of it. Thanks ShootQ :)

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    James Costa

    Hey Dawn and Christina - this is an interesting idea and I'll be sending it over to the developers just in case they don't see this message. Thanks for the thoughts, there's definitely a lot of ways Nimbus can be taken to the next level, and it's only with our feedback that the ShootQ/Pictage team can get it there. ;-)

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hi Dawn,

    This video might be the one that was meant to be posted above.  http://vimeo.com/26811587  

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hey Cindy,

    No I am just using the logo.  You'll just need to save your image as a png file with a transparent background and it should work fine.

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    Julie Foskett

    Thanks Ben. Is there away to replace the nimbus gallery with a link to my url instead? Then the button would still work... 

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    John Morgali

    Jennifer please tell us what the fix was for that issue.  I have been unable to figure mine out. 

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    David Higgins

    How do I un-publish the Nimbus sites to ensure no one will see them? Without them working I want to make they do not exist publicly for my clients to accidentally stumble upon. Please either let me know how to un-public h these or if you can just take all Nimbus published brands offline. We will still be using ShootQ of course so only the Nimbus sites need come down. Please help. 

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    Andrew Niesen

    We are pushing a release tonight that will allow ShootQ public areas to be themed differently than Nimbus that should fix the problem Dawn mentions. We have to go back and do some database work to enable these features for people who are already in Nimbus; should take about two weeks. Stay tuned!

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    dawn earles

    Drop down menu's are normally a deal breaker for me.  Are there any plans to create a theme with those features?  Are there any themes available for purchase with more advanced features? 

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    Andrew Niesen

    Thanks, James. Sally, I want to make sure that's not confusing :) I'm going to make a note.

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    dawn earles

    It looks like when you are browsing the themes, and you choose to preview the theme, it actually saves the settings even if you don't click the "update nimbus theme" button.  Just the act of clicking on the theme and previewing it will apply those settings.  

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