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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154 Comments

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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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    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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    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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    David Higgins

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

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