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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    Kyla Handley

    @Andrew The "Home" that I was referring to was the text  on the page.  It is not possible to remove this.  It seems that it can be renamed, but that's it.

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    dawn earles

    Mine was not just the preview, I had to go and fix it this morning.  It was applied to my contact form on my site, my client areas and my price list.  All were checked on different computers.  It did apply those changes when I selected preview.  After that, I'm not touching nimbus again.  I still can't get it to look exactly the way I had it.  My fonts are all messed up and the build and estimate bar at the bottom of the price list is all huge, and half off the screen with text cut off.  It's badly in the way and I don't know how to fix that.

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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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    Snap Cubby San Luis Obispo

    I'm trying to clean up the messy pricing page I ended up with, and I don't see anything to correct the way the columns are being displayed for the add-ons.  This is what it looks like, please help.




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    Andrew Niesen
    Guys, I will dig into this as soon as I can. Frankly this is really frustrating because its not doing what you intended it to. Either you inadvertently published, there's a bug or you don't realize you're previewing. Either way, we need to fix something. I may need to get a developer involved.
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    Andrew Niesen
    Hey snap cubby, What's the URL of the page you sent in the screenshot?
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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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    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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    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?! :)




    Screen Shot 2011-10-28 at 7.02.17 PM.png
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    Jenny Marlowe Marvin

    I figured out the the problem I mentioned above, but the photos that I've created for my header shows up for a split second and then disappears.  Is there any troubleshooting on this that I haven't found yet?

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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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    Crystal Longbrake

    @Jennifer, I've been playing. If you add the image more than once, it won't disappear.

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    Crystal Longbrake

    For some reason, my image is looping. The image is the specified size, see screenshot. There should just be 3 pictures, the beginning of the "4th" one shouldn't be there. 

    http://memorylaneportraitboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Screen-shot-2011-10-29-at-9.04.12-AM.png

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    Crystal Longbrake

    Nevermind, images weren't the specified size after all.

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    Justin Lund

    @Jennifer - the style sheet isn't loading. Try re-publishing. I bet that will fix the problem.

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    Andrew Niesen

    Hey @Snap Cubby...

    I just checked a couple of your ShootQ-generated pricing pages in several different browsers. This is what the public would see:

    http://crossbrowsertesting.com/users/34729/screenshots/z2e2cb4bb4b624646783/public

    http://crossbrowsertesting.com/users/34729/screenshots/z40626ce0e9a8f88a106/public

    Hey @dawn:

    I just checked your contact form. It looks like this:

    http://crossbrowsertesting.com/users/34729/screenshots/z6b133ff5f48bcbb6578/public

    Our lead Nimbus developer thinks that you guys have some stale preview cookies on your browser. That's not your fault, but it's also not a serious problem (thank god.) Your comments above about Internet Explorer support this theory. We suggest quitting your browsers and going to your public areas without logging in. Let us know if this doesn't fix the problem. I'm still convinced it's a preview issue...

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    Heather Mount

    after playing around with Nimbus, i don't think it's going to work for me in its current state. how do i turn it off and go back to just me and shootq, bffs4ever?

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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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    Heather Mount

    right, but i had published it so i could make changes to my outfacing shootq contact and pricing page colors. when i clicked to change them within shootq before i published it, it would just take me to the nimbus theme styler page. i'd make changes there, but the settings weren't saving, so i published the nimbus site. now the settings are where i want them, but i don't want to leave the nimbus part up. 

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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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    Justin Lund

    Hey Heather, since you've published it, Atrium has now taken control over the theming of your ShootQ (and Nimbus) accounts. We have a theme which you can use called the "ShootQ Classic" theme that will look the most like the original ShootQ theme you had.

    Nimbus, if you choose to use it, will also have that theme.

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    Heather Mount

    i'm pretty sure nimbus had taken control over it before i published the nimbus site. no matter where i went i couldn't update my shootq pages' colors/logo, so that's a problem with your code you might want to look into. if nothing else, at least some sort of 'THIS IS IRREVERSIBLE NEVER DO IT!' warning would have been nice before i got all excited and joined beta and published my page. now i'm stuck with extra crap on my pages i can't get rid of since you don't allow css customization. i'd appreciate some way to turn that off in the future. for some reason nimbus' fonts are blurry looking on the menu bar on my nimbus'd site and i don't like that i have to deal with that now if i want to keep using shootq. 

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    Andrew Niesen

    Hey heather,

    Can you upload a screenshot of what you're seeing?

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    Andrew Niesen

    Hey Heather,

    Can you give us some feedback on our warning messages before publishing? Here's what it says...

    If you're currently a ShootQ user, this will change the layout and design of your customer-facing pages (such as your contact form, pricing pages, online bookings, and client portal). Clicking publish will make these changes permanent and cannot be undone.

    I want to make this clear so people get it. I want to know what your thought process was when you clicked past this message and publshed. Were you trying to preview something that you thought you couldn't preview unless you published?

    I really need to get to the bottom of why this is confusing so we can help people understand what they're doing because right now they're confused and we're trying to figure out why.

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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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    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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    Heather Mount

    "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. " 

    Nope nope and nope. That's not what I was saying at all. I completely understand what Nimbus was doing. It was obvious when I logged out to check what it looked like that nothing I had done was saving or affecting the actual look and feel. What I wanted to do was to actually have the changes I was making on the customization screen save and show up on my public pages - but I didn't really want the Nimbus part. The thing is, there wasn't a way to do that at all. Every time I attempted to publish the changes just to shootq.. all I was met with was a publish your Nimbus site - so after awhile I figured that was the only way it was going to go down. It was publish the changes so they stayed and have some half-baby-arm site attached to it or have my shootq pages not match my recent rebrand at all. Like I said before, I was trying to customize them - not Nimbus - I wasn't trying to get back to what I had before at all - I wanted to change what I had before. 

    Ok. I'm going to make this super simple. Hopefully seeing the whole story will make this more understandable. 
    - Heather and ShootQ, happy
    - *Nimbus descends from Cloud* (ooh! Shiny!)
    - Heather asks to be in Nimbus Beta, is accepted, starts playing with how it looks
    - Heather leaves Nimbus alone. It needs more work before it's a viable option.
    - Heather works long and hard on a new wordpress blog site, herding the SQLs and tending the SEOs
    - Heather changes her blog background from a canvas .png to good ol #ffffff
    - Heather obsessively simulates her customers' experience on her site in different browsers, on different computers
    - Heather is annoyed that ShootQ client area pages are still canvas .png and old logo - they don't match! 
    - Heather logs into ShootQ and goes to settings to change the shootq Colors & Logo (www.app.shootq.com/controlpanels/public)
    SWOOP! BAM! Heather is whisked right into the Nimbus page! 
    - Heather sees the customization area for Nimbus, but is only given the option to 'Preview' or 'Publish' Wanting to make ShootQ match again, Heather tries several times to find her way back to the Shootq Color & Logo customization page, but it's been eaten by Nimbus.  
    - Sad and desperate, Heather publishes Nimbus so that her ShootQ pages will change to #ffffff and the new logo, knowing full well this means Nimbus will go from a preview-only, to permanent. But how else was there to get those ShootQ pages in line? IF ONLY she had known BEFORE ADDING NIMBUS' BETA to her shootq account at all.

    And that was my problem. If you come up with some way to re-divide up the customization areas for the sites once the user has decided to attach Nimbus to their ShootQ account but before they've published Nimbus, so they can make changes to their existing shootq side, I think that would be a really good idea. 

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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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    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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    Ben Jenkins

    Here is your logo (I assume based on Google searching you) as a transparent PNG.  It's pretty rough because I just selected and deleted the whites but it should give you a placeholder for now.  It should be sized correctly too.




    cbrownphoto-transparent-logo.png
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