Portfolios vs. Galleries vs. Galleria | Confusion

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  1. Not sure if this is a WordPress thing or MSMY thing. But this portfolio concept is confusing me and makes little sense.

    1) Lexicon

    The way I look at it is that a Portfolio is contains a "collection" of photos, videos, designs etc. I think that's what most designers would agree.

    The contents of a portfolio is different. Much like a website has pages/posts etc., A portfolio "contains" items that are photos, videos or designs.

    So then setting up a portfolio would be setting up the "container"; then I would add the various items that make up the collection of such things.

    But in InFocus/WordPress, Categories are used to describe the "portfolio" itself. At least to direct WP to "collect" or items assigned with a common category and then ultimate to display on a PAGE. InFocus uses the short code Portfolio to direct WP to pick items from a certain category and display them accordingly to the variables set in the short code options. Fair enough.

    Why do we call the individual elements/items that are ultimately assigned to a portfolio (category) A Portfolio. Take this concept longer and if I have 1500 photographs; in using this Lexicon I would have 1500 Portfolios. But this isn't true. They are not Portfolios, they are items that belong to a portfolio (category).

    Okay. So just getting my head around that concept was easy enough. Though I would strongly suggest that Portfolios and the items that go into such portfolios be named differently. It would be much more usable.

    My interest at this point is setting up a portfolio that would contain Vimeo videos. Easy enough.

    1) I first created my Portfolio Category: Video.

    2) Then I created a Portfolio (bad word) and using the short code [video] I entered the Vimeo URL in short code options, put the short code in the body of the Portfolio (bad word) and assigned the appropriate category: Video.

    3) Created a page and used Portfolio Shortcode (good word) and assigned it to display 2 columns of 8 elements from the category Video.

    4) Guess what? Nothing displayed on the Page.

    5) Lots of head scratching, swearing, page jumping and verification of all said items were in order.

    6) Refreshed page. No items on Portfolio. Strange. Very strange.

    7) Then I created a new Portfolio (bad word) and instead of using Video Shortcode, I simply used the WP rich text editor and clicked add video and entered the Vimeo URL, assigned the video category.

    8) Guess what? The video showed up on the Page that I had the portfolio short code. No sure why it wouldn't display a video that was placed into a portfolio (bad word) using the video short code, but that' s the fact.

    9) Back on the portfolio (bad word)where I have the standard Vimeo URL (sans short code) and updated the other details such as disabling social, date, and enter "Portfolio Video Link" the Vimeo URL (I'm not sure what this does, but it's just not clear in the documentation.

    10) THere's a portfolio option called "Link To Post" - this is the first time I've seen the word post used within the Portfolio - other than the standard verbiage that word press uses upon updating or saving "View Post" - but there are pages, posts, portfolios as far as I can tell.

    I hope you can understand my frustration with lexicon or nomenclature...

    11) With several Videos placed into several portfolios, I go to the page i created using the portfolio short code and see my videos. But clicking on any of these doesn't bring the video up into a light box, which is the desired effect.

    Since I'm using small thumbnail videos of the Vimeo videos, I want the user to be able to click that video and have it open at a larger size in a Lightbox? How is this handled?

    Why doesn't the portfolio short code recognize videos placed into Portfolios (bad word) using the video short code?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. Elliott

    Hello MacMyDay,

    It would be better to think of them as "Portfolio Items".

    The problem is that you want your portfolio to open a video in prettyPhoto correct?

    See here in the lightbox image section, http://mysitemyway.com/docs/index.php/Using_the_Portfolio.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. Got it. And I saw that. And I had success after posting my 'rant' on lexicon, my apologies I just can't help myself sometimes.

    Anyway, got the video in the LightBox but there is no thumbnail. I would assume that the portfolio would display the thumbnail as defined at Vimdo. But all Is see is a broken image link here: http://www.allankarl.com/keynote_speaker/gallery/video-gallery#!prettyPhoto[portfolio_img_group_586]/0/

    (the 2nd "portfolio item" - the first one is the standard and not popping up in LightBox, the second will display and play the video in the lightbox but no thumbnail


    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. Elliott

    The second one needs an image set in the "Featured Image" section when editing your portfolio item.

    For the first one I'm kind of confused on what you did there. If possible then PM us a Wordpress login so we can take a closer look.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. Thanks Elliott - Just PM'd you the login / pw info


    Regarding the Vimeo URL and the portfolio, if I add a video to the portfolio item, it does not give me an option to select a featured image. This is a VIDEO upload not an image upload. I'm hoping to see the thumbnail that is selected in the settings for the video at Vimeo.


    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. Elliott

    Alright, check your site and let me know if that is how you were wanting it. Basically you just needed to set the featured image for the thumbnail to display.

    Posted 6 years ago #


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