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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    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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    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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    James Costa
    Hey Lucy! Nimbus can be a bit overwhelming if you don't take it in steps and strides, but feel free to ask questions. As for yours, here are a couple sites we (The Phuse) have worked on that are "live" and being used by clients right now: http://www.brittrenephoto.com/ http://www.rebeccamarieart.com/ These are both custom themes (e.g. both Brittany and Rebecca contracted The Phuse to create these themes specifically for them), and show quite a bit of the flexibility you have with Nimbus. With the free themes built-in, there is a bit of flexibility with themes, but it does take some hacking and time to get into the flow of it. Here are some people who are using Nimbus with the free themes: http://crystalized.photosit.es/ http://snellman-photo.photosit.es http://other.photosit.es/ http://www.vidamiaphoto.net Cheers! If you have questions about custom themes or need help being put in the right direction, feel free to email me ( james@thephuse.com ) or leave a message in this thread and the community will try to help!
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    Andrew Niesen
    @Shaun now that nimbus is live, our next big focus is growing our theme library. We are planning a big new years resolution campaign and hope to have themes by then.
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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 Niesen
    Hey snap cubby, What's the URL of the page you sent in the screenshot?
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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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    Sharon Arnoldi

    I'm having problems attaching video in my blog post, it didn't import my embedded videos and now even after uploading the videos to vimeo or flickr I still can't get them to import - ideas?

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    Ben Jenkins

    There isn't a way to unpublish yet.  I think this is something that is being worked on though since there have been a lot of people asking for this.  Right now the best thing to do is switch your Nimbus theme to Classic as it is the closest to looking like your original contact form etc.

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    Jennifer Ruth

    I've been playing with nimbus and been noticing some kinks which I'm sure will be worked out, but I'm really curious how I can get drop-down menus from my page headings so that I can have, say, three additional pages under the heading About Us or two additional pages under Services. I currently have this format in my old website and definitely need the additional pages than five or six. Also, there's an option in the Navigation settings to choose a "Category" and yet there are none in the drop down menu. I don't want all my pages to be formatted like the Home page where there's the blog roll on the right hand side.

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    Christina Kennedy

    @Kevin, did you already try to go to Navigation and delete the Gallery page?

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hey Cayce,

    This has been an off and on again issue that has been resolved several times.  It's also been reported over in the Pictage forums and they are aware of it and working on it.  I don't believe these forums are monitored as heavily as the Pictage forums though so it might be better to either create a new thread specifically regarding this issue or submit an official support ticket to ShootQ.  You can do that here.  http://help.shootq.com/requests/new  You can also give the folks over at ShootQ a call (888)-9-SHOOTQ and report the issue that way.  

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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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    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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    Whitney Beth

    Help! i am just in the first stages of creating my nimbus site but every time I hit view site it give me

    INTERNAL SERVER ERROR

    Yikes

    I dont even know what it looks like as I go...

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    Andrew Niesen
    @Jason - we don't currently allow users to change CSS, and I'm not sure that is in the plan. We may allow people to register to this in the future.
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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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    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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    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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    Christina Kennedy

    Here are a couple of things I noticed with the import of my data from my Wordpress Blog.  The date and time of every post is set to the time I imported it, instead of retaining the original date and time.  I noticed that the comments retained the original date and time, however.  I just went through and manually changed mine, but I don't have that many entries.  I'd hate to be someone with even twice as many as I have as it took me an hour. 

    Also, and this is a weird one, Wordpress stores the time in military time.  So while I was re-entering the dates and times manually, I would just enter the military time into Nimbus.  So if I entered in 18:18 on Nimbus, it correctly converts it to 6:18pm.  However, if I enter 00:55, Nimbus makes it 12:55pm (instead of am).

    Now, I was planning to keep my Wordpress Blog going, and when I was ready to cut over to Nimbus, I was planning to just re-import the blog (and destroy the data that was already there), but now that I've gone and changed all of the dates and times, I'll have to just copy and paste any new entries. 

    Another thing I don't like is that if I want to add a photo (and I'm assuming video) to a post, the image first has to be in the Assets folder?  It's much easier in Wordpress in which you can upload the photo directly from the post as you're creating it.  Even if it saves the images in the Assets folder eventually, I'd like to be able to just add it on the fly as I'm creating the post.  I'd also like to just add the photo directly from Pictage on the fly as I'm creating the post.  Now, I'll admit, it's possible it will let me do this.  But right now, when I click on the "add image" icon, it brings up a window with a link to Assets on it.  I click on that link, and nothing happens.  I assumed this was because I had no images in the Assets folder, so I attempted to upload one, and well, that's not working either.

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hi Julie,  

    The button on the home page of your theme is theme specific and I believe is hard coded to send folks to your Nimbus galleries.  I'm sure you could have one of the custom theme designers customize it for you though.  To set configure your Nimbus site to work with your domain you will need to add a CNAME record to your domain.  Here are directions for how to do that.  http://help.shootq.com/entries/20318612-dns-settings-for-nimbus  The phone number for support is (888)-9-SHOOTQ  

    I hope that helps!


    Ben

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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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    Kevin McWilliams

    Yes, I erased the pages and the navigation. It doesn't give the option to delete galleries from the media tab.

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    Ben Jenkins

    Hey Cayce, 

    I don't know if you've already been updated on this but this was posted over in the Pictage forums, regarding this issue, just a little bit ago.

     
    Aris
    Director, IT and Systems
       

    A fix to address 2 known issues were released earlier today, could those who have had issues uploading images go through the the upload process again. If possible with the same images and let us know what your experience is like.
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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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    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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    David Higgins

    Any ability to add the main menu to the "Client Login" page?

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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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    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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    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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