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

    @David Higgins - thanks for all your thorough feedback. I've got my responses in Italic below:

    • Gallery Functions/not uploading images/ files, already being address of course.
    • On friday we identified the issues behind the upload problems that were causing the "Spinning Wheel" and fixed them. You should no longer be seeing this issue.
    • Template applied in Nimbus is not applying to the ShootQ portion of the site. 
    • I believe this is caused by a bug that is causing the CSS style sheet not to load on first publish. The symptom is a page that is your content showing up as a list with images and text in "Times" font with a white background. Re-publishing the site fixes this every time, which is what you did. We will get that looked at.
    • Site in preview mode is not showing the site as would be seen in live mode.
    • I'm not sure I fully understand what you're referring to here; I do think today I discovered that some people aren't "publishing" their galleries onto their "galleries" page - maybe out of fear that it will publish their site. I think we can correct this with different language. Make sure you're publishing your galleries.
    • Cannot link videos in blog posts.
    • I just tested my youtube account with Nimbus. Nimbus itself doesn't host videos - we integrate with Vimeo and YouTube instead. See if you can get that to work for you.
    • Preview button on blog post entry page does not function.
    • I noticed that too. Putting in a ticket for development to fix.
    • Adding new categories does not reflect until screen is refreshed.
    • Good point. Putting in a ticket.
    • Cannot delete categories inside of the blog section.
    • Another good point. Ticket created.
    • Menu does not allow for drop downs (parent menu item) selection for blog categories or stacking of links or any other items.
    • Pages can be stacked menu items, but do not allow for use of any blog item/ category and will not allow the use of text/ photo formatted articles. 
    • Themes do not currently support drop-downs, but this is a planned improvement.
    • Pricing pages do not show full description of items.
    • This is also a theme-specific issue. Which theme are you using?
    • Only able to select 0 or 1 for quantity on pricing page.
    • This likely has to do with the way your ShootQ pricing is set up. Did it work differently when you just used ShootQ? Configure the pricing page in ShootQ to have a higher maximum value.
    • Pricing pages do not show any images of items for clients to view. 
    • This is also a theme-specific issue.
    • As I continue to work through the site I will continue to post the issues that I come across. 
    • Thank you so much! This is really helpful. I love it when criticism comes with specifics like this.
    • I believe that as the system is worked on, a few additions for us to use that would be great could include:
    • Yes. We're working constantly on Nimbus. It WILL be awesome, come hell or high water.
    • Secondary menu (either top right column or bottom would be great)
    • This is interesting. What would you use the secondary menu for?
    • Bottom module positions at the end of both left and right columns for adding custom articles ie: advertisment/ special add placement. 
    • We are developing "widgets" that can go on the sidebar of your blog. This could be a place to put google adwords. Is that kind of what you're thinking about?
    • Nesting menu items that allow access to show ANY of the content created in ANY category whether single or category being shown.
    • We're actually about to remove the concept of categories and only use tags. Categories and tags are too similar and are confusing when used together. I think this will solve the problem you're describing.
    • Text formatting in blog entry zone to allow for creating headers, paragraphs and image placement inside article etc.
    • Here I think you're requesting the ability to format pages and posts with multiple columns. What you're describing is difficult to do in a rich text editor, but we were thinking about providing 10-12 layout templates you could select and then add elements to the different cells in the layout. Would begin to solve the problem you're describing?
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    David Higgins

    @Andrew

    OK, to answer your questions and follwo up on a few.

    Video use in articles; I am a Vimeo user, I have linked accounts in Nimbus, when I select the video addition iceom a popup window opens asking for me to select provider. As I have only added Vimeo this icon is the only that appears, but there is no button/ video add function attached to the icon at all. The icon is just an icon.

    Theme specific issues, item descriptions and item images bot showing, I have all Brands set to Crystalize theme.  

    As for a second menu on bottom or side columns, we would be able to use these as we do on other sites, any and all link that might not pertain to the main function of the site. For me, I would use it to have a link for careers with our growing studio, for links back to our workshop site and to our association pages, ect. It would be of great use to have if people even only used it as a secondary way to make sure their potential clients find and see the links they are looking for. Having functionality same as the current menu would be fine, linking inside Nimbus or to an external URL. 

    As for widgets, it is similar to what I was thinking, having the option to add in any custom item, whether test or HTML. If you take a look at my personal site http://kalistaimaging.com I have several custom module positions I have built into it to give more information and emphasis on the particulars we want put forth on the home page. Things we do not want our potentials to miss. ie, our Giving Back section and of course the new Bamboo and Acrylic Prints that are available have been showcased here with links to the specific product page it corresponds to. ect.

    I think you should leave categories, but make it a bit easier visually to see categories and subcategories. We have our article system set up this way, allowing us to have a category for services and subsequent subcategories to explain each of the services int hat genre (catagory). Then if pages can show a category, sub-category or specific article, we would be able to provide information in a manner that best suits our business model. Leaving it only to tags (especially with auto tagging software active) pages will become jumbled with information that is not pertinent to the clients search. 

    Right text editor is fine, but if I am not mistaken, the way searching will work when bots are crawling the pages, they will pick out sections tagged as header. I am not sure if I an accurately explain what I actually mean, but can very easily show you the text editor we use on our sites now so you would know exactly what I mean. Article layout templates might be a good way to go too, we could also be talking the same thing in different manners so who knows. 

    Thanks for your response and your team is welcome to contact me. I am very open to testing and searching out issues that will arise. I know some of the issue we find with the system apply to larger studios with several brands and staff members with traveling equipment ect, but we honestly believe your company does have the best attitude in customer service only to be held back by digital functionality. 

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    Christina Kennedy

    @Andrew, thanks.  Yes, was able to get the galleries viewable in preview mode based on help from the Galleries thread, sorry I didn't come back here and update.

    I think I'm going to have to stop using the ShootQ contact form then.  The stuff I have there was specific to the Fall Season, and I'm already ready to change it.  I'm not ready to publish my site using Nimbus yet.

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    Sally LeDrew

    Hi........I am starting to have an 'ahhhha' moment........I can see how this will be very good........I am really starting to like it!!!  Please let me though what size is best for photos in the gallery.

    Thanks

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    James Costa

    Hey Sally!

    The slideshows should automatically resize your photos for you. Depending on what theme you're using you should be able to decide whether or not you need super high resolution versions of your photos or can have smaller ones. Generally speaking a good rule of thumb is to keep your image sizes to around 800px maximum, and that'll work for the free themes in there. For new themes we're working on for the system, we'll be offering full-screen themes that would be great for larger images.

    Hope that answers your question! Please do let me know if you have any more questions! Have an awesome day!

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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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    James Costa

    @Sally: Go to Settings > Pages and make sure the page you created is there. If it doesn't appear in the Navigation, go to Settings > Navigation, and create a menu item by first putting in it's name, then going over to select where it links to from the dropdown (you'll select Page), and then when the new dropdown appears select which page you'd like it to link to and click "Add Men Item"!

    Best of luck!

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    Sally LeDrew

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

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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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    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 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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    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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    Andrew Davis

    I'm hoping that more themes will be coming out soon, and that the promised developer network ends up panning out, that flexibility would be great.

    My gallery is here: http://andrew-davis-weddings.photosit.es/galleries/
    I'm not sure if it just the theme I am using, but each gallery says 'New Gallery' and the date above the gallery title. 

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    Andrew Davis

    I'm hoping that more themes will be coming out soon, and that the promised developer network ends up panning out, that flexibility would be great.

    My gallery is here: http://andrew-davis-weddings.photosit.es/galleries/
    I'm not sure if it just the theme I am using, but each gallery says 'New Gallery' and the date above the gallery title. 

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    James Costa

    Hey Andrew! I know a lot of people are interested in seeing more themes, and know that the ability for people other than the small set of customization partners to develop themes is around the bend and in full focus right now. Right now development for custom themes involves a bit of manual labour from the developers, and it looks like most of that will be automated.

    Such a strange bug... that's definitely theme-based, and I'll be sure to email the developers to let them know that one needs to be fixed for you. Cheers!

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    Steven Boyle

    Hey guys, hoping someone here can help me.

    I'm currently swapping my website over to a Nimbus design. Obviously I'm wanting to direct my domain name to the new site. My old website and email is currently hosted at justhost.com.au. 
    What happens  to me email once the domain is directed to Nimbus and not justhost? We can't host our email through Nimbus can we?

    I hope this makes sense.  

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    James Costa
    Hey Steven! If your host hasn't set you up on an email platform like Google Mail (or Google Apps for business) then its likely that you'll need to either keep your host active to keep your emails and your current set up, or ask them about moving your emails onto Google Mail. Google offers a service to host your emails for up to 10 emails within your company which works for most people. This service is separate from your host, so you would be able to get rid of it and move over to Nimbus without having to ever worry about your email again! Let me know if you have any questions about this. I'll see if I can put together a bit of a tutorial on this since it's a pretty common question. :-)
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    David Higgins

    Steven, your best bet for this will to be for you to download or forward a copy of everything on your justhost mail server to yourself. The idea of a Gmail is a  good idea, just set up the email accounts to take and send as your domain specific email address.Personally, I have my staff set up with our company emails on t a justhost server as well but they use to access and send their Gmail accounts.e have them set up as IMAP accounts, this leaves the original master copy of the email on the server in case we need to ever pull them in the future.   Of course you nee to make sure you have the emails created before you go and swap your "www." and "@" in your total DNS controls to make this work right for if you remove the nameservers first you will loose access to your justhost email accounts.  

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    Ben Jenkins

    Steven - I don't think you'll need to worry about your email at all.  You're not changing any nameservers, just adding a CNAME record to point to Nimbus.

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    James Costa

    Ben is right - unless you cancel your hosting, you won't need to do anything about your emails since you'll only be changing the settings on your domain name. That being said, if you do cancel it, you can use Google Apps for Business which allows you to access your email through their system (it's a different setup than your @gmail.com address). Hopefully this makes sense - if not, please feel free to email me - james [at] thephuse [dot] com, and I'd love to help out. I know there's a lot of information being thrown around, and I want to make sure you get everything set up properly. :-)

    Cheers!

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    Andrew Niesen

    Hey guys,

    There are a few entities that are in play here, that I thought I'd define just for clarity.

    1) Your domain registrar - whoever controls your domain name. Usually these folks run DNS (domain name servers) and point requests to your domain to your various hosting providers.

    2) Your hosting provider - whoever hosts the files that make up your website. In this case, it's Nimbus.

    3) Your email provider - whoever provides email services to you.

    A lot of these services come bundled by companies like GoDaddy, so separating them out can be confusing.

    Some terms that are important to know:

    CNAMES: These are names like "www." or "ftp." that preceed your domain name. You can also have a "wildcard" cname that handles any random cname that isn't otherwise defined, and is denoted with an asterisk (*). Cnames tell your Domain Name Registrar where to route requests. So, if you have an FTP server on one hosting provider, and your website on another hosting provider CNAMES will help your domain registrar to route the requests. If "ftp" preceeds the request, the DNS will route the request to your FTP host; if "www" preceeds the request, it will be routed to your web host.

    MXRECORDS: MX Records are how your email finds its host. We use gmail (through a service called "Google Apps for Business" - which I think is free - www.google.com/a/) and all you have to do is sign up for an account and point your MX records with your Domain Registrar to route all email to gmail. You don't have to use "gmail.com" as your domain; it will be your domain. Gmail has instructions on how to do this.

    Long story short, you should go to whomever you have your domain name registered with (like GoDaddy) and set up your DNS records to point web traffic to Nimbus, and change MX Records to point email traffic at another provider like Gmail.

    I hope this helps and it isn't too confusing.

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    Ben Jenkins

    Google Apps is awesome.  We've been using it for a couple years now.  Here is a link to sign up for it.  http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html  Here are set up instructions http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=33352

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    Holly Guillaume

    Is there a way to customize the layout a bit more?  I would really like to adjust the height of the header slideshow.

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    James Costa

    Hey Holly! Unfortunately not right now - you'd need to customize the theme to do that. A customization partner like The Phuse could do that for you, but it would take some hackery. If you have questions, feel free to get in touch! james@thephuse.com

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    Ginger Dupre

    @ Ben Jenkins - How did you remove the sidebar on your pages to allow your text to travel the entire page? Example on your About Us page? Thanks

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    James Costa

    Here's what Ben is dropping in the HTML of the pages he doesn't want the sidebar: http://pastebin.com/0qV0v6H4

    Cheers!

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    Andrew Niesen

    This works for now, but it's kind of hackety. We have a planned solution that will be much more elegant :)

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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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    James Costa

    There isn't a way to "unpublish" Nimbus, it seems. What you can do is go into the Themes in Atrium and change it back to the Default theme, and that might solve your problem!

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    Christina Kennedy

    @James, they've already told me, "Currently, when you start playing with Nimbus, ShootQ "freezes" your public areas and you can't make changes to them. If you haven't published your Nimbus site yet, your ShootQ public areas look the same as they did before you activated Nimbus, but you just can't go change your colors or fonts or logos."

    But frankly, this is not acceptable!  I need to be able to change my ShootQ public areas.  It almost sounds like I will have to publish Nimbus, but I don't want to use it yet.  It is just not there.  I don't see myself switching over any time soon.

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