Registration is fast and simple. We don't ask for much information - just the bare
The most important part of your registration is your Nickname. This is what
will be presented to the public and other Village.Photos members. It's also used
for sharing to social media, as well as friendly URL's and SEO optimization. Please
use only numbers, letters, and spaces in your Nickname.
Examples are "Jimmy Joes Studio", "Mikes Gaming League", or "Betsy Dean Photography".
After providing your nickname, there are two methods to complete your registration:
Method 1: Manual Registration
You can register by providing the remaining information on the form - your First
Name, Last Name, Email address and Password. Click 'Complete Registration' when
you have finished providing this information.
Method 2: Connect using Facebook
If you are a regular Facebook user, the quickest registration method is to use Connect
using Facebook. This will use your basic Facebook account information to
create an account on Village.Photos.
You will also be prompted to approve our application to connect with your account.
Our application has been reviewed and approved by Facebook, and we don't scrape
any of your information we don't need - we only collect your Facebook ID, email
address, and name. We won't post to your wall or perform any Facebook activities
that you don't initiate.
If you have provided a valid Nickname, click Connect using Facebook. If you're already
logged into Facebook, your account will automatically created after being prompted
to approve the permissions we need to connect to your account. If you're not logged
in, you'll be prompted by Facebook to enter your login credentials.
When using the Connect using Facebook method, when you return to the site you can
log in with a single click in the Login process. Click Login in the upper right
corner of the site, then click "Connect using Facebook" to be logged in.
Your portfolio page is the first page you see after registering or logging in. Think
of this as your Home page on the site.
The main parts of this page are:
- Cover Image Area
- This area contains your portfolio cover image - either the default image or the
one you've assigned.
- Your Avatar - either the default, your uploaded avatar, or your Facebook profile
- Link to your About / Bio page
- Link to your Articles
- Link to your Albums
- The total number of photos in your account
- The number of fans you have (coming soon)
- Photo Albums - all of your photo albums, public, private, password-protected, and
mature - are listed here. The public will not see private albums listed here.
- Create New Album button
- URL Details - the URL to your portfolio which you can share with others, on social
media, via email, etc.
Creating a Photo Album
Your Portfolio Page has a "Create New Album" button on the top right, under your
cover photo. Click this to open the "Create an Album" dialog.
Once you have created at least one photo album, you'll be ready to
This is where you enter an album name, the only required field on this dialog. This
name you pick must contain at least one letter or number - but other symbols are
The URL to your new album will be a "cleaned up" version of the album name. Characters
and symbols other than A-Z and 0-9 will be replaced with a dash.
In the "Create an Album" dialog, you can add a description. This description will
appear under the albums' title when viewing the album, and will also be used for
search engine indexing.
Additional Album Settings
Meta Keywords and Meta Description
These settings are what are encoded into the web page for the album, and help significantly
with indexing your content on search engines.
Contains Mature Content
You should check this box if your album contains Not Safe For Work photos. Failing
to check this for albums that do contain content which should only be viewed by
adults will not result in penalties, but if we receive reports we may check this
flag for you.
Checking this box will prevent people from directly accessing the album page - or
seeing this album listed on your portfolio. Only you will see it, when you are logged
Check this box to require a password to view the album. A "Password" entry box will
appear, and you can specify a password up to ten characters long. You can share
this password with people to grant them access to this content.
Managing a Photo Album
Adding photos to your album is a breeze. After logging in, or from anywhere on the
site, visit the album you want to put images into. If you haven't created your first
photo album yet, see the section on creating albums
- it only takes seconds.
Once you have at least one photo album, you're ready to go. Go to your Portfolio
page (your home page on Village.Photos), and you'll see a list of your photo albums.
Choose an album to add images to by clicking on it.
Once you're in the album you want to put images into, you have two options to upload
images. The option you choose depends on the way you're accessing the site, either
PC or mobile device.
Drag and Drop (Desktop or Laptop PC's, Windows Tablets, iPads)
This is the best way to upload photos. Its fast, has progress indicators for each
file, supports multiple file upload and more. Your device must have file browsing
capabilities to use this method.
- Look for the yellow box that starts with "Drag image files here." That is the target
"drop zone" for drag and drop uploading.
- Open Windows File Explorer (Windows) or the Chooser (Mac) on your computer. Navigate
to the file(s) you wish to upload.
- Select the file(s) you want to upload. You can select more than one file by holding
down the CTRL key (PC) or Option key (Mac).
- Resize and position the File Explorer (Windows) or Chooser (Mac) window alongside
the Village.Photos window, so you can see both. You only need to see a part of the
yellow "Drag Image Files Here" box on Village.Photos if you don't have enough room.
- Click and hold on the files to upload, then drag them from your file browser, over
to the "Drag Image Files Here" box.
- Let go of the mouse button to being the upload process.
Browse and Upload Single Image (best for mobile devices)
- Look for the yellow box titled "Drag Image Files Here."
- Click the Browse button in that box to open the File Explorer (PC) or Chooser (Mac).
- Click once on the image file you want to upload, and click "Okay" or "Select" on
the file browsing dialog.
- The File Explorer / Chooser dialog will close.
- Click the Upload button in the "Drag Image Files Here" box to upload your image.
- After uploading, the page will refresh and you will be able to see your newly added
Manage Album Images
Use the "Manage Album Images" button, on the top right of each album page, under
the cover, to manage all of the images in a single album at once. This is where
you remove images, set titles and descriptions, and more.
More help content coming soon.
Removing an Album
You can remove photo albums any time, but first the album must be empty. To remove
images from an album, use the Manage Album Images
button to remove images.
Once an album is empty of all images, that album page will now contain a "Delete
This Album" button on the top right, under the cover photo. Click that, and click
Okay on the warning that pops up, to permanently remove this album.
Note - once an album is removed, it cannot be restored. You can create a new album
with the same name, but we cannot "undelete" albums or the images.
Manage Image Settings
Open the Manage Image Dialog
There are many important settings you can use on images. Open the 'Manage Image'
dialog to view and change these settings.
Visit the album which contains the image you want to adjust settings on. Click on
the image, which opens the "lightbox" view. If you're logged in, and if this is
your album, you'll see an edit (pencil) icon on the top left of the lightbox display
of the image.
Clicking the edit will open the Manage Image dialog. This dialog has many settings,
such as the Name of the image (which appears at the top of the lightbox display,
the photo's description, privacy settings and more.
Name: This is the name of the image as will be shown to your visitors. It
will appear in the top of the lightbox, as well as on the image viewing page. It's
also used for social media sharing and linking, and is what other people will see
- "John Doe shared 'IMG_6668.JPG' for example. The name is also used in meta tags,
page titles and therefore important in search engine results.
Description: The description of the image is also presented in the lightbox,
under the photo, as well as with any social media sharing or links. This is also
important for search engine optimization, and will be indexed along with the image.
Privacy Settings: Changing the privacy of an individual image from its default
Public setting will hide it from anyone but yourself, when you are logged in and
viewing an album. Additional advanced privacy features are coming soon.
Use for Portfolio Cover: Check this box to use this image as the cover phot
on your main portfolio page. Adjustments to your cover images are described below.
Use for Album Cover: Check this box to use this image as the cover phot on
for the current album you are viewing. Adjustments to your cover images are described
Available for Purchase: Our ordering option is in development and
not yet available. Once it is ready, you can use this option to make this specific
image available for purchase.
Base Price: When our online ordering option comes online, customers will
able able to order prints (and other products) of this image, if you've made it
Available for Purchase. The "base price" is the amount, in US Dollars, that
will be added to the cost of the product being purchased. All products, prints,
canvases, mousepads, etc., will have a specific cost, depending on the product type
and size. The base price you set will be added to the specific cost of each product
to determine final pricing. The base price is the amount you will receive
when online ordering is available.
Share this Image: See the section below titled Direct Linking
an Image for information about using the direct image link we provide for
embedding images into other web pages or applications.
Direct Linking an Image (Embedding an image on another web page)
You can directly embed images into other pages by using the image URL we provide
in two places.
The first place is in the "Manage Image" dialog, under "Share this Image." You can
read the "Manage Image" dialog in two ways.
- By visiting the album that contains the image, then clicking the Edit icon you see
in the top left of an image when you hover over it.
- Or, view the image in "Lightbox" mode, by clicking on it (the screen will go dark
and show just the image and details). Look for the Edit icon in the top left corner.
In the Manage Image dialog, at the bottom, is the "Share this Image" section, which
contains a URL directly to the image.
Alternatively, you can get to the image URL by viewing the image's page.
- Visit the album which contains the image.
- Click the image to view it in "Lightbox" mode.
- Click the "Zoom" icon (magnifying glass).
This will take you to the page dedicated to this image. Above the image, are two
URL's. The first is the direct link to the image, which can be used in an HTML image
<img src='(image url here)'/>
Or with EZCodes:
[IMG](image url here)[/IMG]
For either of the locations we provide the direct URL, simply highlight the URL
in the textbox, and press CTRL-C (PC) or Command-C (Mac) to copy the URL, so you
can paste it using CTRL-V (PC) or Command-V (Mac) into another application later.
Replacing an Image File
There may be times when you need to replace an existing image file, in place, without
resetting the associated data (views, likes, shares, direct links, etc.) of the
You may also want to upload a higher-resolution version of an image for print sales.
Use the "Replace Image" feature to upload a new file, and overwrite the existing
image file(s) without losing any other data. All of the meta data associated with
the image will remain intact.
We always retain the original image uploaded, without altering the file, but in
cases of extremely large image files, we do create a "view" version of the image,
for faster loading times. This reduced version of the image is stored with a different
filename, is used for direct linking.
Normally Direct Link URLs will not change, although the original image may be cached,
by your browser, your ISP or a proxy server. It may take a little time for the new
image to appear when it's direct linked.