Tips for a WordPress Website

Blog Posts are great for keeping your site relevant to visitors, but sometimes you need to provide info that does not change regularly and doesn’t make sense in a blog format. Here are some ideas for creating a traditional website of content using WordPress with ProPhoto.

‘Front’ Home Page

A static ‘front’ home page is a great way to feature content other than your most recent blog posts on your site. This is common for WordPress setups, but is optional. Slideshows or Grids are commonly displayed on a ‘front’ home Page.

Setup your own static homepage by clicking here.

Single, Simple Pages

Using a single Page in WordPress can make it easy to have one or more Pages of content which don’t make sense in a blog format, but are best when presented as stand-alone content, including content like:

  • A Portfolio/Featured Works Page
  • A Pricing/Rates Page
  • An “About Me” Page (see also: Bio Area)
  • An “Information” Page to instruct potential clients

The steps for creating a Page are covered here.
Just create your Page, add your content, and provide a way to access the content.

Multiple, Organized Pages

Similar to the ‘single’ approach above, but instead of manually creating a Page structure, you can use the “Parent” function of WordPress to organize several Pages into a hierarchy – for more on this, click here.  Great for:

  • Portfolio/Featured Works Pages, broken into sub-Pages (like categories of examples)
  • Client Area/Proofing Pages, an individual one for each client (password protected, if desired)
  • Locations/Venues Pages, a Page talking about each
  • Staff/Photographer/Bio Pages, one Page for each person

Linking in the Navigation Menu

Once you have a structure of Pages created, you can use the “WordPress Pages dropdown” menu item internal link type, and your structure of Pages will display as a dropdown menu:

Notice the automatic creation of a sub-menu drop down

For more info on menu linking, please review our Menu tutorials here.

Using a thumbnail Grid

An eye-catching way to provide access to sub-Pages (like individual groups of Portfolio galleries, individual client proofing pages, etc) is to use a main ‘Parent’ Page to hold a ProPhoto Grid with thumbnails linking to each sub-Page.

Example of a Client Proofing Area Page, where each Grid thumbnail links to a different password-protected Page with content

Simply create your multiple Pages of content, and edit the main ‘Parent’ Page to insert a ProPhoto Grid as described here.
Select the “Selected Posts/Pages” Grid type and select the Pages you want to appear in the Grid.

To create Client Areas or Proofing Pages, you can optionally set each sub-Page represented by a Grid thumbnail to be password protected in WordPress.

Alternative Contact Forms

The default behavior of the ProPhoto contact form is to slide open on any page, and it cannot be used as a separate WordPress Page.  If you want a dedicated Page with a contact form, or if you have special needs for your Contact Form, you can use a Plugin to add different kinds of fields to a WordPress Page you create.

Download a WordPress Plugin like “cforms” or “formidable” to make your own Contact Form Page to your specific requirements. Test the final result to make sure everything works as expected, and be sure to read any help documentation for the Plugins, as we are unable to provide tech support for third-party software.

Shopping Carts & Buying Prints

If you have goods/services to sell, WordPress can do a lot of work for you, but there are lots of ways to handle accepting money and managing things like ordering prints. We have a few suggested plugins listed near the end of our page about creating a Client Area but lots of other WordPress plugins can be used to do all sorts of different things in this arena.

We’d encourage you to visit the “Plugins” > “Add New” screen in WordPress to search for and try out any of the several plugins that can help you accept payments, process orders, book clients, etc. Be sure to read some reviews to find something that fits your needs.

Hiding Certain Items on a Page

Sometimes, certain Pages (for example, a ‘static’ Home Page or a Pricing Page) should not show certain things seen on other Pages. The most common thing to hide is the Masthead image/slideshow seen in the ‘Header’ area at the top of your site, since this can take up space on the visitor’s screen.  ProPhoto has several controls so you can hide certain things like Masthead, Fixed Sidebar, Footer Area, etc – click here to learn how to hide these.

Sometimes, you need to hide very specific things under unique circumstances, like the Title of a certain Page or the Sliding Drawer Sidebar. In these rare cases, custom CSS code can be used – click here to learn how to work with this.


Blog Posts are great for keeping your site relevant to visitors, but sometimes you need to provide info that does not change regularly and doesn’t make sense in a blog format. Here are some ideas for creating a traditional website of content using WordPress with ProPhoto.

‘Front’ Home Page

A static ‘front’ home page is a great way to feature content other than your most recent blog posts on your site. This is common for WordPress setups, but is optional. Slideshows or Grids are commonly displayed on a ‘front’ home Page.

Setup your own static homepage by clicking here.

Single, Simple Pages

Using a single Page in WordPress can make it easy to have one or more Pages of content which don’t make sense in a blog format, but are best when presented as stand-alone content, including content like:

  • A Portfolio/Featured Works Page
  • A Pricing/Rates Page
  • An “About Me” Page (see also: Bio Area)
  • An “Information” Page to instruct potential clients

The steps for creating a Page are covered here.
Just create your Page, add your content, and provide a way to access the content.

Multiple, Organized Pages

Similar to the ‘single’ approach above, but instead of manually creating a Page structure, you can use the “Parent” function of WordPress to organize several Pages into a hierarchy – for more on this, click here.  Great for:

  • Portfolio/Featured Works Pages, broken into sub-Pages (like categories of examples)
  • Client Area/Proofing Pages, an individual one for each client (password protected, if desired)
  • Locations/Venues Pages, a Page talking about each
  • Staff/Photographer/Bio Pages, one Page for each person

Linking in the Navigation Menu

Once you have a structure of Pages created, you can use the “WordPress Pages dropdown” menu item internal link type, and your structure of Pages will display as a dropdown menu:

Notice the automatic creation of a sub-menu drop down

For more info on menu linking, please review our Menu tutorials here.

Using a thumbnail Grid

An eye-catching way to provide access to sub-Pages (like individual groups of Portfolio galleries, individual client proofing pages, etc) is to use a main ‘Parent’ Page to hold a ProPhoto Grid with thumbnails linking to each sub-Page.

Example of a Client Proofing Area Page, where each Grid thumbnail links to a different password-protected Page with content

Simply create your multiple Pages of content, and edit the main ‘Parent’ Page to insert a ProPhoto Grid as described here.
Select the “Selected Posts/Pages” Grid type and select the Pages you want to appear in the Grid.

To create Client Areas or Proofing Pages, you can optionally set each sub-Page represented by a Grid thumbnail to be password protected in WordPress.

Alternative Contact Forms

The default behavior of the ProPhoto contact form is to slide open on any page, and it cannot be used as a separate WordPress Page.  If you want a dedicated Page with a contact form, or if you have special needs for your Contact Form, you can use a Plugin to add different kinds of fields to a WordPress Page you create.

Download a WordPress Plugin like “cforms” or “formidable” to make your own Contact Form Page to your specific requirements. Test the final result to make sure everything works as expected, and be sure to read any help documentation for the Plugins, as we are unable to provide tech support for third-party software.

Shopping Carts & Buying Prints

If you have goods/services to sell, WordPress can do a lot of work for you, but there are lots of ways to handle accepting money and managing things like ordering prints. We have a few suggested plugins listed near the end of our page about creating a Client Area but lots of other WordPress plugins can be used to do all sorts of different things in this arena.

We’d encourage you to visit the “Plugins” > “Add New” screen in WordPress to search for and try out any of the several plugins that can help you accept payments, process orders, book clients, etc. Be sure to read some reviews to find something that fits your needs.

Hiding Certain Items on a Page

Sometimes, certain Pages (for example, a ‘static’ Home Page or a Pricing Page) should not show certain things seen on other Pages. The most common thing to hide is the Masthead image/slideshow seen in the ‘Header’ area at the top of your site, since this can take up space on the visitor’s screen.  ProPhoto has several controls so you can hide certain things like Masthead, Fixed Sidebar, Footer Area, etc – click here to learn how to hide these.

Sometimes, you need to hide very specific things under unique circumstances, like the Title of a certain Page or the Sliding Drawer Sidebar. In these rare cases, custom CSS code can be used – click here to learn how to work with this.

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