Lately I’ve been implementing features into the WideRange v.5.0 software to enable some more blog-like functionalities within the galleries and other pages.
One such feature is the ability to easily add the Disqus commenting system to any gallery, product, or other page of the website! You can activate commenting on a page simply by toggling a button for that page in the admin. Here’s what it looks like on my site:
For some live examples, I’ve activated commenting on my recent Trip Report galleries; here’s an example. These kinds of journal or article pages are well suited for encouraging comments, feedback, and discussion.
By enabling comments along with a combination of “journal menu” and “large photos” gallery formats, you can set up a layout similar to a blog – all within the WideRange Galleries software, and it’s so much simpler and easier to manage than WordPress.
All you need to do to activate commenting on your website is to sign up for a Disqus account and then enter your Disqus “shortname” into the WideRange admin settings. You can find detailed instructions in the WideRange admin at the Settings > Comment Settings page.
Another recent feature that can be used effectively to create blog-like articles is the new and improved text editor. The new editor allows you to easily insert images from the database (or upload new ones), all within the text flow, along with captions as well. If you haven’t tried this yet, be sure to play around with it; it’s a subtle but powerful feature if you take advantage of it.
While these features don’t constitute a fully functional blog, they do make it a lot easier to create and manage a simple “blog-like” presentation in your gallery website, without having to slog around in WordPress. Enjoy!