New Zenfolio Presets and Layouts

The New Zenfolio Presets and Layouts

If you are a Zenfolio user, you should have noticed some changes to the design options within your account. As of the first half of September 2013, Zenfolio released a slew of new “Presets” and layouts for their Zenfolio users to utilize. First of all, it must be said that it is quite an improvement. Users’ websites are now capable of achieving a more modern, sleek look that can keep up with the competitors.

Taking a Look at Zenfolio Presets

 

Here are some samples:

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However, there seems to be a need for some explanation on exactly how these Presets and Layouts work. No better time than the present, right? Let’s do it.

The Presets seem to be causing more confusion than anything else, so we’ll start there. So what is a Preset? Simple definition:

A Preset is simply a theme and a layout bundled together. That’s it.

When you select a Preset, a couple things automatically happen. First of all, a corresponding theme is automatically created for that Preset and loaded into your Theme manager. The new theme will show up in the first set of themes listed, and will have the name of the theme, followed by the word “Preset.” Not too shabby, and pretty self explanatory. Second of all, one of the new Layouts are applied to that Preset. If you go into your Layout options, you will see a bunch of new Layouts that Zenfolio has added since this mega update, and that one of these new Layouts are indeed highlighted, because it has been applied to your site. Also, take note that the old familiar “Classic” Layouts are still there. Take a look at this screenshot (although there are actually many more layouts than what you see here):

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A Preset can be applied to an individual page, or it can be applied to your entire site. You have the option to select a “Site Preset”, or just a “Preset” from the menu bar at the top of the page.

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There’s been some horror stories on the Zenfolio forums of users quickly applying a Preset site-wide, only to find that things didn’t turn out as expected. It’s for this reason that we recommend testing a Preset on an individual page first, so that if thing go a bit haywire, it is not as big a deal.

If you apply a Preset and decide you don’t like it…

…First of all breathe. Don’t panic. You have options. One thing that we really like is that Zenfolio has implemented a “Customize, then Publish” option. Meaning, you can customize your site with the new Presets as much as you like, but it is only saved and visible to the public once you press “Publish” in the upper right corner of the menu at the top of the page.

However, if you don’t completely like how the new Preset looks but would like to work on it later, then you can (a) click the X in the upper right corner of the page, and you will be given a handful of options that look like this:

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Or you can (b) skip out on clicking the X altogether, and go right for the “Restore” button, which will allow you to either discard all unpublished changes, or restore your website to what it was a step behind that. You will see this:

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Not too scary, right? However, we realize that there will some people who have managed to make a mess of their site, or would like to update their site with these new settings but simply don’t have the time, and that’s fine.  If you want design help with your site, head over to our Design Services page, fill out a form, and we will contact you promptly to start the process of getting your site to look better than ever.

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And there you have it. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that intimidating. And for photographers who are signing up to use Zenfolio after these mega updates have been made, it will be the only work flow they know.

Moving forward, we will be creating new “Preset Themes” to complement these new Zenfolio options.

The themes that we have created before the Zenfolio updates will be in the “Classic” category, and will still work just fine with your site. The new Preset Themes that we offer from here on out will be in the new “Preset Themes” category. Exciting stuff! Keep checking back as we add more themes.

Click here for our new Preset Themes!