Creating your Portfolio page is straightforward but there are a few things I want to draw your attention to...
** Before you start: Prepare your images. A few people have struggled because their images were not...
- (Suggested) sRGB colour space, with or without the tag.
- JPGs with the .jpg suffix.
- Smaller than 25mb
If your images fulfil the criteria above, you won't have any problems with them.
You can upload up to 50 images to your portfolio page. If you click the "Browse" button and then select multiple images, you'll find that bulk uploads are possible but we suggest you just upload ten at a time and save the page between batches just to make sure things are going smoothly.
Remember to add something in the "Alt Text" field. This also acts as the title to your images.
To create your page, log in to the site. Then go to the front page. Right at the top and right at the bottom of the front page you should see a link to create your page. You could even click here...
The Title field.
Every page has to have a title. This will not be displayed but will form part of the URL of your final listing. The pattern of the URL is "photographersunited.co.uk/namefield-titlefield" so use something appropriate for your Title. Whatever you put in the Name field will be used under your avatar image as a link to your listing in various places on the site.
The Contact Me section.
You have two options here. Your account has a built-in contact page which visitors will be able to use to send you messages. These will automatically be forwarded to your email address. To link from your listing to this contact page, copy and paste the link from the help text into the URL field as shown in the image below. In the "Link text" field, put "Contact me".
The second option is to paste your email address as shown in the help text into the URL field. This will create a clickable link which will trigger a visitor's email application to open and they will send you an email directly as long as you include the "mailto:" bit. Beware that his exposes your email address and may cause SPAM. We recommend using the contact form.
**Important** The "Nearest town or city" field:
** PLEASE TAKE GREAT CARE ** When you come to add your "Nearest town or city" in your listing, start typing the first few letters of the city, *then wait for a second or two for the autocomplete pop-up*, if the pop-up lists your city, it's already in the system. **Don't add it again**. If you do, we'll have duplicates in the system which breaks our search feature. Choose your city from the list in the popup. It's possible that the pop-up doesn't find an entry that matches your city. If so, add it to the field, taking care to check your spelling.
To upload your portfolio images, just click the "Browse" button and browse your computer to select the appropriate one. It will be re-sized automatically. You can upload up to fifty images.
Be sure to enter the title of the image in the "Alternative text" field. This will appear below the image in the gallery and will also be read by screen-readers and Google.
The top image will be shown first. You can drag the little cross to re-order your images.
Be sure to click "Save" at the bottom of the page to ensure that your listing gets published.
To edit or add to your page once it has been created:
We often get emails from members saying that they created their portfolio page very easily but get an error when they try to edit their page or add more images to it. This happens when you try to create a new portfolio page rather than edit an existing one.
To edit your page, log in, go to "My Account", then "Activity", click on the link to your page and use the "Edit" tab immediately above your page.. Remember to Save when you're done.
(In different language, Log in to the site, go to your page, click the "Edit" tab, make your changes. "Save".)
If you try to create a second "Portfolio page", you will get an error to say that you need to log in, even if you are already logged in. Just edit your existing page as described above if this happens.