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Creating Publisher Templates

CE3 web galleries pull double-duty as publisher templates. When a gallery is created, the corresponding templates files will be generated for use with TTG CE3 Publisher.

To create and install a template:

  1. Create and export a gallery using Lightroom's Web Module and any TTG CE3 gallery plugin (e.g. TTG CE3 Gallery, TTG CE3 Client Response Gallery, etc.)
  2. Upload the exported gallery to your server, into the /publisher/templates/ directory. For example, if you export a gallery saved as “my-gallery”, after upload to your server the template would be located at

You may create any number of templates.

Note that any photos or thumbnails exported as a part of your gallery template are not necessary. To speed things along, you may export your gallery template without images.

Configure Metadata

Publisher supports the use of metadata as captions, titles, etc. within your image gallery, just as do normally exported galleries. However, publisher templates cannot access the metadata configuration established via the Web Module's Image Info control pane. For this reason, you must configure metadata output specifically for publisher using a separate group of options, located in the Output Settings control pane of CE3 image galleries, usually at the bottom of the panel.

You may use Metadata Tokens to control metadata output for each outlet, Metadata Token are fully documented here. In general, you will want to match you Image Info settings to your Publisher settings for metadata:

Optional Features

Publisher mirrors many of the features available when creating galleries via the Web module. To use these features in a publisher template, the features much be enabled within the Web module when that template is being created.

1. The Block
The block is your gallery's textual content, or gallery description. You may write-in a gallery description via the publisher when creating albums. To utilize this feature, however, the block must be enabled for display when creating the template. The actual text in the template is unimportant; you may run with the default “Lorem ipsum …” content when exporting your template.

2. Cart support
It is important that the Cart URL be either absolute or a truncated absolute path. Examples are: and /cart/. Relative URLs such as ../cart/ will not work with published albums.

3. Maps
Enable this in the Web module to have the feature available to Publisher templates.

4. Password Protection
Enable this in the Web module to have the feature available to Publisher templates. Published albums will respect your Master login/password as set in the Web module, but you may set a separate Guest login/password for each album via the publisher during album creation.

creating_publisher_templates.txt · Last modified: 2013/02/12 09:54 by admin