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0105. Customizing Your DPW Gallery Website
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It is Easy to Customize your DPW Gallery Website!
The Three Ways to Customize your Gallery Website
1. Create Categories to Organize your artwork - read
2. Change the Font and Color of your Name - read
3. Use a Custom Domain - read
When you are signed into your DPW account, you will see an Admin Tools menu up at the top of your gallery. It is from this menu you can select the options for customizing your gallery.
Categories to Organize your Artwork
Without categories, your gallery presents a solid wall of artwork to the viewer organized, by default, by the date published, or perhaps, in the order you may have arranged them.
Instead, you can organize your artwork into categories, letting you present your work just as you want and making it easier for your visitors and buyers to find what they are looking for.
Important: You don't "put" artwork in a category, instead you create a category that includes artwork based upon the artwork's genre, media, sold status, or keywords. In this way a given work of art can appear in more than one category.
Once created, you can drag and drop your categories in the Categories window to set the order in which they will appear in your gallery.
There are two types of categories:
2. Custom Keyword Categories
Predefined categories include All, Available, Sold, and Genre and Media-based categories, such as Still Life and Oil.
For example, if you create a predefined category with a Category Type of Genre - Still Life then all artwork in your DPW Gallery website with that genre will appear in that category. This is true whether the Category Type is a Genre, a Media, or sold status based, such as All, Available, or Sold.
It is with Keyword categories that you are able to make your DPW Gallery truly yours!
A Keyword category collects your artwork based on the keywords you have assigned to your artwork (see below). For example, if you create a Keyword category named Dogs and assign the keywords dog and puppy to it, then all your artwork with any of those keywords will show up in that category. Please note the use of the word any. If you have the keywords dog and watercolor assigned to a category, then all the artwork with the keyword dog and all the artwork with the keyword watercolor will appear in the category, which isn't what you would want if you just wanted dogs. Instead, in that case, you should only have the keyword dog.
Setting the Keywords on your Artwork
There are three different ways to set your keywords:
1. Pulled in from your blog, if you have set up your blog feed.
2. In your Keyword column of your Art Tracking grid.
3. With the Quick Artwork Edit dialog.
The Quick Artwork Edit Dialog
To quickly edit your artwork and set its' keywords, just mouse over a thumbnail of your artwork and click on the little pencil icon that appears.
When you click the pencil icon, the Artwork Quick Edit dialog opens where you can quickly change your artwork's image and information.
It is an easy and convenient way to change which paintings are in which categories. Just bring up a category in your gallery and you can quickly change the genre, media, and keywords of the artwork in the category, as needed.
Change the Font and Color of your Name at the top of your Gallery
You can additionally make your DPW Gallery yours by setting both the font and color of your name up at the top of your gallery. As with setting up your categories, you can access the Artist Name Style dialog from your Admin Tools menu that is visible at the top of your gallery page when you are signed into your DPW account.
You can further personalize your gallery by using a custom domain name. As with setting up your categories, you can access the Domain Name Setup dialog from your Admin Tools menu that is visible at the top of your gallery page when you are signed into your DPW account.
It is as simple as entering your domain or subdomain (see below) name and clicking the Save button!
You do, of course, need to register your custom domain name with a Domain Registrar, if you haven't already. Click here to read about how to do this.
Instead of using the URL:
You can use a custom domain name (url), such as:
Click the following link to see it in action:
Have Your DPW Gallery be your Entire Website or Integrate it into an Existing Website
You can have your entire custom domain name point to your DPW Gallery, which means when someone goes to your URL, such as
they will be taken to your DPW Gallery.
Integrate it into an Existing Website
If you have an existing website that your custom domain name points to, you can instead create a subdomain and point it to your DPW Gallery.
It is completely up to you!
How to Register a Custom Domain Name
While you attach your custom domain or subdomain name to your DPW Gallery in DPW, you need to go outside of DPW to find a Domain Registrar to register your custom domain name, if you don't have one.
Most ISPs and Website Hosts also register domain names and it only costs dollars per year!
Here are some popular registrars:
Important: Only sign up for website hosting, along with registering your domain name if you want your DPW Gallery to be part of your website. Otherwise, all you need is to register the domain name.
How to Point your Domain Name to your DPW Gallery
This is a bit technical. No worries, your Domain Registrar can help you or have instructions online on how to set this up. It is, however, done differently for each registrar, so unfortunately DPW cannot help you with this.
To point your domain at your DPW Gallery, you need to create several, what are called, A Records in your DNS entry. If you already have any A Records, you will need to remove those first.
Have your DPW Gallery be your Entire Website
If you are using your DPW Gallery to be your entire website, you will want the following A Records:
In all cases, the DPW IP Address to point to is: 188.8.131.52
- @ 184.108.40.206
- * 220.127.116.11
- www 18.104.22.168
Integrate into an Website
If you are, however, integrating your DPW Gallery into an existing website, do not remove any A Records from your DNS, but instead add the following single A Record to your DNS entry:
Where <your-subdomain> is what comes before your domain name, such as gallery in gallery.mydomain.com.
- <your-subdomain> 22.214.171.124
While it is counter intuitive, even when you are pointing a subdomain to your DPW Gallery, you still only enter your domain name, without the subdomain into DPW. It is only in your DNS entry that you need to specify the subdomain. DPW only needs to know your domain.
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