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How to Make a Photo Blog

The old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but we're pretty sure that you'll still want to add a few more of your own. While there are lots of blogging services out there to choose from, it can be tricky to switch services or (even more commonly) customize it to match your main site. So here’s how to create a photo blog on the SmugMug.

Featured photo blog by Michael Bonocore

Step 1: Create a Folder.

Creating a Folder for all of your future blog entries ensures that your entries stay together, and that your blog has a neat, readable URL. Try something dead simple and SEO friendly like “Blog”.

Step 2: Upload your photos to a gallery

A no-brainer, but you’ll need someplace to stash the photos that you’ll be posting to each blog post. Since you’re already on SmugMug, uploading your photos to a regular gallery in any location on your site should work just fine.

Step 3: Create the Page for your post

Create a new Page in your “Blog” Folder for your new blog post. You’ll have to think of a good title, and we recommend that you make the URL readable so that your viewers (and search engines) know what that post is about and can refer to it without too much brain power.

EXAMPLE: 

From here you can set your page settings. We recommend making the page Public and filling in the Meta Description and Meta Keywords fields so that your post will show up in search engines. Additionally, choose a Feature Image so something pretty shows up in the thumbnail.

Step 4: Customize the content

This is the good part! Open up Customization on the page and start dragging in content  to fill in the space. We recommend the following:

Photos or Slideshows.

These are the backbones of your post! You can drop in Single Photo content blocks, or drag in a Slideshow for compact display on the page. Don’t forget that you can set your photos to open in a lightbox which clicked, take the viewer to the gallery, or do nothing at all.

Text or HTML.

Drag in Text boxes and write your story between your photos or wherever you wish on the page. For additional styling, we recommend the HTML blocks for greater customizability, but the choice is yours.

Titles.

These work beautifully to make your photo captions stand out. Drag one under each of your photos and add visual spice to the content down the page. If you prefer to use multiple Text content blocks instead of one big one, you can even use the Title block as sub-headers to break up the flow of words.

Separator.

We love this underrated little feature for creating boundaries! You’ll find it under the “Design” section of your customization options, perfect for cleaning and giving your page a polished look.

Step 5: Invite conversation

What’s the point of sharing your point of view if you can’t get feedback? To finish your post, don’t forget to invite your fans into the discussion:

Share buttons.

Drag in Facebook Like and Twitter Tweet buttons. One click and your post is out there!

Comments.

Even if the conversation is happening on social media, there’s nothing more gratifying than a good old-fashioned comment from one person to another. Don’t forget that if you’re worried about who’s out there, you can hold all comments for moderation, first. (Found in your

Account Settings > Stats > Comments)

What if I have a Basic account?

Even if advanced customization options don't come bundled with your site, you can still create a beautiful, organized place to put all of your photos and stories together.

Simply create a main Folder for your blog, as shown above, and create galleries instead of custom pages. For the super organized folks, create up to 5 different layers of folders, like this:

Switch your galleries to the Journal viewing style and upload your photos. You can then enter as much (or as little!) text as you want in the title and caption fields when you open the image in the Editor. 

How to Make a Photo Blog

So what are you waiting for? If you've been putting off starting your own photo blog, give this a try and let us know how it works for you, and what other cool ideas you come up with to personalize yours.

  • AnnDemo

    on September 22, 2015

    Hi Nonni Tryggva - why not just access all of your own content, private or public, from the organizer. That's really your own content management tool, rather than working from your homepage.

  • AnnDemo

    on September 22, 2015

    Hi IThomasPhotography: Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LM3f1WSY6Q

    Adding an external blog link to your menu bar is straightforward, with the menu bar builder too. Check out https://school.smugmug.com/SmugMug-Tips/Menu-Bar-Builder

  • AnnDemo

    on September 22, 2015

    sharetheworthphotography and Leif Egil Hegdal: One option is to customize the folder page for your blog, and add each post as it's own content block. That's actually what we do here on the school site. For example: https://school.smugmug.com/SmugMug-Tips is a Folder page that has had a "Pages" content block added to it to display each of the articles in that section.

  • AnnDemo

    on September 22, 2015

    Hi Rick Johnson - I'm sorry for the confusing and conflicting messaging. You can add Social buttons to any page - look at the icons on this post for example. Those are a content block found under the social tab in the customizer >content section. They allow your visitors to share your posts on their social media sites.

  • AnnDemo

    on September 22, 2015

    debuscilka and snapshots and postcards We do hear this feedback, and know it's important. You can add your vote to http://feedback.smugmug.com/forums/17723-smugmug/suggestions/4523590-ability-to-copy-pages-custom-templates-maintai

  • Nonni Tryggva

    on August 30, 2015

    I did make the "private galleries" link mostly for me to access my folders (the browse section has content block with galleries only, no folders) but this is also a place to drop password protected galleries

  • Nonni Tryggva

    on August 30, 2015

    I finally managed to make some sort of a blog but something is missing from this tutorial, I had to contact support to know I had to make a page block and then some tricks to make the blog folder invisible but still accessible from the menu. I am still working on the look but one thing I like is how I can edit in lightroom and then puplish tose changes to the blog (no exporting of jpegs out of LR). http://www.nonnitryggva.is/

  • Leif Egil Hegdal

    on August 24, 2015

    So I did as the tutorial says. But my main blog page is empty. How do I get a main page that lists the blog posts posted?
    And how do I get date sorted URL's as in the article above ?

  • IThomasPhotography

    on August 6, 2015

    a video on you tube would be a great idea....

  • IThomasPhotography

    on August 6, 2015

    how do you link your blog with smug mug if you create one with wordpress for example? This does not tell you how....

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