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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    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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    Andrew Niesen

    Sally - the image that "flashes" is a known issue - we've got a ticket in to get that fixed. I don't think it's in the next release, but should be fixed within the next few weeks.

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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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    Andrew Niesen
    @Erik @dawn This is just the preview. If you are logged into your nimbus/ShootQ account, you will see the unpublished preview on your ShootQ public areas and nimbus theme. If you log out, you will see what the public sees. Open another browser (like chrome, firefox) and make sure you're not signed into ShootQ or Nimbus. Then you'll see what the public sees.
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    David Higgins

    Now after working on this a little more I have found that you can add drop down menus in the page section, only the page section does not allow you to use content in the same manner as int he blogs. IE. I have imported my 9 RSS feeds to bring over all the product/ service information. Inside the blog section, it has easily moved over the images inside of the articles I have created. In the page section there is no way to bring over the articles in the same manner, it will only allow for the text itself, but without the imaging inside the article, the visual impact of the article is lost. 

    As of right now, I am finding the NImbus system to be damn near useless. Pricing pages do not show the customers the product, only a small text blurb about the product. The pricing page also only allows for the selection of 1 product per item listed. My blogs showcase the products in detail with images to allow the customers to know what they are buying, only I cannot show those on my site in a manner that makes any sense without over running my menu with an extra 9 product tabs. 

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    Cayce Callaway

    Still spinning.  I deleted that gallery and tried a different one, but it's been spinning for hours.  I have another gallery that uploaded with no problem, so I'm not sure what the deal is.  Any response on this would be very nice!

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    Don Pope

    I hate to chime in with a negative thought, but I am struggling to understand how to set up a Nimbus site.  I have submitted help ticket, but I really did not get an answer.  Example, the Private URL?  Huh?  I just want my site to look like the samples.  There needs to be much more published on how to set one up.  I have spent hours trying to set one up.  I have uploaded images to a gallery, clicked on view site, and it always says  "We're working away on getting our photos ready for you to view. In the meantime, check out the rest of our site". 

    I currently use Live Books and it was easy to set up Live Books.  I realize that it is a work in progress but Nimbus set up is not easy at all.  

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    David Higgins

    Everyone who is having theme issues when publishing read this.

    I have found that after publish the public view, you must go back into the settings, go to your theme, and re-save the theme as you want it before it will show on the front end. 

    This is of course a pain and confusing as all hell, but it will fix the issue so it seems. 

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    dawn earles

    Andrew, has that issue been fixed yet or about to be fixed?   My contact page looks horrid!  http://www.dawnearles.com/blog/contact/

    I really need it to apply my changes so it will match my new webdesign.

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    dawn earles

    I can see the advantage of having your website and blog in the same place, however I already have that with a wordpress blogsite.  I don't have pictage, so are there any other advantages I can have using nimbus over wordpress, or does it stop there without utilizing pictage galleries?

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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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    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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    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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    Andrew Niesen

    Hey Heather,

    I think I'm following you here. So in short, you're asking to be able to use Nimbus themes on your ShootQ public areas without using Nimbus. Right?

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    Justin Lund

    Yes, for now you have to use a Nimbus theme.  There is a "ShootQ Classic" theme that is the replacement for the "old" public areas.  Soon, all new ShootQ accounts will have this for ShootQ whether or not they've enabled Nimbus.

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    Andrew Niesen
    @Jason what theme are you using?
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    Kevin McWilliams

    How do I remove the Galleries section on the contact page?

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    Cayce Callaway

    Thanks guys.  I'll create a ticket and try to give you any additional info (although I'm not sure there is any), but it will at least be in the system.

    Cayce

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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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    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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    Lucy Hayslip

    show us a sample of a photographer that has been using Pictage ,shootQ Nimbus that is  up and running because i have spent all day trying to make it work and  zero, nada no luck you should really offer to set it up for all of us!! how in the world can we get things done first pictage then shootQ atrium and now Nimbus?... watching your videos really sound good  and easy  perhaps you mean well but this is just getting to confusing  i just learned how to navigate Pictage some what  and now this!.. all very confusing and  very annoying again  i think you all should added this Ninbus deal to  Pictage website  perhaps better video features and variety  for our customers and a more animated gallery with more choice of music as well as helping to set the photography packages but all of these features should of been added  into Pictage Website make it simple instead of trying to create mor monthly revenue by having pictage, atrum,shootq, and Nimbus? too much somewhat a good idea but not quite comple too much going back and forth.I thought that Pictage was hard to learn  but for now i give up i think i'll just stick with pictage as of now.  "Perhaps all in one would be more practical??

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    Kyla Handley

    I can't wait to get everything switched over to nimbus but some work still needs to be done.  We need at least some customization features instead of having to outsource everything and not look so generic.  Having the word "Home" on your front page is not very appealing to visitors.  Also maybe different options for the gallery, and how it looks to visitors, and like others said more animation with the menu would greatly enhance the look.

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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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    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.




    add-ons.tiff
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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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    Andrew Niesen

    Bond,

    I'll have the deve team check that out. I'm betting that if you refresh a couple of times it will start working. Sounds like it needs some technical love...

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    David Frye

    I would like to know if there is a way to un-publish my nimbus site?  I would like to be back to the old ShootQ contact form look and feel, I don't like how my contact form is looking because of the new nimbus.  Can I change it back?  Thanks!

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hi Melanie,

    I may be wrong but I think what your looking for is going to be a theme specific customization.  The current themes don't have any built in drop-down menu functionality.  Maybe upcoming ones will.  I know there have already been a few other people that have requested the same thing.  You could always try contacting one of the custom Nimbus designers and see if they could help you out too.  David over at Wolf Snap Designs is one of those folks.  He's been pretty active over on the Pictage forums talking about building custom designs.  Here is is contact info if you want it. http://www.wolfsnap.com/contact/

    Ben 

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    Sharon Arnoldi

    How come we can't upload video from anywhere, how come I have to take my video and upload it to flickr then link it to Nimbus? In reality it would be great to have a link to animoto.com so I don't have to go through all those steps.  Also I can't get any of my uploaded from my computer images to appear they act like they upload but when I come back later its not there.  I have no problems importing from Pictage sessions though.

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    Cayce Callaway

    Still can't upload, still can bring photos from Pictage, still no one responding.  Kind of a bummer.

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